Not all bike lights are cre­ated equal

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JIM CHIPP

Be seen and be safe this win­ter is Si­mon Ken­nett’s mes­sage to cy­cling com­muters.

To help them be seen Mr Ken­nett, who is Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil’s ac­tive trans­port and road safety co­or­di­na­tor, has tested more than 50 front and rear bike lights and found big dif­fer­ences in their ef­fec­tive­ness, es­pe­cially viewed from var­i­ous an­gles.

A lux me­ter – a de­vice for mea­sur­ing bright­ness – was used to ob­jec­tively eval­u­ate how vis­i­ble the lights were to driv­ers and the re­sults sur­prised him.

‘‘Some of them went from near­blind­ing at no an­gle to al­most no light at an an­gle,’’ he said.

Mr Ken­nett said the best lights are about the same strength as car lights and those that are bright­est at a range of an­gles, be­cause most bike ac­ci­dents hap­pen dur­ing turn­ing ma­noeu­vres.

The Moon Shield USB rear light and Nite-rider Cherry Bomb one watt model were the best rear lights tested and the Cateye ROLK EL450 and Nite Rider Mako two watt were the best front lights.

Mr Ken­nett rec­om­mends hav­ing back-up lights, in case bat­ter­ies un­ex­pect­edly die en route, and also us­ing re­flec­tive leg bands. Leg bands and dis­count vouch­ers for lights are avail­able from Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil’s re­cep­tion at 142 Wake­field St.

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