Manc33 wrote:I can't grasp why people are still spending whatever it is like £50-£70 on a "Cateye" front light from Halford's, if you can get stuff like the "Cree x2 Solarstorm" off eBay for under £20 and it is like having a portable sun on your handlebars. That light is so good it is good enough for pitch black trails. It literally lights up the road for 100 Meters. If that's not enough you can always have 2 on your bars, its still cheaper.
I don't think the OP (or anyone else) was intending upon spending anything like £50-70 on such a light. He clearly states his reasoning as wanting to seek out, in addition to his existing lights, a pair of British Standard lights to comply with the law.
For me, when walking or cycling about, eBay Cree-type lights lights are a very frequent source of annoyance. Too much light for most uses and it is emitted indiscriminately in a manner which has the potential to dazzle others. A special place in hell is reserved for those who design the ones which flash/strobe at full brightness. I'm aware that some people dip their lights or buy aftermarket Fresnel lenses to avoid annoyance. All I can say is that these steps are evidently too much effort for a lot of the people who own such lights. In reality, I suspect that in a lot of situations it would be asking a lot of anyone to manual dip a light every time they came across another road user who might be dazzled.
I too like to have a decently bright headlight. I paid about £40 for a bright Bush and Muller light (http://www.bike24.de/p167790.html) because a) It has a much more useful beam shape for road use b) It complies to the German lighting standard and, as such, is road legal in the UK, c) I wanted a light which used AA batteries.
If the Cree light works for you and you are confident that you use it in a way which doesn't annoy others then that's great. Each to his own.