The 11 Best Bike Lights For Your Ride

In the past 10 years, there have been big changes made by bike light manufacturers to improve output and reduce weight. This progress is due to the switch to efficient LED lamps, which produce more light per watt than older halogen or metal-halide bulbs. Another reason for this progress is the use of lithium batteries, which pack more power into smaller packages.

Where and when will you use the lights?

The first question you need to answer when choosing a light set-up is whether you need to be able to see or be seen.

If you typically commute during the day or at dawn and dusk, a front and rear blinker set will usually be sufficient. Many options do a great job, charge fast, and are affordable.

When you are riding on a trail at night, you need to be able to see where you are going to avoid getting hurt or becoming lost. For trail use, bright front lights are most important, as well as the amount of time the light will last. When mountain biking, the combination of a bar-mounted lamp and a helmet-mounted light will help you see through corners and more easily pick up things like rocks in the shadows.

We have put together a review of the best safety lights on the market to help you make an informed decision.

1. BLITZU’s Cyborg 180H

The Cyborg 180H is an extremely bright bike light that is very versatile and can be fitted to any bicycle. This model is an upgrade from BLITZU’s best-seller, the Cyclops 120T.

BLITZU takes visibility seriously with its Cyborg 180H headlights. These headlights emit a very bright white light (up to 180 lumens), which can be seen from all angles. This is much more noticeable than yellow or other dull-coloured lights. These headlights also provide the cyclist with the maximum vision on the road, so you’ll easily be able to see everything that’s ahead of you.

The Cyborg 180H bike is designed to be extra durable, being able to withstand a two-meter drop, as well as being water-resistant.

There’s nothing worse than having to replace batteries in your electronics. It’s a huge waste of time and money to have to run to the local convenience store or gas station! Luckily, the Cyborg 180H bike light is USB rechargeable. You can recharge the bike light by simply plugging it into any USB power source, such as a computer, laptop, or USB port. In addition to the convenience of being able to charge the Cyborg 180H using a USB cable, it only takes two hours to fully charge! The next time you go for dinner, plug in the Cyborg 180H to a USB outlet. You’ll see how quickly the batteries come back to life.

To preserve battery life on the Cyborg 180H, switch to a lower power mode when appropriate. When deciding what power mode to use, always consider what you’ll be using the device for.

2. Cycle Torch’s Bolt Combo

This headlight and tail light combo are great for safety lights for bikes. They are affordable and genius. You can ensure your safety by installing the Bolt Combo lights at the front (at 20 lumens) and back of your bike (at 10 lumens).

The Bolt Combo comes in a dual set to provide you with as much visibility as possible and can be easily recharged with a USB cable and power source. It comes with two charging cables and takes a little over two hours to recharge.

The Cycle Torch’s Bolt Combo is very easy to install, you could get both lights mounted on your bike in a minute or less. You can also easily remount these lights onto another bike if you have more than one, or if you plan on purchasing more in the future. The lights are also designed to be used on any type of bike, including road, mountain, cruiser, BMX, and tandem bikes.

The Bolt Combo has different battery lives for the front bolt and tail bolt. The front bolt has three power modes: High (runs for 2.5 hours), Quick Flashing & Pulse (5-8 hours), and Slow Flashing (8-10 hours). The rear bolt also has three power modes: High (runs for 5 hours), Quick Flashing & Pulse (10-15 hours), and Slow Flashing (15-20 hours).

3. KNOG Blinder Road R70 Rear Light

This rear light is super bright, emitting up to 70 lumens of bright red light. It’s the perfect addition to your bike if you want to mimic a car! You can attach a headlight to the front of your bike and use the R70 Rear Light for the back.

If you’re looking for a rear bike light that performs well in poor weather and on rough terrain, the Blinder Road R70 is a great option. Its sleek design won’t add much bulk or drag to your bike, and it’s bright enough that drivers will have no trouble seeing it, no matter how bad the visibility is.

The R70 bike light is USB rechargeable and also has a built-in USB stick. The light comes with three interchangeable straps, so it can be attached to almost any bike.

The Blinder Road R70 has five power modes: Steady, Fast Flash, Chaser Flash, Peloton, and Eco Flash. You can use these modes depending on your activity.

4. Ascher USB Rechargeable

The Bontrager Ion 200 and Flare RT light set may be smaller and sleeker, but these lights are £90 cheaper. You can choose between two steady and two flash modes, and get 2.5 to 10 hours of run time, depending on the flash mode. We usually get more than 10 hours of battery life on the fast flashing mode, and we love these lights because we can safely do multiple rides on a single charge. The batteries don’t deteriorate quickly, so we’ve been using our set for more than a year. The micro USB charging port has a rubber cover, so you don’t have to worry about getting caught in the rain.

5. Blackburn Luminate 360

Blackburn Luminate 360 Blitz Light Set

The Dayblazer 400 and Dayblazer 65 head and taillights are Blackburn’s already popular lights. The Luminate 360 set adds two sidelights, which can be attached to the fork, down tube, or top tube, making it especially useful when crossing an intersection. The lights have a run time of 90 minutes at 85 lumens or up to six hours at 50 lumens on the low strobe setting. The Dayblazer 400 headlight has four modes, ranging from 200 to 400 lumens with 10- and one-hour run times. The Dayblazer 65 taillight can shine for up to six hours at 35 lumens, or 1.6 hours if you run it in the 50-lumen solid mode. All four lights mount via rubber straps and can be recharged with a micro-USB cable.

6. Gyhuego USB Rechargeable Bike Light

This budget light that you can find on Amazon is very bright and claims to run for 10 hours on full power. We were not able to verify the lumens claim, but the battery life is amazing.

The battery on this light lasts for about 10 hours before it starts to run low, at which point it automatically switches to a lower setting to save power. Even after the battery is almost completely depleted, the light will keep running for another 4 hours. I haven’t used it long enough to know how well the battery holds up after being charged multiple times, so I will update this review if I notice any changes. The set also comes with a taillight, which is not very visible, but for around £20 it’s a good deal.

7. Cygolite Metro Plus 800

Cygolite Metro Plus 800 Rechargeable Headlight - Picture 1 of 1
The Metro Plus 800 was the cheapest light in our lab testing, but it had the smallest falloff from its peak output, dropping just 9.8 per cent over 30 minutes. The beam pattern is very close to a spot, but there’s enough light thrown to the side to feel comfortable using this light on the road. The Metro Plus would be a good backup or helmet light (paired with a wider beam on the handlebar) for mountain biking. The main downside of the Metro Plus is its short run time: only an hour on its max output setting.

8. Light & Motion Seca 2500 Enduro Headlight

Light and Motion Seca 2500 Enduro system click to zoom image
The Seca 2500 Enduro can put out a lot of light. Even though in the lab it fell short of its claimed 2,500 max lumen rating, it was still pumping out nearly 2,000 lumens 30 minutes into our test. Enduro’s main drawback is its bulk and heft.
It’s 501 grams for the whole package, and you’ll need to find a place to mount the battery as well. The wide beam pattern and ample light output easily lit up the trail or road in front of the bike. On a lower mode of 625 lumens, the Enduro boasts a run time of 10 hours, so you don’t have to worry about running out of light.

9. Lezyne LED Femto Drive Rear

The Femto taillight is small, simple, and unobtrusive. It comes in several anodized colours and attaches just about anywhere via one stretchy strap or its clip-on system. The red lens, which doubles as the power button, shines at 180 degrees but puts out only seven lumens (a flash boosts visibility). This isn’t the brightest taillight out there but it runs on a convenient USB charge. But for the price, it’s a handy option for clipping to backpacks, belts, or pockets.

10. Light & Motion Vya Smart

Smart Smart RL317R-1W Superflash 1 Watt Rear LED Light

 

The Vya 50-lumen taillight is USB rechargeable, visible at just over half a mile, and lasts up to eight hours on a full charge. It also uses smart sensor technology to automatically adjust to the ideal light mode. When inserted into its mount, the light turns on when it senses motion, and then flashes in daylight and shines steadily at night. The system automatically shuts off when you stop pedalling, but there is a slight delay if you stop at an intersection.

11. Lupine Rotlicht

Lupine Rotlicht rear light

This light is on the expensive side, but our tester was impressed with its reliability, long battery life, different settings, and even an accelerometer that makes the light glow brighter to warn people behind you that you’re breaking. The Rotlicht has four brightness settings ranging from .1 watts up to 2 watts, and four modes: steady, blink, pulse, and steady + pulse. On the most battery-draining mode, 2-watt pulse, the light still runs for three hours.

We found that the light lasts for 60 hours on the lowest setting, which is astonishing. The light can be attached to most tube shapes with a rubber strap, and it also comes with a clip to mount it under the saddle. When you turn the light off, it flashes through up to five lights to indicate the remaining battery life. We found that it takes about six hours to fully recharge the battery when it’s dead, so we got in the habit of charging the light overnight.

Road bike safety light guidelines

Size

Always go for a safety light that fits your bike. You also don’t want lights that are too small because they won’t be easily seen on the road.

Weight
Some bike lights are indeed designed to be bigger than others, and that’s done to emit more light. Unfortunately, this can result in a pretty heavy product. If you plan on doing bike tricks or going for a very long ride, you’ll want to choose lighter bike lights.
Battery life and power modes
It’s important to choose a safety light that can support longer bike trips because you never know when you’ll need them.
Durability
We don’t want you to waste your money. That’s why we recommend looking for bike lights that’ll survive over the years. Always choose bike lights that can withstand a little wear and tear and rough terrain.
Waterproof
We all get caught in the rain, and everything on your bike should be able to withstand getting wet. Make sure whatever safety light you buy will not short out or be damaged if you find yourself in a downpour, which will happen sooner or later.
Rechargeability

If you’re looking at a safety light that lasts 5 hours but takes 5 hours to recharge, you’ve got a problem. Look for bike lights that can be recharged quickly and easily (USB compatibility). You shouldn’t have inconveniently searched for an outlet to charge your bike.

 

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