Bike lights

We set out to answer the question – which bike lights are best?

Light up and be seen

No bike rider should be without lights at night or in low light conditions and there’s no need to spend a fortune. 

Effective lights are essential (and legally required) to show other road users that you’re there, so you can make your way around with confidence.

To be seen by other traffic, Australian road rules require you to have a front white and rear red light visible from at least 200 metres. 

To maximise your visibility while riding, studies show that a flashing ligh when mounted at handlebar and seat post height is the most visible to other road users.

 

Bicycle Network recommends…

Fixing your bike lights to your bike—those attached to clothing and bags frequently end up facing the wrong direction. Lights on helmets are less visible to drivers, and can also be a menace to other bike riders. 

Which lights are best?

For 12 years, we’ve ranked, rated and tested the best bike lights for value, durability, ease of use, and of course, visibility. 

While riders only need to be seen at 200m to comply with the road rules, some choose a light that can light up the way ahead. So we’ve divided our test into lights to ‘be seen’ and those that are ‘to see’.

Remember when using lights to see, overly bright lights are a challenge for other path or road users. Be considerate and keep your lights pointed down when other rides or path users are coming your way. 

BE SEEN

TO SEE

REAR

TOP 40 LIGHTS 2017

What makes a good light?

Lights test commuters

When it comes to bicycle lights, we score them on seven different categories: 

  1. Highly visible output, both head-on and angled, so others can see you
  2. Excellent water resistance
  3. Durability for everyday use and the occasional tumble
  4. Easy to use and not too many modes to scroll through
  5. Easy to fit on your bike
  6. Easy to charge or change the batteries
  7. Secure attach/detach so if you leave your bike on the street you can take it with you.