Cateye EL-500 versus Busch & Müller Ixon

Probably the best of LED headlights widely distributed in North America is the Cateye EL-500. Peter White imports a superior alternative. The Busch & MÃ?¼ller Ixon LED headlight costs about twice what the Cateye does, and it rips through batteries much faster (use rechargeables!), but it’s the first LED headlight I’ve used that’s comparable to better 3W halogen-based headlights in output and beam pattern. LED-based lights don’t need replacement bulbs, and they are more efficient (=less batteries or generator drag for a given light level). The Ixon is bright enough to use as a main “see” (as opposed to “be seen”) light, moving at some speed. I have had switch and other contact-related problems with the Cateye but not the Ixon. The Ixon alone has a low battery indicator and high and low beams. Both lights use 4 standard AA cells, and spare mounts are available for moving across bikes.

I don’t have a giant cave or abandoned parking garage or perfectly dark road at hand, so shots from inside our home at night (including a darkroom) will have to do to show the difference:

Cateye EL-500:
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Busch & M�¼ller Ixon:
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Cateye EL-500:
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Busch & M�¼ller Ixon:
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One thought on “Cateye EL-500 versus Busch & Müller Ixon”

  • martin

    hi,

    thank you very mutch for this compare between the cateye and ixon headlight with pictures.

    bye and greetings from germany, colone

    martin

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