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Bicycle Lights Overview

Bike lights are essential when cycling between dusk and dawn. There are a variety of bike lights available and the right one for you will depend on where, when and the style of riding you are planning on doing. Factors you should consider are;

  • Do i need lights so i can be seen on my bike?
  • Do i need lights so that i can see when riding my bike?

Where Will I be Riding my Bike?

  • Residential Areas

    • Use flashing front and rear bike lights.
    • Street lights generally shine enough to allow you to see. There for, flashing front and rear lights are most desired as the main go is for vehicles to see you.
  • Off-Road

    • Powerful lights that light up the path in front of you.
    • If you are mountain biking at night or road riding in areas without ample lighting, you will require a power light to light up the road in front of you.

Types of Lights

LED Lights

LED Light

  • Flashing or steady light.
  • Improves chances of being seen.
  • Efficient and affordable.
  • Not effective at lighting up the road in front of you.
  • Price can vary depending on quality.

Halogen Lights

Halogen Light

  • Light up the road in front of you
  • Most come with re-chargable batteries which range from sealed lead-acid batters (cheapest, but the heaviest) to nickel-metal-hydride batteries.
  • Paying more will get you greater Watts (better shine) and a longer lasting battery.
  • Differ a great deal in quality and price

Dynamo Lights

Bicycle Dynamo Light 1548

  • Good option for frequent riders who require a decent amount of visibility from their light.
  • Also known as generator lights.
  • Powered by rubbing on the wheel of hub.
  • More efficient and cheaper than Halogen lights, but generally not as bright.

Bike lighting technology is continually upgrading. New lighting options are continually released to the market, including hybrid options which fall in between the above categories. When buying lights, confirm the functionality, check that the lights cater to your requirements and whether the lights fit within your budget.