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Lights for bikes, bike radar and cycling: LEDs, headlights and lighting tips - Are the long, bright summer and late spring days a distant memory? Don't you want to give up enjoying a ride in complete safety with your racing bike, mountain bike or simply with your city bike that you use every day?

No drama: traveling by bike for work or training for your physical well-being when natural light decreases remains a pleasure that few today give up; this also thanks to bicycle accessories such as lights, LEDs and headlights of new conception which guarantee maximum safety and lighting both in the city and on extra-urban routes.

The plus is that these accessories also begin to have a very pleasant design as well as extremely functional and brilliant. The important is choose the solution well that is right for you.

Bike lights: types and categories on the market

Bike lights mainly have two functions: to be seen but also of to see. Depending on the purpose, we can then classify the types of lights based on:

  • To the location where they are allocated or mounted: front bike lights or rear which in turn can be fixed on the fork, on the handlebar but also under the saddle but also on the wheels Without to forget cycling lights / headlights for the helmet in addition to light clip applicable in different points of theclothing by the cyclist
  • According to the power supply mode: dynamo lights, bicycle headlights with or without battery and also the induction lights
  • Based on the lumen products, or according to the quantity, breadth and depth of light generated from the light / beacon itself. A well-made battery-powered lighting system can make it possible modulate the intensity of brightness according to different circumstances such as when we are in an inhabited center with good visibility or when we go to poorly lit suburban areas. The more the lights are used in low intensity or flashing mode, the longer the battery will last before having to recharge again (even in USB mode)
  • Based on functionality: simple lights or passive safety systems tout court? Nowadays there are several solutions with rear light integrated with a bike radar able to inform you through the dispay of your cycle computer if a vehicle is approaching within several meters before.

Before carrying out an examination of the various solutions on the market, linking them to the most common uses of frequent or occasional cyclists, it is appropriate to offer a view on what is expressed by the highway code.

You can continue reading to deepen and find the most suitable solution for you (there are some interesting gems); if you already know the type of product you are interested in, I simply recommend that you visit the dedicated Amazon pages dedicated to lighting solutions for bicycles:

Bike headlights and front lights

Bicycle rear lights

Cycling helmet lights

Colored led lights for wheels

Bike radar

Bike lights and Highway Code

In many countries, the use of lights on bicycles is required by law as well as being a custom and civic behavior that has been present for years, as well as the use of excessively powerful lights within urban areas; now let's see the Italian regulation based on the rules of the highway code.

The law establishes what are the measurements of the bicycle and what is the mandatory equipment; with regard to the accessories we mention the equipment functional to lighting which are:

  • Front light white or yellow, height between 30 and 100 cm
  • Red rear light, maximum height 100 cm
  • Reflectors red rear reflectors; on the pedals and on the yellow sides

These provisions also apply to pedal assisted bicycles / electric bicycles as they are similar to cycles.

The lights must be on from half an hour after sunset to half an hour before sunrise and during the day when appropriate: outside built-up areas and in tunnels. In these conditions it is also mandatory to wear a high visibility reflective vest or shoulder straps. During the stop or stop the lights can be switched off. The vehicle must be driven by hand in the absence of lights and reflectors.

The highway code provides for a penalty / fine that goes up to 100 euros in case of lack of headlights when mandatory, or if these devices do not comply with the regulation.

Bike lights: how to choose and how many "lumens" to see

After the discussion, let's start with practical advice for cyclists who move at dawn rather than at dusk or late in the evening.

The flashing lights are an excellent solution for draw attention but they don't help motorists and other vehicles such as motorcycles or other cycles to calculate the "depth" well and therefore the distance; in reverse fixed lights in this sense they help to grasp the aspect of depth and distance but they certainly are more aggressive to the eye if the colors are not adequate. Also often they do not provide any elements in terms of direction change.

This for a bike is an interesting aspect that some manufacturers of accessories have been working on for some time to adapt the operation of some headlights / rear lights so that different combinations of fixed and flashing lights with an attached arrow alternate.

The night: the lights on a bicycle when cycling at night are mandatory but you must also understand the location and weather conditions in which we are pedaling; the city and urban streets are lit enough to allow cyclists to see where they are going and to check the condition of the road surface.

However, there are many occasions when a few more "lumens" are needed: in the galleries dark or dimly lit rather than up cycle paths at night or on suburban roads are needed at least 200/300 lumens just to train safely, especially if the weather conditions are not exceptional such as in case of cloudiness or fog and humidity.

The "lumens": all the lights available on the market are cataloged in terms of lumens; lumen is a unit of measurement of brightness: lumen represents the amount of light visible to the human eye emitted by a given source. Beyond the technicality when we buy a lighting fixture it is important to understand how many lumens are needed and above all based on the contexts of use.

I'll tell you a little secret that you subconsciously already know: perhaps you will think that very bright and bright lights are the best to attract the attention of motorists, but they can be too aggressive (such as high beams) towards the other occupants of the roads, whether they are motorists, cyclists or even pedestrians. So pay attention to the choice of rear lights and headlights or front lights for your bicycle

Taillights and rear lights for bicycles

If you are a road racer like myself (a very normal racing bike lover) you will recognize yourself in this description in a typical situation in which we use the rear signal light: think of pedaling behind your friend who has the intermittent led light under the seat; here if its light is not chosen correctly you will have the sensation of a lighthouse pointing at you continuously on him blinding you continuously; not a good feeling.

The secret so it is in look for a rear light with different intensity modularities and colored with a shade of blue. You don't have to be a lighting expert, just think about when you apply the light filter on your mobile to reap these simple benefits.

The recent news events that involved several pro cyclists and did not bring safety on the roads to the fore and the same technical commissioner of the Cassani national team praised active and passive safety systems such as the lights possibly integrated with anti car radar like the most famous one from Garmin.

Headlights and front lights for bikes

As for instead the headlights and headlights I can recommend this tip of common sense in particular if you drive on poorly lit streets or even at full night: to illuminate a road it will take him at least 300 lumens, while for very dark and unexplored roads as can also be woods for those who practice of mountain biking in winter, better to get lights of over 600/700 lumens.

In general, try to consider the following factors when you intend to equip yourself with front lights: breadth and depth lights, color (white is mandatory but not all are the same), ease of assembly, fast battery charging and its duration both in intermittent and continuous mode (especially for those who use it daily even if they are citizens), lightness and impermeability for those who need these features.

Interesting the lighting solutions for the helmet: the big advantage over the lights anchored to the bike lies in theangle that can be illuminated: this solution is very useful in side views precisely because, being adjustable from the head, it is able to go beyond just the front view. It is a type of light widely used by mountain bikers, but it works great even in the city especially at crossroads and at the exit on the crossings on the pedestrian strips or in the cycling areas.

Bike lights for wheels and paints that illuminate

Among the accessories used not to illuminate but to be seen are the aforementioned reflectors mandatory by bicycle legislation and which are often positioned between the spokes and on the pedals. Among the most innovative solutions that combine design, beauty and utility there are certainly the bike lights for wheels and listen well to the catadioptric paints that allow you to paint / varnish some points of the bike, from the tires to the frame. Widely used in urban areas and among those who love fixed gear bikes. The solutions are the strangest and imagination often meets functionality: an example above all are the luminous valves on the wheels to increase visibility, especially the side.

Bike lights, removable clips and reflective accessories

Removable lights or clip of lights to attach to bags, jackets, mudguards, baskets and clothes in general offer a double convenience: first of all they are a good compromise to be seen in all sections of the shape and finally they can be removed and kept with you and easily reloaded.

Be careful not to overdo it otherwise they take us for Christmas trees; Seriously they are accessories that I see a lot on the rise in recent years precisely because by increasing the vehicles that circulate on the road more than seeing it is important to be noticed with the right respect and at the right distance.

Conclusions and latest indications

There has never been an excellent reason to be invisible on the road but today we have no excuse as cyclists; technology today helps us by providing both passive safety elements such as lighting systems mentioned in this post, but also a clothing suitable for all seasons, accessories such as glasses with professional lenses as well as helmets at the height.

All that remains is to put our heads when we get ready but above all when we are out having fun or to do our routine whether it is going to work or simply shopping.

Finally, below I provide you with some links to better carry out a targeted search on Amazon, the e-commerce site where you can also buy numerous sets of lights and lighting accessories for you and for your bicycle. this item at excellent prices and with the usual "satisfied or refunded" guarantee.

By following the links you will find an abundant assortment oflights, headlights, LEDs and reflective accessories of different brands, so that you can evaluate the individual product sheets with all the features and prices.

Amazon shipments can take place within 24 hours and are often included in the price. And if you already have Amazon Prime you can take advantage of free and fast shipping for almost all items in the catalog. Here are the links:

  • Bike Front and Rear Light Set
  • Bike headlights and front lights
  • Bicycle rear lights
  • Bike radar
  • Reflectors and other bicycle accessories
  • Lighting and led turn signals for bikes
  • Cycling helmet lights
  • Colored led lights for wheels
  • Dynamo lights

Some well-known brands and brands with different and well-known products on the market:

Cat Eye: one touch one control its motto; the company specializes in front lights, safety lights and reflector accessories and offers well-made products both front and rear. Lightness, compactness and good design both aesthetically and in use are its absolute strengths.

Lezyne: well-known brand of bicycle accessories (GPS and computers) is a brand that is also appreciated in the field of lighting accessories, in particular by those who need a lot of lumens and who like off road: numerous front and rear headlights

Knog: it is one of the first brands to innovate the concept of removable battery bike lights; waterproofness and durability are its strengths of its rear lights.

Other related articles I wrote on IdeeGreen that may interest you are:

  • Bicycle touring, equipment to bring on a bike trip
  • Tips for winter cycling clothing
  • Cycling shoes for racing or mtb bikes: how to choose them
  • Bike and Cycling Glasses: guide and models
  • Bike and Cycling Helmet: guide and models
  • Tires, tubeless and tubular: guide and bike tire sizes
  • How to clean and lubricate the bike and chain

Curated by Tullio Grilli



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