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.
You press the lens to turn the light on and off, and there are two modes, flashing and constant. Mounting is via a simple rubber strap and plastic clip; the back is designed for a seatpost but can be persuaded onto a seatstay, the front for bars but will stretch round a headtube, just about. Both front and rear lights have a cutaway section on either side for extra visibility at junctions, and you can rotate the light on the mount to get them pointing sideways however you decide to mount.
Stick 'em on your bike and off you go. The rear light is marginally the better of the two: it's a really strong performer. The beam is strong, the mounting simple and the light small and light enough to leave attached all the time. It doesn't have the punch of some of the more powerful rear lights we've tested but I'd be happy enough riding in the city or on the lanes at night with the Lifeline on the rear; you'd want a bit more oomph for main roads.
The front light is good too, very capable as a light to be seen with. On road bike handlebars the side visibility can be obscured by the drops as it sits in line with the bar, but you can fit it under your STI lever or on the head tube if you think that's going to be a problem.
The light it gives out is bluish but bright, stronger than you'd expect. Head somewhere pitch dark and it's enough - just - to navigate by at 10mph or so.
Battery life on both lights is a stated 50 hours on constant; I didn't make it that far but 2032 cells can be had for very little online.
The only issue during testing was with waterproofing. I first had an issue when I was cleaning my bike with the hose - I managed to force some water into the rear light through the seal between the lens and the body. The second time was on a wet ride on a road bike, again with the rear; the spray from the tyre eventually worked its way inside. In both cases a night on the radiator sorted it and they were as good as new, but it's worth noting that they're not completely waterproof; I've lobbed a bit of silicone grease around the seal and they've been fine since. In time the plastic strap clip may age and break, or you might lose it, but it'd be easy to bodge a fix for that.
Very good quality lights for the money, ideal for being seen around town.
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Make and model: Lifeline LED safety light (front/rear)
Size tested: n/a
Tell us what the light is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
A super bright LED bike light with a high grade lens and a precision CNC machined aluminium body. With continuous and flashing modes, simple operation and tool-less mounting, The professional LED light is essential for night riding and commutes.
With a single press, the Professional Super Bright LED toggles between off, constant and flashing modes. The large surface allows easy operation with gloves on.
The Super Bright LED emits a bright, 130 lux beam with a 240° spread for a wide visibility range. An internal reflector increases visibility from on coming light sources.
The body is CNC machined from aluminium alloy at precision tolerances for excellent water resistance. Available in anodised black, grey and silver, the Professional Super Bright LED matches perfectly with high spec road and mountain bike builds.
The high stretch silicone strap provides secure and stable mounting on handle bars ranging from 20 to 35mm in diameter. The Professional Super Bright LED light fits quickly without the need for tools or a mounting bracket, so you can swap bikes with ease.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the light?
Precision CNC machined aluminium body
High grade lens
Super bright 130 lux beam (lumens per square meter)
17 Lumens (Max Output)
Internal reflector increases visibility
Rapid Flashing Beam
Big button switch is easy to operate with gloves
Replaceable CR2032 battery (included)
Highly water resistant sealed casing
Fits handlebars from 20 to 35mm
Battery life: 50hrs in constant mode, 150hrs in flashing mode
Tell us how the light performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very good compact city light for being seen by.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the light
Quality of construction, intensity of beam.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the light
Waterproofing isn't the best.
Did you enjoy using the light? Yes.
Would you consider buying the light? Yes.
Would you recommend the light to a friend? Yes.
Age: 40 Height: 190cm Weight: 102kg
I usually ride: whatever I'm testing... My best bike is: Genesis Equilibrium with SRAM Apex
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track
Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.