Bicycle lights are an essential safety equipment. Life is too precious, and lights are too cheap not to have them on your bike / cycling backpack / helmet. Proper bicycle lights used in combination with bright cycling clothes as well as other bicycle safety equipment and safe riding practices may prevent accidents.
What Type of Bicycle Light Do I Need?
Did you know...?
Did you know that many bicycle lights come with a "blink mode"?
In this mode, the lights will switch on and off continuously, helping you to stand out from other light sources in the area such as street lamps and house lights.
With the "blink mode" feature activated, motorists will be able to spot you more easily at night.
Many of the bicycle safety lights available are now led lights, and thus brighter than they ever have been before. This translates into you being seen on the road at night! They also come with a mounting bracket or clamp to affix the light to your bike.
Furthermore, many lights can also be easily removed from your bike by way of a quick release mechanism. This prevents a would-be thief from easily removing your light instead.
When riding with other riders, or where you expect to find other riders, remember to also wear bicycle reflectors and a rear light so that you aren't surprised by a panting rider crashing into you! Here are a few different types of bicycle safety lights available that have passed the test by seasoned commuters:
Main Bicycle Lights & Related Products
Bicycle Head Light - Using a bicycle head light is the key to lighting up the trail. After all, biking isn't limited to daylight hours. Night riding can be incredibly relaxing.
Bicycle LED Lights - LED Bicycle Lights are used to improve the visibility of the bicycle and its rider to others in dark conditions and to illuminate the road, trail or pathway.
Bicycle Generator - Bicycle generator (often called a bicycle dynamo) is basically a battery-free way of powering the safety lights that are installed in your bike. Read here all about what is the most suitable bicycle generator for you.
Bicycle Reflectors - There are many types of bicycle reflectors, such as handlebar reflectors and rear reflectors. Which of them will make your night cycling safer?
Other Types of bicycle lights
Emergency Bicycle Lights
These are small lights that can be conveniently carried in the rider’s pocket, cycling backpack or handlebar bag when not in use. They are usually not as bright as other bicycle lights and are powered by small button cells. They are great during emergencies like when your normal bicycle light goes dead.
These are a bit larger than emergency lights and can be mounted on the bike frame. Flashers usually flash on and off but can also produce a continuous beam of light as well.
Most flashers are powered by AAA batteries and will serve you over an extended period. These lights are great especially for making cyclists visible to other road users in areas lit by street lights.
Torch Style Bicycle Lights
Torches are among the most common types of bicycle lights. These produce a lot more light as compared to the two listed above. In most cases, they come in a bundle including rear bicycle flashers for visibility. They use regular AA or AAA cells or rechargeable battery packs. They are easily removable from their mount for other uses.
Rechargeable Bicycle Light Sets
These are best for cyclists who usually go riding at night and are not just looking for better visibility. These sets usually come with a strong light separate from a rechargeable battery. They are capable of illuminating trails and come with a capable battery.
Dynamo Bicycle Lights
If you are looking for bicycle lights that will not trouble you for battery recharge or replacement, then these are your best option. Cyclists usually leave their dynamo bicycle lights on even during the day as the dynamo is usually still running. You can use a unit to store the power produced by the dynamo when the light is off.
Mountain Biking in the Dark
If you plan on rushing down the mountain side in the dark, you will need a strong light to help you see the trail clearly. This can be essential in helping you avoid running into trees and low branches as well as falling into holes.
One of the most popular bicycle lights for such applications is the Blitzu Gator 320 USB Rechargeable Bike Light which has both flashing and continuous lighting modes. It can last 7 hours when set to the latter and a whopping 80 hours when set to the former mode. These lights are best used together with bike reflectors to maximize visibility.
Did you know...?
Did you know that most bicycle lights today are LED lights?
LED lights are the latest technology in lighting and offer brighter light for extended periods of time without the need for more power. Since LED lights do not heat up during use, they tend to use all the energy they draw from the power source as efficiently as possible in producing light.
Buying Bicycle Lights
There are several types of bicycle lights. This includes:
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More Information About Bicycle Lights
You are invited to read more about bicycle lighting systems on my article about bicycle night riding.