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Suggested changes to one paragraph of the article:

"With the combination of LEDs, lithium batteries, better electronics and chargers, this new crop of lights promises to deliver a much better and safer night riding experience."
 

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Great start, francois. However, you are such a tease..:D
Yeah... I have dual, side by side beam pattern rollovers even. Super geeky!

I'll send you a secret link to the beam pattern shots since you are one of the premier contributors here and I could use the feedback.

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It would be a pleasure to help, francois. You have transcended basic beamshots- that's very impressive.
 

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Looks really interesting - I am clicking on everything in there to find comparisons on a Jet 20W VS Niterider HID VS Lupine Betty........

francois said:
Please check it for accuracy and typos. I'd like to announce the shootout today. I'm planning to publish a couple light articles a day starting tomorrow as the page formatting progresses.

http://reviews.mtbr.com/blog/lights-shootout-introduction/

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Looking good. I won't check for typos, because that would be asking a fish to walk on land. But the info is good - I don't necessarily agree with everything, but there's nothing I would object to (and if we all thought the same, then we should have had world peace by now). Great work!

Cheers,

Tom
 

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Flyer said:
Great start, francois. However, you are such a tease..:D
Hi Flyer,

I agree about the tease part!:rolleyes: That said, it's all great information and I'm anxious to see more of it.

Thanks,

Michael:thumbsup:
 
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Love it, Very interesting reading and I'm glad DIY lights will be encluded.
One small thing though, leds are chips and not bulbs.
 

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It's looking really good with clean page-layout and very effective writing. I'll check back each day for new reviews.

By the way, a LED used in bike lights is contained within a bulb. There is a chip (Light Emitting Diode) contained within the bulb. So the use of the word "lamp" or "bulb" is still accurate though the LED itself is not a bulb. It is a diode that emits light when "powered up" in a circuit.
 

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Suggestions:

In the first paragraph, instead of simply saying, "a nice lighthead.", I think you should be more specific, saying something like "It features a nicely styled, single lighthead with three LEDs."

Second paragraph -- instead of, "Each of the three LEDs come with their own switch that operates independently.", it should read, "Each of the three LEDs comes with its own switch that operates independently."

Maybe you could be more descriptive of the materials too. Is that an anodized aluminum front bezel? Is the back molded of solid plastic with a rubbery feel? That integrated rubbery band can be a plus and a minus.

In the Bottom Line section -- instead of, "There’s a lot of light levels and the flash mode works well for commuters. But on the trail, it’s not quite bright enough and some usability issues hold it back. The amount of light the rider gets for the money is not very high. Also, some of the design issues like the switch hold back its trail usability.", try the following, "There are lots of light levels and the flash mode works well for commuters. But on the trail, it’s not quite bright enough and some usability issues hold it back. The amount of light the rider gets for the money is not very high. Also some of the design issues, like the switches, limit its trail usability."
 

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Suggestions:

In the first paragraph, instead of simply saying, "a nice lighthead.", I think you should be more specific, saying something like "It features a nicely styled, single lighthead with three LEDs."

Second paragraph -- instead of, "Each of the three LEDs come with their own switch that operates independently.", it should read, "Each of the three LEDs comes with its own switch that operates independently."

Maybe you could be more descriptive of the materials too. Is that an anodized aluminum front bezel? Is the back molded of solid plastic with a rubbery feel? That integrated rubbery band can be a plus and a minus.

In the Bottom Line section -- instead of, "There’s a lot of light levels and the flash mode works well for commuters. But on the trail, it’s not quite bright enough and some usability issues hold it back. The amount of light the rider gets for the money is not very high. Also, some of the design issues like the switch hold back its trail usability.", try the following, "There are lots of light levels and the flash mode works well for commuters. But on the trail, it’s not quite bright enough and some usability issues hold it back. The amount of light the rider gets for the money is not very high. Also some of the design issues, like the switches, limit its trail usability."
Beauty. I will incorporate these changes.

I'll also add in my light meter readings. At first, I thought they're not relevant until the full set is presented but I can sa it was nth out 25. And state what was right in front of it and behind it in terms of brightness.

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All I can say is ....hurry!:D I'm waiting to see the results before pulling the trigger on new lights!

The bike light manufacturing industry had better take notice of this shootout and use it as a way to improve their products. If they don't, they my be left in the dark!:rolleyes: ;)
 

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Prefer responses via PM, email, or this thread? I emailed you already.
Please PM it to me or post it here. My email is broke! Big norcal storm.

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