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I’m very impressed with Spanninga’s latest lights. Since their acquisition of JOS and Hella, this Dutch company has been continually introducing new products and technologies.
Essentially the most interesting is their “Reverse-Beam Technology”. They claim it’s one of many best LED systems available. The LED bulb is mounted just behind the lens and aimed rearward at a mirror that focuses and reflects the sunshine. This minimizes light loss and gives a robust focused and lateral beam. We just received a shipment of lights from from this Dutch manufacturer and two of the new models incorporating this system. The other Spanninga trend is that the brand new models are generally much lighter and smaller than the previous, while putting out more light.
The primary is the long awaited LED version of the Micro FF dynamo light. This light also has a safe stop feature that keeps the sunshine on for about 4.5 minutes after you stop pedaling, very useful at traffic lights and stop signs. But what’s most amazing, other than the brightness, is how tiny and lightweight (54g) this light is.
Though the Micro FF comes with a bracket and reflector, we usually remove them and use a VO light bracket to mount it on the front rack. This ends in a lightweight and really compact, but powerful, headlight.
The opposite new light with reverse beam technology is the Mega LED battery light. Again, it is a compact, light and really very bright unit.
The brand new rack mounted Plateo LED lights are available in dynamo and battery versions. The Plateo has a really bright steady light (not flashing) that can be activated automatically when it gets dark or turned on/off with the switch. It is very thin (22.4mm for the battery versions) and in addition very light (65g for the battery versions – incl. batteries). The dynamo version is even thinner and lighter. The mounting system allows it for use on brackets with standard 50mm spaced holes (common within the USA) or on European racks with 80mm hole spacing. That dual spacing mounting is something we’ve been pushing for for years.
There can also be a brand new and (excuse the repetition) lighter, smaller, and brighter fender mounted taillight, the Pixeo. Again it has the safe stop feature. A battery powered version is due in a couple of weeks.
Finally we have now the brand new “Compact” taillight. It uses two AAA batteries that last about 140 hours in steady mode or 600 hours in flashing mode. With the “Light-Guide Technology” (patented by Spanninga), the Compact Rear offers an optimal rear and lateral visibility (220° visibility) since the sunshine can also be visible from the sides.
A Low-Battery-Indicator warns when the batteries need replacement. It’s shock and water resistant. The housing is straightforward to open with none tools to replace the batteries. The Compact light offers various mounting push button on off switch options: it includes brackets to mount on a seat-posts or a seat-stay. It can be clipped on a saddlebag or on your jersey pocket with the built-in clip. Not bad for $18.
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