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The Best Bike Lights, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing ones. While we’ve written about the best bike helmets, locks, and car racks, and even the best bikes for commuters and kids, here we’ve rounded up the best-reviewed bike lights that you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best bike headlights

Cygolite Metro 550 Lumen Bike Light

“This light is everything I hoped it would be. To be honest, the brighter two settings are overkill for most of what I do, so I run it on low. Low is still just as bright as the light it replaced on my bike, with a lot more useful beam pattern. Low also will run for something like 9 hours, I think, so I don’t have to worry about the light getting tired before I do. For shorter rides through more winding downhill sections of path, the brighter settings are perfect, giving me confidence that I’ll see any stray animals in time to potentially avoid them. As alluded to briefly, the beam is nice and wide, with soft edges. I’ve had some lights which cast a distracting, narrow beam. This one is so complete in its illumination that you forget where the light is coming from.”

NiteRider Lumina 750 Bike Light

“Previously I used some much cheap lights that were said to be 1200 lumen. I ride very early in the morning in the dark. One morning after only an hour my lights went out on a very dark road with traffic. I investigated and purchased the NiteRider Lumina 750. I couldn’t be more pleased. The light at max brightness is like the headlight of a car. Even on the darkest roads it is more than sufficient. I have kept it on full power for over two hours and it kept going. Easy to install, easy to charge, and looks good on the bike.”

Best bike taillights

BLITZU Cyborg 168T USB Rechargeable LED Bike Tail Light

“The beauty of this light is its ease of operation. If I fail to start it I can reach back under my seat and voila, she’s burning bright. The three brightness levels and flashing modes give me the option to annoy, really annoy or shout ‘Hey, I’m right in front of you!’ Seriously though, it’s visible from a considerable distance and bright enough to catch anyone’s attention. Battery life is always a challenge to reduce weight and size, but this has proven to hold up for at least three rides, or approximately six hours.”

Canway Bike Tail Light

“Holy guacamole, Batman! These things are stupid bright. I buy stuff like this a lot because I ride in the dark to work and these are incredible. To be fair, I have only had them for a few days but I am blown away by them. One thing that the specs don’t tell you is that you can cycle through the options with the button and set it up to oscillate the strobe between blue and red, which I love. For some mystical reason, blue and red flashing lights seem to get people’s attention. Especially when they are coming up behind you. They seem to be much higher quality than the other lights I have.”

Best two-in-one bike headlight and horn

Fineed Bike Light Front & Loud Bicycle Horn Set

“Wow, this thing is awesome. I used my horn the other day and you can literally hear it from like a block away. It definitely caught the attention of a car that was not paying attention. So easy to use and attach, it took me about 25 seconds. The light is super-bright and the battery still hasn’t gone dead after a month of use. I love it!”

Best bike headlight and taillight sets

Malker Front and Rear Silicone LED Bike Light Set

“I was looking for simple bike lights for my kids’ bikes, since the time change would mean riding to school in the dark. These fit the bill perfectly! Super easy to install right out of the package! One button to push for on and off, and press repeatedly for flashing lights. Simple for even young kids to use! Love that the outside is silicone, as it seems to be durable. Super happy with this purchase!”

TeamObsidian Bike Light Set

“Great light set, especially for the price. I’ve purchased a few bike light sets in this price range but this one has been the best yet. The front light detaches easily and becomes a flashlight you can walk with that has an attached wrist strap. It also has a better build quality (metal instead of plastic) than others in this range. Another plus is the light radius. Other lights I’ve purchased seem to mostly function as a way to alert cars of your presence, but don’t really illuminate your way that well. This one is nice and bright, and you can easily adjust the width of the beam to suit your preferences.”

Ascher USB Rechargeable Bike Light Set

“I’ve gone through a lot of different lights, both battery and rechargeable. These are the brightest and easiest to mount. Given all the distractions these days, I want drivers to see me whenever I’m forced to be close to a road. What I particularly like about these as compared to other rechargeables, is that the charging light changes color when it’s full. With others, sometimes I had no idea if I had a full charge or not.”

Best waterproof bike lights

Bright Eyes Newly Upgraded and Fully Waterproof 1200 Lumen Rechargeable Bike Headlight

“I feel much safer with this light than with any other light that I own. Drivers and pedestrians are noticeably more aware of my presence when the light is on, even on the moderately bright setting. It is easily detachable, so taking either the light or the battery off when I leave the bike outside is never an issue and either component fits easily in my jacket pocket. The whole thing is waterproof, which is nice to have for London specifically. Overall, a fantastic product. Would definitely buy again.”

Bright Eyes Fully Waterproof 1600 Lumen Rechargeable Bike Headlight

“The Bright Eyes Bike Light does a great job of lighting the road ahead at night with a bright white light (1200 lumen). In high traffic situations at dusk or night, I use either the high (brightest) setting or strobe, which intermittently flashes the bright light and brings attention to the bicycle. If the road has potholes or debris, I also use the high setting for best visibility of the road ahead. I’ve used the Bright Eyes Bike Light in heavy rainstorms. It worked well to provide light and make me visible to cars. It is indeed waterproof as I’ve had no issues with water comprising the functionality.”

Best bike wheel lights

Activ Life LED Bike Wheel Lights

“As I get older, I’m less inclined to take risks, and riding at night is one of those risks I reevaluate constantly. Well, these lights have made me go from hating to ride at night to feeling kind of bummed that the days are now getting longer and I’ll have fewer opportunities to show them off. I can tell by drivers’ actions how much more visible I am with these lights. They are also super-hip, and other bicyclists, as well as pedestrians and even drivers stop to comment on them and chit-chat. Finally, since you have to wrap them around your spokes, they’re really difficult to steal.”

Nite Ize SpokeLit LED Bicycle Spoke Light

“These disco lights look amazing! Seriously, one on each wheel makes it seems like you went in for an expensive LED wheel kit. Most importantly, you are seen from the side. Side collisions are a very common way to get hit by a car, as headlights and taillights tend be unnoticeable from that angle. I bike 30 minutes early each morning and in the evening along a heavily-trafficked route . Drivers here can be maniacs but these things have kept me well-lit and seen for months.”

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The Best Bike Lights, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviews