As a bike rider, you are bound to encounter low-light situations that call for the need to buy bike lights. If you mostly ride in daylight, a simple front and rear blinker would be enough. If you ride before sunrise and after sunset, you should buy a powerful front headlight and a blinking tail-light.
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TeamObsidian Bike Light Set
This combo set from TeamObsidian gives off a rugged look. The torch is made from solid aluminum and the reflector is by rugged ABS plastic. They are well-built to last and resist rust or corrosion. Added to that is a protective case that is water-resistant. The lights can withstand the most extreme weather conditions – rain, snow, heat or dust.
With a light capacity of 200 lumens, the CREE LED white front light and red rear light will illuminate even the darkest roads and the flashing mode makes you seen even in daylight. There are 3 modes for the headlight: high, dimmed and flash.
The lights have a good mounting system taking seconds to attach the headlamp on the handlebars and the tail light on the seat bar. Both lights come with adjustable rubber brackets and screws so that you can manually mount them as tightly as you wish.
This model uses 5 standard AAA batteries with 3 for the headlight and 2 for the rear warning light. You need to purchase them separately as they aren’t included in the shipment.
- The model features very efficient lights that shine very brightly producing up to 200 lumens
- The lights are extremely well-built and further protected by a water-resistant case. They are made to last!
- The batteries aren’t included in the package. You need to purchase them separately.
Light and Motion Urban 500 Headlight
This Urban 500 model from Light and Motion looks sleek and is powerful enough for daily use of most riders. It also features side lighting, many power settings, and informs you of the battery status.
Although not as bright as some lights on the market, Urban 500 can still outshine most other lights with 100 or fewer lumens. Its beam can moderately light up the path ahead of you. The lens is engineered to evenly distribute the light to help cyclists see both near and far while riding. To ensure your safety, it also features amber side lighting that is visible at an angle of 180 degrees.
The light has 4 modes: high, medium, low, and safe pulse. Also, it has an IP67 rating meaning it is waterproof. If submerged in water for half an hour, it can still survive. The battery-life indicator has 4 levels.
- This light is very compact with no attachments or external batteries
- It features side lights for better visibility
- The package offers a handlebar mount and a USB charging cable
- Technical issues such as random shut-down of the light may occur. If that happens, you can get a free replacement from the company.
Light and Motion Urban 650 Bike Light
Urban 650 is a good pick considering it fulfills all the qualities normally asked for in a bike light. The light has a light output of 650 lumens using high-power CREE LEDs. It is rated IP67 meaning it can still function for half an hour if submerged under-water.
The light beam spreads out evenly ahead of your bike and is brightest at the center projecting further without creating a central spot – that can strain the eyes. The light has a neutral white color that illuminates even the darkest roads.
On the two sides of the main reflectors, there are orange side lenses to aid visibility in traffic. You can either mount this light on the handlebars or on your helmet. There are 4 light modes: high, medium, low, and pulse – each with corresponding run-times of 1.5, 3, and 6 hours.
Switching the light on / off or changing modes is done with a quick press of the button. You don’t need to hold it down. There is also a 4-bar battery indicator that provides accurate power reading.
- The light beam is clear and consistent. There is also good side visibility
- Although the light output of 650 lumens is quite adequate, if you like to venture during night time, an upgrade of the numbers of lumens is called for.
Cygolite Metro 700 and Hotshot 100 Bike Light Combo Set
This Metro 700 and Hotshot 100 combo from Cygolite offers good protection both ahead of and behind you as you ride. The front light features 700 lumens whereas the rear light has 100 lumens – both provide adequate visibility.
There are 6 light settings – one of which is the SteadyPulse that is bright and means to alert other cars and motorists using pulsatile lighting in addition to the steady background illumination.
Aside from the SteadyPulse, there are 5 other modes: high, medium, low, daylightning, and walking. Daylightning mode emits lightning-like flashes that make you stand out even in the brightest of daytime hours.
An impressive attribute of the front light is its super long run-time, reaching up to 270 hours. If you plan on a long-haul ride, this is your most reliable companion.
The 700-lumen light output is bright enough. This is combined with an Enhanced Cycling Optics (ECO) technology that expands your visibility via an extra-wide and long range beam. There are also light ports on either side to further alert your presence to nearby commuters.
The mounting system works on a 2nd-generation Locktite tool-free handlebar mount that can clamp to 22-32 mm diameter handlebars.
- The light output of 700 lumens for front light and 100 lumens for rear light is adequate. The ECO technology helps spread the light beam wider allowing for better visibility
- The model lacks a battery indicator system and hence you need to guess at how long you have left before the battery runs out.
Cygolite Metro Plus – 800 Lumen Bike Light
This model is similar to Cygolite Metro Pro 1,100 also listed in this review – with certain differences. The maximal light output is 800 lumens. The cycling-tuned lens (featuring enhanced cycling optics) helps produce a wider and longer-ranged beam that maximizes the road view ahead of you.
Akin to other Cygolite models, this light has 9 modes including boost, high, medium, low, steady pulse, triple flash, daylighting, zoom, and walking. Daylighting mode produces lightning-like flashes to make you seen even in broad daylight. Steady pulse mode features pulses of light that are noticeable even from afar.
There are side ports to further highlight your presence. The built-in light mode memory remembers your last light mode used and remains in that mode as you turn the light back on. There is also a power lockout that prevents any accidental light activation.
The mounting system utilizes Locktite quick-release mechanism that is easy to set up and the fastening is secure afterwards. Included in the shipment is also a micro-USB charging cable.
- The light offers all the basic functions of a good bike light at a reasonable price.
- Its battery life isn’t the most long-lasting.
LEZYNE Micro Drive 500XL LED Bicycle Headlight
The first thing that stands out with the Lezyne Micro Drive 500XL is that it looks nice. The light has a beautiful CNC-machined aluminum case that can dissipate heat and a large end plug made from rubber. Beneath this rubber plug is a built-in USB recharging point.
The recharging point connects directly to any USB charger excluding the need for any cables. Sitting at the bottom of the light is a very sturdy silicone rubber strap that fastens to the bike handlebar.
The Lezyne LED lamps house 500 lumens in total and are equipped with the latest MOR lens techniques. These lenses are optimized to maximize the light output, lumen efficiency, and light beam. The light rays passing through MOR lenses are wider and projected over a longer range. This ensures a view of 180 degrees.
There are in total 9 different light settings: femto (15 lumens), blast (300 lumens), enduro (150 lumens), flash and pulse. Micro Drive 500XL also features a memory mode that remembers the last selected setting for next use.
- The light is well-built and has a quick recharge time
- The Day Flash mode is effective
- At certain settings, the light does not last very long (low run-time). You may consider recharging it before continuing.
Knog Blinder MOB Bike Light Mr. Chips
There are 5 styles belonging to Knog Blinder MOB model: Eyeballer, Four Eyes, Kid Grid, Mr. Chips, and The Face. The one we are reviewing today is Mr. Chips. It has a rectangular shape and has a red light surface, a black rim, and a black handle at the back.
Knog is a Melbourne design brand that specializes in producing urban-flavored tech products for the road, trail and outdoors. Their ‘urban’ mindset translates into being modern, progressive, youthful, and other things along those lines.
These lights are suited for riding under street lights. With a brightness of 44 lumens, Knob MOB rear lights aren’t among the brightest ones on the market. However, they are bright enough to make you visible when riding in the city, or against the background of red brake lights and traffic lights. According to Knog company statistics, these lights can be seen from up to 1.2 km away.
The light has 4 different modes: 2 constant, 2 flashing, and 1 strobe. An interesting add-on is a recalling feature. The light remembers the mode it was in when you last turned it off, and it will start in that mode next time you turn the light on. How clever!
- It is very compact and light. You won’t notice any extra weight after mounting this rear light
- The maximum light capacity is not very bright (44 lumens) and so you might not get enough visibility under poor-light conditions.
Cygolite Hotrod 50 Lumen Bike Tail Light
The Hotrod 50 model is named that way as it has a rod-like shape and red-colored front light surface. Aside from its polished look, the light also shines brightly and has 6 different light settings and long run-times.
The whole construction includes a composite lens, sitting beneath it are 20 diodes running on the same circuit board further protected by an aluminum heatsink (chips onboard technology). Its power supply is a Lithium-ion battery that can produce good run-times even after 500 charges.
Behind the light is a sturdy rubber strap that fastens tightly on any kind of surface. The most commonplace of attachment is your seat-post.
The light features 50 lumens that are okay for alerting others of your presence. There are 6 modes including day, night, and day and night. To switch it on, off, or change modes, you simply press a little button on the right side for 2 seconds.
It is extremely compact, water resistant, and comes with a micro USB charging cable.
- The light shines brightly enough and attaches securely onto your seat-post
- As this is a tail-light, you may consider purchasing a headlight also for additional protection.
Cygolite Hotrod 110 Lumen Front Light
The slim-looking Hotrod 110 front light is part of a combo set of Cygolite. The review of Hotrod 50 tail light is done separately. There is an array of LED lights working in unison to emit white light with a maximal output of 50 lumens. The glow is both powerful and wide.
There is a 24/7 Safety Technology offering exclusive day and night modes for extra visibility and safety. There are in total 6 different light modes: high flash for daytime use, and 5 other modes including steady, steadypulse, zoom, and low flash for night use.
Day high flash produces powerful flashes to make you seen even in the brightest during the day. Steadypulse mode features a steady beam reminding other commuters to keep a safe distance, whereas the overlapping pulses help them remain alert at night. Another interesting one is zoom mode that changes its brightness to grab attention of others around you.
The device works on Lithium ion battery that can be recharged via a USB cable. There is a low-battery indicator.
The light is compact and water resistant.
- The mounts are flexible and easy to install. They can fit on any kind of handlebars including aero styles
- The run-time of this light while on high-power mode is not very long-standing. You should bring the USB cable with you whenever you go for a ride.
Beryl Pixel Dual Light
This Pixel Dual light from Beryl serves a main function that is to increase your visibility to nearby commuters. The name dual means there are two light colors to choose from (red and white) and you can alternate between them with just a press of the button. The light achieves this thanks to its Chip-On-Board technology.
It is compact – advertised as ‘light as a feather’. It comes with a Velcro strap and a multi-attach clip that can be affixed to any kind of surfaces including your bike, helmet, bag, or even clothes. You won’t notice the extra weight!
The special casing makes this light waterproof. There are in total 4 light modes: intense white, intense red, heartbeat white, and heartbeat red. The heartbeat functions mean the light pulsates to make it more noticeable to others.
The device recharges by directly connecting to a micro USB port. After a 1.5-hour charge, it can last for up to 10 hours.
- It is super lightweight and attracts attention well with two colors to choose from
- This light is not good for say lighting up very dark trails. You would need a more powerful light for that.
Moon Nebula rear light
The Nebula rear light model from Moon brand performs best under really foggy conditions, but it also can be helpful in other riding contexts thanks to its compact size, diode distribution and many other light settings.
The light utilizes Chip on Board (COB) technology loading a total of 50 diodes and offers 8 light modes – including 4 steady modes and 4 flashing modes. To turn it on, off, or change modes, you need to press a button. It is rather small and hard to press especially if you are wearing gloves. You should consider bringing a prod that helps with it.
The maximum number of lumens is 100 lumens at its highest mode. The collimator lens projects a light beam of 270 degrees – which is wide and helps make you stand out to commuters nearby. Like a few other lights on the market, Nebula has a memory mode that remembers the light setting used last.
Nebula has a CNC machined heatsink that help dissipate heat and prevents it from building up. This is very good for preserving battery longevity. Nebula runs on a 3.7 V 800 mAh Lithium polymer cell.
- The light output is okay when it comes to alerting others of your presence. It has a wide beam meaning it is more visible
- The button is rather small and hard to press. You should bring along a prod.
Cygolite Streak 450 Lumen Headlight and Tail-light
Manufactured by Cygolite – a trusted American bicycle light company since 1991, this model has plenty to offer. The headlight features 450 lumens – which are really bright ensuring that your commute is safer. The taillight produces up to 50 lumens – which are moderate.
The headlight features 7 modes of lighting: boost, high, medium, low, steady pulse, walking, and daylighting. Included is a set with powerful flashes that make you visible even in broad daylight. The taillight has 1 lightning mode and 5 other modes of varying flash tempo and brightness.
The battery life of both headlight and taillight is long-lasting – running up to 100 hours and 200 hours consecutively on a single charge. Both lights charge using a Mini USB cord that connects directly into your computer or a cube.
Something to note is that most electronic devices these days use Micro USB to charge. Therefore make sure you bring a Mini USB cord when you go for a long bike ride just in case the battery runs out. Or try charging when the low-battery indicator alerts you.
- The headlight shines very brightly and for a very long time
- It is easy to mount and has many useful lighting modes
- The lights use Mini USB charger rather than the more common Micro USB charger. It is safest that you bring the Mini USB charger with you as you ride.
Lezyne Zecto Bicycle Headlight
This Zecto model of the Lezyne brand is best at alerting other riders of your presence – although it also helps light up the road ahead of you. You can mount it hassle-free on your bike, helmet or backpack as it is compact yet durable. It is also water-proof and reasonably priced.
As expected of Lezyne products, this light body is also made from CNC-machined aluminum. Hence, it is very long-lasting.
The headlamp features a specially designed lens with 3 ultra-bright LEDs giving a total output of 250 lumens at its maximal capacity. Added to that, the special lens creates a wider range of beam, at 180 degrees. You will be visible both from the front and sides!
Zecto has 7 light modes to choose from – including economy, blast, and flash modes. You feel free to select a setting that best suits your riding conditions. The light recharges via a built-in Lithium-ion battery charging via Micro USB.
Despite all functionalities listed above, Zecto is lightweight – at about 47 grams. The light provides maximum illumination at the minimum weight.
- There is a clever indicator that displays battery life and also provides side visibility
- The patented clip-on strap system helps mount the light easily on the handlebar
- If the maximum light output is used, the light may not last for very long.
Lezyne Hecto Drive 500XL Bicycle Headlight
This Hecto Drive 500XL model from Lezyne covers the basics well at a reasonable price. With a single LED, its highest power output is 500 lumens delivering at 5 different modes – 3 solid modes and 2 flash modes. The light lasts for a shorter amount of time if running in low-lumen modes.
The beam is narrow; therefore you don’t get to see the entire view of the road ahead. But it lightens up the view quite adequately. You switch between light settings via a single button atop the device. It also serves as a battery indicator – able to change color from green to amber to red as the battery juice runs out.
At the back of the light, there is a charging stick that can be connected directly to a USB port eliminating the need to purchase a cable. It is normally covered with a rubber plug to protect it from water or dust.
Lastly, it can be mounted to handlebars of various shapes and sizes.
- The light allows you to be seen by other commuters on the road. It is the brightest but it does its job
- The rubber plug if loosens may let dirt or water coming in and damaging the charging stick.
Cat Eye Volt 500 XC Rechargeable Bike Headlight
Receiving its certification for ISO 9001 standard in 1999, Cat Eye has produced into the market multiple products including bike headlights. Volt 500 XC is among the company’s middle-range lights. It offers reasonable light output at a reasonable price.
The white LEDs are of high-intensity. They help light the way ahead and alert others of your presence. It offers different lighting modes: high, low, hyper-constant, and flashing. If you want to minimize energy use, the flash option is the best – it can extend up to 120 hours.
The light operates based on a simple power button. There is a special double-click function. This switches the light to the main beam mode regardless of the current model. There is also a memory function whereby the light remembers the previous setting you used last.
The model features an easy-to-install rubber bracket. It is quite stretchy and will fit securely on your handlebar or any other places you want to mount it onto.
- There is a low battery indicator that signals when you should recharge the batteries
- The light is bright, simple to use and mount, and is durable
- The charging time is quite long – taking about 6 hours to reach the maximum battery capacity via a USB 2.0 recharge cable. You’d better connect it up to recharge over-night to save time.
Knog PWR 600 Modular Bike Light
The feature that makes Knog PWR 600 stands out is its versatility. After removing the light head, you have a 3,350 mAh power bank that can charge phones or other electronic devices. Included in the shipment is a blank plug to cover the charging ports.
The light body is made from CNC machined aluminum with its head featuring 4 LEDs with 600 lumens. It shines brightly enough. And the beam is elliptical and wide. There is also a spot beam to shine intense light in front of you.
To turn the light on or off, or to switch between light modes, you simply twist the head. There are 6 available light modes: max, mid, stamina, pulse, strobe flash, and eco flash.
PWR 600 can be mounted on the handlebar using a quick-release mounting bracket. Slide the mount into the slot on the side of the battery. Then tighten the thumbwheel. The end result is a secure attachment for your worry-free ride!
- The light looks nice and can be used as a portable power bank.
- The light output is average and may not be sufficient if you ride in really dark conditions. And the price is slightly expensive.
Cycliq Fly12 CE HD Bike Camera and Front Light
The newly updated version of Fly12 CE (connected edition) from Cycliq has plenty to offer: it serves as both a safety camera and a bike light. This device helps you record proof if an accident occurs, and ensure that you are seen day and night.
First started off as a Kickstarter project, Cycliq company from Australia has made their name known for producing high-quality products and Fly12 CE is among their top-rated ones.
The camera has a built-in safety system whereby the camera works on its own – automatically turns on and cannot be manually switched off. There are also video looping and incident protection.
Video looping means the latest video record will overwrite the old data and hence the micro SD card never runs out of space. If something happens to cause the device to tilt, it will automatically turn to a safety mode making sure that the recorded footage remains untouched and cannot be overwritten.
Fly12 CE offers both Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity – connecting to a phone and a compatible cycling head unit (Garmin) respectively for automated control. Data transfer and battery charging can be done via the new USB-C cable, or a ‘6-Axix digital image optimization’ that record footage on both devices at the same time.
The light output of Fly12 CE is 600 lumens that are enough to keep you seen both in the dark and during the day. There are 9 modes including flash, pulse, and solid. There is also a camera-only option.
The device can be easily mounted onto the handlebars and equipped with a quick-release system that allows you to attach or remove it at ease. It is covered with nanotechnology protection that can withstand any kind of weather. Having said it, it is still light and compact.
Additional features include a bike alarm that alerts your smartphone whenever your bike gets moved, and a Home Safe mode that gives you an extra 30 minutes of lighting even when battery runs low.
- The device has many high-tech functions especially with the camera ensuring that you can record and save footage when you encounter an incident
- It has good light output and strong battery life
- Fly12 CE is still quite bulky. The Velcro mount isn’t the firmest and you need to check on it from time to time as you ride.
Garmin Varia UT 800 Smart Headlight
This Varia UT 800 from Garmin is a smart headlight with many high-tech features. It can work independently but can also be connected to an Edge electronic unit.
Your Edge allows you to select an appropriate light mode, how to adjust the beam, or just do some testing. You can see all the instructions on the screen like a tiny smartphone.
Aside from having to manually select a light profile, there is also an automatic mode embedded in the light allowing it to adjust itself according to the ambient light conditions and your speed.
For example, below 20 km/h – the light is at 200 lumens, 20 – 30 km/h – 400 lumens, and over 30 km/h – the light reaches the full 800 lumens. Also, a well-lit environment and a pitch-black trail have different effects on the light output – translating into different lumens.
The lamp produces a maximum light output of 800 lumens lasting for up to 1.5 hours. It is bright but does not have a good spread. The central focal point is okay, but the surrounding splash is not bright enough.
Included in the shipment are mounting systems.
- Varia UT 800 provides many smart and innovative functions – one of which is automatic adjustment of lumens based on ambient light profile and your bike speed.
- It is quite pricey. In return, it offers you a range of good services.
Ideal for Very Dark Roads
Bright Eyes 1600 Bike Headlight and Taillight
The light is made of a high-quality CREE LED. With 1200 lumens of light, this model – if set at its maximum setting – shines as brightly as your car headlights! Due to its wide range of lumen capacity, I rate it as the best light for bike commuters.
It is also versatile with many light settings made available. Maximum brightness is for urban riding. You can tone it down to a moderate level as you It is also versatile with many light settings made available. Maximum brightness is for urban riding. You can tone it down to a moderate level as you please or even put it into a flash/pulse mode for maximum visibility.
The model is equipped with a powerful 6,400 mAh rechargeable lithium battery that lasts for about 2.5 hours in full-power mode.
The light sits on the handlebars and is secured with a rubber strap that can be released easily if you would like to take it off to recharge. With the external battery, you can mount it on your seat bar or the crossbar with Velcro straps. The connecting wires run along the frame and then connect to the light.
Included in the shipment are a helmet mount and a headband mount offering more flexibility as to where you can attach the headlight. A taillight is also included.
All in all, Bright Eyes 1600 is my top choice for its high quality, many good functions, flexibility, and reasonable price.
- It has many settings: 3 light output and 2 strobe (fast and slow)
- The size is small yet its performance is very good
- The external battery is quite heavy. You may need to pedal a little harder.
Cygolite Metro Pro 1100 Lumen Bike Light
Compact yet powerful – that pretty much sums up the Metro Pro 1100 model of Cygolite. Weighing only about 0.3 pound, it is the first to break the thousand lumen barrier with a single LED cell – packing a whooping amount of 1,100 lumens.
With such high-intensity brightness – the light helps you see much further and more clearly at night, while its flashing mode makes you highly visible to other commuters during the day. Not only that, Metro Pro 1100 can maintain that intensity for a long time.
There are 9 lighting modes in total – 5 steady brightness modes for night use, 3 flash modes for daytime, and a walking mode for you to use as a flashlight if need be.
The optics of this model has also been fine-tuned to shine extra-wide and far, which is especially important when you ride on the road or in the mountain. It is rated IP67 meaning water-proof.
The handlebar mount is very secure even on rough terrains. And the Light Activation Lock helps you disable the light for transport or storage.
The light runs on a battery that is rechargeable using a fast-charging USB cord. It takes only 2.5 hours for a full battery that lasts for 100 hours on low beam. When battery runs low, the indicator will blink letting you know.
- Super high-intensity brightness and compactness make a nice combo. Even at night, the trail ahead of you will be as bright as daylight
- The power / mode button is a bit small making difficult to press if you are wearing thick gloves during winter.
NiteRider Pro 1800 Bike Light
NiteRider Pro 1800 caters for professional riders and is able to light up even the darkest trails. This high-intensity brightness is achieved with 3 CREE LEDs holding 1,800 lumens and a 3-cone custom engineered reflector surrounding these LEDs. These features help deliver a wide beam with an appropriate amount of spotlight throw – suiting high-speed riders.
Made from DuPont fiberglass covered with nylon casing, this bike light is very durable. There is gasket sealing that is water and dust resistant. Not only that, the glass lens is specialty Borofloat that has superior strength, good thermal resistance, and is see-through. You can feel free to ride in different conditions.
The light is also lightweight. It can be mounted on the handlebar or a helmet. Both handlebar and helmet mounts and an extension cable measuring 36 inches are included in the package.
If you care about aesthetics, NiteRider also has you covered with a well-thought-out polished design, placement of the light in the middle of the handlebar, and placement of Pro Scurlock connections used in-line.
Last but not least is the special 8-step fuel gauge that keeps the rider well informed at all times. The light runs on 4 Lithium ion batteries.
- It has super-bright beam featuring 1,800 lumens. If you are a professional rider looking to conquer a dark trail, this light is for you!
- The batteries may take a bit long to recharge.
NiteRider Lumina 1100 LED Bike Light
Lumina 1100 from NiteRider is a powerful light packed in a superbly durable case, and tells you in close details about its battery status.
The lamp is a CEED LED at 6,000k producing a strong and far-reaching beam. It is also equipped with a custom-engineered reflector that widens the beam pattern. There are 9 lighting modes with 5 light levels and 4 daylight flash modes.
As cars and motorbikes increasingly use daytime running lights, cyclists should do the same. The daylight visible flash lets you do just that. You can also use the light as a handheld device for camping.
Sitting atop the light is a multi-functional OLED display screen that shows light modes, and battery power exact to the percentage and time remaining before the battery runs out. You just need to quickly glance at the screen for all the information without having to guess.
The case is made from DuPont fiberglass reinforced with nylon giving you a product that is durable and can resist dust and water (IP64 rating). Lumina 1100 recharges using a Lithium-ion USB cable that can be connected to a computer, a device, or an AC wall adapter.
The mounting system is easy with on/off quick-release tab.
- The light has a user-friendly OLED display screen that tells you detailed information about battery life and light modes. The light output is powerful
- The boost mode is not very efficient.
Lumina 900 Boost Front Bike Light
This bike light model stands out for having a powerful light output of 900 lumens, and a recharge time of just half of other light models’ for an equally long run-time (so-called intellicharge function).
The lamp consists of high-output CREE LEDs that produce neutral white-colored light with a lens that focuses the light in a fairly defined circular shape whereas the custom-engineered optics help widen the beam pattern. In addition, there are amber sidelights that provide 180 degrees of protection.
Another thing that stands out is the model’s solid mounting. You can fasten it quickly onto your handlebars and release it quickly with a tab.
The light case is made from DuPont fiberglass reinforced with nylon making it very durable. There is also a custom aluminum heatsink to protect the Lithium-ion battery and the inside electronic circuitry. This is especially important as you can maintain an optimal temperature for the battery as the device is pumping out say a maximum light output of 900 lumens.
You can lock or unlock this device by simply pressing the power button down for 7 seconds.
Lumina 900 recharges via a USB port connecting a computer or an AC wall adapter.
- The light is super durable. There is also a good heat-dissipating mechanism that prevents the batteries from over-heating
- You may have to wait for a while before the batteries are fully charged.
NiteRider Lumina OLED 1200 Boost Headlight
The Lumina OLED 1200 Boost model from NiteRider features the new Collimator lens that provides an evenly distributed light beam. The light output is 1,200 lumens that are very bright. A powerful wide beam would help you see every obstacle ahead.
Similar to other NiteRider models, this lamp also has a digital OLED display screen that shows battery life and light modes. An added feature that is only present in this light is a locking capability that when it is locked, the light won’t be accidentally turned on preventing unintentional power loss.
In addition to giving you plenty of light modes to choose from, NiteRider has assisted you further by grouping them into 3 categories that can be changed using the backlit button on the OLED display. For the boost mode, you only need to double-click the same button.
In regards to its build, this light has a solid body made from aluminum and features cooling fins to prevent the light from over-heating. It has a rating of IP64 meaning it can resist water spray only. You would need to keep it away from heavy rains.
- The light has a powerful output yet is quite compact and comes with a digital display that tells you in close details its battery life
- It is not fully water-proof. Therefore you should consider keeping it away during heavy rains.
Blackburn Dayblazer Bike Front Light
Founded in 1975 by Jim Blackburn, the company prioritizes taking into account customers’ unique needs, while at the same time respect the materials and what they can offer. This Dayblazer model reflects just those values.
The design stands out for featuring a rather old-fashioned feature of being angular. It also has some fins on its aluminum case looking very stylish. It is also very compact.
The anodized 6061 aluminum case helps achieve an IP rating (ingress protection) of 67 (IP67) meaning it can withstand dust, grit, and can still function if immersed between 15cm to 1 meter of water for half an hour.
The light output of 800 lumens is quite bright – turning dark trails into light alerting you of obstacles ahead. There are 5 modes: 3 steady ones being blitz, medium, low; 2 others are pulsing and strobing. Turning on and off, and switching between modes is done via pressing a button on top of the light.
There is a built-in LED fuel gauge with 3 colors signaling 3 different battery levels: green for > 75%, orange for 25 – 75%, and red of = < 25%.
- The light output is quite enough to help you see what’s ahead and alert other commuters of your presence during day and night. There is a battery indicator that signals 3 different levels. The aluminum casing is very durable
- The charging time for this device may be a bit long so you need to be patient or charge it over-night.
The Ultimate Guide To Choosing Best Bike Lights for Cycling in 2020
Upon reading the reviews, you will realize there are many options to choose from. Lucky for you, I have categorized them into 5 groups that best highlight their main attributes. Depending on what you prioritize most, you’ll decide to choose one among those five.
In addition, you should pay attention to the number of lumens light is able to produce. This translates into how bright it is going to be. Below is a summary table showing estimates of how bright the light is based on the number of lumens:
Last but not least, you should also read the frequently asked questions section below for more information. Good luck!
What is the best bike for night riding?
I would recommend buying bikes that have a light output of at least 800 lumens if you want to ride mainly during night time. In the list above there are 7 bikes that can all be used for night riding. I personally like the NiteRider Pro 1800 model best.
How many lumens do you need on a bike light?
This depends on your unique needs – whether you ride at night or during the day, whether you look for a headlight or a taillight, and so on. For night time riding, lumens at least 800 lumens are good. For day time riding, headlight may need to be above 200 lumens, whereas taillight can have 50 – 100 lumens as it’s only used for alerting purposes.
What is the best rechargeable bike light?
Most of the lights in this review can be recharged – mainly via a USB cable. Whichever is the best depends a lot on your own preferences. Cygolite Hotrod 50 tail light is a good option as it still has good run-times even after 500 charges.
How bright is a light of 400 lumens?
An equivalence of 400 lumens is about 40 W. It is as bright as your living room at home when lit.
Are flashing bike lights illegal?
It depends on the laws of the country/area you live in. As far as I know, flashing lights on bikes are legal in most places.
How bright is a light of 1,800 lumens?
It is equivalent to a 100 Watt lamp. It is about as bright as a lamp post on your street.
What is the most powerful bike light?
In this list, the most powerful one is NiteRider Pro 1800 featuring a maximal light output of 1,800 lumens. In general, the brightest bike light so far is the NiteRider 3600 Pro housing 3,600 lumens.
How many lumens is a car headlight?
A car headlight normally is about 1,300 lumens. With two on either side, the total number of lumens is 2,600.
How many lumens are super bright?
There isn’t a clear cut-off for super bright. It more or less depends on your preferences. I personally think more than 800 lumens is super bright.
How many lumens are considered bright?
A lamp of about 100 lumens is considered bright.
Is 5,000 lumens a lot?
I think so. The brightest bike light so far produced only has 3,600 lumens. It may be used for lighting say a 250 square feet (about 23.2 m2) room.
How can I make my headlight brighter?
If you haven’t used the maximal light output, switch to it either by pressing a button or using the compatible electronic display screen (e.g. Garmin). If you are still unsatisfied, consider buying a different light that has a better light output.