Hella cycling lights are now part of the Spanninga group of companies. Hella also makes terrific lights for automobiles, but that part of Hella is not connected with Spannninga. I don't sell them and I have no more abillity to special order Hella automotive lights than to invent cold fusion.
The Luceo mounts to the fork crown on bikes using V brakes or disc brakes. The mount is built into the light itself, so using this light at the fork crown with either caliper brakes or center pull cantilevers is impossible. But with either V brakes or disc brakes, this is one fine inexpensive headlight for the moderate speed commuter on relatively flat roads. The Luceo uses a center mounted LED pointing back towards the reflector. The reflector makes excellent use of the LED's output providing a moderate width horizontal rectangle of light (on a vertical surface) and dimmer light above and below the bright central rectangle. On the road, where it matters, the Luceo's beam is rather tall, close to the light patch of the Schmidt E6, but without that light's intensely bright top section, and much more diffused. I don't recommend the Luceo for fast descending on mountain roads. I do recommend it for cruising up to 15 mph on dark country roads, as well as urban commuting.
This headlight really shouldn't be compared with the Ixon, Ixon IQ or Lumotec IQ Fly from B&M, both or which have brighter and larger beams and are more expensive. The Luceo should be compared with lights such as the Cateye EL530 and the Busch & Müller Lumotec. So here goes.
The EL530 has a cute little spot surrounded by a dimmer halo. It's the classic symmetrical beam that most light makers sell you. The central spot of the Cateye is slightly brighter than the central rectangle of the Luceo. But that central rectangle is about four times wider than the diameter of the EL530's central spot, and twice as tall! When you factor in the halo around the Luceo's beam, it's much taller and wider than the Cateye EL530.
Compared with the Lumotec, the Luceo's beam is not as wide. It's about 3/4 the width of the Lumotec. But the beam is quite a bit taller than the Lumotec. As you're moving along, you'll have more time to see something on the road surface with the Luceo. Of course the Luceo is more expensive than the Lumotec.
So if you're considering the Cateye, and have either disc brakes or V brakes, consider the Luceo too. It's a bit more expensive than the Cateye, but you'll see a lot more of the road. With the Cateye, you'll see a nice little bitty spot on the road ahead. With the Luceo, you'll see a nice big patch of roadway.
And the Luceo is available in two versions. One version, Luceo XS, is powered by a hub or sidewall dynamo, so you have light any time the bike is moving. The other version, Luceo XB, is powered by three AA batteries.
Just remember that the Luceo only mounts at the fork crown, and only with V brakes or disc brakes. If you have traditional cantilever brakes, there's simply no way to mount this light at the fork crown.
Luceo XS: $ 35.50 Dynamo version, On/Off switch
Luceo XB: $ 34.00 Three AA batteries included
Spanninga makes a nice headlight using 5 LEDs, the Q229. It has three settings. First setting has three LEDs lit. Second setting has all five LEDs lit. And the third setting has all five LEDs flashing. The Q229 is great for fixing a flat or dealing with other mechanical issues. It can also be zip tied to your helmet making a great helmet mounted light for reading road signs or a map. It's also great for carrying wood in from the shed, or any chore that requires light while keeping your hands free. The vertical angle is adjustable in several click stops on the mount. You'll need a small phillips screw driver to install the A AA batteries, which are included. It takes a few minutes to install the batteries.
Q229 Headlight $ 20.00 Batteries Included.
The Star Cute can be slid onto the rear of the Q229 headlight band. It has a bright red LED that can be set to steady or flashing modes.
Just press the little button the back.
Star Cute $ 12.00 Battery Included.
The QL219 road handlebar end plug lights do just that! We have them for road handlebars as well as for flat or MTB bars. The road version has a single large LED in each plug. The MTB version has two smaller LEDs in each plug. The batteries are LR44 and each plug takes two batteries. Batteries are included. These are sold only in pairs. The prices are for two plugs, in other words, one pair of plugs.
QL219 Road Plugs $ 15.00
QL223 MTB Plugs $ 16.50
Hella RL 1500
This little taillight has three LEDs and easily attaches to the seat post without tools. Use it in steady or flashing mode. The typical run times are 50 hours steady and 180 hours flashing. A simple and reliable switch is on top.
Hella RL 1500: $ 15.00
Spanninga DX 25
This small taillight attaches to the seat post or seat stay without tools, and just a coin is needed to change the two AAA batteries. The light pivots vertically on its mount, so adjusting the aiming of the light is easy, whether it's on the seat post or a seat stay.
Spanninga DX 25: $ 17.50
The Spanninga Pixeo LED taillight mounts on a rear fender. There are three versions.
On the left is the Pixeo Xs. The Xs is powered by any 6 volt bicycle dynamo, such as the Schmidt SON, Sanyo H27, or Busch & Müller Dymotec 6. It has a standlight which keeps the light on for a few minutes after you stop.
In the middle is the Pixeo Xba. It is powered by 2 AAA batteries (included) and has a 100 hour run time.The Xba has a three position switch; On/Auto/Off. The Auto setting will switch the taillight on or off as needed. The Xba has both a motion sensor and a light sensor. If the bike is moving and it's dark out, the light will automatically come on. When you stop, the Xba will remain on for 4.5 minutes and then switch off automatically.
The Pixeo Xb is on the right. It's the one I switched on for the photo. It has a simple two position On/Off switch.The Pixeos are visible over 180 degrees horizontal, and are very bright directly on axis, due to focusing prisms in front of the super bright LED. These taillights do not blink.
6 volt dynamo powered Pixeo Xs: $ 16.50
Two - AAA battery powered Auto switching Pixeo Xba: $ 16.00
Two - AAA battery powered On/Off switching Pixeo Xb: $ 12.50
We have a set of two stainless steel mounts that enable using any of the Pixeo models mounted to a rear cantilever stud, or to many seatpost binder bolts.
Set of mounts for Pixeo taillight: $ 4.50
HL 2000 Headlight Mounts
Power your HL 2000 from a hub dynamo!
We have a few optional mounts for the Hella HL 2000 headlight. And they do a very interesting thing. They have wiring for a hub dynamo, allowing you to power the HL 2000 from the hub. There are three types. One replaces the standard handlebar mount with another handlebar mount having the electrical connections and the wiring. The handlebar mount will not fit the new goofy oversized handlebars. Sorry. The next allows mounting the HL 2000 at the fork crown on a fork with V-brakes or disc brakes. The last mounts the light at a fork crown with cantilever brakes, or, again, disc brakes. There is no option for mounting the HL 2000 on a fork which has caliper brakes.
Hella HB-02 handlebar mount with dynamo connections and wiring: $ 5.00
Hella HB-03 V-brake fork crown mount with dynamo connections and wiring: $ 5.00
Hella HB-04 cantilever brake fork crown mount with dynamo connections and wiring: $ 5.00
Where Can I Buy One?
You can buy one from us. But wouldn't you rather have your local bicycle shop selling these to all of your friends, family members, neighbors, bridge club members and secret admirers? I know I would!
So, read the info on this site, call me if there's anything you need further clarification on, and hurry on down to your local shop and ask them to set up an account with us to get you a system. If that's not viable, skip the local shop part and just call us to order.
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If you have a retail bicycle shop, or are a bicycle manufacturer, you can purchase Spanninga and Hella lights, at wholesale pricing for resale. Any shop in the US or Canada can purchase Spanninga lights for sale in your store. Please call me for pricing. Peter White Cycles is the official representative for Spanninga in the US and Canada, and we want all bicycle shops to be able to sell these fine lights.
In addition to Spanninga, we represent Wilfried Schmidt Maschinenbau, Busch & Müller, Inoled, Pitlock, and Tout Terrain. We can provide your shop with all of these products at wholesale pricing. See this page for more details on opening a wholesale account with us.
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