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"Bicycle Times", January 1, 2013

PHILIPS SAFERIDE LED BIKELIGHT 80

BY JUSTIN STEINER

PHOTO BY JUSTIN STEINER

PRICE: $200 MADE IN CHINA WWW.PHILIPSBIKELIGHT.COM

LUMENS: 1,000 STEADY MODES: HIGH, LOW FLASH MODES: NONE

RUNTIME (STEADY): 2 - 8 HOURS WEIGHT (WITH MOUNT): 333G

MOUNTS INCLUDED/AVAILABLE: HANDLEBAR

CHARGER TYPE: MINI USB WITH WALL ADAPTER CHARGE TIME: 3 - 4 HOURS

Despite its old-school aesthetics, the SafeRide offers modern LED technology with two LUXEON brand LEDs powered by four rechargeable and replaceable nickel metal hydride AA-cell batteries (included).

This light conforms to European standards, which dictate a light must keep its beam shining low on the road and out of the eyes of oncoming traffic. For the same reason, no flash setting is available. I like the SafeRide’s beam pattern, which is wide, long, and evenly distributed in a trapezoidal shape on the roadway in front of you. There’s plenty of ambient spill in the foreground and sides of the light, albeit with some concentric rings and irregularity. I generally used the high setting commuting to and from work on dark rural roads; more light is always better if you aren’t stressing over burn times.

Overall this light is a nice package with a weighty aluminum housing that feels like it’ll hold up well over time. That said, the $200 retail price is on the high end of the scale considering the use of NiMH batteries. However, batteries wear out over time and these NiMH batteries are cheap and easy to replace. The SafeRide 80 might just run forever.

WHO IS THIS LIGHT GOOD FOR?

Replaceable batteries make this light well-suited for touring adventures where recharging isn’t an option, but battery purchases are.

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