How To Choose Bicycle Safety Lights
Currently, in the market, there are all kinds of lights for bicycles; some are light, small, large, or heavy and most often provide lighting to the cyclist during the dark. However, it is necessary at the time of buying bicycle lights to ask yourself; How well will this help me to be seen in the dark? To answer this, you need to know the criteria when selecting the lights for the bicycle.
Unlike cars, cyclists need to have the maximum vision during nighttime conditions, it is not only a traffic demand but also for their own safety they are obliged to have an appropriate lighting on the bicycle. Here are some tips that will help when buying lights.
What are the types of lights for the bicycle?
A bicycle should be well lit and equipped with both front, side and rear lights; to move at night especially during low-lit roads is necessary to have a good front light. If you do not have a bike with integrated front and rear lights, it is important to ensure you are purchasing the most powerful lights are working well, it is first important to properly check the batteries, most systems have smart chargers. Here are a few different ways a light can be powered.
High power system: These lights are generally rechargeable and offer maximum illumination, are much more expensive but offer greater brightness than others.
Rear, side and front safety lights: It is necessary that other people see that you go with your bicycle, and the lights that offer greater brightness are the most indicated. However, some are not bright enough for drivers, the main differences between the models are that some are rechargeable and other disposable, they also differ in the mounting options and the number of LED “light emitting” diodes.
Led lights: They offer an energy efficient and have a greater durability. They are very popular amongst many cyclists since they offer a wide range in the levels of the brightness.
Lumens: A lumen is a unit of measurement that quantifies the amount of light that is projected onto the object or distance, usually measured at a uniform distance. A lumen describes the light intensity of each lighting unit; most manufacturers provide a lumens rating for the cyclist to choose.
Rechargeable lighting systems: Some lights have lithium-ion batteries, these can be charged many times and is an ecological and economical alternative. Lights that have a rechargeable system usually supply the light until its energy runs out.
Factors to consider when choosing lights
In order to choose the best possible option, we must take into account some factors that will make our visibility stop being a concern in our nights out. Here are the keys:
- Type of battery and recharge
Depending on the type of battery that we choose, using batteries or lithium batteries, we will condition the weight and proportion of the light. The batteries provide great autonomy and quick replacement, but penalize in weight and volume of light, contrary to the lights that are recharged through USB ports.
- Light power
It is evident that the more power, more security. Currently, there is a bit of mess when it comes to assessing the power, since there are several measures to assess the power of light (LUX or lumens, for example) and also, depending on the manufacturer, do not become as powerful as they say that they are.
- Type of support
The support is a basic need for an intensive and aggressive use. The clamp or clamp must be of quality and allow at the same time, an extraction of the light easy to recharge or clean it.
- Compact and resistant
Compact so that it does not interfere in the cycle of pedaling and in addition, it is rather integrated into the structure of the bike, generally in the seat post or saddle. It must also be resistant to water, especially where a day of rain and mud are elements that we usually live with.