Last night on the final approach to home I rode through a local country park. It was pitch black - no light overspill or anything. I had a couple of thousand lumens going on
Well tbh, if you were riding towards someone with this much light, and weren't dipping them, I have zero sympathy, and would count yourself lucky you didn't get your head kicked in. Road cyclists seem to have worked this out, but some MTBs seem to be a bit thick in this regard.
The flipside of such cheap bright lights seems to be cyclists are blinding everyone and then blaming everyone else for having an attitude.
If you want to see what I mean, next time when you are out with your mates with your mega bright lights, get them to ride towards you with there lights on full blast and yours switched off, and experience it from the other side.
Personally I find running/walking at night a nightmare now if mtbs are about with stupid bright lights, as I have yet to see anyone dip or shade them to reduce the blinding effects. I wonder what you would say to someone who drove around in their car with uprated lights and on full beam everywhere?