Hey, it’s been a while. We moved house (again), and then had some much more exciting Real Life events which rather demolished my blog-post-writing-time. And continue to do so, if we’re honest, but at the moment everyone’s asleep…
John Lewis are also still struggling to find the on switch for our broadband connection (there’s possibly a lesson in there about buying telecoms from a furniture shop), so as I’m running tethered off my mobile don’t expect many pictures.
Anyway, the meat of this post is to say that as part of An Arrangement* made with Laid Back Bikes, I’ve got my hands on Busch & Müller’s latest dynamo headlight; the IQ-X. This puts out a claimed 100 lux, putting it a smidgen ahead of anything else on the market.
It also rather confuses the B&M light lineup, as the Luxos IQ2U (they’re really not great at names) that I reviewed here really remains at the top of the range despite a slightly lower output, thanks to its cache battery, remote switch, USB charging and general electric fanciness. The IQ-X feels more like a direct challenge to Schmidt’s Edelux lights – something to go for if you’re only interested in the light output rather than any bells and whistles.
Three initial thoughts:
- B&M really need to work on their packaging. If I’m spending £100 on a light, it would be slightly more reassuring if it didn’t turn up in a plastic sleeve with some broken cable-tie retainers. The last lightbulb I bought came in a fancier box…
- The light unit itself looks perfectly adequate, although it doesn’t feel as high-end as something from Schmidt, Supernova or Exposure. That’s not to say it feels cheap, but if you held of buying the Luxos over reliability concerns, the IQ-X is unlikely to change your mind.
- The power input is now a permanent wire into the back of the light rather than the male spades on the back of the Luxos. This wire is only 60cm long, which is fine if you’re mounting it to the fork crown, but no good for my recumbent. As such, for some comments on the actual light, you’re going to have to wait until SJS Cycles pop a few more cable connectors in the post.
In the meantime, here’s a few more images (alongside a Luxos for comparison in a few cases):
*An arrangement which may have an Urban Arrow-shaped component.