Cateye HL-EL530 front light review

Retro lighting

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £54.99 RRP | USD $89.00
Cateye HL-EL530 front light

Our review

Long run time, good for gentle commutes but not anything faster
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The HL-EL530 combines a small, bright, central spot with a much weaker large circular beam. Cateye claim it’s 50 percent brighter for 2011 and we found it bright enough to ride at slow to moderate speeds on unlit roads.

We’d want something brighter for technical descents or fast rides, but this is the cheapest light we’ve tested recently that we’d consider a ‘to see by’ headlight.

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For your money you only get one continuous light mode, which is easily turned on and off by a sprung sliding switch at the back (easily turned on in your bag too). It uses four AA batteries for a claimed run time of 90 hours, although the intensity does reduce over this time.

Product Specifications


Name Name, 0, 10, Name, EL530
Brand Brand, 0, 20, Brand, Cateye

Weight (g) Weight (g), 2, 0, Weight (g), 207
Features Features, 2, 0, Features, Single LED
No Of Batteries Required No Of Batteries Required, 2, 0, No Of Batteries Required, 4
Type of Battery Required Type of Battery Required, 2, 0, Type of Battery Required, AA Alkaline
Battery Life Battery Life, 2, 0, Battery Life, 10