The days may be getting shorter and visibility is increasingly bad, but that shouldn’t stop you riding! Whether your miles are clocked through your daily commute or through off-road, deep forest adventures, our guide will talk you through all things lights, helping you to choose the right lights to open the door to even more adventures this season!
When choosing a light, it is essential to choose the correct amount of lumens for your needs. Put simply, lumens are the unit of how bright a light is to the human eye. For instance, a rear light will range from around 5-100 lumens, whilst a front light will start at around 10 and go into the hundreds for commuter style lights and into the thousands for performance road and off-road lights. We offer a range of lights for every occasion, from the UGOE 100LM USB Rechargeable Front Light to our UGOE 2000LM Alloy CNC Front Bike Light There’s a light to suit every need.
Ever been on a 100km ride out into the country side, only for it to take a little longer than expected and you run out of juice on your front light? It’s quite scary and when you have no back up, it can get dangerous! Most batteries today will run on built in rechargeable batteries, whilst some may require disposable batteries that will need replacing regularly. Rechargeable lights will also have the option of charging via USB, which is always handy. Some will even come with their own built in USB connector, so you wont need a cable to charge them! Alternatively, the more powerful lights for the darkest of conditions will usually require a bigger battery. Sometimes this will mean having an external battery attached to your bike, which can be attached to your top tube or handlebar. It’s worth noting, however, that no matter how much you charge your lights, you should use your lights wisely and reduce their power output where possible to keep as much battery as possible in reserve.
When looking at the options of bike lights, don’t forget to check for its mount! A good light mount is essential. It’s a good idea to go for a mount that is easy to install, with, for instance a silicone strap that can be attached to your handle bar. The other mounting option could be a bolt on bracket, which is the favoured choice for the more powerful lights.
If your main style of riding is within a built up area and the road or path is well lit, then you need to look for a light that is focused on making sure others see you, rather than focusing solely on seeing the road ahead! These lights will range from between 50 lumens to 500 lumens. Good commuter lights will be waterproof and easily attached to the bike. In addition to this, they will usually have several modes, a constant stream of light or multiple flashing modes. They will also offer a high level of side-on illumination so pedestrians and other road users can see you at junctions.
NEOS Recommends: The UGOE 500LM Alloy USB light for the ultimate commuter light, as well as being a great light for training rides at dawn or dusk, or on overcast winter days.
If you ride on unlit roads, or are thinking to in the future, a powerful front light is vital to illuminate the way ahead. You’ll need a light that can help you spot potholes and other hazards in the road, which is bar mounted and can output 500+ lumens. Light patterns will vary; with some more focused beams and others being more wide spread. Try to find something in between so you’re not blinding drivers on the road! Having a selection of lighting modes is also important as it will allow you to adjust your light output to your surroundings and again, to reserve battery for the rest of your ride. The more powerful lights tend to be attached with a bolt on bracket, for good reason, you wouldn’t want your light falling off in front of you. For rear lights, go for one which an option to flash. Doubling up on lights will only make you more visible and therefore safer.
Night riding can be full of adventure and thrill. But what fun would it be if you’re riding into trees and riding into holes. You need a powerful light, something that you couldn’t possibly use in the city! You need full beam illumination, with an output starting at 1000LMs. A wide beam here is essential so you can see more than just the path ahead, but also the trees and other forest furniture that could kick you off your bike. Off road riding requires both a powerful front light and a powerful rear light, as the rear light will allow other riders on the trail to see you before its too late. Some lights will also add in a remote control to allow you to adjust your settings without taking your hands off the handlebar. This is a great idea, as ensuring you have enough battery life until you’re safe at home is so important. Alternatively, you could bring a spare battery along with you as a back up. Neos Recommends: The UGOE 6000LM Alloy CNC Front and 150LM Rear High Power Set, which comes with it’s own remote control, has several light settings and is a fantastic price for it’s remarkable power output! This light is purely for off road and should not be used on public roads, as its power will cause visibility issues for oncoming drivers.
Whatever riding you’re doing, it is always best to carry an emergency light with you. Emergency lights will have an output of around 25-100LMs, which may not seem much, but it will be enough for you to get home, safe and sound. They should be small enough to fit in your jersey pocket; alternatively, you can attach them permanently to your bike, just in case. Neos Recommends: The UGOE 100LM 2 Eye Front USB Rechargeable Bike Light. The 2 front LED’s generate 50 lumens of brightness each, it is small and compact, perfect for short rides or as a permanent fixed emergency light!