Fenix BC30R Rechargeable Bike Light

 

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Alright everyone, how is your summer going?  Hopefully you are getting out there and enjoying that warm summer sun.  I know I am trying.  Last year, when September rolled around, I couldn’t help feeling like I had wasted my summer.  It was over before it started, and I refused to let that happen this year.  I made a promise to myself that I would get out there and be more active.  So I am really trying to live up to that.

One of the ways I am getting back outside, is with my bike.  Biking is so good for you, and such an enjoyable form of exercise.  But, by the time I get home from work, the sun has already started to go down.  So I decided to invest in a bike light.  I wanted something I could rely on, without having to worry about the battery dying during my ride.  Something I could easily work with while I am riding.  After looking around, I decided on the Fenix BC30R Rechargeable Bike LightThis light had everything I needed for my nightly rides.

First and foremost, this handy light comes with a convenient USB charger, eliminating the constant buying and replacing on batteries.  Batteries can get expensive, so the rechargeable option was a must have for me.  With its quick release handlebar mount, I could easily take it off after my ride and charge it.

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One of my favorite additions to this light, is the OLED digital display.  This display shows me the runtime of remaining power left.  I don’t need to worry about running out of power mid-ride and being left out in the dark.  Riding in the dark can get incredibly dangerous, not only can you not see what’s ahead of you, but it’s difficult for cars or other people to see you.  So now, all you need to do is check the screen and you will know exactly how much time you have left, so you can adjust your ride appropriately.

Another must have for me, the light itself needed to be easy and quick to operate.  I didn’t want to be stopping every time I had to adjust the light.  And the BC30R Rechargeable Bike Light has just that.  With five brightness levels, and one flashing mode, this light has plenty of options.  Able to be tailored to your ride, exactly how you needed.  And with the plus/minus button switch design, the output selection is simple and quick.  No need to interrupt your ride just to adjust the output.

So, after looking around, I have decided the BC30R Rechargeable Fenix Bike Light was exactly what I needed for my nightly rides.

So what do you think?   Would this light work for you?  Or maybe you already have it, and have a good story?  Let us know in the comments below, we enjoy hearing from all of you!

Shining a Light On Turtle Watching

 

 

{3BEBAF24-505A-4776-99C8-F932E9970A66}We always love hearing new and interesting ways you, our readers, are using your lights.  You can think you have heard it all, but then something new comes along and really changes the way you view your flashlights.  A new perspective on an old hobby.  One such hobby recently caught our eye, thanks to one of our readers.

A few days ago I was contacted by one of my readers.  She had a question about which flashlight would be best for turtle watching at night.  At first I was confused, as I had not really explored this hobby too thoroughly.  I wanted to help her out, but I knew I needed to do a little research into what light would work best for her hobby.

First, a little background, in looking around the web, I discovered that an abundance of sea turtles lay their eggs at night.  When the mother turtle lays her eggs, she goes into a trance-like state.  By laying her eggs at night, she is less likely to be bothered while she lays the eggs, and predatory birds are less likely to see where she lays them, thus protecting her little ones from being eaten.  Secondly, most often the baby turtles will hatch at night.  Why you ask? Several internet resources say the babies don’t know what’s going on, they just follow the brightest light.  If they hatch at night, the brightest light will be the reflection of the moon on the ocean water, therefore leading them to the ocean.  It is also believed, much like the mother turtle, they will be more protected from predators in the darkness of night.   Now I am absolutely no expert on turtles, this is all just info I am finding online, so please feel free to correct me if I am wrong.

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So why am I telling you all of this on a flashlight blog?  Well, it just so happens an interesting hobby has emerged that brings together the world on flashlights and turtles.  Many turtle enthusiasts will gather along the beaches during nesting season to either see the mother lay her eggs, or to see the little hatchlings emerge for the first time.  And, as I have mentioned above, this usually happens at night.  Unless you have some superhuman ability to see in the dark, most of us would be left on the beach starring out at darkness.  Thus, you need a flashlight.  But here is where things get tricky, if you are flashing a light you run the risk of scarring off the turtles, damaging their newborn eyes, or confusing them away from the protection of the ocean.  So your choice in flashlights should be very particular.

So far, the best method for turtle watching, is to use a Red LED flashlight.  They are less disorienting to the turtles, and less likely to hurt them or scare them away.  So where can you get some great Red LED lights?  Hopefully I can help you out.

First we have the Coast TX10 4 Color LED flashlight.  The light is probably one of the best choices available to you.   Running on AAA batteries, this light has a max runtime of about 8.25 hours, so you don’t need to worry about switching out batteries in the dark, when you should be watching turtles instead.  Its mulit-colored options let you select from blue, green, regular, and of course red.  You can use the red option while turtle watching, then switch back to the regular light to make your way back from the beach safely.   At only $24.95, this is a very affordable and versatile light, for a great new hobby.

Or, if you are looking for something smaller, and more portable, go with the LRI Photon Micro-Light II Red.  This small red LED light is perfect for clipping on your keychain, for those “Emergency Turtle Watching” trips.  You can always have this little guys accessible for whenever you need it most.  It also makes a great way for the kids to get involved in the hobby of turtle watching without having to give them an expensive flashlight.

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I also found the Glo-Toob Red Lighium Electric Light Stick.  With a run time of 100 hours, this Glo-toob is the perfect alternative to a chemical light stick.  Also equipped with keychain, you can hook this guy on your car keys, or backpack, making it very accessible.  As an added bonus, this light is water resistant, so you don’t need to worry about carrying it out on the beach.

These are just a few options that would work great for all your turtle watching needs.  Hopefully we have helped you out, and given you the proper tools to head out and see nature at work.  As always, please be respectful and safe with all wildlife.  Only use these lights to admire the turtles from afar.  If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below.  Or, if you have your own personal turtle watching story, please share.  As always, we leave hearing new and unique ways LED lights are being used.

Disney Brings New Life to LED Lights!

If you are on this blog, it’s because you adore LED lights.  I know I do.  Being a huge fan, I love to see how different people are using LED’s, how they are being revolutionized, and seeing the amazing things they are truly capable of.  Browsing around the other day, I stumbled across a new, really amazing use of LED lights.  Disney has always been on the forefront of revolutionizing entertainment, we all know that.   But they have taken that to an entirely new level with their new “glow with the show” technology.  Debuting as part of their 60th anniversary celebration in Disneyland, these new Mickey Mouse ears utilize IR technology and LED lights to bring an entirely new level of LED magic to the parks.

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All of this would not be possible without Steve Davison.  Steve has brought an entirely new, LED filled, magic to the parks shows.  He brought the “Paint the Night” parade to Disney Hong Kong last September utilizing 1.5 Million LED lights.  He used that parade as a jumping off point to bring the “Paint the Night” parade to Disneyland Anaheim.  This parade will feature 76 performers in Lighted, LED costumes that will change color in coordination with the music.  But wait, it gets cooler.

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Remember that IR technology I mentioned earlier?  That plays a huge role in bringing the LED magic to the guests, really immersing them in the show.  How this works is something truly incredible.  Guests will be able to purchase a unique pair of Mickey Mouse ears that, when turned on, will light up using an LED light inside.  But that isn’t the cool part.  When watching any of the amazing shows in the park, the ears will receive the IR signal, and change color in accordance with the show.  They will blink along to the music, change color to match the floats driving by, even change to match the fireworks exploding over their heads.  Bringing a whole new kind of immersion to those watching the shows.

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This is one truly amazing use of LED lights, revolutionizing their use in entertainment, and basically all around.  Just reading about things like this really make me want to go out and tinker with my LED lights, see what things I am capable of doing.  Just when I think LED’s can’t get any cooler, something like this comes along and really re-ignites that LED love.  I plan on getting out my Coast TX10 4-Color LED flashlight and making some LED magic of my own.

So what do you think?  Does this new use of LED’s catch your attention?  Re-ignite your love of LED’s?  Do you know someone else who is bringing new live to LED’s?  Let us know all that and more in the comments.

Why LED?

Why LED?  Everyone keeps raving about the new LED this, or LED that.  But why do we care?  What makes an LED different?  What makes it better?  I decided, to make an educated decision, I needed to truly know what makes up an LED and how it works.

LED stands for Light Emitting Diode.  The diode acts as a semiconductor, so when electrons pass through it, it emits a strong light.  It is with this diode that the LED gains a foot up.  When compared to an incandescent or CFL bulb, the LED bulb is far more efficient at turning energy into light.  They radiate less heat, this is why an LED bulb will be cooler to the touch (which makes them safer to use).

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Another bonus of using LED lights, is that the diodes can be directed to all shine in on direction.  Giving the user more control over where the light shines, making it ideal for flashlight use.  Where other bulbs shine with omnidirectional light, spraying light all over, and not being able to focus the shine on one area.  However, there are LED bulbs made with the diodes shining in multiple directions, for use in desk lamps and car headlights.

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How does an LED light age?  Very well actually.  The LensLight 3X123 Triple-output boasts a lifespan of 100 hours, with a Max output of 850 lumens when powered by 3 CR123 batteries.  Not too shabby!  Many other flashlights boast similar, impressive, stats, including the 5.11 ATAC A2, the Boker Plus FC-3, and the Fenix LD60.  The LED light will outshine all other bulbs, while always remaining at 70% of its original power.

So, with longer light, better output and more reliability, why not go with LED?  It seems like the natural choice.     I hope you are a little bit more informed, and now you know why LED is something to be excited about.  Do you have a favorite LED light?  Why do you prefer LED lights?  Let us know!