Bike light reviews

We've tested more than 100 bike light models, including brands such as Cateye, NiteRider and Lezyne.
 
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01.Introduction

Bike light

Here you'll find 109 bike light reviews, for models priced from $15 to $350. 

Thanks to RideOn for allowing us to reproduce their bike light test results.

We reveal which bike lights are the:

  • Most visible
  • Most durable
  • Easiest to use, fit and remove.

On this page, you'll find:

Bike lights are getting brighter every year. Most of the lights on test are USB rechargeable, which means you don’t need to replace or charge removable batteries. This generally results in a shorter battery life, but lights are easier to remove and charge regularly.

Bike lights and the law

When you ride your bicycle at night or in low-visibility conditions, such as fog or heavy rain, the Australian Road Rules (the basis for state and territory laws) require that you have:

  • A white light at the front
  • A red light at rear
  • A red rear reflector.

The lights, whether steady or flashing, must be visible for at least 200m. Ideally, they should also be visible 50m from the side. The red rear reflector should be able to be seen 50m from the rear when light is projected onto it by a vehicle’s headlight at low beam. 

Brands and models tested

Compact front lights

  • BBB EcoBeam
  • BBB Spark front
  • Blackburn Flea 2.0 USB front
  • Blackburn Scorch
  • Blackburn Super Flea front
  • Bontrager Glo
  • Bontrager Glo USB
  • Bontrager Ion 1
  • Bontrager Ion 1.5
  • Bontrager Ion 2
  • Bontrager Ion 700
  • Cateye Nano Shot
  • Cygo-Lite Metro 300
  • ES Gamma Ray
  • Ilumenox Vega 1W
  • Ilumenox Vega 3w
  • Ilumenox Highpower SS-L1222W
  • Knog Blinder 1 front
  • Knog Blinder Arc 1.7
  • Knog Blinder front
  • Knog Blinder Road 2
  • Knog Boomer USB front
  • Knog Gekko bracket-less
  • Lezyne Femto Drive front
  • Lezyne Hecto Drive Front
  • Lezyne Macro Drive front
  • Lezyne Micro Drive front
  • Lezyne Zecto Drive front
  • LiteRover Deluxe White LED
  • Magicshine MJ-890
  • Moon Comet front
  • Moon Meteor
  • Moon Mask 
  • NiteRider Mako 200
  • Owleye Highlux 30
  • Owleye Highlux 5 front
  • Owleye Solar Highbred 40
  • Planet Bike Beamer 5
  • Portland Design Works Dreadnought
  • Serfas 200 lumen Headlight
  • Serfas Raider USL-5 
  • Serfas Thunderbolt front
  • Skully K2
  • Tioga Alien front
  • Tioga ET front
  • Tioga Super Light

Compact rear lights

  • BBB Rearlaser
  • BBB BLS-Highlaser
  • BBB Spark rear
  • Blackburn Super Flea rear
  • Bontrager Ember
  • Bontrager Flare 1
  • Bontrager Flare 2
  • Bontrager Flare 3
  • Bontrager Ember USB
  • Cateye Rapid 3
  • Cateye Rapid 5
  • Cygo-Lite Hotshot SL
  • ES Beacon
  • ES Flare
  • Knog Blinder 1 rear
  • Knog Blinder 4V rear
  • Knog Blinder rear
  • Knog Blinder Road
  • Lezyne Femto Drive rear
  • Lezyne Hecto Drive Rear
  • Lezyne Micro Drive rear
  • Lezyne Zecto Drive Rear
  • Light & Motion Vis 180
  • LiteRover LR1001 LED rear light
  • Moon Comet rear
  • Moon Shield
  • Niteflux Red Zone 4
  • NiteRider Solas 2W
  • Owleye HighLux 5 rear
  • Portland Design Works Danger Zone
  • Serfas Raider rear USL-5R
  • Serfas Seat Stay Taillight
  • Serfas Thunderbolt rear
  • Serfas True 80
  • Skully 1W Rear
  • S-Sun Eaglefly
  • Tioga Alien rear
  • Tioga Dual Eyes USB

High-powered front lights

  • Ay-Up V Twin Sport
  • BBB Strike 300
  • BBB Strike 500
  • Cateye Nano Shot+
  • Cygo-Lite Expilion 
  • Cygo-Lite Metro
  • Cygo-Lite Streak
  • Cygo-Lite Expilion 700
  • Cygo-Lite Metro 420
  • Exposure Lights Joystick
  • Fyxo King Bright
  • Knog Blinder Arc 5.5
  • Knog Blinder Road 3
  • Lezyne Mini Drive
  • Lezyne Power Drive
  • Light & Motion Urban 400
  • Light & Motion Urban 550
  • Magicshine MJ808E
  • Moon Power 500 front
  • NiteRider Lumina 350
  • Serfas TL 500
  • Serfas True 1000
  • Serfas True 250
  • Serfas True 500+
  • Serfas True 750

How we test

Bike lights have been reviewed by Bicycle Network Victoria and a panel of industry experts in line with the Australian Road Rules. The tests and overall scores are made up of the following:

  • Function and quality: The lights are assessed for their effective visibility at night on a suburban road with a popular cycle path, at a distance of 200m, and also at 50m with the lights angled at 45 degrees (to simulate the bike approaching an intersection). The flash rate, where applicable, is also assessed. Industrial design ratings (durability, weather resistance and useability) are conducted by the team at RMIT Industrial Design.
  • Price: Is the price appropriate to the quality and category of the light?
  • Appearance: Is the light visually appealing?

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