Summer is over, so it’s time to deck your bike out with some lights for the winter commute. These are some of the best bike lights for commuting.
As the winter rolls in once more and the days get shorter and darker, it’s time to kit your bike out with some lights to keep you safe on your daily commute. You’ll need at least two, a white light for the front and red for the back. You can pay anywhere between €10 to €200 for a light, aim for something in the middle to ensure you are safe out there but don’t spend a small fortune on just one accessory. At the end of the day, you want to be seen and you want to see, so here are 10 of the best bike lights for commuting.
1. Blackburn Central 700
The Central is a good investment as it’s such a versatile light. Its double tab and thumbscrew mount is compatible with any GoPro camera mount. It also has a rotating ratchet double back rubber strap mount which works on bars and stems. As for the beam itself, it has a good strong central beam, a frosted lens edge and back sloped lower section to give you good peripheral and just-in-front-of-wheel awareness vision. Two tall side gills increase traffic visibility. There are three constant and two flashing modes and it’s splash proof.
Available from: Buckley Cycles
2. Lezyne Macro Drive 800XL
Lezyne is well known in the cycling industry for their good quality products. The twin LEDs of this Macro Drive 800XL make for powerful ‘double barrel’ spots. There is a well sealed micro USB port to recharge it. There is also five-modes to choose from, but if that’s too much for you to handle there is a Race setting which simplifies things.
Available from: Marrey Bikes
3. Cateye Volt 800
Cateye is another reliable brand in the market. At 800 lumen output, this will both ensure you can be seen plus light the way for you in unlit areas. The single LED will cover a bike path easilty. Plus it has a great battery life of up to 80 hours at low beam. At high beam, it will only last for two but as it’s rechargeable, that should be plenty to get you home.
Available from: Chain Reaction Cycles
4. Blaze Laserlight
This laserlight is one of the more fancy options. It provides a front light with a 300 lumen output and it gives the rider warning of a coming cyclist by displaying the image of a bike on the road. This can be really helpful in city commutes.
Available from: Evans Cycles
5. Moon Arcturus Auto Pro
The Arcturus Auto Pro uses a COB LED for wide-angle visibility. It has three steady and three flashing modes to choose from, plus an auto light sensor which gives you the option to let it self-asses your safety. It can be attached using the built-in strap clip slots or a saddle rail clamp. There is also an inbuilt slow-power hour of safety reserve for emergencies.
Available from: Merlin Cycles
6. Knog Blinder R70 rear bike light
This rear bike light is a great purchase. Four LED lights with an output of 70 lumens, it’s bright, has five modes, a good battery life, and is USB rechargeable. It is definitely one of the best on the market.
Available from: Mango
7. Cateye Rapid X3 100
100 lumens is plenty for a backlight. The Cateye Rapid X3 100 is one of the more speedy lights to recharge, taking just three hours. It has a good battery saving mode which automatically kicks in when the light reaches a certain amount of battery. There are six light settings included, so you can adjust it to suit all conditions.
Available from: Evans Cycles
8. CatEye Volt 100 XC/Rapid Micro Set
This set makes for a good combination for your commute. Both have constant and flash settings. The Volt 100XC produces 100 lumens while the Rapid Micro Rear light produces 15 lumens. The front light will last for five hours on a flash setting and for one hour when on constant. The rear light will last between three to 30 hours. They are also both rechargeable.
Available from: Bike Exchange
9. Niterider Lumina & Sabre
The 450-lumen beam of the Lumina gives excellent illumination so you can get home quickly. The Sabre rear light uses a single strip COB LED with extra side LEDs, plus five modes to choose from. Both also have thick rubber strap mounts that will easily fit around your bars.
Available from: Cycle Superstore
10. Knog Blinder Road 250 Light Set
Knog makes some brilliant lights. The Blinder Road twin packs deliver a nice and powerful 250-lumen beam at the front and 70 lumens at the rear, giving you 100% visibility. They are also compact, super-light, USB rechargeable, and waterproof.
Available from: Chain Reactions Cycle
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