LED lights in focus

LED lights have revolutionised the world of cycle lights. With powerful light emission and long lasting battery power they basically offer most of what every cyclist needs in a bike light. They’re light and durable, reliable and come in a variety of strengths, some can also be dimmed according to the riders needs which is an important feature with regards to safety, as too bright a light can dazzle other road users and this can be just as dangerous as not having any light at all. Cyclists today are used to the convenience of LED lights, but it is not so long ago that there was very little choice when it came to lighting your way as you rode to work or school. Today every cyclist can benefit from a plethora of lighting choices and LED’s are among the best on offer. Do some research and think about your riding habits before you select the best lights for your cycle, a little time spent this way can really make the difference when it comes to choosing the right light for your needs.

LED lights and UK regulations

It was in 2005 that certain laws were changed to make it easier for cyclists to take advantage of the power and simplicity of LED lights as a means of lighting both the front and rear of a cycle. It is now permissible to have a flashing light both on the front and the tail end of your cycle as long as the light flashes between 1 and 4 times per second and the brightness of the flashing light is 4 candelas at the very least. Any steady lights which are installed on a cycle must be BS (British Standard) approved although some European models will also be legal as their policies are similar. It is important to remember that flashing red lights are synonymous with a moving bicycle in this and many other countries and a red tail light is a legal requirement. Front lights are usually white and steady; a bright LED front light is a good way to ensure that the road ahead is well lit and the rider can then safely see any potential dangers or obstructions which may be looming.

LED lights and important points to remember

LED lights are powerful and energy efficient
They must conform to BS regulations
Tail lights must be red in colour
Some European lights are permissible by British standards

In short it should be remembered that LED lights are a great boon to cyclists today but it is important to ensure your lighting is where it needs to be when you are cycling on open roads. Consider ways in which you may be able to maximise your visibility and have a look at reflective clothing as a compliment to your lights. Accidents involving cyclists are very often reported in wet conditions which can also point to poor lighting and it is for this reason that the more reflective clothing you wear the safer you will be. Be aware of your lights, keep them well maintained and ensure they conform to safety standards. Keep a spare set to hand if you are cycling regularly; this will help to ensure you are never caught without the correct lighting if your regular lights should become damaged.