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I'm after some light recommendations please on what to go for..

My use use is generally just road riding. Not really in the dark but want good visibility for safety.

I'm considering the Garmin Varia RTL515 for the rear light given its radar feature... Not sure I need the Varia for the front but looking for your expert recommendations as I am new to all of this...

TIA.

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  • gethincerigethinceri Posts: 1,190
    Yes, Varia rear.
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 9,727
    Can't say as I've been tempted to much on the varia. However if you look at previous threads you'll find loads of advice. Steer clear of cheap Chinese stuff and go with better brands. Exposure. Llezne. Moon. Nite rider, Smart are just a few decent makes.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,377 Lives Here
    Exposure lights ftw. Can’t go wrong getting one of those.
  • PMarkPMark Posts: 85
    I use the Halfords advanced 1600 on front (can often find deals for them on eBay, got mine for £35). I mount it under my bike computer on a GoPro mount, plus it doubles up as a usb battery, so great for all day rides in summer.
  • Exposure lights ftw. Can’t go wrong getting one of those.

    Any particular model?

  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 9,727
    Exposure Joystick model is ideal for town and dark country lanes. Can do a 2hr commute on my mk12. You can get a lot more lumens and battery life if you go to the bigger more expensive ones. My Joystick is also my MTBing helmet mount light by default.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • The Exposure ones are probably over my budget which is a shame so I guess I could look at the Halfords 1600.. or some of the other models suggested.

    Also, do you still need to house a rear reflector if you have a rear light.. I seem to recall the law in the UK is that you need both if riding in dark (not just the rear light).
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 9,727
    The Exposure ones aren't cheap and tbh I managed for a long time before I got mine in the sales. Have a look at the moon offering in the link. I commuted for several years on a smaller xpower 300 with no issues.
    https://www.tredz.co.uk/.Moon-Meteor-X-Pro-Comet-X-Light-Set_217876.htm
    I also have a niterider lumina which is bombproof.
    https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/nite-rider-lumina-micro-650-front-light/rp-prod175915
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • mrb123mrb123 Posts: 3,424

    The Exposure ones are probably over my budget which is a shame so I guess I could look at the Halfords 1600.. or some of the other models suggested.

    Also, do you still need to house a rear reflector if you have a rear light.. I seem to recall the law in the UK is that you need both if riding in dark (not just the rear light).

    The law also states you should have pedal reflectors but you probably haven't got those either!

    Seriously though, I would suggest always running at least two rear lights. Guards against the risk of one going flat, falling off etc etc.
  • daniel_bdaniel_b Posts: 9,646
    edited 8 August
    Ravemen lights (Front at least) are stunning quality, and they also double up as a handy little powerbank - I have both the 1200 & 1600.
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  • i.bhamrai.bhamra Posts: 178
    Moon are hard to beat for value, have a look at the nebula for the rear. For the front there are lots of options but bear in mind that some of the higher powered options may be overkill unless you are riding on unlit roads at night and can also dazzle other road users as well as having a shorter battery life and being more expensive. You usually have the option to select a lower output mode. I have a moon lx 760 (760 lumens) and only need the highest output on unlit roads when it's pitch black.
  • pilot_petepilot_pete Posts: 2,100
    In my experience on unlit country lanes at night you need about 800 lumens to light up enough to see where you are going and potholes ahead. I have a Lezyne Macro Drive 1300XXL which I really used in anger yesterday on a 250mile ride.

    I set off at 03:00 in darkness and sunrise was at 06:20. The manual says the battery will last 4hrs on 800 lumens. It has several other settings. I turned it down to 450 lumens under street lights to preserve battery. Orange light came on (50% charge remaining) at 05:00, so the manual seems to be correct. Got through to day break just fine. Then plugged it into my power bank to recharge it for nightfall. Sunset was at 20:00, night at 20:30. Same again, worked just fine, dropping to 50% charge just before I got home at 22:30.

    As for rear lights, I always have two - one set to flash and another steady solid. As long as you don’t have them on max brightness they last ages. On flash my Cateye Rapid X lasts for over a day!

    https://www.strava.com/activities/5895636212
  • ibr17xviiibr17xvii Posts: 871

    Yes, Varia rear.


    ^^^100% this^^^

    Gamechanger.
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