Bicycle Safety Lights Pages:

Why Use Bike Lights?

The Primary Function Of Bicycle Lights

There are two primary and very important functions for your bicycle safety lights.

The obvious function is to illuminate the terrain for you if you are riding at night.

The other and far more CRUCIAL role they play - is as a safety device.

Your lights make you visible and give you a defined presence on the road. They will improve your chances of not being hit by larger vehicles on the road - at night or in inclement weather.

Furthermore - having bicycle safety lights is not only smart it is actually the law.

In most countries the law states that ... in conditions of low-visibility, (ie mist, fog, snow, heavy rainfall) and - obviously at night-time - you MUST use bicycle safety lights.


The Legal Requirements

You Must Have:

  • A red light on the rear of your bike - that is either steady or flashing.
  • A bright white light on the front of your bicycle - that is either steady or flashing.
  • Both the headlight and rearlight must be visible from a minimum of 200 meters.
  • They should also be visible 50 meters from the side.
  • Ultrafazer combo bicycle safety light
  • A rear red reflector - that is visible from 50 meters when a low beam headlight is shone at it.
  • Pedal reflectors, and Side-rim or Wheel reflectors.

Note: There will be variations in different national legislations - so make sure you check what YOUR local laws are.


Important Points To Be Aware Of ...

Side-On Visibility

For a lot of lights the lack of side-on visibility in some lights is a big problem.

Ideally your headlight and rearlights should be visible from the side-on. There are amber-colored LED sidelights on the market that can be added to your bike to overcome this issue.

Light Flash Rate

The flash rate of each light is really important.

A bicycle safety light with a flash rate that is too slow can mean that the cyclist will travel further between each flash giving traffic a less accurate gauge of their position.

A bicycle safety light with a flash rate that is too fast creates a strobing effect and can distort motorists judgement as to the the rider's exact location.

Make sure you test out your bicycle safety light flash-rate before you buy - if you get the chance.

Go Wild ... Attach Additional Safety Lights To Your Bike ... Everywhere!!


Don't be limited by the legal requirements when it comes to safety lights. The more lit up like a Christmas tree you are - the safer you are. This includes wearing bright clothing - preferably reflective.

Ultrafazer combo bicycle safety light

Things To Consider When Buying Bike Lights ...

Mounting

Mount clamp holder for bicycle safety light
  • When mounting your light can you position it exactly where you want it so it will illuminate the right areas?
  • Will a larger lamp sit well on your handlebars or is it too big and awkward?
  • Is your headlamp placed comfortably and securely so it doesn't skew your helmet?
  • Is your bike frame too curvy to securely attach a battery pack to?
  • Will you need to extend a cable to reach batteries that are attached low under the down tube?

Power

LED bicycle safety light
  • Which type of lights suit you and your bike-riding lifestyle?
  • Are you looking for a green alternative?
  • Which power wattage suits your needs?
  • What can you afford to spend?
  • How much light are you comfortable using when you cycle?
  • Have you attached too much light so that you have issues with reflected glare and lost detail?

See Bicycle Safety Light Lamp And Power Formats for more comprehensive Info


Range of Beam

Bicycle safety light beam range
  • Are your bicycle lights - floodlights, hotspots, sidelights, headlights or blinking rearlights?
  • What is the range of beams you are choosing?
  • Are these suitable and do they meet the legal distance requirements?

Reliability

Bicycle safety lights in wet weather conditions
  • Are your bicycle safety lights reliable under wet, cold, muddy and foggy conditions?
  • Have you run your bicycle safety lights through their paces - under different and difficult conditions to see how they hold up - BEFORE - an event?
  • Are they waterproof? shockproof?
  • Is your mounting bracket reliable and not going to release your light unexpectedly?
  • Have you researched your - chosen brand's - reputation amongst people who have used their safety lights? ... Talk to friends or check the forums.

Run times

Bicycle safety lights lead acid charger
  • How long do you ride for and how much run time will you need from your battery?
  • Have you got spare batteries located on the bike so you can use a backup if you need to?
  • Are you batteries fully charged and ready for maximum run time BEFORE you go out cycling?
  • Does your battery charger do a good job? Does it recharge quickly?

See Bicycle Safety Light Lamp And Power Formats for more comprehensive Info


Other Fantastic Types Of Bike Safety Lights
For INCREASED Visibility Are ...

Anklelite bicycle safety lights
Wristlights and Anklelights
Winkku mirror and indicator lights
Handlebar Safety / Indicator Lights & Mirror
spook-light bicycle safety lights
Wireless Brake and Indicator Lights

Handlebar plugins bicycle safety lights
Handlebar Plugin Lights
Jetlite helmet micro safety light
Head-Mounted Lamp
Hokeyspokes bicycle safety lights
LED or Laser Wheelspokes

Pulse bicycle frame safety lights
Bicycle Frame Glow-Lights
pedal bicycle safety lights
Flashing Pedal Lights and Reflectors
Dig neon bicycle safety lights
Down Low Glow Bicycle Lights (DLG)

Micro bicycle safety lights
Microlights - Attached to Backpack, Pannier rack etc
Tong City Reflective concept bike
Entirely Reflective Bike Frames
Reflective flag for bicycle safety
Reflective and/or Strobing Flags

Handlebar mounted bicycle safety light
Handlebar-Mounted Lamp
Reflective Day-Night backpack
Reflective Accessories
Laser safety system
Laser Bike Warning System

Speed vest with  bicycle safety lights
Reflective Gear and Strips
Lasere Light-Lane for bicycle safety
Laser Lights Lanes
(In prototype stage)
Micro sidelights bicycle safety lights
Sidelights

Popular Manufacturers of Bike Lights

Some Well-Known Bicycle Light Manufacturers Include:


  • Busch and Miller (dynamos)
  • Cat Eye
  • Cygo Lite
  • DiNotte Lighting
  • Down Low Glow
  • Hokeyspokes
  • KnightLite
  • Knog
  • Light&Motion
  • Lumotec (dynamos)
  • Lupine Lighting Systems
  • Marwi
  • Monkey Lectric
  • NiteFlux
  • Night Lighting
  • NiteRider
  • Planet Bike
  • PrincetonTec
  • Reelight
  • RoadId
  • Schmidts (hub dynamos and lights)
  • Sigma Sport
  • Smart
  • Topeak
  • VistaLite
  • Zefal

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Measurement Terminology

Spokes - bicycle safety lights

Amp hour

A measurement of battery capacity.

The greater the capacity - the longer your lamp will shine.

Lumen

A measurement of the amount of visible light a source emits.

Watt

A measurement of power.


Bicycle Safety ...
The LightLane Prototype

We love this new mobile bike light lane prototype by US designers Alex Tee and Evan Gant - two very clever designers from Altitude, Inc.

It is such a great idea!

The LightLane is a bicycle safety concept.

Using lasers the LightLane projects a virtual bike lane down onto the road - around the cyclist.

This ensures that motorists can clearly identify a space boundary - which they need to keeep their vehicle clear of.