Lights Reviews and News


Review: Lupine Rotlicht

The Rotlicht will keep you safe in the dark by adjusting its brightness to ambient light and motion, getting brighter when needed.

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How To: Safely ride your bike at night

Whether intentional or not, riding after the sun goes down is an inevitability for almost all of us. But there’s no need to be afraid of the dark. With the proper planning and equipment riding you bike at night can be a thrilling and rewarding experience. Here’s a primer on what you need to know.

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Review: Blackburn 2′Fer

The Blackburn 2′Fer weighs 29 grams and we measured 65 lumens out of it. It’s rechargeable, yet only costs $25. And the kicker is it has white and red LEDs built in. Thus it can be used in the front and the back to see or be seen.

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First Look: Blaze Burner bicycle tail light

24 LEDs emit 100 lumens via 180-degree spread in light that is in Kickstarter phase.

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Review: Blaze Laserlight

Primarily a commuter light, it’s bright enough to get around on the trail or supplement a bar light. But you may get too distracted playing with the laser in the forest.

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Interbike 2015: POC lights up night with prototype vest

Apparel utilizes printed light technology to increase visibility without compromising comfort or aesthetics.

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Garmin launches new GPS unit, lights and rear view radar

Garmin has gone outside the box with a new line-up of lights, rear view radar, and the impressive Edge Explore 1000 GPS, which enhances rider safety — and keeps track of where you are.

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2016 Bike Lights Shootout: Commuter Lights

This segment of the 2016 Bike Lights Shootout will focus on affordable, low-powered headlights and tail lights that primarily allow the cyclist to be seen. Check back often to see the latest lights reviews.

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Review: Blackburn Central 100 Front light

Shaped like a matchbox, this $35 light packs a powerful punch to ensure the cyclist can be seen day or night.

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Bontrager introduces Flare R cycling taillight

New cycling taillight specifically designed to increase rider visibility during daylight hours.

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Review: Lupine Rotlicht Tail Light

The Lupine Rotlicht is a 160 Lumen light that has an accelerometer that allows it to function as a brake light. When you pull on the brakes and slow down significantly or come to a stop, the built in acceleration sensor turns the light brighter to gain more attention on the streets.

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Bike Lights

Our best recommendations for bike lighting gifts for your friends or yourself this holiday season.

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Review: Princeton Tec Swerve Tail Light

This is a good light with good rear and side visibility. The toggle switch makes this very easy to use, but we wish it used rechargeable batteries.

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Review: Blackburn Central 20 Rear Tail Light

This light surprised us, as it’s brighter than claimed and visible from a wide angle. Price is right too at $35 for a rechargeable system.

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Review: CatEye Rapid X Tail Light

The CatEye Rapid X is a minimalist tail light that even weight weenies can just leave mounted on their bike. Weighing in at 22 grams, this light array delivers good rear and side visibility with four flash modes.

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Review: Serfas Thunderbolt Red Tail Light

Brightness to weight ratio is awesome with this light. The new clear housings improve side visibility even more.

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Review: Light & Motion Vis 180 Tail Light

The Vis 180 has good mounting options and good visibility but the competition has caught up in this price point.

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Review: Lumicycle InSight Brake Tail Light

Lumicycle from the UK delivers a bright tail light with a brake light function. A nice, big form factor and ergonmic switch makes this ideal for commuters.

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Review: Lezyne Zecto Auto Tail Light

It’s a good tail light and it turns itself on and off automatically. Small form factor and good light animation and visibility are its other highlights.

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Review: Serfas Thunderbolt

The Serfas Thunderbolt is about the size and weight of one AA battery, but it is seriously bright for a ‘to be seen’ light.

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The world’s smartest bike tail lights

Bike tail lights save lives. But you will be floored by the technology packed in this array of bike tail lights.

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Review: ORP smart horn and bike light

The ORP is a cool, easy to use light that allows riders to be seen and heard whether commuting or on the path.

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Five NiteRider myths, busted

RoadBikeReview visited NiteRider and learned five things about this 25 year old San Diego company.

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Eurobike: Fly6 combines LED taillight with HD video camera

Fly6’s combo rear-facing HD camera/blinky light says “take notice” while recording the details.

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First Look: Trek Lync commuter bike with integrated lights

The Trek Lync is a glimpse into an ‘electronics integrated’ future with powerful lights built right into the frame.

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