Was looking at lezyne micro or macro drive?
Would those be good enough (450/800 lumen respectively?
Any other options worth considering?
I bought a cat-eye volt 500 recently and took it up the mountains the other night. more than enough power to light the road ahead. some of these lights have crazy power but i feel the 500 was plenty for night-time road biking. not a huge amount of burn-time at high power (about an hour) but i don't think i even used full beam for more than 30 minutes cumulatively. blinking or low beam depending on light conditions otherwise. cateye volt 500 was about 55 quid.
Trelock LS 950. Bought one two years ago and it's fantastic. As good as there is I think.
Sounds like you need a Front Light For Dark Country Road Commute.
Just picked up a Madison electron 650, double lamp, option to have 2 on giving 650 lumen, or one on giving 325 lumen with a third option of one on and one flashing. Was reduced from €90 to €45 in LBS in Gorey. Had purchased a 200 lumen for €35 which was faulty, only cost me €10 to trade up on the exchange.
Really good light, brilliant burn time.
The optics on most lights are poor/inefficient when compared with trelock/philips saferide/b&m.
These lights aren't high powered but use the power they have really well. A commuter would get away with charging a trelock 950 once a week.
I think the Supernova dynamo lamp has 210 lumens yet would out perform most 500 lumen lights.
Rose/bike discount/bike 24 would be a good place to look.
As an aside the demands in dark country roads isn't that high, the absence of light pollution means your eye adapts really well. (As long as you haven't some stupid 2000 lumen mtb light doing more harm than good with reflected light).
Heavy oncoming traffic in rural areas is probably trickiest environment for bike lighting
Exposure Strada or some proper german dynamo lights.
I have an ancient Exposure Race Maxx (480lumen) that's fine for pitch black countryside commuting at avre speed of 25km. Also powers a Redeye rear light.
Bought one of these recently. Brilliant light for road or trails with very good runtime.
As ford2600 says the power output is all too often secondary to the pattern of light produced. I've had (far) brighter commute lights but my current Phillips dynamo-powered light is the best front light I've had by far, it lights the road well and is great for being seen by too.
It has changed the way that I think about lights, I used to look at power output first when evaluating lights. Which I now l realise was pointless, after all a laser pointer is incredibly (and dangerously) bright but you wouldn't want it on your bike.
And flashing and bright front lights are a terrible combination. Rather than making you more visible they tend to blind oncoming traffic, which is entirely counterproductive. Same goes for very bright and flashing rear lights, where the flash pattern of the light also plays a big part in whether it induces awareness of your existence or a need to effectively ignore it and the cyclist attached to it.
Well I went and got the Trelock ls950 on the strength of the recommendations here. I also got the ls720 reego for the back as the set offered a bit better value.
Here are my thoughts. Its very expensive, with postage it came to just over 100 euro. At that price I expected them to be very good. Ubfortunately the rear light lasted 1 sodding use, following that I charged it overnight and it has since stopped working altogether. Very very disappointing. Its cheap in comparison to the front light, which makes up over 70 euro of the cost, but nonetheless these German brands trade on their build quality and engineering expertise, and a Chinese rear light would probably have lasted longer. I have since bought an Infini sword in cyclesuperstore which seems much better, and the price matched online retailers. Another issue wih the Trelock (both front and back) is the clip for attaching it to the bike. It uses a plastic screw to hold it in place once youve fully pulled the cable-tie style strap. This screw is kinder egg toy in quality, and the head on both the front and rear one has sheared after fitting them, to such a degree that I had to just cut the rear one off with a knife when fitting the Infini light in its place. The front will no doubt be the same, as the head is sheared on that too after the first fitment. Again, when you trade on buld quality, this is ridiculous imho. As for the front light itself, it is good, the battery life excellent and having the level indicator helps with the anxiety of what juice you have left. The 5 level beam adjustment is good, I like the light coming from it as its not some overpowered blinding mess, but looks well designed and gives good field of vision in front and to the sides. It could be a little stronger possibly but its adequate. A flash mode would be nice too. Overlall then, Im happy with the front light itself, tho the attachment clip is a joke, and the rear light was a big disappointment in every way and a complete waste of money.
Warranty on the rear?