This might seem harsh but chic styling aside, the Spook ight seems little more than a gimmick for the ipod age rather than a serious commuting must-have, hindered further by our test sample’s problematic build quality. Despite this, with redesign there’s some potential for heavily laden bikes lugging trailers/tag-alongs and similar couplings.
The Blackburn mars 3.0 led rear light is a very smart, tidy package with a series of extremely bright LEDs housed within. Patented design features throughout ensure that this isn’t something that can easily be copied.
Innovative features such as amber side sections allow other road users and pedestrians to see which way you are facing and the light output is impressive for a unit of this size. The clarity of illumination is staggering, even on misty, wet evenings inI could be seen from well over 500m away.
If you're looking for a bright, well made and, erm, white light set then look no further: the Lunar 25 is about as good a commuting set as you're likely to find. The bright and well focused front beam is plenty to see by at night, and the 0.5 Watt rear flasher will render you visible at night from literally miles away. And both will light you up from the sides too, important for safety in town. You get batteries and good mounts for your money as well.
Blackburn’s aptly named fleas are one of the most exciting contingency LED lights I’ve used in a long time thanks to tiny dimensions, robust construction and a claimed output of 40 lumens each. Powered by a 1.5 volt rechargeable Li-On battery complete with a unique micro-charger increases the wow factor but charging from 1.5 volt AA batteries is a double edged sword: fantastic as you’ll find them pretty much anywhere but pricey if regularly charged from disposables.