Well, I got home from work earlier this week and the jolly folk at Exposure had sent me a Christmas parcel. With the excitement of a starry eyed child I opened the packet…
Why have they sent me an eloborate metal Christmas tree decoration? Hang on! No sillly it’s a miniature fire hydrant replica! Eh?
Suitable confused I did what idiots around the world have done for years, stared at it, and turned it on. Fifteen minutes later, when my vision returned, I realised it was a Blaze rear light. Hurrah!
80 lumens is VERY bright for a rear light. If, like me, you commute / ride / train right through the dark or just dim hours winter, you will appreciate the confidence this light inspires. It is simply impossible to not be seen from behind, (from miles away!) especially in the flashing mode. At 80 grams in weight (that’s a gram a lumen. Calculations made without the aid of a calculator) and with no external battery pack (the light charges in 3 hours via a USB) it’s compact as well as powerful.
Run times vary between 6 hrs and 48, depending on the program you select. Even on the ‘low’ setting, this is an incredibly bright light. The on/off button and charging port are protected by a rubber storm cap and it looks like the Blaze would cope with a bad Mayan storm. In addition, the rubber band attachment makes it easy to switch between bikes in seconds and if, like me, you live a house where the bikes outnumber the humans (substantially) that’s a good thing.
I’ve become somewhat obsessive about lights and the science of being seen of late (this is very interesting and well worth a read btw http://www.londoncyclist.co.uk/raf-pilot-teach-cyclists/). It’s so important to have good quality lights. Bikes are the only on road vehicles to come WITHOUT lights as standard. Make sure you get some good ones and stay safe.
Thanks Expsoure and Merry Christmas All.