If you plan to ride in dusk, dawn, or after the sun’s beam has well and truly been switched off, you must have a white light fitted to the front of your bike, and a red light fitted to the rear.
Front bike lights can be split into two very distinct categories: seeing lights, and being seen lights. The former acts much like a car headlight, allowing a cyclist to ride down unlit country lanes at any time of day, whilst ‘be seen’ lights simply aid visibility for other road users and are suitable only for use on street lit roads.
Rear lights are always red, and usually come with a selection of light patterns – some designed to maintain battery life for as long as possible whilst others offer maximum
In recent years, daytime running bike lights have also become popular. These use attention grabbing light patterns specifically designed to mark a cyclist out on the road even when there is ample natural light.
Ascher USB Rechargeable Bike Light Set
Value be seen
These will put out enough light for you to be seen - the front light puts out 80 lumens which is not enough to see the road ahead with. This set is USB rechargeable. Both the front and rear lights attach using a silicone strap, meaning they'll fit many sizes of seatpost and handlebar and won't scratch.Buy Now
KNOG Plus Twinpack Black
Versatile be seen
Knog is a reputable brand which we'd recommend. The front light puts out 40 lumens, and the rear emits 20 lumens. These lights plug directly into a USB port, so there's no need for a cable. They can clip on to the bike via a silicone strap, or on to a shirt or bag.Buy Now
Lezyne Zecto Drive Bicycle Light Combo,
Reliable be seen
These lights may be quite expensive for a be seen model, but Lezyne is a brand we thoroughly recommend. These put out up to 250 lumens at the front and 80 lumens at the rear. They're rechargeable and feature several different modes.Buy Now
Lezyne Lite Drive 1000XL & Strip Drive Pro 300 Bicycle Light Pair
Heavy duty seeing
This is a set for riders who want to cycle fast in the dark. The 1000 lumen front light will show you the road, just like a car headlight. The rear puts out 300 lumens too. These charge via USB and attach with silicone straps.Buy Now
Cat Eye LED Safety Bike Headlight and Omni 3 Rear Tail Light
Most lightsets use USB rechargeable batteries these days - but what if you need a set you can put batteries in for immediate power? This set uses AA batteries so you'll never need to worry about charging them as long as you have batteries available. This is a be seen set with mounts attached.Buy Now