BIKE LIGHTS

Will the Kryp­tonite Street F-450 shine brightly or fall flat? We find out

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When the sun’s hid­ing be­low the hori­zon, you need lights on your bike. They help you see where you’re go­ing and other road users see where you are. But dif­fer­ent rid­ing sit­u­a­tions call for dif­fer­ent types of light.

If all you’re do­ing is com­mut­ing home along lit streets, you can prob­a­bly get away with just a small blink­ing light to make you more vis­i­ble to oth­ers. If, how­ever, you’re rid­ing down twist­ing lanes that lack lamp­posts, road mark­ings and cat’s eyes, then you need some­thing more pow­er­ful, some­thing with a strong steady beam that can il­lu­mi­nate any po­ten­tial dan­gers in your path.

Be­ing able to see pot­holes, wet drain cov­ers and road­kill (nasty as it seems, it’s all too easy to get brought down by a rot­ting bad­ger car­cass) is only half the bat­tle. You need to be able to spot these sorts of ob­sta­cles early enough so you can do some­thing about them. Hence, the darker your route, the bet­ter your lights need to be.

The front lights in this test are all ca­pa­ble of cov­er­ing both of those sce­nar­ios but are nei­ther the most ex­pen­sive nor the most pow­er­ful lights on the mar­ket. In­stead, the lights have been se­lected based on price and prac­ti­cal­ity. They’re all USB recharge­able and they all use LEDs rather than the ‘more se­ri­ous’ lamps that rely on halo­gen or halide.

Each light’s run time varies de­pend­ing on the il­lu­mi­na­tion strength and mode you choose so that’s been dis­re­garded in this in­stance. In­stead, the rat­ing given to each light is based on their abil­ity to il­lu­mi­nate the road in front of you, their value and how easy they are to live with on a daily ba­sis.

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