Headlights by Wilfried Schmidt
New for 2014, the Edelux II
Wilfried Schmidt Maschinenbau of Tübingen, Germany makes several headlights for 6 volt dynamo systems. Their latest is the Edelux II which produces the brightest beam available at 90 lux at 15 kph, the German standard for lux measurement. The beam is shaped much like a high quality automotive low beam, bright at the top then getting progressively dimmer towards the bottom, resulting in extremely even illumination of the road ahead for the cyclist. It puts most of the light further down the road so you can see at a distance when descending a hill, and there's still plenty of light close to the bike. The Edelux II has an all aluminum housing and a high quality hard glass lens instead of a plastic lens, which is common on other headlights. For the winter commuter riding on sanded and salted roads, the Edelux II lens will remain clear for many years without clouding up from sand kicked up by passing cars.
Like the original Edelux, the Edelux II uses a mirror that Schmidt buys from their friends at Busch & Müller. The original Edelux uses the Busch & Müller IQ-Tec mirror, introduced in 2007, and the Edelux II uses the new IQ Tec P mirror, just introduced at Eurobike, August, 2013. This new mirror projects a much wider beam than does the original, about twice the width. Yet, with new brighter LEDs, the lux measurement is still higher. So the road ahead is not only illuminated with a much wider beam, it's also brighter.
But there's one more thing about this new headlight that is just extraordinary. In order to illuminate the road ahead evenly, there needs to be a smooth increase in the projected light from the bottom of the beam to the top. The further the light has to go, the brighter it needs to be at the source (the headlight) in order for the road surface to be evenly lit from the viewpoint of the cyclist. The older Edelux with IQ-Tec reflector did what I thought was an admirable job of producing an evenly lit road surface. But this new beam is even better in that regard, while still being so much wider and taller.
Why is this important? If the road surface close to the rider is brighter than the road at a distance, your eyes will have more difficulty making out details on the road at a distance when you're riding fast or descending a hill. On a fast descent, the further away you can see clearly, the more time you'll have to react to whatever it is you're approaching. Here's a photo of the Edelux II beam from the rider's viewpoint.
And here's a diagram showing how the beam is projected. "M" is for meters.
The Edelux II is available in polished aluminum finish, silver anodized finish, black anodized finish, and anodized in the same red color as the Rohloff hubs and red SON hubs.
Order the Edelux II with a 60cm wire with 4.8mm connectors for the SON hubs, or with a 140cm wire and loose connectors. You can also specify any length up to 140cm and we will install the connectors for the SON hub for you when you place your order.
Schmidt Edelux II Polished 60cm wire, Part # SCH680600, Price: $
Schmidt Edelux II Silver Anodized 60cm wire, Part # SCH680690, Price: $
Schmidt Edelux II Black Anodized 60cm wire, Part # SCH680610, Price: $
Schmidt Edelux II Red Anodized 60cm wire, Part # SCH680620, Price: $
Schmidt headlights do not include any mount. You must purchase a mount separately. See this page for mounting options. Here's the Edelux II on my Rambouillet. The mount is the Busch & Müller HD Caliper mount.
Schmidt Edelux (original)
The original Edelux is still just as good as ever. The beam is narrower than the new Edelux II and not as tall, but the light distribution is excellent, and it's virtually as bright as the brightest dynamo headlights. We only have a few left as of Dec 9, only the upside down version.
Edelux Upside Down
The upside down version has no Senso mode, nor can a taillight be wired.
Schmidt Edelux Upside Down Polished 140cm wire, Part # SCH671403, Price: $ 140.00
Schmidt Edelux Upside Down Black Anodized 140cm wire, Part # SCH671413, Price: $ 140.00
Halogen Schmidt E6 Headlight
The original E6 headlight with glowing ring.
The halogen bulbed E6 headlight is without question the finest halogen headlight for bicycles ever made. While not as bright as the new LED headlights, the projected beam of the E6 is amazing. And many older cyclists prefer the color of the halogen bulb to the color of LED headlights and find it easier to see, even though the total light output is lower.
Here's the later production E6 without the glowing ring, next to the Edelux II. The glowing ring was eliminated because recumbent riders were annoyed by the bright ring almost directly in front of their eyes.
The E6 is available as a Primary or as a Secondary headlight. You may use the two together for the ultimate halogen headlight system. Since halogen headlights don't have as much power as current LED headlights, the halogen beams are narrower to concentrate the available photons. So you can use two E6 headlights and aim them side by side for a wider beam. But the two headlights cannot be identical. They must be wired differently in order to work together.
Use the Primary by itself as the only headlight, or wired in series with the E6 Secondary (E6-Z). Use it with or without a taillight. If you have a wired taillight, use a 2.4 watt bulb. If you use the E6 Primary without a wired taillight, it must have a 3 watt bulb. We have both. When using the Primary with a Secondary, the correct bulb is still determined by whether or not there is a taillight connected to the Primary headlight. The E6 Secondary cannot have a taillight connected and can only be used with a 3 watt bulb.
Schmidt E6 Primary with 2.4 watt halogen bulb, 120cm wire, Part # SCHE6B12024: $ 98.28
Schmidt E6 Primary with 2.4 watt halogen bulb, 50cm wire, Part # SCHE6B5024: $ 98.28
Schmidt E6 Primary with 3 watt halogen bulb, 50cm wire, Part # SCHE6B50: $ 99.92
Schmidt E6-Z Secondary with 3 watt halogen bulb, 90cm wire, Part # SCHE6BSEC: $ 104.83
We also have the E6 available unswitched for use with sidewall dynamos like the Busch & Müller Dymotec 6.
Schmidt E6B OS No Switch 2.4 watt halogen bulb, Part # SCHE6BOS: $ 85.18
Schmidt E6B OS No Switch 3 watt halogen bulb, Part # SCHE6BOS3: $ 86.81
Don't these dynamo lights Blow Up?
If you do a search on the internet for bicycle dynamo lighting systems, you will undoubtedly come across warnings about bulbs burning out if you ride your bike too fast. This is true of systems designed back in the 1920s, and used on bikes such as Raleigh three speeds up through the early 1980s. These were very crude systems by today's standards, with no voltage limiting. While you can still buy cheaply made dynamo lights that will blow bulbs on a downhill run, none of the systems I sell are so poorly made that you have to concern yourself with this. Without exception, every headlight I sell for use with either a hub dynamo or sidewall dynamo incorporates circuitry to prevent the overvoltage of the bulb. You have absolutely nothing to worry about.
We have quite a few taillights that can be attached to the headlight. If you use a taillight with a halogen headlight, you should use a different bulb than if you use the headlight alone. With an LED headlight, there's nothing to change in the headlight regardless of whether a taillight is used.
The Great Taillight Controversy
Some people worry that if they have a taillight wired to the system, the wire might be damaged somehow, causing the taillight to fail. Others take their bikes on trips via airplane, and need to remove rear racks and fenders to pack the bike, and the dynamo powered taillights need to mount on either a rack or a fender, raising the issue of having to disconnect a wire along with the rack or fender.
But these issues need not be a problem. I have plenty of wire connectors here that can be used in-line, so that when you remove your rack, you quickly disconnect the wire right along with it. I get them from Radio Shack, and so can you, but I'm happy to give you some. Unbolting a rack is a lot more work than disconnecting an electrical connector that's designed for that purpose. And by using dynamo powered taillights, you reduce the need for batteries, the expense of buying new ones, and the hassle of being sure rechargeables are properly charged. Battery taillights are great for backing up dynamo taillights, in the rare case of a wire failure or circuit failure inside the light itself.
As of March 2007 I also have heavy duty coaxial wire available which should make people less concerned about wire failures. In practice, wire failures are extremely rare, even with the light weight wire from Busch & Müller. I know this because I have quite a few customers for whom I have installed their taillights myself, and who ride many thousands of miles a year, and are here with their bike quite frequently. It just isn't a problem, in practice. I sell several hundred wired taillights a year, and it's rare to have a customer call to complain about his wire failing. Almost all calls come while the customer is installing the system for the first time. I still recommend a second battery powered taillight, either for the added light, but mostly as a backup in the rare event a wire does fail. However, it's generally best to leave them switched off, and save the battery for when it's really needed on a rainy night. When you consider all of the pros and cons, if you could only have one taillight, if at all possible it should be wired and powered by the dynamo.
Click here for light mounting options.
Click here for wiring instructions.
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Where to Buy?
Call us at 603 478 0900 to order directly from Peter White Cycles.
See this page for a list of local bicycle shops that generally stock our products, or can order them for you. If there's no shop in your area, you can of course order directly from us.
If you live outside the US or Canada, please first check this web page to see if there is a distributor for Schmidt products in your country. http://www.nabendynamo.de/kauf/international.html
If there is, I will not ship any Schmidt products to you. You must contact the importer in your country.
Dealer Inquiries Invited. Please call 603 478 0900
If you have a retail bicycle shop, or are a bicycle manufacturer or professional wheel builder, you can purchase the SON hubs and lights, or built wheels for resale. Any shop in the US or Canada can purchase SON hubs and lights for sale in your store. Please call me for wholesale pricing on hubs, lights and complete built wheels with Wheelsmith spokes and Velocity rims built by Peter Jon White. Peter White Cycles is the official representative for Wilfried Schmidt Maschinenbau in the US and Canada, and we want all bicycle shops to be able to sell the SON. But, we will absolutely not sell any Schmidt products to bicycle shops outside the US or Canada.
For more information, see my dealer page.
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This page updated: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
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