Tuesday, December 30, 2014

What features do you seek for in bike lights?

It’s a mercy on ecosystem and on your health too if you prefer cycling for mobility. You don’t burn fuel, but your calories like you do during regular exercise. Bike lighting also makes an essential part of a bike if you use it daily, especially after it gets dark in the evening. Also, in some parts of Europe or in nations where bikes are heavily used for commuting purpose, bike lightning is defined very specifically so as to ensure visibility standards, thus, making roads safer for cyclists.In countries like Netherland and Scandinavia, the law enforcement is very strict regarding bicycle head and tail lighting irrespective of the availability of sufficient of insufficient street lighting. Even otherwise, need of amplified visibility is a matter of common sense if a rider shares road with other motor vehicles during the dark.

The visibility of a cyclist can be enhanced with accessories and huge variety of such products in the market. Bike lights are most common amongst them. The question is which one to buy for your bike. Fancy lights on online stores look really cool in the photographs and review videos where it hardly gets any experience with actual, routine use. Not just lifespan, but luminescence, battery life, indicators etc. are essential things to look for while picking one. There are number of products in the market like MagicShine bike lights, which aren’t the best but still you can count on them. User reviews do make some occasional complains, but when compared with other products, it’ll impress you.

Magicshine lights are sophisticated and easy to mount onto your bike. Most of the products with negative reviews complained of low battery backup, especially in winters. Batteries do discharge quickly in winters, of course, but still there is a standard time period which a battery must provide. Most common headache mentioned in reviews is that the batteries didn’t last more than half-an hour. Well, the life of the battery is also co-related to energy-efficiency of the lights. You might get high luminicesne, but that’ll suck the batteries fast. LED lights, on the other hand are proving to be much better in that sense.

It’s won’t be an odd topic to introduce here if we say that high-energy consuming accessories like bike lights adds more dead batteries to already full landfills or say their components are lethal when it comes to disposing them off. You need to grab some basic concepts regarding specifications given about a particular light. That’ll give some idea which one is softer on Mother Nature. Next issue that troubles users often is the absence of warning indicators for low battery levels. Bike lights that shut down suddenly, without any warning poses a sort of risk of a surprise black out. That isn’t fair. It’s a basic requirement that the accessories do include indicators to keep the rider aware of is functional status.

There was this review on a online bike light store recalling rather a painful encounter with a big piece of rock that happened to be in the way while the cyclist experience a total black out due to sudden shut down of lights. That might not sound so serious, but you while you are on the road. There is a user who had lost a tooth and was very angry when this happened. That’s a permanent loss.

Anyway, we were discussing most common user complaints regarding bike lights. Some of the other common troubles talked about bike lights is their weight, mounting options, endurance, easy on-off switching and various options like high and low power modes. Not all reviews are reliable, but clearly, it would be helpful not to miss them and make your decision.

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