Topeak WhiteLite HP 1W front light£44.99

A light to rely on

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Topeak's new 1W LED commuter light is powered by three AA batteries, which offer a decent run time at full power, and with the light set at half power the run time doubles.

The illumination at that level is easily enough for pretty much all urban riding. It doesn’t offer much peripheral lighting but was still powerful enough for completely unlit routes, though we wouldn’t really recommend it if you do much of this.

Ideally, we’d back the WhiteLite up with a small flashing LED for the best of both worlds. An alternative version with a built-in rechargeable battery is available for a fiver more.

Simon has been cycling for as long as he can remember, and more seriously since his time at university in the Dark Ages (the 1980s). This has taken in time trialling, duathlon and triathlon and he has toured extensively in Asia and Australasia, including riding solo 2900km from Cairns to Melbourne. He now mainly rides as a long-distance commuter and leisure/fitness rider. He has been testing bikes and working for Cycling Plus in various capacities for nearly 20 years.
  • Age: 52
  • Height: 175cm / 5'9
  • Weight: 75kg /165lb
  • Waist: 33in
  • Discipline: Road, touring, commuting
  • Current Bikes: Rose SL3000, Hewitt steel tourer
  • Beer of Choice: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • Location: Bath, UK

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