We all know Cateye pretty well – but mostly as the provider of commuter lights that get us home when the clocks have changed and we’ve had to run in to a bike shop at lunch time to purchase some ‘get me home’ blinkers.
Somewhere along the line, CatEye came of age – in a pretty major way. They’ve been creating ‘seeing’ lights up to 1000 lumens – enough for you to see where you’re going on unlit roads – for some time, but for 2016 they’ve gone all out and launched an industry first.
The Volt 6000 provides – you guessed it – 6000 actual lumens. That’s a lot brighter than a car headlight, with most producing around 3000 lumens per pair (though it does vary drastically).
The key design challenge was keeping the light from overheating, when producing such a high beam – and CatEye managed this with an inbuilt cooling fan. When on full power, you can actually feel the fan buzzing away, and its this that allows the light to remain at 6000 lumens until the battery runs out, rather than gradually losing its brightness as heat increases.