Rated 4 out of
The light itself is excellent. Very bright but with a good beam shape. Bright at low speeds with little apparent drag (at least with my hub dynamo).
The mount that came with it is very poor though and broke almost immediately. I wouldn't bother using it as it is a risk to the light to come off at speed and just start by finding an alternative mounting technique.
Date published: 2013-11-05
Rated 4 out of
Brilliant Light Unit, poor bracket.
I own several of these lights as I liked my first one so much. You need to keep away from rough tracks as the bracket is weak and will fail after a few months cycling on bumpy tracks due to fatigue failure. The bracket material is hard and brittle, and the light has its weight forward of the bracket resulting in vibration, which over time causes the bracket to fracture near its fixing point. Philips don't keep spare brackets, but they will replace the complete light unit if the bracket breaks.
Philips: Next update please add a daylight sensor, make the bracket short and light vertical (like B&M IQ Fly). This will reduce the leverage on the bracket and put the light further above the front wheel to improve near illumination. Also, add a shade over the top part of the lens to eliminate glare. Then this fantastic light will be perfect.
Date published: 2013-10-13
Rated 2 out of
Great light, let down by truly pathetic mounting bracket.
I've had two of these, and the bracket design is utter PANTS. Seems to be made out of thin cheap pressed steel instead of drawn wire/rod, and then to make matters worse they put grooves across it to make stress risers just where you don't want them. Result: fatigue failure every time.
The light unit on the other hand is absolutely first class - the equal of lights costing twice as much. Bright enough for high speeds on dark country lanes, and nice wide beam. There are some off artefacts on the very edge of the beam, but you never really notice them.
Date published: 2012-06-24
Rated 5 out of
An excellent all round front light
I use this light in conjunction with a Shimano hub dynamo, the results are outstanding. There is a very wide beam which illuminates the whole width of the road, not just a narrow beam of light just in front of the bike. It is suitable for totally unlit roads, giving good illumination far enough ahead for speeds of 30mph with no trouble.
Flicker at low speeds is not really noticeable, and goes away completely at about 6mph, and is very much reduced when the capacitor has been charged fully after a few hundred yards.
My only very slight concern is the strange artefacts of the beam pattern which sends out light at 45 degrees forwards and upwards, but this is only really noticeable in misty or foggy conditions.
All in all a super light.
Date published: 2012-02-13