Stuff We Like: Busch & Muller Ixon

The Busch & Müller Ixon is an oldie but a goodie. This light has been on the market at least a couple of years, which is eons in the fast-paced world of bike lighting, but it still has some characteristics that makes it an excellent choice as a secondary bike light.

My ideal light set-up is a bright, focused-beam light mounted low on the bike (around mid-fork) to highlight debris and reach down the road, and a secondary light with a wider beam and more spill mounted on the handlebars to supplement the main light and improve visibility to motorists. The old Ixon, with its large reflector, wide beam, forward facing emitter, and gobs of side spill, serves this latter function perfectly. It’s pretty expensive to be used as a secondary “be seen” headlight, but the Ixon is a bit of a rarity amongst the new crop of inexpensive LED lights, many of which are designed with tight beams to put a bright, focused patch of light on the road surface. These new tight-beamed headlights are certainly good at laying down an intense patch of light, but they don’t do nearly as good a job as the old Ixon at announcing your presence to other road users.

Busch & Müller Ixon

7 Responses to “Stuff We Like: Busch & Muller Ixon”

  • donald stewart says:

    My favourite light had many draw backs but at the time they were all outweighed by the situation and its other admirable characteristics.This was the early 1980s and most bicycle lights were tungsten bulbs powered a couple of 1.5 volt C cells or a little dynamo generator. I bought a small twelve volt motorcycle battery which I mounted in a handle bar pannier between the handle bars on my old ten speed. Just below the pannier but in easy reach so its angle could be readily adjusted left/right and up/down I mounted a 12 volt quartz halogen light of the kind usually mounted on a large bar above the cab of off road motor vehicals. The pannier kept it and it’s reflection from blinding me. It lit up the area in front to a phenomenal degree and could readily be adjusted so as not to blind on coming traffic or out on the trails to flood the area.

    I had a car charger in the space where my bike was stored and just routinely hooked it up. On the odd night when my ride would be more than the hour or so that it would last I would supplement it with ordinary bike lights as there would almost always be stretches where it was superfluous. I was riding for excercise so the ridiculous weight didn’t matter I had lined the pannier in case of acid spillage but in all the years I ran it I never had a problem I went through two batteries and 2 bulbs over several years and the whole business cost less than any of the really good bike lights on the market at the time and gave out at least a hundred times more light and lasted as long or longer on a single charge.

    When bike lights improved but batteries hadn’t I wired up a voltage reduction circuit and ran regular bike systems off of the 12 volt battery which would then run for many hours on a single charge. Eventually everything improved except the price of motorcycle batteries and I gave it up but I have still never seen anything that came close for sheer light up the road (or the bush)intensity.

  • Dolan Halbrook says:

    I have to say I’m pretty happy with my B&M IQ Fly as my sole light. A nice combination of wide coverage with enough power to see potential hazards.

  • randomray says:

    I wasn’t going to check this post and then thought ” I bet Alan has a good picture ” , I was right . I really enjoy the photos Alan .

  • Alan says:

    Thanks, Ray!

  • Kay Rigg says:

    I recently bought a MagicShine 900 lumen bike headlight from Geoman Gear and I recommend them both to you. The service from Geoman was prompt, pleasant, and complete and the lamp is asthonishing. Price — $84.00 (which also happens to be the asking price for the Ixon at many sites.) The lamp is wonderful, it floods the near field with brilliant light and I can not override its lighted depth on my trike.

  • kanishka new england says:

    thinking of doing a second ixon on my bike, maybe mounted lower than handlebar. it might be overkill, but i also think i would hesitate less to go fast downhill with the light… the dark never seems to end lately

    you seem to sporting single ixon lately?

  • Alan says:


    “you seem to sporting single ixon lately?”

    Actually I’ve been running a pair of Fenix L2D’s for most of the winter. A pair of Ixons would be nice though…


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