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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CHOICE and RideOn recommend the following best performing and best value lights for each category.

Compact front lights

Moon Mask (Best in test)
Owleye Highlux 5 front (Best value)

Compact rear lights

Moon Shield (Best in test)
Knog Blinder 1 rear (Best value)

High-powered front lights

Moon X-Power 500 front (Best in test)
Fyxo King Bright (Best value)

6 CHOICE buys

Moon Mask

Scored 88/100 | $6088%
 

Moon Power 500 front

Scored 86/100 | $15086%
 

Moon Shield

Scored 86/100 | $6086%
 

Knog Blinder 1 rear

Scored 83/100 | $3083%
 

Fyxo King Bright

Scored 82/100 | $7982%
 

Owleye Highlux 5 front

Scored 76/100 | $4076%
 
 

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Price ($)Overall scoreTypeFunction and Quality (%)Price (%)Appearance (%)Visibility (%)Useability (%)Durability (%)Waterproofness (%)Weight (grams)Charge method/batteryBattery lifeTime to chargeContactBrand
                 
Mask6088Compact front light8880908693Moon
Macro Drive front7587Compact front light8880809045Lezyne
Shield6086Compact rear light8480908385Moon
Power 500 front15086High-powered front8880708199Moon
Beacon5085Compact rear light8680908185ES
Raider USL-56084Compact front light8475908090Serfas
Nano Shot10083Compact front light8770708085Cateye
Blinder front5083Compact front light8290907593Knog
Micro Drive front5583Compact front light8390808045Lezyne
Blinder 1 rear3083Compact rear light80901006990Knog
MJ808E18083High-powered front8770608197Magicshine
Blinder rear5082Compact rear light80801007293Knog
King Bright7982High-powered front86905083100Fyxo
Gamma Ray13081Compact front light8640758660ES
Meteor9081Compact front light8260907290Moon
Thunderbolt rear5081Compact rear light8280807473Serfas
Solar Highbred 407980Compact front light8570508350Owleye
Dual Eyes USB4080Compact rear light8490408583Tioga
Power Drive10080High-powered front7990857160Lezyne
Lumina 35012080High-powered front8280607195NiteRider
Micro Drive rear5579Compact rear light7780956970Lezyne
Blinder Arc 1.77078Compact front light79758064100Knog
200 lumen Headlight7578Compact front light8060757383Serfas
BLS-Highlaser3578Compact rear light8080608473BBB
Seat Stay Taillight3078Compact rear light7980707370Serfas
Nano Shot+15078High-powered front8260607385Cateye
Mini Drive7578High-powered front7685906660Lezyne
TL 50016078High-powered front8070657983Serfas
True 75018078High-powered front8160657890Serfas
Blinder Road 28577Compact front light7670906387Knog
Deluxe White LED3077Compact front light7980607767LiteRover
Thunderbolt front5077Compact front light7680806573Serfas
Raider rear USL-5R6077Compact rear light7770856990Serfas
Eaglefly2577Compact rear light8270408873S-Sun
Urban 55020077High-powered front7950906785Light & Motion
Highlux 5 front4076Compact front light7880657665Owleye
Flea 2.0 USB front6576Compact front light7960707093Blackburn
Super Flea front7076Compact front light8150707085Blackburn
Alien front3076Compact front light7790606590Tioga
Spark rear4576Compact rear light7770707088BBB
True 809076Compact rear light7955706980Serfas
Blinder Arc 5.513076High-powered front76708559100Knog
Urban 40017076High-powered front7660906385Light & Motion
Boomer USB front5075Compact front light7475856588Knog
Blinder 4V rear5075Compact rear light72801006575Knog
Comet rear4575Compact rear light7370905885Moon
Red Zone 49975Compact rear light7970507980Niteflux
Alien rear3075Compact rear light7770606690Tioga
True 500+15075High-powered front7670707487Serfas
Spark front4574Compact front light7570706688BBB
Metro 3009974Compact front light7680506975Cygo-Lite
Blinder 1 front3074Compact front light7270905590Knog
Zecto Drive front4574Compact front light7450956370Lezyne
Comet front4574Compact front light7370855885Moon
ET front2574Compact front light7380756880Tioga
1W Rear2574Compact rear light73601008160Skully
Beamer 53973Compact front light7280707568Planet Bike
K26073Compact front light7565607045Skully
Super Light4073Compact front light7480606265Tioga
Solas 2W6973Compact rear light7660606865NiteRider
Expilion 70017973High-powered front7660606285Cygo-Lite
True 100035073High-powered front8140556993Serfas
MJ-8907072Compact front light7560607263Magicshine
Super Flea rear6072Compact rear light7650606855Blackburn
Rapid 55072Compact rear light73706056100Cateye
Vega 3w13071Compact front light7840507185Ilumenox
Highpower SS-L1222W7971Compact front light7565407970Ilumenox
Gekko bracket-less5071Compact front light7175706383Knog
Hecto Drive Front5571Compact front light7060907170Lezyne
Zecto Drive Rear4571Compact rear light69601005570Lezyne
Danger Zone4071Compact rear light7360656965Portland Design Works
Strike 50015071High-powered front6540607350BBB
Expilion16971High-powered front7450656470Cygo-Lite
Blinder Road 310071High-powered front6960905287Knog
True 25010071High-powered front7170656087Serfas
Scorch9070Compact front light7740506855Blackburn
Femto Drive rear1770Compact rear light67651005350Lezyne
HighLux 5 rear4070Compact rear light7060806465Owleye
Highlux 305369Compact front light7260505970Owleye
Blinder Road6569Compact rear light68501004987Knog
Femto Drive front1768Compact front light65601004950Lezyne
Metro9968High-powered front7060655577Cygo-Lite
Vega 1W15067Compact front light7530406788Ilumenox
Joystick32067High-powered front6930906180Exposure Lights
Rapid 31566Compact rear light6860604885Cateye
V Twin Sport27566High-powered front6750806870Ay-Up
Strike 30012066High-powered front7040606350BBB
Streak7966High-powered front6860605177Cygo-Lite
Metro 42013966High-powered front6950605875Cygo-Lite
Mako 2005965Compact front light7050407755NiteRider
EcoBeam2564Compact front light7140306170BBB
Ion 1.54064Compact front light6550655553Bontrager
Dreadnought5964Compact front light6645608145Portland Design Works
Ion 25062Compact front light6540655453Bontrager
Flare 12060Compact rear light6250604780Bontrager
Flare 23060Compact rear light6340604980Bontrager
Hecto Drive Rear5560Compact rear light57401005170Lezyne
Ion 13559Compact front light6140654753Bontrager
Flare3058Compact rear light6330505060ES
Ion 70014056Compact front light5530905070Bontrager
Flare 34054Compact rear light5630603780Bontrager
LR1001 LED rear light3554Compact rear light5260606540LiteRover
Glo USB4053Compact front light5520703673Bontrager
Ember2051Compact rear light4950702170Bontrager
Hotshot SL3949Compact rear light5130604767Cygo-Lite
Ember USB4048Compact rear light4730702273Bontrager
Vis 18014048Compact rear light5410404915Light & Motion
Glo2047Compact front light4720751970Bontrager
Rearlaser1845Compact rear light4440505150BBB
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The overall score is made up of:

  • Function and Quality 
  • Price
  • Appearance


When it comes to choosing the right bike light, visibility (when you're out cycling on the road) is essential, but durability, size, ease of fitting and removing, and battery replacement are also important. Here are a few other things to consider:

  • USB rechargeable batteries get rid of the need to charge or replace removable batteries.
  • Bike lights with multiple LEDs are usually brightest, but a single LED can still be very bright if the light has a good reflector.
  • Check the light is clearly visible when side-on or at an angle.
  • Try the different flash rates – if the flash is too slow you’ll travel further between each flash, giving motorists an inaccurate judgement of your location. If it’s too fast, it’ll create a strobe effect, again distorting motorists' judgement of your exact location.
  • Ensure that light mounting brackets fit your bike.
  • If batteries are required they should be easily obtainable ones, such as AAs or AAAs.
  • Helmet-mounted lights aren’t ideal when sharing a path/road with other users. They are more suitable for mountain bike riding in the dark.
  • As a general rule:

  • Check your lights regularly. If they’re looking dim, it’s time to replace the batteries or recharge them.
  • Carry a backup set of lights with you.
  • Wear light-coloured or reflective clothing (or a reflective strip or vest).
  • Mount your lights at handlebar height, so you're more visible.
  • Test the lights in-store before buying them.
  •  

    High-powered LEDs

    High-powered lights are most visible when their flash mode is in use. When they are in constant beam mode, their light can meld with the surrounding street and traffic lights. They are great if you’re riding on an unlit path, however, their bright light can blind other other riders and drivers. If you want to use a high-powered light for riding on lit roads, ensure they are pointed down at the ground and a few metres in front of the front wheel. Another option is to mount a compact front light to switch to when riding on a lit road or track.