Lights – not just for the dark!
As we are entering the last weekend of the summer holidays the days are getting shorter and the weather a little drab and murkier! Therefore we thought it was a good time to talk about lights, and especially the point that lights shouldn’t just be for when it is dark. We spoke in our recent safety blog about visibility and wearing the right clothing, however, daytime bike lights are also very important in making yourself as visible as possible. Some people still seem to have a problem with turning on lights in the day and say its not needed. Considering that it is now a legal requirement for all new cars to have automatic daytime front lights why shouldn’t bikes?
Types of lights and “what the hell is a lumen”?
Front lights are classified in two categories, ‘seeing’ lights or ‘be seen’ lights. Seeing lights highlight the road in front of you and are designed for cyclists who want to ride unlit roads. Brightness of bike lights is measured in lumens, and you’ll need anything from 600 lumens though to 1000+ to let you see the road as you would in the daylight. Be seen lights mark you out on the road and are designed for use on lit roads or daytime riding. In this case 100 lumens is a good starting point – but 300+ will let you see more of the road ahead. Also, research shows that a pulse pattern of flashing that is not regular is the best setting for visibility.
According to ROSPA, around 80% of cycling accidents occur in daylight which is when most cycling takes place. The most dangerous hours for cyclists are 3.00 to 6.00 p.m. and 8.00 to 9.00 a.m. on weekdays. However, cycling accidents in the dark are more likely to be fatal.
High Viz offer
We have some great Proviz jackets in-store, these only appear reflective to the person shinning the light (it’s magic!!!). Take a look at Paul modelling them below!!! Come in and give them a try and get an extra 20% off (and we would love a funny caption comment to go with the photos!!)
Our light range
As you can see we have a good selection of lights to choose from and some great in-store offers. Within our range the majority of lights are USB rechargeable. This is mainly due to convenience and ease. However, we do also have battery operated lights along with all the necessary replacement batteries if needed. So come in and let us keep you safer!!