The 7 Best Bike Lights Reviewed For 2018

Its pretty obvious that if you are riding your bike at night, you need to have a bike headlight. Your chances of getting hit at night, riding a bike skyrocket after sunset and the small investment of a bike light can save your life.

If you like to ride trails at night your needs for a bike light are going to be different than someone who primarily rides in an urban environment.

Offroad Riders Skip To: Best Mountain Bike Lights.

Since the majority of collisions between bikers and cars happen at intersections the importance of your headlight is much more important than your rear tail light.

If you have a flashing headlight then your visibility increases dramatically to oncoming traffic. Now you just need choose the right bike light for your needs.

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Quick Answer: The 7 Best Bike Headlights For 2018

  1. Bright Eyes 1600 Bike Headlight
  2. Cycle Torch 500 Road Bike Headlight
  3. Te-Rich 1200 Lumens Bike Light
  4. TeamObsidian LED Headlight Set
  5. NiteRider PRO 1800 Mountain Bike Light
  6. Cygolite TridenX 1300 MTB Bike Light
  7. ugoe Ultra Powerful 4500 Lumens Rechargeable Bike Light

Here is a feature overview of my top 3 overall picks. Our guide and comparison table of the top rated bike lights will help you choose the right one for you.

Best Bike Lights

 Bright Eyes 1200Cycle Torch 500NiteRider PRO
editors choice
Lumens/Modes:1200 lumens - 3 hrs
800 lumens - 6 hrs
350 lumens - 20 hrs
500 lumens - 2.0 hrs
250 lumens - 3 hrs
50 lumens -15 hrs
1800 lumens - 1.5 hrs
700 lumens - 3 hrs
400 lumens - 6 hrs
Mounting:Helmet / HandlebarsHandlebarsHelmet / Handlebars
BatteryExternal, rechargeable Lion battery.
Internal, rechargeable Lion battery.External, rechargeable Lion battery.
Best Use:Urban Riding & TrailUrban RidingTrail Riding

Bike Light Reviews

#1 Bright Eyes 1600 Rechargeable Bike Light

Bright Eyes Rechargeable Bike Light at a Glance:

  • High quality Cree LED
  • High power – lasts 5 hours at 1600 Lumens
  • Medium power- lasts 10 hours at 800 Lumens
  • Low power- lasts 26 hours at 350 Lumens
  • Strope/Flash mode
  • 1 year warranty on battery, lifetime on the headlight

This is my overall top pick and my every day bike light because of its versatility, brightness and features.

On its maximum setting it gives you 1200 lumens of light which is as bright as some car headlights! Because of its versatility the Bright Eyes may be the best bike light for commuting and off road use.

When at max brightness its more than you need to urban riding, you can either tone it down to a more reasonable brightness setting or put it into flash/pulse mode for maximum visibility.

The Bright Eyes features a quality CREE LED and a powerful 6400 mAh rechargeable lithium ion battery that gives you about 2 ½ hours in full power mode.

When it was brand new I was getting up to 3 hours in the max brightness setting.

The light mounts easily on your handlebars and is secured with a rubber strap that releases easily for taking it off to recharge.

It stays secure as well even when you’re taking it off road for trail riding.

The external battery mounts on your seat bar or the cross bar with Velcro straps and comes wires to run it along the frame to the light.

What I like about this light is it also comes with a helmet mount and a headband mount so you have the ultimate in flexibility in how you use the Bright Eyes headlight. It even comes with a tail light.

The Bright Eyes 1600 is my top pick because of its quality, features and flexibility and definitely one of the best bike lights you can buy at any price.

#2 Cycle Torch 500 Rechargeable Bike Light

Cycle Torch 500 at a Glance:

  • High power – lasts 2.9 hours at 500 Lumens
  • Medium power – lasts 3 hours at 250 Lumens
  • Low power –  lasts 15 hours at 50 Lumens
  • Flash-daylight mode -500 Lumens -30+ Hours
  • USB LED tail Light

The Cycle Torch 500 bike headlight is best for urban riding as it doesn’t have a wide enough beam for off road use in my opinion. It is however perfect for urban riding with a bright 500 lumens light with several brightness settings and a flashing mode.

This light is best suited for city riding and is one of best bicycle lights for night riding on the market. The Cycle Torch uses an internal lithium ion rechargeable battery that fortunately is not replaceable.

Another nice feature is the Cycle Torch can be used as a flashlight as well and easily snaps into the handle bar mounting bracket.

The handlebar bracket is designed to fit easily and securely on any size diameter handle bar. The light is lightweight and waterproof so it’s not affected by rain and mud. Cycle Torch stands behind the product with a “no questions asked” 1 year warranty!

Pretty impressive, although you would be hard pressed to break it and if you did, you most likely have bigger issues to deal with!

The Cycle Torch is one of the best rechargeable bike lights that can be used off road as well. This is a quality product and highly recommended.

#3 Te-Rich Super Bright Bike Light USB Rechargeable

Te-Rich Bike Light at a Glance:

  • High 1200 lumens – lasts 4 hours
  • Medium 800 lumens – lasts 8 hours
  • Low 400 lumens – lasts 12.8 hours
  • External 5v 4400mhA Rechargeable Battery Pack
  • Made from aircraft grade aluminum

The Te-Rich 1200 has to be the best value bike headlight there is. While not as feature packed as some of the other ones I have reviewed, for what it does, it has no equal.

It has 4 Cree XM-L2 LEDs that throw out a brilliant white light in a wide pattern so you don’t have “tunnel vision”.

You do give up the ability to adjust the beam width at its price point but you have one of the brightest bike lights available.

Te-RIch1200 Lumens Bike Light
Te-RIch1200 Lumens Bike Light

However, even at its bargain price you get an aircraft grade aluminum housing that is waterproof and shockproof.

The light output is regulated so that the beam intensity is a constant brightness until the battery dies.

It even has overheating protection circuitry. When running in “turbo” mode for extended periods of time the light can overheat but the circuitry will automatically dial down the intensity until it cools off.

The light has an easy to mount, secure bracket that to attach to your handlebars sized from 10 to 35mm in diameter. It even includes a helmet strap!

I’m not a huge fan of the helmet mount but many bikers swear by it.

The external battery mounts just about anywhere on your bike with Velcro straps. The Te-Rich is by far the best bike light under $50.

It also functions just as well as a commuter headlight. At its bargain price, you could easily mount one on your helmet and have one on your handlebars.

The Te-Rich 1200 is one of the best bike lights available at a bargain price, highly recommended.

#4 TeamObsidian LED Bike Lights

TeamObsidian Bike Light at a Glance:

  • High Power 200 lumens – lasts 10 hours
  • 3 Power modes
  • Comes with rear bike light
  • Easy to mount, no tools required
  • Made from aircraft grade aluminum

I was very impressed the quality construction of this light when I took it out of the box. It has a solid feel of a bike headlight costing a LOT more. Its made of a rugged aluminum case that is also water proof.

You can’t find an easier light to mount, just wrap the strap around your handlebars and tighten the mounting nut until it’s secure.

Just be careful not to overtighten, you could strip it. Once it’s on the bars, it slides into the mount and locks in place.

At 200 lumens your not going to take this light trail riding, it’s just not bright enough but that’s not what is designed for.

Team Obsidian
Team Obsidian Bike Light – My backyard in complete darkness

This is excellent choice for urban riding or maybe a country road. It has several power modes; I like the strobe function for urban riding around my house. On high power you get about 10 hours and the headlight uses 3 AAA batteries.

It also comes with a  rear tail light for free! It uses a 2 AAA batteries that last about 40 hours. It has three modes, fast and slow flash plus a steady on.

I like TeamObsidian, its a small family run company that specializes in bicycle products and they have excellent customer service.

The light has a 1 year warranty and TeamObsidian gives you a 60 day no questions asked warranty if you don’t like it for any reason.

If you’re in need a bike helmet, I encourage you to read my review here.

Best Mountain Bike Lights

#5 NiteRider Pro 1800 MTB Bike Light

NiteRider 1800 Pro at a Glance:

  • High quality Cree LEDs
  • High power – lasts 1.5 hours at 1800 Lumens
  • Medium power – lasts 3 hours at 700 Lumens
  • Low power – lasts 6 hours at 400 Lumens
  • Walking/S.O.S. lasts – 25 hours at 80 Lumens
  • Strope/Flash mode
  • Helmet and handlebar mounting
  • Easy to read “fuel gauge” and storage pouch.

The NiteRider is primarily designed for off road use and features a blazing 1800 lumens of light. This really is brighter than the average car or motorcycle headlight!

Maybe the best feature of this light is the quality of the beam, its WIDE and bright.

This mountain bike light lights up the trails like it is daylight so you can see every obstacle on the trail.

You will be able to see every tree root, ditch and see the turns in the trail in plenty of time to react.

The NiteRider features quality CREE LEDs in a lightweight, durable package. It mounts securely and easily on your handlebars no matter the diameter.

It features an external battery that mounts on the cross bar or seat bar with adjustable straps. NiteRider Pro 1800 Race Light

One thing that I like about this bike headlight is it comes with a helmet mounting bracket as well so if you prefer the extra flexibility of having the light on your helmet you have that option.

The light will last 1 ½ hours in full power mode of 1800 lumens, but can be dialed back to 400 lumens and will last 6 hours at that power setting.

It even has a walking mode that will give over 24 hours of light.

The lens is unusual as it has a “Borofloat” lens, which is a specialized almost unbreakable glass that can even handle the rapid cooling of being immersed in cold water that would shatter any other type glass.

The NiteRider has an easily readable “fuel” gauge so you know exactly how much juice is left in the battery allowing you to make brightness adjustments or get ready to swap out the battery.

When you want the best MTB light available, the NiteRider Pro is your best bet!

#6 Cygolite TridenX 1300 Bike Light

Cygolite Bike Light at a Glance:

  • High Power 1300 lumens – lasts 3.5 hours
  • 8 Power modes
  • Programmable beam spread
  • Easy to mount, no tools required
  • Helmet mount compatible
  • Made from aircraft grade aluminum

I was shocked when I first turned on the Cygolite TridenX 1300, this is a seriously bright bike headlight at 1300 lumens when set to full power. You could probably use it as a car headlight, seriously it’s that bright.

Of course brightness isn’t everything, quality construction and features are just as important. Cygolite has you covered here.

The bike headlight has 3 CREE XM-L LEDs that give you a nice wide spread giving you peripheral vision, unlike cheap lights that give you tunnel vision. However, when you want a longer narrow beam, the Tridenx 1300 can do that as well.

It has 8 lighting modes, everything from full power output, medium and low plus several pulsing modes for walking the bike to using it while riding during the day.

Cygolite TridenX 1300
Cygolite TridenX 1300

Motorcycles use day running lights, why not bicyclists who are probably more likely to get hit?

The first thing you will notice when you take it out of the package is the quality construction.

It’s made from an aluminum alloy that is water resistant.

Take it out in the rain, or if you are into mountain biking in wet conditions, not an issue. It will handle all the mud and dirt you can throw at it.

The light mounts securely and easily to your handlebars and will stay on even if you dump the bike. If it does come off, you probably have bigger issues than the light….

The TridenX has a battery level indicator so you have plenty of warning when your running low on juice and need to dial it down a notch to save power.

It comes with a high-capacity Lithium ion battery that is rechargeable, so no more expensive disposable batteries.

Cygolite TridenX 1300 ReviewWith the larger size battery (390g), the run time is around 3 1/2 hours on full power and a ridiculous 76 hours on low power pulse mode.

The smaller The Tridenx 1300 (260g) has a run time of about 1 1/2 hours on high to 36 hours on pulse.

The Cygolite TridenX 1300 uses their patented OSP Technology that gives you the ability to program in exactly how you want the light to function and access those functions easily with the push buttons.

I’m not sure it’s necessary, but it’s there if you want the customization. The Cygolite is one of the best LED bike lights for the money.

The Tridenx is a US based company and its made in California and support is based there as well, so if you have any problems you will talk to someone from the US.

It comes with everything you need, including a helmet mount, and a 36-inch extension cable allowing you to mount the external battery anywhere you like.

This is not what I would call an inexpensive light but if you want one of the best mountain bike lights, it’s worth every penny.

#7 ugoe Ultra Powerful 4500 Bike Light

ugoe Bike Light at a Glance:

  • High power – lasts 2 hours at 3000 Lumens
  • Medium power – lasts 4 hours at 1500 Lumens
  • Low power – lasts 8 hours at 700 Lumens
  • Strope/Flash mode last 6-0 hours at 1500 Lumens
  • Battery: 7.4V – 6000 mAh Li-ion

This light is a very similar design to the Revtronic. Its made of aircraft grade aluminum that was machined from a solid block. It has an anodized finish that doesn’t corrode or fade over time. What really sets this MTB bike headlight apart is the output.

It has 4 CREE XM-L ultra bright LEDs that put out a steady 3000 lumens of light on high power. The name says 4500 but that’s not a steady output, it may “burst” at 4500 lumens.

Just about all manufactures inflate their power output ratings and why many of them are not as bright as they claim.

It comes with an externally mounted 6000 MAh Lithium Ion battery that straps under the crossbar of your bike with Velcro. In high power mode the ugoe will light up a trail in the woods to almost daylight brightness.

It has a wide beam allowing you to see the whole trail. Of course it’s not just for trail/mountain bike riding at night but it does work very well for that purpose.

ugoe Ultra Powerful 4500 Bike light
ugoe Ultra bike light at 3000 lumens

I actually like it better at full power for riding during the day. There is a reason that in most states if you have a motorcycle you must have your headlight on for visibility.

When you have this light on, drivers cannot help but see you. Especially in the strobe setting. Just don’t ride at night in full power where cars are on coming, you will probably blind them!

This is the brightest bicycle headlight available at 3000 lumens and comes with a one year warranty.

Bike Light Comparison Table

Bike Light Max BrightnessMountBest ForRating
Bright Eyes Rechargeable Bike Light1600 LumensHandlebarsUrban/Moderate Off Road4.5 / 5.0
Cycle Torch Rechargeable Bike Light500 LumensHandlebarsUrban4.4 / 5.0
Te-Rich Bike Light USB Rechargeable1600 LumensHandlebars/HelmetUrban/Off Road4.3 / 5.0
TeamObsidian LED Bike Lights200 LumensHandlebarsUrban4.5 / 5.0
NiteRider Pro MTB Bike Light1800 LumensHandlebars/HelmetOff Road4.3 / 5.0
Cygolite TridenX Bike Light1300 LumensHandlebars/HelmetUrban/Off Road4.2 / 5.0
ugoe Ultra Powerful Bike Light3000 LumensHandlebarsUrban/Off Road3.7 / 5.0

How to Choose the Best Bike Light For You

Best Bike Lights

Types of Bike Lights

There are two main types of bike lights available. Depending on what type of bike riding you do will determine which is best for your needs.

Safety Bike Light

These are small, LED bike lights that store in your saddlebag pouch and are typically not that bright. The main use for this style is for allowing cars and pedestrians to see you and not necessarily to light your way.

Used mostly in urban areas where a bright beam would blind oncoming cars.

Main/Bright Bike Light

This type of light is typically for off road use because you need a BRIGHT beam to light your way in total darkness. They are more versatile in that they can be mounted on a helmet of your handlebars.

Being much brighter they are larger and have external, rechargeable batteries. These lights typically start at least 1000 lumens and go much higher. The Nite Rider Pro, Focal Series by Outbound Lighting and the Cygolite are good examples of a main bike light.


While the brightness of the bike headlight in lumens is obviously important BUT the QUALITY of the beam maybe even more an important consideration.


If your light is just a very narrow beam you are not going to be seen as well nor will you be able to see as well in from of you. If its just a narrow field of view you may miss dangers to your right or left like, like a car door opening or if your riding trails a sharp turn in the trail.

The bike lights reviewed varied from 200 lumens of the TeamObsidian which is more than enough for urban riding to an insanely bright 1800 lumens of the Niterider Pro meant for mountain biking only.

This light would blind oncoming traffic and get you in some trouble.

Brightest Bike Light

Features and Modes

The better LED lights for bikes will have multiple beam patterns and brightness’s. I personally feel much safer riding the streets with a flashing or pulsing beam for maximum visibility because I’m not so much worried about being able to see in front of me as being seen by oncoming traffic.

Being able to change the brightness is of course important since you may not always need the lights maximum brightness and the ability to change the wideness of the beam is a very nice feature to have.

Some of the reviewed bike LED lights can double as a home or camping flashlight making them much more useful.

Mounting Style

There are two main ways to mount your bike headlight. The most common being on the handle bars but some offer dual mounts and can be used on your bike helmet as well.

Helmet Mount

I would consider this a better option for mountain biking because here you need to be looking farther out ahead of you looking for turns and other obstacles in the trail.

A helmet mount gives you ultimate flexibility on where the beam is trained. Better yet would be having both, a handle bar mount AND a helmet light.

Handlebar Mount

By far the most common mounting style. This style has a strap that wraps around the handlebars and tightens with a knob to secure it. This type can be used for both urban and trail riding and is simple to use, just push the unlock latch and remove the light, simple!

A handy feature is the ability to swivel the light for light up signs and house numbers. This allows you to not have to stop the bike and turn the handlebars to illuminate them. Not too many lights have this feature however.

Best Bike Light


This goes hand in hand with mounting. Primarily a concern for urban riders who take the bike light off to prevent it being stolen. This type of light should be able to fit in your pocket or purse without too much bulk.

These road bike lights are typically powered by AA or AAA batteries and always handlebar mounted.

Off road lights, lack the portability that the smaller safety lights have because they will have external batteries and a larger light. This type of light is not going to fit in your pocket and is not suitable for riding around town.

Quality of the Beam

As mentioned earlier the quality of the bike light is pretty critical. Having an evenly bright beam with a wide of angle as possible is going to be far more useful than a bright “tunnel” beam only illuminating a narrow field of view.

Battery Type

USB rechargeable being by far the most convenient and cheaper to operate. Just take the battery in the house and hook it up to the charger. Not only do you save on batteries and help save the environment a little bit but they also usually have longer battery life.

Maybe the sole advantage of AA or AAA lights is for an extended trip or to an area where you will not have access to electricity to recharge the light at the end of the day.

Battery Life

All of the headlights in our bicycle light reviews will give you over an hour of light on the brightest setting. This is where being able to choose the brightness setting is handy because you may not need the brightest setting and having the light work for a longer period of time is more important than the most amount of light.

All of the bike lights reviewed have rechargeable batteries only.

None have the AAA or AA disposable batteries. This not only saves you money from having to buy batteries also more environmentally friendly. The all come with USB recharging cables you can either plug into your laptop/desktop or a wall outlet.

best mountain bike lights

The better quality rechargeable bike lights will give you consistent beam brightness as the battery discharges. The cheaper bike lights give you a very short period of time in full bright mode then rapidly fade as the battery discharges.

The better ones like the NiteRider Pro have much more even battery discharge and the light brightness is much more consistent.

Best Brands For Bike Headlights

Best Bike Light BrandsChoosing the best brands for bike lights is a difficult and subjective task. It depends on where will you be using it, brightness, beam quality and value. I think these brands are a good place to start:

NiteRider – Best known for their off road bike lights. They make the gold standard with the Pro series bike lights that are brighter and have the best beam quality.

Cygolite – Founded in 1991, similar to NiteRider all they make are bike lights. The TridenX is one of the best lights out there and is a good choice for on and off road use.

Revtronic – Unlike NiteRider and Cygolite, Revtronic makes a wide range of lighting solutions with state of the art technology. Their bike lights are some of the brightest and best beam quality available.


Using a bike light isn’t just for lighting your way, using one will decrease your chances of collision with a car. While this is probably obvious to you, finding the right style and type of light is the tricky part.

Overall a rechargeable bike light with a wide, bright beam and a handle bar mount is your best bet for urban riding. The TeamObsidian or the Bright Eyes are good choices.

For off road riding a versatile light that can be handlebar or helmet mounted with a large external rechargeable battery light the Night Rider Pro or Cygolite is a good choice.

I hope this guide was helpful for finding the best bike headlight to fit your needs. If you want to comment or recommend a light I didn’t include, please use my contact form to get in touch.

Have fun and enjoy the ride!

If you like to do your own bike repairs we review the best bike repair stands here and our favorite bike racks here.

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Rich Remick

I work part time as an IT security consultant. Luckily I can work from anywhere so I go back and forth between Colorado and Florida. I get my fix of skiing, hiking and camping in Colorado in the Dillion area, and when I am in Florida you can usually find me on the water either paddleboarding or kayaking. My recent passion is scuba diving, I got certified a few years ago and "get wet" as frequently as I can.

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