Whether you’re commuting or going on a post-work jolly, at this time of year it’s important to have a good set of lights to hand — both to see and be seen.
Naturally, there are plenty of bargains to be had in the Black Friday sales, which are happening right now.
We’ve collated a list of what we think are some of the best deals on discounted bike lights from a variety of retailers. Hurry, as stock is shifting fast!
Moon Meteor Storm Pro front light –
See your way in the dark with the Moon Meteor Storm Pro. Tredz
With a massive 2,000 lumens, the Moon Meteor Storm Pro, which scored 3.5 out of five in our recent mountain bike lights group test, is a veritable lumen bazooka.
The light is currently available with a 31% discount at Tredz. This is a pretty good price to bag yourself a solidly-performing front light.
Blackburn Dayblazer 800
The Blackburn Dayblazer 800 is not just really bright, it’s submersible waterproof. Blackburn
Putting out 800 lumens, the Blackburn Dayblazer is powerful and bright, while having a battery life that lasts long enough to cater for most stints in the dark.
It features multiple mounting options, including a rubber band strap and GoPro-style tabs and can be affixed almost anywhere, regardless of your cockpit setup.
The 800 lumen ‘Blitz’ mode is super bright and will help you out in the darkest of alleys and most perilous of gutters. It’s a great option for roadies riding into the night.
If you’re worried about being seen, its TIR lens has diffusing side cutouts, plus daylight pulse modes.
On top of all that, it’s submersible waterproof, so you can take it out in the worst weather without worry.
Cateye Rapid X3 rear light
The Cateye Rapid X3 is a great rear light for year-round commuting. Cateye
The Cateye Rapid X3’s low-profile design boasts a 150-lumen maximum power output, and makes a great option for year-round urban commuters or casual road cyclists.
It weighs just 51g and will run at full power for around an hour and 20 minutes. This should suit pretty much anyone’s commute in the darkest days of winter.
With a rubber band mount, it’s quick and easy to attach and remove, and is suitable for use with curved or aero seatposts.
Exposure MaXx-D Mk12 front light
The Exposure MaXx-D Mk12 puts out a ridiculous 3,800 lumens. Exposure
This front light from Exposure puts out an eye-watering 3,800 lumens, so it’s perfect for a night ride in the woods, or for blinding your fellow commuters if you’re that way inclined.
But seriously, if you’re heading out for some post-work shredding in the dark, then this is the one of the best lights on the market to help you do just that.
Its combination of focussed and wide lenses result in a far-reaching beam that highlights the edge of the trail at the same time.
It has a built-in accelerometer that automatically dims the light when you’re stationary, saving both battery power and other people’s retinas.
Exposure Strada Mk10 Super Light front light
The Exposure Strada Mk10 Super Light was developed with similar technology to car headlights. Exposure
If £300 is still too steep (perfectly understandable) and you’re not planning any off-road adventures in the dark, then Exposure’s Strada Mk10 is another fantastic option, which is currently sub-£200 for Black Friday.
Its 900-lumen output is not to be sniffed at. Its design has been developed from car headlight technology, using dual lenses (flat- and spot-beam) to cover both periphery and distance illumination.
It’s pretty versatile, offering a variety of programmes that dictate modes and their run times, so you can easily select the best option for your ride.
Guee Sol 700 Plus
The Guee Sol 700 Plus features a sensor to automatically adjust power output. Guee
Are you that person who always forgets to dip their full beam? Don’t be that person. But, if you are, then you’ll love the Guee Sol 700 Plus, with its magical, automatic power adjustment.
Is it witchcraft? No, it’s an auto-sensor that detects changes in surrounding light conditions, making it particularly useful at dawn and dusk, especially when street lighting isn’t always on your side. A great option for commuting at ungodly hours, or all-day-into-night road cycling.
It’s also compatible with GoPro mounts, making it easy to attach to your bike regardless of your setup.
Hope R2i Vision Integrated LED front light
The ‘double barrel’ lenses in the Hope R2i Vision provide a binocular-like lighting effect. Hope
If you’re a fan of Hope’s signature machine aesthetic then you’ll be pleased to see it carried over into the R2i LED Vision, which makes a good option for mountain bikers.
It features a ‘double barrel’ setup of eye-friendly and warm coloured LEDs, which creates a binocular-like lighting effect. This results in a smooth transition at the edge of the beam, keeping your vision free of stark reflections and sharp edges.
It’s super robust, housed in a very sturdy all-alloy body, and despite being relatively heavy, its reliability is legendary.
Hope R8+ LED Vision front light and battery
The Hope R8+ LED Vision gives off a blinding 4,000 lumens. Hope
With a blinding 4,000 lumens on offer, the Hope R8+ LED Vision offers exceptional illumination, with a run time of one hour and 25 minutes at max power. Perfect for a blast around the woods after work.
It provides excellent side-to-side flooding, which is wide enough to highlight lines on the trail without actually pointing directly at them.
Knog PWR Road 600 Modular front light
The Knog PWR Road 600 is fuss-free and genuinely innovative. Knog
The modular lighting solution that comes with the Knog PWR Road is genuinely innovative and well made. The system is constructed around a central power pack that comes in different capacities. Right now you can get a 600-lumen setup for just over £50.
In testing, we found it to be fuss-free, with a decent battery life for a mid-powered light.
We’d recommend the Knog PWR 600 for road cyclists who like to stay out after dark.
Lezyne Zecto Max Drive 250 rear light
The Lezyne Zecto Max Drive 250 is a great rear light for bikepackers. Lezyne
We’ve found the Lezyne Zecto Max Drive to be a great option for bikepacking because it’s really robust, reliable and versatile.
It features eight power modes that max-out at 250 lumens, and can run for up to nine hours, but it might be a bit heavy at 69g, and it doesn’t have much sideways visibility, so that’s worth bearing in mind.
Having said that, we think a hard-wearing and adaptable light with a long run-time for less than £40 is a great investment for the budding bikepacker. Ours survived being dropped and hosed with no issues, which is a bonus.
Light & Motion Seca 2500 Enduro light system
The Seca 2500 Enduro is very clever in the way it uses its power, and is brighter than the numbers suggest. Light and Motion
While it’s easy enough to throw numbers around, when it comes to finding a decent light for night rides on the trails, it’s about quality, rather than quantity.
In the case of the Seca 2500 Enduro, its max power output of 2,500 lumens may be less than some other lights in this list, but the way its power is used makes it appear much brighter on the trail.
It blends flood and spot lighting exceptionally, while putting out great side-to-side lighting as well. If you’re one to take your time and enjoy the ride, then this light will do exactly what you need it to. However we would say that if you’re likely to be going full-pelt down fast fireroad descents, then you might want something with a bit more range.
We found its battery life to be impressive, with a max power run-time of two hours and 40 minutes.
At the full retail price we wouldn’t say it’s the best value for money, but taking advantage of the Black Friday sales will mean you get a better deal.
Moon Meteor C1 and Orion light set
A set of 450-lumen USB chargeable lights for less than £30? Bargain. Moon
It’s difficult to argue with a combined 450-lumen USB rechargeable light set for less than £30 all in.
A great option for commuters and casual riders, the Meteor C1 and Orion lights offer a multitude of modes including daytime flashing, along with a mode memory function for convenience.
The C1 front light puts out a maximum of 400 lumens in its Day Flash mode, or 300 lumens at full constant beam. It can run in this latter mode for up to one hour and a half.
The Orion rear light provides 50 lumens of light in its Day Flash mode, and can run on a constant beam of 20 lumens for two and a half hours.
Moon Meteor Storm Lite and Nebula light set
The Moon Meteor Storm Lite and Nebula light set is a great option for road cyclists. Moon
A £110 set of lights for less than £40 is worth paying attention to, particularly when it provides a combined output of 1,280 lumens.
The Meteor Storm Lite front light carries a maximum of 1,100 lumens in its Boost setting, which it can sustain for an hour in total. If you need a constant beam, then you’re looking at a max power output of 800 lumens for up to one and a half hours.
The Nebula rear light provides up to 180 lumens in its Day Flash mode, while sustaining 100 lumens output for just over an hour.
A great commuter or road cycling option.
Moon Meteor-X Auto Pro and Arcturus Auto light set
When you reach a predefined battery level, these lights from Moon will adjust their power level to get you home. Moon
Commuters might want to opt for the Meteor-X Auto Pro and Arcturus Auto combo, particularly as it’s less than £25 right now. Not only is this an affordable investment, it’s a great option for urban riding when it’s dark and drizzly, with a combined output of 770 lumens.
The Meteor-X Auto Pro front light puts out a maximum of 700 lumens in Day Flash mode, or a constant beam of 450 lumens for up to one and a half hours.
It also comes with a clever feature that, when the battery falls below a predefined level, it auto selects the power output that gives the best visibility while also guaranteeing an hour of run time to get you home.
The Arcturus Auto rear light will run with 35 lumens for up to one hour 20 minutes, or put out 70 lumens in its Day Flash mode.
NiteRider Lumina 1800 Dual Beam front light
The NiteRider Lumina 1800 put out a great beam for the price. NiteRider
We found the NiteRider Lumina 1800 to have a great beam spread while putting out impressive power. As the name suggests, its maximum power output is 1,800 lumens. This makes it a great option for most riders, whether they’re tackling berms in the dark, navigating city streets at rush hour, or speeding along country lanes at dusk.
It does have a small internal battery however, so its max power run-time is only about an hour. It’s definitely an affordable option for most though, while outperforming some of the more expensive lights we’ve tested, so that ticks an important box.