All have good points here. It is true that the brighter the better and CustomLED is the way to go. But I am not about the shell out $125 for a board and then another $30-$40 for a clear lens when I can get something else that is not as bright, but still better then stock, looks a ton better, and costs 4th of the price.
As far as the test to stick your face right behind it, I didn't do it on the brightest day, but when I was installing it and testing it, and even after I put everything back together, I didn't have my face right on it, but I could not stair at it for a long time. I did have to look away and I was about 1-2 feet away. And as I mentioned, my wife was complaining to me about my light before, and after this upgrade, she said that it was a huge improvement. She could barely see the motorcycle on the road, but she did see the light and I was not even braking. Just the running light.
Us as riders, we all accept a certain degree of risk getting on 2 wheels. Some tolerant and accept more risk than others, so it will always be a personal preference to what is acceptable to each person.
But again, I truly believe from what I see and what comments I got from others, that this light is bright enough to get peoples attention. And that is good enough for me. And if we found another light alternative to CustomLED and some may find this useful, well, I'm just glad to help