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Hi guys,

Looking for any recommendations on rear bike lights. I found Nightprovision brand, not sure if they are good or could you recommend me any brand for lights? 

Thanks!

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BehindTheBikesheds [3142 posts] 6 months ago
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I've been using one of these for the last 2 years https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Rear-Cycling-Use-Led-Bicycle-Bright-Red-Super... on my utility/commuter bike (so all weathers and temperatures), takes 2AAAs, good run time, goes into limp mode when battery runs down so doesn't leave you stranded. I use Fujitsu rechargeables, they are superb.

I also use a FW Evans seatpost light on my winter racer/audax cum tourer, https://www.evanscycles.com/fwe-rechargeable-rear-light-30-lumen-EV277494 there are similar (very likely same unit just minus the FWE logo on th side) on ebay for slightly less and you get two lights. USB charging.

IMHO there's absolutely no need to spend any more than that, brighter lights offer no more advantage safety wise and too bright is not just anti social in traffic it's dazzling/dangerous especially on blink mode.

I use the Evans light on slow pulse gets good runtimes but not as long as the cheap chinese job but then the 2xAAAs have far more power to draw on. I have that on single solid unless I was on a really twisty unsighted road in which case I'd consider having the twin sequence mode, but that's really rare as I'd be riding strong primary so as to be seen earlier around bends like that anyway.

luck finding something

 

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grumpyoldcyclist [144 posts] 6 months ago
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Hi, I bought a couple of these.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/100-Lumens-Rechargeable-COB-LED-USB-Moun...

Didn't expect much for the price but they have been fantastic. I run one flashing along with another lamp on constant. Really thought they might pack up after a few weeks, but the first one is still running into it's second winter and the other is still in it's box never used. Mine only has a high / low / flash setting and doesn't do the white or blue as in the video

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VeloUSA [295 posts] 6 months ago
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What better place to look than RoadCC rear light reviews

https://road.cc/category/review-section/accessories/lights-rear

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BehindTheBikesheds [3142 posts] 6 months ago
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grumpyoldcyclist wrote:

Hi, I bought a couple of these.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/100-Lumens-Rechargeable-COB-LED-USB-Moun...

Didn't expect much for the price but they have been fantastic. I run one flashing along with another lamp on constant. Really thought they might pack up after a few weeks, but the first one is still running into it's second winter and the other is still in it's box never used. Mine only has a high / low / flash setting and doesn't do the white or blue as in the video

100 lumens IMHO is far too bright as a rear light, you can see on the video how ridiculous that would be in amongst traffic except maybe on the lower mode, the flash/double strobe is horrible for both cyclists and mtorists. I would never recommend a light like that even for country lanes.

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Canyon48 [1138 posts] 6 months ago
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Bontrager Flare for me, 65 lumen but much higher lux than my 100 lumen Moon Nebula (which is visible at greater angles).

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hirsute [816 posts] 6 months ago
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Quite like the cateye X2, X3.
Has a gentle pulse and static mode.

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CXR94Di2 [2581 posts] 6 months ago
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I bought several Cygolite Hotshots a few years ago from USA supplier.  Uber bright day and night.  Rechargeable with miriad of flash sequences. 

There is a newer version Pro 150(wider beam spread) with more powerful led and battery life

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cygolite-Hotshot-Rechargeable-Bike-Light/dp/B01...

I lost one due to water ingress in a huge downpour.  The others are now sealed up with di-electric grease and are working well.

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Simon E [3732 posts] 6 months ago
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Cateye rear lights have been great for me. LD600 or LD610 on a proper bracket on the seat post (or rack if you have one). 2xAAA rechargeable batteries last over a week in winter and they are plenty bright enough.

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Welsh boy [638 posts] 6 months ago
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I have used these for years, weather proof, cheap and easy to fit 9and they even look like an expensive brand if that matters to you).  One on constant and one on flashing.  £5 ech, money well spent, you might even get them a bit cheaper if you can be bothered to shop around.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Rechargeable-Bright-LED-Bike-Lights-Set-Headl...

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grumpyoldcyclist [144 posts] 6 months ago
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BehindTheBikesheds wrote:
grumpyoldcyclist wrote:

Hi, I bought a couple of these.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/100-Lumens-Rechargeable-COB-LED-USB-Moun...

Didn't expect much for the price but they have been fantastic. I run one flashing along with another lamp on constant. Really thought they might pack up after a few weeks, but the first one is still running into it's second winter and the other is still in it's box never used. Mine only has a high / low / flash setting and doesn't do the white or blue as in the video

100 lumens IMHO is far too bright as a rear light, you can see on the video how ridiculous that would be in amongst traffic except maybe on the lower mode, the flash/double strobe is horrible for both cyclists and mtorists. I would never recommend a light like that even for country lanes.

 

As stated, mine only does high, low and flash, no strobe setting. I use it on the flash which is ideal for unlit country lanes combined with another on constant. The footage is deceptive as they point the light directly at the camera, which never happens in real life as all drivers sit at a height that is higher than my rear light.

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CXR94Di2 [2581 posts] 6 months ago
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I rest my bike against a wall and walk 30-50yards away to ensure beam is directed correctly