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    Bicycle Light Buying Guide

       Words by Harry Archer

       on 13/11/2017 11:36:00

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    As the nights draw in and the long, sunny summer days are almost a distant memory, the attention of riders turns to the best ways to continue their two-wheeled adventures during the colder and darker months of winter. Bike lights are a key component of winter riding. Legally you are required to have a white front and red rear light visible at all times when riding in the winter and the right set of lights for your needs, be that commuting, leisure or training, can revolutionise your winter riding and give you the confidence to continue cycling safely all year round.

    But what differentiates one light from another? There are lots of different factors to consider when you are purchasing your new bike lights:

    Run Time

    Run time is how long a bicycle light will continue to work for. Whether you go for a battery powered or USB rechargeable light it will have a total run time. This is important to consider, especially for the more long-distance rider as you will need to select a light that will last for the full duration of your ride. Higher end lights on the market have the ability to tell you how much power they have remaining, ensuring you’ll never get caught out by a sudden loss of light on night time rides.

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    Modes

    Some lights available on the market have a variety of modes available to use. This varies from different levels of brightness to flashing settings and Daybright features. This can be a fantastic way to utilise your bike light in changing environments and situations. For example, if your ride takes you through a well-lit area where visibility is good – you could switch your light to a lower brightness or flashing mode to ensure you are still well lit up whilst saving some battery life of your light.

    Beam patterns

    This is especially important to consider when you’re riding on unlit country roads and you need to see as much of the road as possible. New innovations in beam patterns means that you can adjust the angle and brightness of your light to improve the spread of light around you. Some lights, Such as the Exposure Strada 1200, have been specifically designed to produce super bright road beam patterns without dazzling other road users.   

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    Charging method

    Traditionally most bicycle lights have been battery powered but the last couple of years has seen the rise of USB rechargeable lights. These lights, normally running off lithium Ion batteries are extremely convenient and ideal for commuting and rural night riding. The USB lights tend to be brighter and more efficient than their battery powered counterparts and as such they are normally more expensive. However, when offset against the cost of repeatedly buying new batteries they tend to be the more cost-effective option in the long term.

    Browse our extensive full selection of bicycle lights >

    Brightness

    Most bicycle lights will measure their output in Lumens. A lumen is essentially a measurement of how visible a light is to the human eye- The higher the number of Lumens the brighter the light. The technology used to power bicycle lights has come on leaps and bounds over the last decade or so and as such you can pick a specific light to suit your needs perfectly:

    Under 100 Lumens

    These low lumen level lights are best utilised when you are needing to be seen but not necessarily relying on your bike light for visibility. Lightweight and durable, they are the best option for those commuting in busy, metropolitan areas with a lot well lit streets. When out on your bike in the dark you can never be too visible. Attaching lights to your helmet and clothing can be a great way to improve your night riding. For off-road riding, a helmet mount can provide a more natural angle of light ensuring you don’t lose visibility as you speed over berms and round corners. Using a specific helmet mount and often operated by remote control – Helmet mounted lights offer a more efficient and effective lighting system for riding off-road in the dark.

    100-300 Lumens

    Ideal for night riding in towns or cities, this level of brightness will ensure you are highly visible to other road users and pedestrians.  Furthermore, lights of this lumen level are an excellent spare to keep on your person in case the worst should happen and your main light stops working.

    300-1000 Lumens

    These brighter lights ensure you can see the road ahead clearly as well as being seen by other road users. Ideal for riding away from well-lit areas on late night road ride with the brighter lights available in this range suitable for faster and more aggressive riding as you won’t need to slow down to see obstacles in the road.

    1000+ lumens

    The brightest lights on the market. These bicycle lights will ensure complete visibility of the trail in front of you. Particularly suited to off-road and competition riding this lumen level permits you to see as well as you would in the daytime.

    Latest developments in bicycle lights

    Bicycle lights are constantly evolving and improving and 2018 has seen a number of exciting new developments to improve the abilities of bicycle lights on the market.

    Braking Sensors

    Using exposure’s brand new reAKT (Ambient Kinetic Technology), Exposure lights can intuitively react when you break and adjust its brightness depending on the available external light in a particular location. An ideal light for commuting, it improves your visibility to other road users whilst also ensuring you’re not using more light than you require.

    Exposure Blaze ReAKT Mk3 Rear Light

    Exposure's Blaze ReAKT Mk3 is the ultimate all-purpose intelligent rear light. Its output and features make it perfect for commuting, road, and everything in between. The Blaze's Ambient Kinetic Technology (ReAKT) enables the light to automatically flare under braking, and when you enter areas of higher ambient light, it creates a contrast in brightness. Updated with Peloton mode for 2019, the Blaze utilises the ReAKT Technology for use in a chain gang by dimming upon the detection of a rider’s front light, preventing a dazzling effect, but flaring up as a beacon at the tail of the pack.

    • Output - 150 Lumens
    • Weight - 77g
    • Burntime - Min 6 Hours | Max 48 Hours
    • Battery Capacity - 1500 mAh Li ion
    • Dimensions - Length - 70mm | Head - 28mm | Back - 28mm
    • Ambient & Kinetic Technology
    • Peloton Mode
    • DayBright
    • Cable Free Design
    • Intelligent Thermal Management

    Daybright technology

    Daybright technology uses a system of varying pulsating lights that make you visible to other road users during the day. Daytime running lights have increased in popularity over recent years.

    Read our guide to daytime running lights >

    Summary

    So as we have seen above, the choices available to you when purchasing your new bike lights for this winter are vast. Hopefully this quick guide has given you an idea of the level of light you require for your individual needs- be it a smaller, lightweight light to see you safely through the town on your commute home or a massive 1000+ lumen light for those late-night adventures through the woods or up-country lanes. Remember to always combine bicycle lights with other visibility products such a hi-visibility and reflective clothing. Furthermore, carrying a small set of spare lights if you have the room is always a good idea, providing a backup option in case your primary light stops working.

    Browse our extensive full selection of bicycle lights >

    Find your nearest Rutland Cycling store

    You can browse the entire range of available bicycle lights online, or you can get your hands on it in your nearest Rutland Cycling store.

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