Bicycle Lights – You Need Them

Bicycle Lights – You Need Them

Bicycle lights are designed to protect cyclists by making it easy for everyone to see the cyclist on the road. For added safety, the bike is equipped with not one but many light sources in the dark. These include orange reflectors, white headlights at the front, and red taillights at the rear.

Perhaps the most important light is your bike’s headlights. This light should shine brighter in front of the motorcycle to help the rider see better when driving on dark roads. This bright white light will also help the driver stay visible to other drivers on the road, which will also help him avoid injury.

Old halogen lamp

Older battery-powered headlights used to be powered by D-type batteries, and while they were shiny with a chrome finish, they handled light in the dark rather casually. Worst of all, these bike lights flash when you hit a bump in the road.

New LED light

Modern bicycles are now equipped with LED bulbs, which can be categorized into three types of lighting modes: high-power single LEDs, multi-LEDs, and high-power multi-LEDs, which are a combination of the former and the latter. At the same time, the three headlights on these motorcycles emit successive beams of light, which will definitely inform everyone on the road about their presence.

Dangers of Lack of Light

Car drivers are used to being warned by traffic lights, whether they are traffic lights that tell them when to stop, pedestrian crossing lights that show when someone is crossing the street, or other drivers’ lights in front or behind that alert them to their presenc  on my way. If your bike does not have lights, they are virtually invisible to other road users. Some cyclists think that if they only ride their bikes during the day they don’t need headlights, but again, this is a common and dangerous mistake. Weather conditions can make it difficult to observe other road users, as in the dark; most of us have driven in heavy rain or fog and worry about poor visibility.

How to use light correctly

As useful as all types of bicycle lights in Australia are, there are rules regarding their type and where to place them. It is legally important to have white light on the front of the bike, a red taillight and red reflector on the back of the bike, and amber reflectors on the front and back of each pedal on the bike. If you feel the need, perhaps if you are cycling on a particularly dark or busy road, you can add more bike lights, although they still have to comply with the laws, i.e. red lights on the back of your bike and white lights. Flashing lights will certainly help people spot you, but if you choose to use flashing lights on your bike, you should make sure they don’t flash more than four times per second.