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He Said, She Said -- Active Lifestyle Product Review: Beryl Laserlight Core
 

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Our reviewers: 
 
 
She Said He Said
Joni is an avid cyclist who uses her bike to commute literally everywhere. She lives in Santa Monica. Jay is also an avid cyclist and SAFE's Ride Director. He lives in the San Fernando Valley.  

Beryl Laserlight Core 
Bicycle light -- $94.98

The Beryl Laserlight Core is a unique front bike light that offers both brightness and extra light for safety in the form of a green bicycle that shines in front of the bike as you ride. The projected bike shape is similar to the one you would find in an actual bike path and at night, could make the difference between a pedestrian or vehicle not seeing you approach on a dark road. 




Much like the back bike light that shines two red lines on either side of you, this light creates a bike lane for the rider, adding that extra measure of safety. This manifests not just as a feeling of safety (which can help the rider be more comfortable riding in the dark) but actual safety because the more lights a rider has shining from their bodies and bicycle, the more visible they are. 

 
  He Said She Said
Ease of Use/Installation 3.5 2
Durability/Materials 4 4
Design Aesthetics 4 5
Effectiveness/Visibility 5 3
Overall Score 4.1 3.5


Jay (He Said) -- The design is similar to other front bike lights with the installation including an elastic band around the handlebar. The most difficult aspect of the installation is the click-in feature that, at first glance, does not appear sturdy but after riding in the dark streets of Los Angeles hitting potholes and bumps, turns out to be pretty sturdy after all. 

The biggest benefit to this bike light is the brightness itself (or lumens) and the green laser bicycle image portrayed on the bike. The most difficult aspect was trying to adjust the size to see if it can shine slightly bigger but this is a small gripe compared to the other benefits the light provides. 

There are bike lights that match this one when it comes to brightness/lumens and are less expensive. That being said, the additional green bicycle may be worth the extra dollars for some cyclists, especially those commuting in the evenings of the winter months. If you commute a lot, and are willing to pay the extra cost, well worth it!

Joni (She Said) -- The installation of the Beryl Laserlight Core was tricky. My handlebar was too big for the shorter silicone strap and too small for the longer one. I even tried swapping mount inserts to see if it'd help. I ended up with a slightly loose, but secure mount for the light. 

Turing the white headlight on and off should be intuitive and as simple as pushing the buttons to cycle through flashing/steady/off. But, for some reason, the light kept going to lock mode on its own every time I turned it off. 

I love the way it looks. It's streamlined, unobtrusive, and doesn't attract attention, which means that I can leave it on my bike and be relatively assured that no one will attempt to steal it, a definite plus!

The flashing setting is bright enough to catch the attention of anyone in the area. I tend to prefer riding around with a bright steady light to see and avoid the numerous potholes in the streets I frequent. The high setting of the Beryl light isn't bright enough for me, though, which means that I have to significantly slow down my pace on dark streets just to make sure I don't accidentally hit a bump -- or fall into a hole. 

The green bicycle light is an added safety feature. I'm not sure if it actually prevented any run-ins with vehicles or pedestrians (hard to quantify something that didn't happen) but I did get a "wow, cool!" comment from a friend when I showed him what the light could do. 

I've gone through many headlights that run the gamut from cheap blinkies to pricey lights that are practically blinding. This is probably a good light for daytime commuting if you want another way of making sure you're seen by cars but, considering the lack of brightness (lumens), I can't recommend this for the dark, pothole-riddled streets of Los Angeles
   
Author: Streets Are For Everyone