Be Bright, Be Seen - Which Lights Should I Buy?

Bike lights are good at any time of the year, and we’ve got great advice on our website about lighting yourself up. However, at Christmas time, with new bikes often purchased for children and other family members, having lights is extra important, due to the often-dull days and limited sunlight. With Christmas so close too, lights are an excellent gift for family cyclists, and a perfect stocking filler. Let’s take a look then, a few bike light options for Christmas.  

Bontrager Glo / Ember Light Set  

Light sets are always a great gift idea, and we’ve got some great lights for you. The Bontrager Glo / Ember Light Set is reasonably priced and ideal for younger cyclists or those cycling a commute locally. Best of all, it’s small enough to fit easily inside a Christmas stocking 😉.  

This is a compact and stylish light set, that has either a steady light setting or a flash mode. It attaches easily to any bike, with a simple versatile mount, that will have you lit up and safely on your way in no time. The set includes a Glo Headlight, Ember Rear Light, and 2 silicone straps. Best of all, it also comes with 4 CR2032 batteries, meaning that you’re all set.  

Research has shown that the single most impactive thing that you can do as a cyclist to stand out, is a good light – even in daytime. Make a difference and stay safe this Christmas, with this ideal gift from Bontrager.  

Cateye Duplex Front / Rear Helmet Battery Light 

Many cyclists like the addition of a helmet lights, to ensure that they stand out to other road users. This set from leading brand Cateye, is an ideal helmet light set for commuters and for leisure cyclists too.  

Cateye have one of the most detailed and stringent of testing and research programmes for bike lights, meaning that you can rely on them to help keep you seen. The front light within this set can be used at a really bright 490 lumen at maximum brightness, simply by double clicking to high mode, and down to a still very bright 200 lumen on flashing. It has steady or flashing modes and is lightweight, at only 49g. The king rubber attachment strap turns 360 degrees and it has excellent run times: 

  • Front flashing 15-30 lumen, 100 hrs 
  • Front constant 15 lumen, 100 hrs  

The Ember Rear Light fastens in the same way and has comparable light settings, keeping you safely lit on your journey home this Christmas and New Year. Cateye maximise the best beam pattern from any LED, utilising superior lens and reflector technology to emit a higher quality light and beam pattern in front of the rider. In terms of a great, easy to use and reliable light set as a Christmas Gift, the Cateye Duplex Front / Rear Helmet Battery Light is an ideal stocking filler.  

Cateye Volt 200xc Front Light & Rapid Micro Rear USB Rechargeable Light Set 

Rechargeable bike lights are always a great idea, and this well made and tough light set from Cateye is an ideal Christmas gift for any cyclist. It’s far more than a simple commuter light set, and is also the ideal light set for those short training rides, and especially for long daytime rides in winter, when you want to add that extra visibility.  

The front light has a Chip LED x 1, 200 Lumen maximum output, meaning that you can see and be seen from some distance, a Proprietary Opticube lens for supreme light distribution, a Lightweight, durable polycarbonate body with a highly polished finish, and a USB Li-ion rechargeable battery with battery indicator.  

You simply double click to set Flashing Mode and single click returns it to the previous mode. The light recharges in a mere 3 hrs, meaning that you’re always ready to ride. 

The Cateye Rapid Micro Rear has 3 x red SMD LEDs, giving a 25 Lumen output, a USB Li-Ion rechargeable battery! And comes in a supersonically welded case for weather resistance, making it an ideal winter light. It has a battery indicator and battery auto save function, which converts the light to flash mode so that you’re never left in the dark. It also recharges in a mere 2 hrs.  

Lighting up on your bike is important all year round, but it’s especially important in winter. We’ve got some great Christmas gift light sets for all cyclists this festive season. Look at the wide range here on our website or speak to a member of our team in store.  

Bontrager Ion Comp R / Flare R City Bike Light Set 

At the upper end of the price point spectrum is this fantastic light set from Bontrager. It’s a high quality and super bright, well-engineered bike light set for the keen cyclist this Christmas.  

With Dedicated Daytime Running Light modes on both lights, designed for increased visibility, the Bontrager Ion Comp R provides a warm, wide and super bright 700-lumen beam for confident night riding and a great depth of field. Whether you’re commuting or out training, you’ll be bright and visible this winter in the roads with this front light.  

The Flare R City rear light delivers a wide, 35-lumen beam that’s ideal for city use too, and a DRL-specific focus, flash and range flash patterns which offer ultimate daytime visibility and give you that all-important feeling of safety. Best of all, it’s also Blendr-compatible for integrated mounting on compatible Blendr stems, helmets and helmet mounts, and it’s USB-rechargeable with the included micro-USB cable. 

Let St Nicholas and your family and friends look after you this Christmas, and add one of our superb ranges of bike lights sets to your own Christmas list. Winter riding can be fun, especially if you’re wrapped up warm with Chevin Cycles and well-lit on the roads.