Commuter Essentials - Front Lights
Monday, October 8, 2018 - 18:05
It doesn't need to be dark for a front light to be useful!
While we usually buy our lights with dark winter commutes in mind, they usually stay on the bike through the summer to help with visibility in changing light.
The type of light that you buy will influence what you can do and how much you can see. The general rule is the more expensive the light, the brighter it will be. But as we don't always use the brightest setting, we find that a more powerful light will often run for longer on it's lower setting of 300 lumens than a cheaper light on its max setting of 300 lumens.
We've broken the lights into two types, USB Rechargeable and External Battery Pack. There are so many deals out there that we'll start by looking at the USB Rechargeable type!
These types of light are perfect for quickly popping a light on your bike. They usually come with a charging cable that we leave at work although some have the USB male end attached.
The compact design and built-in battery usually mean that they're smaller and lighter, but pack less of a punch compared to the external battery pack types.
Lezyne Femto Drive Front LED Light
A simple little blinker light for about town. This runs on coin cell batteries but they last for ages.
Pop one of these on the town bike for a little extra visibility.
Knog Blinder Arc 220 Front Light
This commuter light has the size of a blinker and attaches easily.
Should you need a little more power on an unlit section, you get 220 lumens. Not enough for pitch black, but good enough for more city areas.
Moon Meteor Storm Lite Front Light
We've been using Moon's Meteor X Auto Pro for well over a year now and it's brilliant.
This, its bigger brother is more powerful at 1100 lumens and lasts a little longer too.
Lezyne Macro Drive 1100L Front Light
Now we're up into the sort of power needed for countryside commuting.
1100 lumens and a run time of over an hour will see you through a pretty long commute out of town.
The cheapest prices seem to be on eBay, but this fluctuates so check out the latest prices below. Currently, these are going for £44.99.
LifeLine Pavo 2000L Front Light
Boasting a whopping 2000 lumens, this light looks like a brilliant deal.
The best thing about the high power is that you could easily use this for evening and night-time off-road riding too.
Hope R2i LED Vision Front Light
This Hope R2i light has an integrated 2 cell battery. That gives the beam loads of power making it comparable to the external battery pack lights.
For the money, we'd be happy to buy this with confidence in Hope's famous reliability.
Exposure Race Mk13 Front Light
The height of rechargeable lights come from Exposure.
Firstly the light produces 1900 lumens and boasts the longest run time of 36 hours. But these also last really well too!
One of the best options for commuters is to combine your front light with the safety of a camera.
We love the Fly12 for it's quality video in poor light.
Knog's Blinder is a great little blinker that looks really good on a city bike.
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