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We test beam strength, shape, and penetration to help you find the right light for the riding you do + an illuminating list of bargain light deals (sorry)

Is it that time again? One minute you're sitting outside the cafe in the sun, soaking up the rays, then next you're digging out your emergency blanket and whistle. Winter is coming, folks. And the nights are drawing in. You'll be needing some lights.

Fortunately, there are loads out there. And even better for you, we got our hands on over 50 of this year's lights and tested them back to back. The result of all this standing in a dark lane, and subsequently in a dark room with a light meter, is this: the big road.cc light beam engine.

We'll be testing a lot of these lights over the next few weeks, and we'll update our buyer's guide to reflect this year's crop. In the meantime, you can pit one against the other in a sort of lumen deathmatch. Obviously the beam engine doesn't give you the whole picture – you need to know what the battery life is like, how good the bracket is, whether a light is waterproof, and so on – but it does give you a handy reference on what kind of illumination you can expect.

And now in widescreen...

If you're on a nice big monitor, head over to the widescreen version which makes it a bit easier to see everything at once.

2017 lights already tested

We've already tested some of these lights: click through for a full review (which includes the beam engine, where applicable):

Model Beam tested? Rating RRP
Ravemen CR500 DualLens No £59.99
Ravemen PR1200 DualLens Yes £99.99
Moon Meteor Vortex Pro Yes £69.99
Moon Mizar No £15.99
Xeccon Spear 600 Yes £43.99
Xeccon Spear 900 No £59.99
Niterider Lumina OLED 1100 Boost Yes £140.00
Niterider Lumina 1100 Boost Yes £110.00
Niterider Lumina 900 Boost Yes £85.00
Niterider Swift 450 Yes £38.00
BBB BLS-110 Sniper Yes £189.95

Grab a bargain

With a bunch of new lights out, there are plenty of deals on last year's stock. We've compiled a handy list of discounted lights we've found from around the web, if you want to pick up a bargain.

Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.