Lights to be seen
Lights to be seen
An obvious requirement of cycling in the dark is to be seen by others. Your duty as a cyclist is to make yourself visible, particularly to other road users. As well as a good quality front light, your rear light will play an important role in being seen by road-users from behind.
Basic commuting lights for riding on a lamp lit streets will probably see you buying a set of lights within the range of 50-200 lumens. LED lights have become the go-to in terms of bulb type and you can get a variety of options including re-chargeable or battery powered.
Here are a few recommendations:
Lezyne Zecto Drive Light Set Y9 – £49.49
A handy little safety light set with multiple lighting modes giving an output of up to 120 lumens. The small size makes it perfect for stashing in your bag or your pocket.
Lezyne also offer the Zecto Drive Pro Light – this single light can output up to 160 lumens as a white light, or 40 lumens as a red light – you simply switch between the two at the press of a button. This means it can be used as a front or rear, making it a very handy ‘dual back up’ to have with you, in case one of your lights fails. See it for £27.99 here.
Cateye VOLT 100 RC – £22.99
A well-priced urban light set with a 200 lumen with multiple lighting modes that ensures you can see where you are going and everyone else can see you.
Exposure Trace Front Light – £39.99
The new Trace is a super compact front light with a 110 lumens output and hassle free USB recharging.
Exposure Trace Rear light – £44.95
The rear version to the Trace above, also rechargable via USB port.
Cateye TL-LD610 LED Rear Light – £19.99
A great option to be seen from the back for urban night riding. This one has five LEDs and three modes that maximize your visibility.