These are the best bike lights to see and be seen with. We’ve got everything covered, from tiny LEDs to use as back-up, to high-powered flood lights for the middle of the night.


Having the best front light for your bike is essential if you're going to venture onto our highways at night especially as our city streets are both thick with traffic and trafficked by the thick. Now we're in the depths of winter it gets dark frighteningly early, too.


Fitting a good front light to your bike is essential if you want to ride through the sun-starved days of winter. British law states that cyclists on the road after dark must have a white front light and a red rear light if they are to avoid a stern word from the local bobby. But it’s also just common sense - if you’re riding at night (or dusk/dawn), an appropriately-powered light will help motorists spot you on the road.


In fact, even the daytime can be so overcast as to warrant using your lights, so now's the time to invest in some illumination. On top of that, if the weather conditions turn and you’re suddenly riding through torrential rain, your lights will help make you stand out in the sodden gloom.


Not only does a light allow oncoming road users to pinpoint your vulnerable self, it also lights up the road ahead so you can actually see where you're going and avoid those pesky potholes.


Modern LED bike lights are a world away from the big old battery lights of yesteryear, packing a potently powerful beam into a little unit that you simply recharge via USB. High-powered lights are more affordable than ever, too, so there’s little excuse for not ensuring you’re well-equipped.


You’ll find lights out there for all kinds of budgets, from cash-strapped commuters to lycra-clad, performance-obsessed road cyclists who want another gadget to strap to their five-figure carbon machine. 


Lights vary significantly in power and what one rider needs may be very different to the next. With that in mind, here is our pick of the best front bike lights to keep you safe out on the road.



1. LEZYNE HECTO DRIVE 400XL

Best bike light under £30 for urban riding

SPECIFICATIONS
Maximum lumens: 400
Battery life: up to 17.5 hours
Rechargeable: yes
REASONS TO BUY
+Many modes for maximum battery life+Light weight+Integrated USB charging
REASONS TO AVOID
-Not amazingly robust

Lezyne steals the urban night ride crown from previous chart-topper Light and Motion with the latest version of its Hecto Drive, by virtue of much longer battery life and a flatter, better balanced profile. 

Battery technology has come on leaps and bounds in recent years and this latest model from Lezyne makes the most out of a Li-Poly set-up to deliver up to 17.5 hours of light at its lowest output setting.

It's a doddle to set up, with a simple rubber strap that's suitable for most styles of handlebar, while the easy-to-remove base is great for slipping into a backpack when not in use.