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Lights for occasional use

orraloonorraloon Posts: 9,927
edited October 2019 in Road buying advice
Other half, bless, has just dropped and smashed my front light. Time for a new set. Thing is, I am an infrequent after dark cyclist, hardly ever. But given the time of year... I do have the front and rear be seen in daytime LEDs which I use as flashers though they do have a constant mode, but will need more output than that. I'm not urban so lighting for country roads, cycle paths, and similar.

Any recs for good value reasonably priced sets?


  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 10,452
    What kind of budget are you looking at.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • Another one of whatever has just been broken, assuming it was fit for what you needed.
    This will give you a spare mount.
  • neebneeb Posts: 4,445
    Love my knog boomers: ... 36577623/p

    Best thing is that you don’t need a mount permanently attached to your bike. Just stick them in the jersey pocket when going out if you think you might need them. And they’re pretty bright.

    <edit - rereading your post - the boomers wouldn’t be bright enough to illuminate country roads, they’re an urban light more or less - but much brighter than some, very safe for being seen with>
  • orraloonorraloon Posts: 9,927
    Something like the Lezyne Zecto Drive set, Wiggle listing at £45?

    My old broken light was so old that doubt it is still made. Plus my (non paired) rear light is a bit too old school, will be happier with many more lumens behind me.

    Very infrequent night rider, cannot remember last time I was out in the dark, multiple years. But got a late back trip out coming up in a couple of weeks time, will definitely be dark on my way home early evening.
  • amrushtonamrushton Posts: 1,078
    Planet x have some good deals and trek do a couple of front lights bontrager I think and the flare rear
  • I've had one of ... ycle-light for a few years, in suburbia I have to angle it down quite sharply due to the beam throw, would make a decent rural light.

    There's a newer model for same price at PX with Bluetooth for setting custom brightness levels.
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  • orraloonorraloon Posts: 9,927
    Wow, 1200 lumen, that I like! That Lezyne Zecto is only 250l. My routes will be 95%+ unlit.
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 10,452
    Any of the nightrider lumina,s will do at the front or Moon xpower up until recently my mainly unlit 13 mile commute was done using an xpower 300 lumen light and a NR lumina 750 lumen. Normally use a bontrager flare r and a smart lunar r2 on the rear. I always use 2 lights as ride in is very early and return is rush hour. Probike are doing various lights on offer at the moment. Planet X are also ok but I prefer to pay a bit more for quality and reliability.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
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