Riding with the ‘right’ bike light is essential to keep you and other users safe. How do you know if you have the right bike light? We need you to understand the type of riding you do and what riding environments you are or could be exposed to and  then we match those needs to the features in a bike light.

Lets help you make the ‘right’ bike light decision. Let us help you make sure you use your ‘right’ light well.

Firstly, it is really helpful if you understand the features of bike lights so have a read of this…its quick and really useful.

When should you use a bike light?

New Zealand law states that you must use a bike light from 30 minutes before sunset through to 30 minutes after sunrise. Law aside there are multiple reasons why you should use a bike light and it all comes down to your safety and the safety of others.

The first simple rule on a bike is you want to be as visible as you can be. Bike lights help you to be visible, help you be seen by others, they make you visible to motorists, other cyclists, and pedestrians. You should use a light when your visibility to others may be compromised. Some reasons include, when riding in high traffic volumes, or when there is poor weather conditions like rain or fog, or when the riding environment effects visibility like a narrow windy road, or in an environment that traffic is not expecting to see cyclists or when riding at twilight or at night.

USB rechargeable bike lights are a great be seen bike light solution. They may cost more on the initial purchase but once you have them they cost nothing to run. I hope that means we see more people choosing to ride with bike lights – to be more visible – in more environments not just at night time.

Note: Bike lights are one method of making you visible but there are other ways that will support the ultimate goal of being as visible as you can be. For example; reflective bands on moving parts e.g. your leg, or high vis vests & bright eye-catching helmet colours also help with the overall effect of helping you be seen.

You should use a bike light so you can see where you are going. If the light you are riding in compromises your ability to see the environment then you need to use bike lights to light up the environment. Make your path and it obstacles clearly visible. Save




Riding Environment

Front Light

Rear Light

Riding in Traffic

5-200lumens, flashing mode

5 plus lumens, Flashing

Riding in poor weather conditions

5-200lumens, flashing mode

5 plus lumens, Flashing

Riding on narrow windy roads

5-200lumens, flashing mode

5 plus lumens, Flashing

Riding at dawn or dusk

5-200lumens, flashing mode

5 plus lumens, Flashing

Riding at night in well lit areas

5-200lumens, flashing mode

5 plus lumens, Flashing

Riding on the road and cycleways through darkness

250 -700/800lumens . Consider stacking 1 light constant 1 light flashing mode

Rear light drivers can see from 500m+. Consider vertical stacking one flashing, one on constant beam

Riding at night off-road mountain bike trail riding

1200 lumens plus steady beam

Kids riding during the day or scootering on the footpath

5 plus lumens, flashing mode

Flashing light , high so in the line of drivers


bikelights 800 w

Riding at twilight with a front light to be visible.

Rear lights commuting Vertical stacker 600w goRide

Riding at twilight with vertically stacked lights 1 flashing, 1 a steady beam to be visible.

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