If you’ve ever come across a bicyclist in the dark, you know how disconcerting it can be. Riding at night, on a bike, is dangerous enough as it is, which is why proper lighting equipment is an absolute must for the night rider. New technology, such as LED lights, have made lighting equipment not only lighter and stronger, but cheaper as well.
If you’re going to purchase a night light it’s important to consider what your needs are. If mountain biking is your thing, you will need a light whose emphasis is on power. After all, those trails have all sorts of twists and turns and can be extremely dangerous in the dark. A high wattage light is absolutely essential for spotting obstacles and bumps in the path.
On the other hand, if you mainly travel by road or bike path, a low wattage (and much cheaper) light is needed. The primary purpose of road/commuter lights is to alert others to your presence. As roads and bike paths normally have their own lighting, a commuter light is only needed to ensure that both drivers and other bikers will see you.
Most modern LED lights have multiple functions. They often have a low/medium/high setting, and most also include a strobe function. The strobe function is a particularly powerful way of alerting others to your presence without being blinding. A modern LED light should also be waterproof, and capable of handling a variety of terrain. A quality mount/clip should also come with your LED light, this keeps the light securely mounted to your bicycle.
Anyone who plans on riding a bike at night should purchase LED lighting. In fact, in some states, it is actually required by law. Regardless of whether or not it’s required by law, quality LED lighting for your bicycle will go a long way towards ensuring your safety and the safety of others.