The Volt 6000 is the first light we've seen to incorporate a fan in the light head (click to enlarge).
Editor's Note: This article is part of Mtbr and RoadBikeReview's 2016 Bike Lights Shootout. See the 2016 Mtbr Headlights Index and the RoadBikeReview Commuter Lights Index.
The Lowdown: CatEye Volt 6000
CatEye made the first HID bike light with the Stadium 3 bike light about ten years ago and revolutionized night riding. The system was incredibly heavy at 2000 grams and it put out about 500 Lumens of very white/blue-ish light.
Now, CatEye wowed us once again with the introduction of their Volt 6000 lights. With a claimed output of 6000 Lumens, the Volt 6000 weighs in at 718 grams with a cost of $800. The kicker is it has a built-in fan to counter the greatest enemy of LED bike lights today, heat.
Is it as revolutionary as the old CatEye Stadium? Is it an unfair advantage for trail night riding? Read on and find out.