Lights - sets
Lookie-likie stuff is one of my guilty pleasures, so it should come as little surprise that I got quite excited by the Electron Mili USB Rechargable LED lights set twin pack. However, while a pretty good marriage of form and function, in my opinion their quirky looking Pico cousins make better choices when negotiating unlit roads.
At just under a tenner you'd expect the Lifeline LED safety light to be a cheap blinky for being seen around town. It's much more than that: it's a well built and genuinely capable standalone light for city riding. It's even bright enough - just - to venture beyond the streetlights.
The body of the Lifeline is a two-piece alloy affair with a tight thread and an o-ring seal holding two 2032 button cells, and the LED is housed in a proper reflector behind a good quality lens.
Busch and Muller's Topfire helmet lightsare a really neat way to get yourself a bit of extra visibility on the bike. They're easy to fit, effective and weigh next to nothing.
The kit contains four single red LEDs connected to a battery compartment housing a cheap-to-replace 2032 button cell. The LEDs sit in the rear vents of your lid, held in place by double sided sticky tape, and the battery clips to a strap or, in my case, the centre strut of the rear retention system.
This Cateye light set consists of the Cateye HL-EL010 Uno front light and the Cateye TL-LD630 Rapid 3 rear light. The set is not cheap, but you get a pair of decent lights that will get you seen. Each light runs on a single AA battery, keeping size and weight down while achieving pretty impressive run times and light outputs.
The front light achieves this by using Opticube lens technology to put every lumen available from its single LED to the best possible use. The rear has a high power SMD-LED in the middle, with another LED either side.
Lumicycle's LED3Si is an excellent light that's impressive value for money. It's very similar to Lumicycle's flagship LED4Si road light but with just three emitters instead of four. Entirely unsurprisingly, that makes the claimed output three-quarters that of the 4Si at 850 lumens. Also unsurprising is that the battery lasts longer, with three hours on the highest-power mode.
Waiter, waiter, there's an RSP micro flex light rear in my soup...Keep you voice down sir; they'll all want one. Superb weather seals, shapely, tactile design and impressive power to size ratio, the flex light ranks high in my back up lighting hall of fame and should be of particular interest to winter time trialists or road racers who don't want to find themselves cheated by the sudden onset of darkness.
Light & Motion Visa 360 is beautifully made, a delight to use and when all’s said and done, worthy of the asking price. 140lumen output outstrips many mid range bike mounted systems but Light & Motion have ensured this prowess doesn’t have the effect of blinding oncoming traffic. Run and charge times are practical for most commuters and 135g neither feels cumbersome or encroaches on rider freedom. However, the Visa is designed to compliment rather than substitute bike mounted systems and though genuinely visible from 360 degrees, blind spots were still possible when turning the head far left/right.
Don’t be fooled by their cutesy looks, NiteRider’s Lightning Bug 3.0 and Stinger set are very competent LED lights with great output and around 100hrs of life from a set of watch-type batteries.
These little Backupz LEDs are brilliant if you are riding through town after the sun has disappeared. They are tiny, each the size of a key fob so you can easily stuff them safe in your pocket when you are nipping in to the to the pub for a refreshment break on your way back from work while your steed is locked up outside.
The super minimalist Cat-Eye Uno and 600 make a very lightweight competent “seen by” package for round-town commuting and as a contingency lights for those summer evenings when you’ve taken the best bike on an extended run and lost all track of time. However, while the 600s is undeniably bright, sealing and the seat post bracket are looking dated and run times don’t quite keep pace with the latest generation.