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Bike Lights to Be Seen

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Whether you are riding through the night or in the day, staying visible is of paramount importance. With that in mind, we've taken a look at some of the best bike lights to help keep you seen this season.

Exposure Lights Joystick Mk14 Front Light

A sub 100 gram front light from Exposure Lights, the Joystick is now in its 14th iteration and now boasts a 1050 lumen output. Fitting into both the 'be seen' and 'to see' categories, this is one versatile light that is compact enough to be mounted to a helmet without feeling cumbersome. This is therefore a handy addition to your mountain bike setup or as an added source of light for road rides. Intelligent Thermal Management regulates the temperature of the light and prevents overheating, while the Optimum Mode Selector allows you to tailor the modes to your exact preference, whether that is based on the route you are taking or the speed you are riding at.

 

Bontrager Ion 200 RT Front Light

Visible from up to two kilometres away yet weighing just 32 grams, the Bontrager Ion 200 RT Front Light can be linked to your Garmin or Bontrager ANT+ device, allowing you to check your battery status on the move. Micro USB rechargeable, the light's 200 lumen output is powered by a CREE LED. The Ion 200 RT is designed to offer a focused beam, whether that is in a constant or flash mode. Ideal to keep you seen in the day as well as at night, battery life ranges between 1.5 and 12 hours, depending on the mode selected.

 

Beryl Laserlight Core Front Light

Laser projection is a technology Beryl are proud to include in a number of their lights and the Laserlight Core Front Light is no exception. This has been paired with a 400-lumen white LED. Four modes allow you to move from constant to flashing beams, while the Day Flash mode has been designed to help you stand out in low light conditions. A reliable commuting option, the battery life is a market leading 41 hours. Attaching to your handlebar is a simple task using the tool-free bracket and single strap, while the 100 gram weight and compact dimensions means this light is anything but cumbersome.

 

Exposure Lights Blaze Mk3 Rear Light

As bike lights go they really do not get much more intelligent than the Exposure Lights Blaze Mk3 Rear Light with REAKT and Peloton. Adapting to your surroundings, Exposure Lights have used Ambient Kinetic Technology, designed to strengthen the emitted light when you brake and in turn adjust to your surrounding ambient light. This feature is ideal for those looking to ride in groups, when blinding your fellow riders with a strong beam is not a welcome option. Peloton mode detects approaching bike lights from behind and dims the Blaze accordingly and in turn brightens again when bike lights are not detected, ensuring the beam catches the eye of upcoming motorists.

When no other lights are detected, for example when you are riding at the back of a group, the beam is strengthened. Emitting a maximum of 150 lumens, the Optimum Mode Selector allows you to simplify shifting between modes, moving from flashing to constant in just a touch of a button. DayFlash is a double strobe that has been added to increase visibility during the day. An impressive runtime of between 6 and 28 hours, depending on mode, makes this a light you can rely on, night or day.

 

Bontrager Flare RT 2 Rear Light

Boasting a 90 lumen max burst, the Bontrager Flare RT 2 is a rear light that features an interruptive flash pattern, allowing you to be easily noticed out on the road. Visible from over two kilometres away, the Flare can be paired to your Garmin Edge computer and the Bontrager Light Control App, allowing you to keep tabs on the light's battery status. IPX7 waterproofing makes this a light you can use in even the most miserable of conditions, while the 33 gram weight means it is one of the lightest rear lights on the market. A handy feature is the integrated light sensor, this auto-adjusts the light's brightness depending on the conditions, optimising battery life.

 

As well as a set of lights, ensuring your clothing has reflective or highly visible designs can also help improve your presence on the road. Looking to ride in more rural conditions? Take a look at our guide on lights to see. Designed specifically for commuting and urban riding, take a look at our guide to commuter ready lights.

About the Author

  • About Dan: After racing in Britain and France, Dan can now be found tackling gran fondos and riding around Dorset, Surrey and Essex.
  • Article Published On: 19 September 2019

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