Introducing different types of bike lights
Lighting is truly one of the most important pieces of bicycle accessories and equipment to own. It plays a double safety role. Firstly, the obvious illumination of the road in front, so that we can timely see and swerve around the potholes and other obstacles in the road. Another is to keep us visible to others. Whether we are riding in dark areas or on the city streets, where there are many illuminated surfaces, adding specially designed flashing lights to the regular front and rear lights will help to further stand out from the background.
One should consider the law requirements when bike lights are concerned, and they may vary from state to state. Legal regulations on bike lights are part of road traffic law and as a general rule every bicycle is obliged to be equipped with front white light and reflectors; the rear red tail lamp with the light and/or reflectors; pedals with yellow reflectors facing both forward and backward and reflective strips on tires and spoke reflectors on both wheels. Most of the bikes come already equipped with basic lighting.
May the power be with you?
The front and rear lights are active lights since they are powered. For a long time, the source of that power was solely a dynamo. After its modernization, it seems that it will stay the first choice for a long time to come, because of numerous advantages over the alternative which is batteries. Modern dynamos are situated in the front wheel hub and they cause no friction like the old ones pressing against the front or back wheel. They produce power easily, and enough, not only for the lights but also to charge your phone which is extra useful if you use it for navigation or such. Being hidden in the hub, it is protected from mud and dirt, lights can not be stolen easily, and there is no worry that you may run out of juice.
Battery-operated lights are not without advantages too. They are easily attached or taken off - an important feature when you need to get rid of the cluster. The extra weight of the dynamo becomes significant in certain situations.
Then there are USB bike lights, which are easy to recharge on the go using a power bank or your smartphone’s charging device if need be.
In a nutshell, a hub dynamo is probably a better choice for use in the city or the daily commute, while battery-powered lights will provide a good option for bike sports.
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