Night riding season is upon us which means it’s time to start sorting through the piles of lights, cables, batteries, mounts...you know the drill. Looking for your old light setup and getting it all organized can be a massive headache. Or you can keep it simple by upgrading to some sweet wireless lights that throw enough light to almost make you forget that it’s dark outside. Read on to find one or two that are going to work best for you!
First up is the small, but mighty Lumina Micro 850 by NiteRider. This bright little light is perfect for a helmet mounted light setup since it’s lightweight and doesn’t carry any bulk. It pushes out 850 lumens (duh, it’s in the name) in a narrow beam, making it more suitable for placing it on your helmet and pointing it at where you’re looking. It recharges via USB using NiteRider’s Intellicharge technology, which they claim reduces charge time by half. Riders can choose from 5 different modes, and it boasts an hour and a half of on-time while at full brightness. One final neat feature is the lock, which prevents the light from accidentally turning on, so you don’t have to worry about losing charge while commuting to the trail!
Next up is the big brother to the 850, the 1200 Boost. It shares a similar size to its little brother but packs even more light, battery time, and modes. It also charges via USB with Intellicharge, but as you would expect, gives you more brightness for the battery time. At max power, it only lasts one hour, but you’re also pushing 350 more lumens. When the Lumina 1200 is set to 1000 lumens mode, it lasts just as long as the 850 while still throwing more light. It features 7 different modes for you to choose from.
Cygolite touts their Metro Pro 1100 as being packed full of safety features and even says it’s useful...wait for it...during the day! With its super powerful 1100 lumens and 9 modes to choose from, Cygolite decided to add a DayLightning mode to the list, which is bright enough to bring attention to yourself even during the day. But we’re more concerned about the night riding here. It has a narrow-ish beam, but perhaps just a little bit wider than either of the NiteRider lights. It’s water resistant, making it perfect for rides during inclement weather (if you just have to get that post-work ride in). At full power, it lasts for up to an hour and recharges via USB. It also features a lock to prevent it from accidentally turning on, but unlike the Lumina lights, it has side ports that allow a little bit of light to seep out from the sides. This is great for bits of road riding when you have to be side by side with cars.
Now we move into the beefy light territory. 1500 lumens of wide angle light is no joke, and the Lezyne Super Drive 1500XXL lets you know that it’s not messing around. Its build quality is fantastic as it’s made out of CNC’d aluminum and high-quality plastics. The downside to this is that it’s a hefty light, so you might want to only ever consider mounting this on the handlebars. It uses a rubber strap to attach to your bars, so you don’t need to worry if it will fit. I have noticed that on super rocky terrain, the rubber doesn’t stay exactly where you left it, so it’ll tend to slowly start pointing downwards as you ride. If you want a more secure fit, Lezyne offers an awesome Direct X-Lock System that secures to your stem, so there’s absolutely no movement. The 1500XXL is a beast of a light, allowing for up to an hour and forty minutes of on-time while blasting out its full 1500 lumens. When it runs out of power, it charges via USB.
Here we have our final favorite light for night riding. Light and Motion claims the Taz 2000 “is the world's most powerful, compact, battery integrated light” and we believe it. This monster throws out an incredible 2000 lumens of light, which almost makes it feel like you’re riding during the day. The beam has a wide angle which makes it easier to see more trail, ultimately giving you more line options. Wet weather riding won’t ever phase the Taz 2000 as it’s completely waterproof (how about a night swim after your night ride?). A big light like this is going to require a big battery, and thankfully it uses Fast Charge technology to charge via USB, so you don’t have to worry if you forgot to charge up the night before. It mounts to your handlebars also using a rubber strap and thanks to lightweight construction, it stays exactly where you mount it. At the full 2000 lumens, the Taz 2000 will last up to a ridiculous hour and a half.
Those are our Top 5 Wireless Lights that make night riding easy and fun. Gone are the days of crazy wires and massive battery packs you had to strap to your frame. Snap a light on, or two if you basically want to harness the power of the sun, and go ride the trails with confidence!