Legally a rider must have sufficient lights and reflectors on their bike between
sunset and sunrise, so when you are cycling to work it is
important to make sure you are visible to other road users. A good light
set is a must if you are planning on using your bike for your
daily commute. Here are some points to remember:
- One front light is required that conforms to EC standards
- It must be white
- One rear light is required that conforms to EC standards
- It must be red
- You can have the light on a constant mode or flashing, but it is recommended that you use a constant mode in areas with no street lighting
- If a light can only flash it must emit at least 4 candelas
As well as making sure you are easy to spot and are covered legally there are other
factors to take into consideration when buying your lights.
– The brighter a light
is, the more you can see and the more easily you can be seen.
· Field of vision
– The wider the
angle that light is displayed at, the more visible you are and the more visibility
you have. Some lights have extra bulbs on their sides and others use mirrors to
increase the light throw.
· Ease of fitment
– No one likes
faffing about and these lights all come with secure and easy fasteners.
– Good lights are
resistant to bangs, scrapes and water. The best lights are completely
– Lights will
inevitably add some weight to your bike, but many lights are now incredibly small
– Decide between entry
level, mid-level or high end depending on your needs and budget. You might want to
consider a rechargeable set with a USB connector.
At Cycle Solutions
we have a great range of lights that will keep
you safe and seen in the winter months. Here are some of our favourites:
Best light sets:
Lezyne Macro Front and Micro Rear Light
A compact set of lights that is easy to fit and lightweight. The front light is
rechargeable and comes with a USB cable.
EL-520/LD-610 Light Set
A powerful light set that comes with two options for brightness. Easy to attach and
Smart Polaris 7 Lux Front with 7 LED Rear Light Set
If you are on a budget then this set is for you. A great set for being seen, but
you might need to back them up with another light if you need to light your
Best front lights:
Moon Gem 2.0 USB Rechargeable Front LED Light
A good front light for commuters in built up areas, a great price and it’s
rechargeable, so saves you buying batteries.
Cateye Nano Shot RC EL620RC
This light provides enough light to help you ride along back roads safely so it can
be used in more rural areas. It also has a USB charger port too.
Moon Meteor 210 Lumen USB Rechargeable Front Light
Another rechargeable front light, it comes with quick release brackets so you can
take it with you in your bag, can be attached to your helmet or bike and a short
Best rear lights:
Skink 4 LED Light
All Knog lights have an easy to use clip on feature that makes them easy to put on
and take off in a hurry. The Skink also comes in a variety of colours and a
variable beam direction.
Micro Drive LED Rear Light
A clean, simple, well designed rear light that will be suitable for lit and un-lit
areas. It has a clean snap system so you can take the light off leaving the bracket
attached and is easy to turn off and on.
Return to our commuter guides.