For a long time, I kept to the Cat Eye brand. About 5 years back, they started to disappear from stores, and I would have to ask for them to be ordered in. This is a good one of theirs that lasted me several years.
|Cat Eye headlamp|
The new big name in headlamps seems to be Blackburn. Here's the first of theirs that I got. It had no water resistance. On a rainy day it would quit working due to water getting into the mechanism. The switch was small and hard to operate when wearing gloves.
The computer chip decides what to do when you press the switch. Turning on and off requires push-and-hold instead of just a click. When the battery gets low, as well as going dim, the operation gets erratic, so that the power switch stops working, or goes into some strange mode where you have to hold forever to keep the light on, or it only comes on some of the time, or it comes on but in flashing mode. The chip doesn't get the power it needs, so it goes brain-dead. You pressed the button? Let's spin the wheel to see what happens next! How it got like this is that management insisted that the engineers change something. Continuous improvement is a great idea, except that when you already have something that's excellent, you are likely to make it bad by insisting on change for the sake of change. It's essential to be sure you have an actual benefit from doing a modification. They were the leader in bike lamps, and engineered themselves into selling crap. The taillight on my cruiser is a Cat Eye. I have to lean on the button for several seconds hoping it will turn off. Can't use gloves either. Stupid engineers.
|The Gotham defender|
Stores are selling LED flashlights for about 5 bucks nowadays, so I thought that if I could get one of them secured to the handlebars, it would work well. I found this angle bracket that seemed to fit the design idea. It didn't exactly fit the lamp or bar, and I had to wrap it in electrical tape to stay in place. That made it tough to get the lamp off to change the battery. The battery packs in them aren't very sturdy, and didn't stand up to more than a couple battery changes.
This is what I have now. It's another Blackburn.