I'll stick with my P7 LED lights, I can guarantee I'm seen easier with one of these than with those wheel lights.
My main concern with them is that the biggest visibility problems with bikes are at night from directly behind (bike rear lights are terrible). If a car is directly behind me, instead of seeing some bright LED's, they'll just see some red haze on the road. Which would be (maybe) adequate on unlit roads, but in the UK, most street lights are orange, you're not going to see these projecting on the road. You're a quickly going to become a statistic.
Originally Posted by tsm106
They're not targeting a mass cycling society. This is for urban cyclist wanting to avoid getting killed by cars. High powered bike lights cost more than 300 bucks btw.
No they don't. Some do like the ones from Hope, but ones like these - BIKE LIGHT
- are actually cheap. You can get them for about half that price, that's just the first eBay listing I pulled up. And this is how good they are - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luaASDQ058E&feature=related
. So yeah, high powered visibility is no longer expensive
I use one of those on the front of each of my bikes and I have had people actually tell me to turn it off because of how bright it is. They're very bright, I've never had anyone not see me from the front with those lights. Even on the low mode they're brighter than almost all commercially available bike lights, I only switch it to high when I go to unlit bits of road or roads with a lot of openings from side streets and such.