How to Choose a Bike Light

Types of lighting

Well-lit bicycle is equipped with front, side and rear lighting. Thanks to your bike well visible to other motorists and pedestrians. When driving off the main roads, where there is no street lighting, is a powerful floodlight necessity.

headlamps

Time incandescent lamps are gone. They replaced the LEDs. Generally, the more expensive the lamp is, the higher the luminosity features. Here by checking the lumen (lm). For driving on paved bike paths just carrying around 200L. The forest trail, we recommend at least 300l. These lamps are normally equipped with rechargeable batteries. New on the market are CREE headlamps. The intensity easily reaches 1000-2000lm. High energy intensity is often necessary to solve an external source. This is usually mounted with Velcro to the frame.

Front and rear safety lights

It primarily serves the function of a warning to other road users. Most often this is a typical “blinkers”. Unlike the headlamps are more often driven by AA batteries and mount it under the seat. Lights can also buy in sets, consisting of front and rear lamps.

Which parameters noticing

When choosing a good track several key properties. Light should have LEDs according to eBicycleLights. Watch as the number of lumens and the width of the light cone.

LEDs

Most of today’s lights are equipped with LEDs. Their advantage is high efficiency and low energy consumption.

Number Lumens

Lumen is the main unit of luminous flux. Simple – the more lumens, the more light. Their value shows for each lamp in our range.

The beam

When frequent rides on roads with streetlights, we recommend front flashlight with a narrow beam of light. On unlit roads are suitable for a wide light better peripheral vision.

Methods for mounting lights

Helmet mounted

Normally the front lights mounted on the handlebars, however more bikers prefer light on his helmet. Alternatively, you can consider a combination of both. The indisputable advantage is easy to change the direction of the light turning heads.

Installation of the handlebar

The most common way to illuminate the path before the cyclist. Gripping the handlebar is usually solved by click-fix system. Thanks to him, the light can be easily removed. Handlebar some cyclists assembled and the front blinkers. Both variants of modern headlamps do not take up too much space. Gripping flasher is often solved with a rubber clip that over the handlebars just stretch. Others are classically mounted screw.

Side lighting (reflectors)

It is most often found in the wheel spokes. Reflectors are an underestimated type of lighting and movement through the spokes of the wheels ensure high visibility of cyclists, while lighting from the side.

rear flasher

Most often mounted on the seat post as a rear warning light. Exceptionally they are deposited on the carrier.

Charging or battery?

Charging systems are equipped with lithium-ion batteries. They will last up to 500 charge cycles. It can therefore say that it is an ecological and economical option. Furthermore, rechargeable batteries retains the same intensity of light throughout the charge. For luminaires for alkaline batteries, the light slowly fades. Charging luminaires are equipped with an indicator of residual energy.

Charging lights provides USB adapter. Lithium-ion batteries have a long life, light weight and do not suffer from memory effect when fully discharged. Battery life can affect the proper charging. Unplug the charger until the battery is fully charged. Likewise, the batteries do not indicate “overcharging”, although the majority of chargers will stop working automatically. Lifetime of course also affects the light itself, depending on its performance.

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