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Not only are bike lights important for your own safety and vision, in many places, it is illegal to ride at night without them. It is important to stay visible to cars you are sharing the road with, but it’s also important to obey the law so you don’t get a ticket. Lights are separated into front and rear lights and come in a variety of sizes, lumen ratings, and flash options.
Front lights contain a white-light source and usually are a higher lumen rating than rear lights. This is because a front light must be visible to other people, but also needs to illuminate the ground in front of you for safe night riding. A rear light must also be visible to people, but it doesn’t have to illuminate the ground so it can project less lumens than a front light. Rear lights project a red-light source which notifies drivers they are coming up behind a rider.
Most lights come with multiple settings. These settings control how much light is being emitted and whether the light is in a solid or flashing mode. The lower the light setting the longer the light will last, but the less visible you will be. Flashing modes are a great alternative because they consume less energy but remain highly visible. Irregular flash patterns also exist on many lights now to create even better awareness while you are on the road.
USB cables have become the main way to recharge bike lights. Some lights still use batteries but those are few and far between. USB charging has proven to be an easier and more effective way to charge lights.
If you have any questions about bike lights, hop on a call or a chat with one of our expert Gear Advisors today at 888-880-3811. They are always happy to help you with any questions you may have.