It is getting darker earlier and earlier. Pretty soon it will be dark when I get to work, and dark when I leave. It would be nice to at least have the option of riding a little at night.
I looked at a bunch of lights. Two brands seem to stand out: Cateye and Planet Bike. I debated about going with a bright light (xenon), or a long lasting light (LED). I seriously considered the Cateye HL-EL500. I love the idea of having a light that will last many hours. But I was concerned that the 1000 candlepower of light output might not be enough. And it sounded like the light was a focuses beam that might make navigation difficult. A reviewer for that light suggested the Planet Bike 5000X. The Planet Bike light has two levels of output, either 3000 or 5000 candlepower. The batteries will last 3-4 hours on the 3000 setting, or 1.5-2 hours on the higher setting. But I think with the higher light output, I might be more comfortable riding on some trails. I was on the fence between the two units, but finally swung me was that the Planet Bike 5000X was about half the price of the Cateye HL-EL500. So I ordered the Planet Bike light. I will need to remember to bring some extra batteries, or get a small LED light as a back up.