Nashbar Brilliant Headlight

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Nashbar Brilliant Headlight
Check out this bright handlebar addition: The Brilliant 5 LED Headlight keeps you visible at night, helps you see the road ahead, and scares away the boogie man on the bike path. Click for Instruction Manual
  • Featuring LuminMax Technology, this light produces 500 candlepower, includes a steady and flash mode and offers great side visibility, too
  • Water-resistant design is great for commuting in bad weather
  • Tool-free installation and removal lets you take it off the bike when you get where you're going
  • Uses 3 AAA batteries (included)
Nashbar Brilliant Headlight
  • MFPARTNUMBER CG-115W1
  • WEIGHT 74g
  • RUN TIME N/A
  • CHARGER N/A
  • BRIGHTNESS 500 candlepower
  • MODES Steady, flash
  • BATTERY 3 AAA (included)
  • MOUNT Handlebar
  • Rating 3.5

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Nashbar Brilliant Headlight
 
3.5

(based on 13 reviews)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great visibility (7)
  • Long battery life (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Front headlight (10)
    • Good for commuting (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid cyclist (10), Casual/ recreational (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good little Light for the Mone$$$

    By Dave the Preacher

    from Marion, OH

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Front headlight

        Comments about Nashbar Brilliant Headlight:

        Use it mostly to be seen by on coming vehical...on flashing mode on the front of my road bike.

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        • No

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Bright light

        By Xenos

        from E. Washington

        About Me Avid Cyclist

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Long battery life

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Front headlight
          • Night commute

          Comments about Nashbar Brilliant Headlight:

          Cheap and bright enough light to ride on unlit streets/bikekpaths

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Nashbar Brilliant Headlight by Nashbar

          By flyer

          from nj

          About Me Avid Cyclist

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great visibility

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Front headlight

            Comments about Nashbar Brilliant Headlight:

            much smaller than the picture,cheap looking, poor directions for loading batteries. Had to call Nashbar tech.Easy install on bike uses large rubber band
            very bright,use flashing for best visability

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            5.0

            A great deal for the visibility alone!!

            By Bob M

            from Mass and NH

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Pros

            • Great visibility
            • Long battery life

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Front headlight
              • Night commute
              • Visibility In Daylight

              Comments about Nashbar Brilliant Headlight:

              A great deal for the visibility alone!! This little light is inexpensive, an although not robust in constructuion, has more durability than flashing lights costing much more. This light could be a life saver for dawn or disk rides, or coming in and out of shadows. Drivers pulling out on the right side will see this light or they are leagally blind! Runs for weeks on 3 AAA alkaline batteries. I keep it on during the whole ride. Easy to mount on handlebar.

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              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Bad battery life

              By Hutch

              from New York, NY

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

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              Pros

              • Great visibility

              Cons

              • Short battery life

              Best Uses

              • Front headlight
              • Night commute

              Comments about Nashbar Brilliant Headlight:

              This light is great, except for one fatal flaw: the battery life is pretty terrible. It is no longer brighter than its competitors after about 2 weeks of daily use (only about 20min per day on flash mode), and the batteries need to be replaced after about a single month. Comparable planet bike lights, although they might not be quite as bright, will last for 6 months or so with comparable use, and even the $1 lights I ordered direct from [*] had longer battery life.Other than the battery life, it is nice and small, really bright(not quite enough for trail biking or anything), and the mount seems pretty secure.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Good light, mounting bracket seems odd.

              By Hutch

              from New York, NY

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

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              Pros

              • Bright beam
              • Great visibility
              • Low price
              • Size

              Cons

              • Mounting Bracket

              Best Uses

              • Front headlight
              • Night commute

              Comments about Nashbar Brilliant Headlight:

              I commute by bike in New York City, where pretty much everywhere is well lit all the time, so my bike lights are mostly for lighting myself. In the past, I've used Planet Bike lights - specifically the Blaze Half-Watt LED. I've liked these lights except for one thing - I'm not all that great at not loosing them, and they get pricey at about $30 each, [$] for a set. I probably loose one set a year, so it is easily the most expensive part of maintaining my bike. This light is a fair bit cheaper, and after doing the "shine it against a wall" and "look at the reflection in a window" test, it is brighter than the Planet Bike 1/2 Watt as well. Furthermore, it is small and light.I haven't yet used it for more than a day, but it seems pretty good. My only qualm is that the mounting system seems sort of insecure; you don't need any tools to mount it, which is nice, but it seems like it might be prone to turning down toward the ground as I can twist it by hand. I haven't had quite enough experience with this light to confirm that it has this problem, but I've experienced this with lights before, and it usually just means that you need to adjust the light every now and then, so it's not that bad if it is.

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              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Not waterproof

              By Dan

              from Seattle, WA

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Nashbar Brilliant Headlight:

                    price is nice. Light isn't uselessly dim. Yet it is not even water _resistant_, let alone waterproof. I live in the Pacific Northwest, in the Puget Sound region. I believe it lasted maybe a month. One day, would simply not turn on. Replaced batteries, still nothing. No crashes in that time, so my only guess would be that it managed to short out. Maybe I'm wrong on the why, _but_, if it's not water, then it's even more prone to breakage for even less explicable reasons. If you'll be riding in a very dry area, maybe this could work for you, but wouldn't recommend risking it otherwise.

                    REALLY, if you'll be using it regularly, I know it seems exorbitant, but NBR sells some _much_ brighter, _much_ more durable lights. Bite the bullet - you'll thank yourself as soon as you're going downhill @>30mph! At least 300 lumens.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Does the job well

                    By KMW

                    from San Francisco Bay Area

                    About Me Avid Cyclist

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                    Pros

                    • Great visibility

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Front headlight

                      Comments about Nashbar Brilliant Headlight:

                      If you're looking for a light that won't break your budget this is it. The light is bright enough for you to actually see the road ahead. Very easy to install and remove from the handle bars. Excellent value

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Nice Headlight

                      By TDawgRidesaBike

                      from Phoenix, AZ

                      About Me Avid Cyclist

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Great light for the price
                      • Quick OnOff

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Front headlight

                        Comments about Nashbar Brilliant Headlight:

                        Great light for the price. Really quick on/off, so you don't have to keep it permanently mounted on handlebars. Only downside is it's plastic, so just don't drop it, but it only cost [$] and keeps me quite visible. I think it was a great buy.

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                        3.0

                        Good but not the best

                        By TNelsonFLA

                        from South Florida

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                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Weak beam

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Nashbar Brilliant Headlight:

                            Bought because other light at LBS was not bright enough. Bought this and $10 one during FREE shipping and was a little disappointed. It is now on second bike that is riden only during day and use the flash mode.

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