Reelight’s Guide to Buying Bike Lights
Looking for new bike lights for your bike can feel overwhelming sometimes. What aspects, styles and kinds of lights do you really need? But no need to worry any longer! We've written a guide for you. Here are 5 points to think about when it comes to bike lights. We hope this will help you choose the right light for your needs.
- Consider the type of riding you will be doing: Are you a commuter who will be riding in traffic and on busy streets, or are you a recreational cyclist who will be riding on quiet bike paths and trails? The type of riding you will be doing will determine the level of brightness and visibility you need from your bike light.
- Biking on dark country roads? Think of bright luminous lights that will both make you seen, while lighting up the road for you. It is important to make sure you can see the road ahead of you, but also that other traffic that might appear can see you quickly and clearly.
- Urban biking? Then it might just be necessary to be seen with a pair of low mounted magnetic lights. If your country's legal regulations allow it, a flashing light could be a good option for you.
- Forest riding? Then a light with at least +1000 lumen is recommended. The brighter your lights are, the better your night riding will be - and the less trees you will hit. ;) The lights will allow you to see any obstacles that might occur in the forest.
- Daytime riding? Daytime running lights are not legally required, but several studies have found that the accident rate for cyclists with constant permanent running lights is lower than for cyclists without lights.
- Look for lights with multiple modes: Most of Reelight’s bike lights offer different modes, including constant, flashing, and ReePower. Different modes can be useful in different situations, so it's important to choose a light with the right modes for your needs. But please be aware that each country has different laws and regulations when it comes to bike lights. For example, are you biking in Germany or the Netherlands, flashing lights are not allowed.
- Check the battery life: Battery life is an important consideration when choosing a bike light. Look for lights with long battery life and quick recharge times to ensure you always have enough power when you need it. Or maybe a magnetic light is more fitting to your needs, so you never have to worry about running our of power or exchanging the batteries.
- Consider the mounting system: Look for lights that are easy to mount and dismount. Some lights have quick-release mounting systems, while others require tools to install. Make sure the light you choose is compatible with your bike's handlebars or frame. If you are in doubt, check out our guide to 3 different mounting positions here.
- Look for extra features: Some bike lights offer extra features, such as built-in sensors that turn the light on and off automatically or USB charging ports that can be used to charge other devices. You can also get bike lights with rear brake light, which is adding extra safety to your biking as well. It means that both other cyclists and cars behind you will be able to see whenever you are stopping. Magnetic lights that automatically lights up and turns off are also an extra cool feature.