This tag is about forward facing lights on the front of a bike: on the handle bars; fixed to the front of the frame; on the forks and so on. It is not about lights worn around the head or on a helmet, but clearly the two cases are complimentary.

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Is this a good bike light? And should I give these people my money?

I was was checking out this bike light. It looks good enough for me. I (rarely) get lost on trails around dusk, but more importantly I commute - a lot by bike. I really just want to be seen. What ...
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Advantages and Disadvantages of Bar light vs headlight. [duplicate]

What are the advantages of each setup. Obviously more is better :) but if you had to choose one, which would it be and why? The scene would be in a tight wooded single track.
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Helmets with dedicated mounting system for lights, cameras etc.?

I have came to the conclusion, that headlights work much better for me for cycling than handlebar-mounted lights. This is because: A headlamp illuminates where one is looking, not where the bike is ...
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Correct angle for front light?

I have recently invested in an LED front lamp with a battery pack. The results are great, it's incredibly bright and I will feel much safer with it on my bike. However, I don't want to blind or ...
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Does a helmet-mounted light affect the safe functionality of the helmet?

I am currently testing a bunch of lights for my (slowly) upcoming head lights review. Several of the lights can be mounted to a helmet using a mounting strap, like this: I'm wondering if having a ...
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Bicycle lights- Indicating in the dark

I am a product designer and am currently working on a bicycle lighting project and would really appreciate your valuable feedback. In England, turning left on a bicycle is not really a problem as ...
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Where to mount a headlight if the handlebar is obscured by a basket

I have a permanently mounted basket in front of the handlebars (because I have a child seat on the rack in the back). I also have a headlight on the handlebars (this one, if anyone cares). If the ...
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Recommendations for bike headlight…possibly running on AA batteries?

I realise this question has been asked before, but as far as I can tell the last time was over a year ago, so I thought it might be worth asking again in the light maybe of newer products being on the ...
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voltage of lighting system

I had a B&M ? brand (german make) rear bike 'standlight', removed the capacitor as I found it annoying when switching to a battery. Used a 6x cell AA 1,2v pack for awhile, with no issue. Upgraded ...
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Is a headlight required to emit light to the sides?

The California Vehicle Code says: (d) A bicycle operated during darkness upon a highway, a sidewalk where bicycle operation is not prohibited by the local jurisdiction, or a bikeway, as ...
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Are there any high power bicycle generators?

I have been searching for a generator or 'dynamo' (preferably one built into the hub) to run lights for night riding, but it seems that most are rated for only about 3W (presumably to meet German ...
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Are there LED based dynamo powered lights suitable for night time MTB riding on singletrack?

Are there LED based dynamo powered lights suitable for night time MTB riding on singletrack? Likely they would need to have: High Brightness, likely 500 lumens or better. Not sure how that translates ...
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Can you recommend a fixed LED headlight for a bike with a hub dynamo?

I have a Batavus Dutch bike for local commuting with a Shimano DH-2R30E 6 volt, 2.4 watt hub dynamo driving a halogen bulb headlight. The light provided is not very bright and I would like to know if ...
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Flickering light, Lumotec IQ Fly Senso Plus with SON hub-generator

Halfway through my third winter my Lumotec IQ Fly Senso Plus (powered by a SON hub-generator) headlight has suddenly started fluctuating, after I returned from Christmas holidays. While riding in the ...
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Can a headlight battery be reconditioned if it won't hold a charge?

I have an older CygoLite headlight that I used for commuting for a couple years. It's been in storage for about 12 months, and now it seems like the battery won't take a charge. I think its a ...
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Are revolights a good idea?

I've recently seen this: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/revolights/revolights-join-the-revolution?ref=spotlight Basically it's leds on the wheel + a timing mechanism + persistence of vision ...
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Where can I find a bulb for my vintage 70's generator light?

I currently own a 60's/70's vintage light for my bike. I have it attached to my Trek 820 series 26" mountain bike at the moment. The light worked perfectly fine until one day when I broke the bulb ...
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Need a bright headlight for offroad, UK

As winter approaches I am looking to upgrade my cycle lights. My commute takes me on an unlit section of canal tow path so I am looking for suggestions of a super bright headlight or cycle light that ...
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Dynamo hub lighting system recommendation

I'm considering outfitting my hybrid/commuter bike with a front dynamo hub and associated lighting. Currently, looking at Sanyo, Shimano, and Schmidt dynamo hubs. The Schmidt's are pretty pricey, ...
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Why are battery-powered lights so popular?

Both on this site and "in real life", battery-powered lights appear to be at least as popular as generator-powered lights. I have always been slightly confused by this. To me, a generator-powered ...
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Night cycling: Is it worth using electroluminescent wire?

It's currently winter in the UK, so for my commete to and from work I need lights and reflective surfaces for safety. I've read about local people losing their lives cycling, so I don want to make ...
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Safety data: Which is safer, head/tail lights which blink or emit a steady beam?

My head and tail lights can be set to blink or emit a steady beam of light. I usually set my rear (red) light to blink, because I believe it makes me more visible at night. My friend argues that it ...
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Off road lights

I've started really getting into mountain biking over the past few months and I'm keen to carry on riding through winter, preferably after work as well as at the weekends. To do this I'm going to need ...
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What is the best charging practice for my bike light's lithium ion battery?

I have a Light and Motion Seca 700 with a Lithium Ion battery. It has a multi-chem smart charger. I have heard that some batteries like NiMH have "memory" and should be mostly drained before ...
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Headlight recommendation

What is a good headlight for my bike? Requirements: Swappable between bikes Good for bumpy roads/situations such as gravel or dirt Long lasting battery Far reaching range of light LED of course! ...