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Fantastic light - weak design
on February 3, 2011
This is the fourth cheap handlebar-mounted light I've used, along with the Planet Bike Beamer 3, the CatEye HL-EL135 (their 3 LED light) and the CatEye HL-EL220 (their 5 LED light). As far as actually generating light, the Princeton Tec light is far superior to any other light I've tried. The beam is much wider, goes further, and is much, much brighter. CatEye lists the "candlepower" output for their lights, whereas PT lists "lumen" output, and 100 lumens is really, really bright. Probably a marketing thing on the part of CatEye. Anyway, that Princeton Tec has been making lights for a long time really shows. Their expertise has not translated into a durable design for this light, unfortunately. I had the exact same experience as other reviewers with the small, weak plastic tabs that hold the head to the body breaking when my light fell on the ground from 3-4 feet. Princeton sent me a "warranty" replacement at no cost. If they had simply designed the light so the batteries go in/out at the back of the body of the light, it would be perfect. Too bad. Perhaps PT will look at a redesign - I think there is a huge market for a good, small headlight for people who ride on the street at night, and this could be the best light for the price on the market. Also, the I have the "Red" color, but it has a sort of purple/pinkish tinge to it - not as "red" as pictured. If you don't plan on dropping your light or crashing on a trail, this light is fantastic for the price.