Get Your Light On!

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 15

Even though the light is better, you still need a red back light, and a white front light. Not only is it the law, it will save your bacon. Today I ran across an amazing, comprehensive, one stop shop review for all things bike light related. Check it out here.

Here is a taste:

Choosing a light can be a difficult task though – there are countless options to choose from ranging from cheap $3 flashers to blindingly bright $200 powerhouses. The internet already has some good comparisons of bike headlights, but there’s a surprising lack of comprehensive taillight comparisons, so I decided to make one. For science.

In total, I reviewed 16 different taillights from 8 of the top light manufacturers. I chose which lights to review based on a survey I conducted on the parent site for this blog – Bicycles Stack Exchange, a Q&A site for everything about bicycles, and also asked on Reddit’s /r/bicycling. The incumbent in this race is the Planet Bike Blinky Superflash. Everyone has this light (myself included). Not only is it the light most people own, it’s also the most-loved – 20% of respondents said it was their favorite. In terms of what people wish they had or are considering buying, the Planet Bike Superflash Turbo, Portland Design Works’ Radbot 1000 and Danger Zone, and the Niterider Cherrybomb were all high on the list. Many people expressed an interest in DiNotte’s lights, but unfortunately we were unable to acquire one for this review and the company declined to loan a light for the review.

I’m sure you’re all dying to know which light is the best, but first, let’s take a look at the contenders.

This review is so good it comes with a table of contents, check it out here.


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6 Responses to “Get Your Light On!”

  1. By B on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    It’s actually not the law. The law is a front white light, and a rear reflector.

  2. By Ron Newman on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    Which has never made a lot of sense to me. I removed my rear reflector and replaced it with a blinking light.

  3. By lyzard on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    Had to buy another headlight today…

    I replaced it with another PlanetBike 1watt w/ SuperFlash because it was under $50 and fit the same mount which the thief left behind.

  4. By JonT on Mar 16, 2012 | Reply

    What I want to know is, now that white LED headlights are cheap and widespread, why do so many cyclists insist on running them on strobe mode, which is dazzling, distracting and headache-inducing? If you’ve got a reasonably bright headlight, please just put it on regular mode instead of blink mode! Other road users will still see you just fine.

  5. By Erik on Mar 16, 2012 | Reply

    “Why do so many cyclists insist on running them on strobe mode, which is dazzling, distracting and headache-inducing?”

    Misguided or not, the attention-grabbing nature (i.e., “distracting”) is kinda the idea I think.

  6. By Boston Biker on Mar 17, 2012 | Reply

    @b you are correct the law only requires a reflector…but I would strongly encourage a light

    @jonT the idea is to grab peoples attention, the lights also use less batteries when blinking. I find car lights cause a similar amount of eye discomfort, but I am glad they have them.

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