Exposure will be unveiling three new lights and a relaunched one at Bontrager Twentyfour12 (Newnham Park, Plymouth) this weekend, but ahead of that here’s a sneak peek at the now remarkably comprehensive range.
Some of the lights in the full line-up pictured above will look familiar. The four-LED Maxx-D (on the right) and the Joystick (second from left) are unchanged. But you’ve probably already noticed some that you won’t have seen before.
The Toro and Diablo are all-new lights, despatching with multiple small LEDs in favour of a single P7 emitter. Well, we say “single”, the P7 actually contains four emitters but on a single chip. That leads to some interesting optical challenges to throw an even, useable beam, and Exposure has custom optics that combine diffusers, reflectors and lenses to produce what it reckons is the most even spread of light out there.
While the Toro and Diablo use the same 700 lumen emitter, the Toro has a three-cell battery while the Diablo uses just the one. That gives the Toro three hours runtime on full power, 10 on the middle setting and 24 on low, with the Diablo having one, three (and a bit) and eight respectively. The Diablo’s dumbbell design gives the central section the same diameter as the existing Joystick despite having almost three times the output, and its low weight makes it eminently suitable for helmet mounting. The Toro is designed with handlebars in mind. One of each, then…
The two-LED unit in the middle that looks like the existing Race is actually the new Strada, pitched at road use – it’s essentially the same package as the Race but with a revised beam pattern more suitable for the road, with one emitter throwing out a wide, shallow beam. In keeping with its anticipated Tarmac habitat, the Strada has two power settings, Main and Dip.
All of these lights have Exposure’s Smart Port socket at the back, which can be used to connect an array of piggyback lights, tail lights, aft-pointing flashers, remote switches, extra batteries and so on, as well as being where you plug the charger in.
Finally there’s the Spark, an entry-level version of the Joystick that dispenses with the integrated rechargeable Li-ion battery in favour of non-rechargeable, easy-to-change batteries (although there’ll be an upgrade kit including batteries and a charger). No Smart Port on the Spark, but you still get multiple power settings, low battery warning light and helmet and bar mounts. Output is a whisker lower than the Joystick’s 240 lumens at 220.
We now have a price list – the Toro will be £275 (including handlebar mount), the Diablo £225 (including bar and helmet mounts) and the Strada £245 (including bar mount and remote switch). The Spark will be £100 including two batteries – when they’re gone, replacements are £6/pr, or go for the rechargeable kit at £25.
Want a closer look? Head down to Newnham Park for Bontrager Twentyfour12 this weekend, where Exposure will be unveiling its new wares to the public for the first time. Exposure’s site at www.exposurelights.com will shortly be updated with details of the new range – sign up to the mailing list and you’ll be first to know…