How to Choose the Best Bike Light – Bike Hacks
Fortunately, manufacturers can apply for FL-1 certification. This virtually guarantees that the bike light will be exactly as bright as the manufacturer claims.
There are specific test protocols that will scientifically measure the impact resistance, water resistance, runtime and brightness of the bike light.
No matter what you want to buy, from rechargeable bike lights to rear bike lights, certification is something you should look for. And don’t blindly believe that a product is certified without first checking the certificate.
Obviously, buying from a reputable bicycle store is the best possible idea, as you can usually trust any mention of a certificate.
The availability of different modes
The best bicycle lights usually have several modes that you can use, such as flashing, steady, high, and low. Flashing is very useful if you are looking for extended battery life.
Stable mode helps you see better on the road, and flashing lets others see you. Usually you want to have a light that can do all of these things. For example, the tail light on your bicycle may be flashing and the headlight on your bicycle may be fixed.
Obviously, you can also opt for bicycle lights which have multiple modes available. They may even have the option of shining the light in front of them and flashing at the same time.
Recharging the bicycle light
Some bicycle lights are not easy to recharge at all. Some even require you to use tools like a screwdriver to remove the batteries. Fortunately, most gall lights these days can be recharged with a USB charger cable.
This means that you can easily charge your LED bicycle wheel lights on a computer desk. You can go for cheaper models that use rechargeable AAA batteries, but the USB option is definitely preferred these days.
Most modern bikes use generic micro USB cables. It’s very useful. Remember, you can charge your lights faster when you load them into the wall. It is faster than the computer option.
Also, you may want to purchase a bicycle light with a battery status indicator. This can be very useful because you know when you need to recharge it.
Can you easily install and remove the light?
Surely you don’t want to spend many hours installing your LED bicycle wheel lights. Plus, when you need to remove them, like when parking in public places, you want to be able to quickly remove the lights.
Remember that great lights always last a long time, usually years. This means that you may need to move it to another bike in the future.
Learn more about the light beam
Sometimes you will see lights advertised as having light lumens, but the price is very cheap. Usually, this is because the bicycle light manufacturer is saving money with the lens technology used.
A cheaper lens that focuses light in a much narrower beam is used. Your bicycle light should scatter the light beam with a very good width. At the same time, you should not lose a lot of brightness.
Always consider all of the factors highlighted above when purchasing your bicycle lights. However, in many cases it will be difficult to learn details of what you are going to buy. Most online advertisements are sloppy or just plain bogus.
And accessing the light manuals is almost impossible until you actually buy the light. But, with a little research and patience, you will surely find something that you will love.
Make sure you read the reviews on every bike light you are considering. Pay close attention to what the actual buyers had to say. This will give you much more important information than what you see in professional reviews.
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