is a new brand of LED lights for cyclists.
From their site http://nitelights.co.nz
We now have three fantastic lights for you to choose from; 450, 900 and 1200 lumens of bright LED light for mountain biking. We suggest you put suntan lotion on before powering them up, though as some say that our lights are so bright that you can use it to direct international shipping into port from 200km inland. OK, not quite true, but they are brilliant!
So when Andrew threw me a set of demo lights and said to give them a go, I was interested to see if they would live up to the hype. I already had planned to race that night and so what better place to try them than on a dark and wet, muddy night doing an MTB dirt crit at Westgate Park.
Having been a very satisfied customer of Ayup lights for many years, I was curious to see how the cheaper light would measure up. I attached the night light, Dominator 450 to my helmet, and the Night light Destroyer 1200 to my bars. The first thing I noticed was that fixing the lights required no cable ties, this is a good thing.
Fixing it to my helmet did require a little bit of messing around, but, aided by long Velcro straps, it left a lot of flexibility for attaching it through the best holes in the helmet, once it was on if felt solidly attached. Although the battery was quite small there was no option to fit it to my helmet. This resulted in a long cable stretching from my helmet to my back pocket which required me to use the supplied extension cable. Having previously had my light and battery fixed to my helmet with my Ayups, this felt like a bit of a backward step. The bars offered no such problems; attaching it was easy with a thick o-ring, which kept it solidly in place, and the battery fitted neatly under the stem, keeping the whole lighting system quite tidy.he lights themselves felt solid and well made.
You switch them on by pressing the big lighted pushbutton which changes colour for every 25% of battery's life (Green - 100%, blue - 75%, Orange - 50%, Red - 25%), this is a great feature, it takes all the guess work out of when you need to recharge the light.
After pushed the big lighted pushbutton on these lights, I can describe them inone1 word - bright, well two words actually - bloody bright. These lights were considerably brighter than the aforementioned ayups. The Destroyer 1200 produced a very bright central beam with a secondary wide spread which felt like my cars lights beaming out onto the trail. The Dominator 450 although not as bright as its big brother had a narrower beam but still very bright.
Once the race had started the lights lit up the trail for me, unfortunately my fitness was very ordinary, proving that no amount of light will make you win a race ...but you can certainly see the person that does! Burn time for these lights is around 3 hours on full power with the 200gram Li-ion battery pack. These lights are unbelievably cheap. All lights come with helmet and bar mounting fittings, and three outputs: full power, reduced power, and flash mode (flash mode is nice and fast, perfect for the road).
While putting the bike back into the car, I took the time to do a comparison of the lights below. You can see the dominator has a brighter center and and wider beam then the ayups, the destroyer literally blew the other two out of the water, this is a bike light remember...