CatEye HL-500 Lights

CatEye HL-500 Lights 

DESCRIPTION

The HL-500 Halogen has been the standard in bike lights for over ten years. Owned by over 10 million cyclists, the HL-500 provides 1,000 candlepower of light using two "C" batteries. Side light markers provide additional illumination from the right and left for nighttime visibility. The HL-500 is a night commuter's dream.

USER REVIEWS

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[Apr 19, 2009]
chopper
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Cheap enough...Good in its day.

Weakness:

Switch too hard to find and i do not like the way it operates.Most bike fittings i find too weak,..and its a drag if lights etc..detach half way down a hill etc..So be sure that it is locked on properly;)

If you find one cheap enough,.then its probly good enough;)Of course a stronger beam is desirable if indulging in risky night manouvres (downhill etc.).For general riding/visibility to others etc. this light will do.Should really be solar rechargable,.as its pretty flat on top.

Similar Products Used:

Smaller torch-looking light,..similar bracket..Lost in action due to unclicking from bracket.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 17, 2001]
chongyi

Strength:

quick release, long battery life, bright under total darkness, beam can be repositioned anytime without any tools.

Weakness:

horizontal rectangular beam limits the depth.

very good lights for commuting purposes and able to light up dark paths effectively. i highly recommend it to students who travel between classes at night because batteries last quite long (i travel 4 trips a week night time with at least 15 mins each trip and the lights only dimmed a little after a month). but im giving it a 4 out of 5 because the depth of beam is quite limited (but good enough unless your are riding extremely fast on pavements without any streetlights).

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 17, 2003]
'ric
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Cheap, I guess, but then there are cheaper
Reliable

Weakness:

Not bright enough
Eats up batteries like it was in a buffet
Fat, takes up valuable bar space

I don't see the point of this light...

If you're a commuter, you'll want something that's highly visible, and which won't die on you too quickly. So you'll probably look for LED lights which use AA-batteries (easier to find in rechargeable format).

If you're on the trails, you'll probably want something that casts a substantial amount of light. So you'll want a HID or equivalent.

This light doesn't throw enough light to navigate with, and neither does it have the same visibility range of LEDs. Swallows batteries whole too. Yes it's cheap, and will take a beating, and is fairly waterproof. Beyond that it seems a bit redundant, 'specially since it's so damn big.

Similar Products Used:

Quite a number, don't remember the models

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 21, 2000]
Jonny
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Bright beam compared with other cheap lights
Battery Life
Compact
Solid construction - I keep trashing it, it keeps working!

Great light for when you dont want/need to carry 2kg of rechargeable twin-halogen badger scarers.
These price/power lights are for town riding and for emergency get-you-home situations and compared to all the other cheap lights its bright, strong and small enough to pocket (how many lights have YOU had stolen so far this year?)
Its also the only UK road-legal light I've seen (visible thru 180 deg)

Similar Products Used:

Loads of other cheapo lights

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[May 29, 2000]
Shredder
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

price, build quality, mounting bracket, run time

Weakness:

low output

I have had this for years, I use it mostly for around the neighborhood (we have a headlight law) or at the local hike-and-bike trail around townlake at night (mainly so joggers can see me). Make no mistake this is no off-road light for shredding. On the other hand, it still works while I have been through 2 Spec. Pro-View Nicads and am again in the market for a new off-road light. It also works well as a flashlight for camping, etc. I just used it to check on my ribs I was BBQ-ing outside. It does what it was intended to do very well, the best thing is it saves your high-buck lights for when you really need them...

Similar Products Used:

none similiar, only much higher-end

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Apr 16, 2001]
Jose M Meda
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Clear light, powerfull beam, easy to set-up, only 120 gr. in weight

Weakness:

The halogen bulb is very delicated, yoa most be very carefull because it will brake with no effort

Excelent price/performance relation, you will find a light with better illumination only if you are willing to spent $100+.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 29, 2001]
Mr Dove
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Light, Portable, easily detachable and it doubles as a flashlight in a pinch. Battery life is pretty good too.

Weakness:

More expensive products have higher output.

This is a really good product for someone who does not ride much at night. The battery life is pretty good but they are not rechargeable. The light output is not wonderful but it's enough for most people.

Similar Products Used:

None

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 30, 2001]
Tony VB
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Good light
sight light

Weakness:

not to remove at all when it rains so it is stolen after a week

will buy sigma now because it's even brighter and it will remove allways so i will have a headlight longer then a week

Similar Products Used:

sigma

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Nov 29, 2000]
Scott Sipes
Downhiller

Strength:

Removeable (makes a flashlight)
Super Bright!
Lasts longer than I can ride!
Very lite, instead of the rechargable ones!
Small and comapct!

Weakness:

None

Great product, cheap price, excellent! What more can I say?

Similar Products Used:

Cateye TL-LD120 Tail light

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Nov 04, 1999]
Rob Smith
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Long battery life
Small and light
Unbreakable
Reliable

Weakness:

Weak beam
Um...
Look it's very good OK
Will that do?

Works great as a commuter light and a bit of off roading (if you're totally insane).
Lasts for about 8 hrs using 2 C batteries
5 of those flaming things please

Similar Products Used:

Crap

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
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