Ex­po­sure Switch £79.96

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The Switch is Bri­tish brand Ex­po­sure’s ded­i­cated com­muter light that pro­vides all the il­lu­mi­na­tion you need to see and be seen.

There’s an out­put of 375 lu­mens with two modes: pulse or con­stant. Con­stant gives you enough to pick out pot­holes with a fairly con­cen­trated beam, not light­ing up the whole road if street light­ing is sparse but with enough to see.

The pulse func­tion en­sures you’re vis­i­ble while fil­ter­ing through traf­fic and you never get a dark spot be­tween flashes. There’s a lit­tle side il­lu­mi­na­tion via the 360 lens.

Switch­ing the light on and off is sim­ple via its one but­ton on the top of the unit. It gives you a bat­tery sta­tus read­ing when turn­ing off.

Burn time is great: last­ing up to 24 hours means a week’s — even two weeks’ — worth of com­mut­ing with­out a charge.

It’ll take four hours to charge from empty via a USB charge and a sup­plied ca­ble. The port is cov­ered by a rub­ber band cir­cling the unit.

The mount for the light is ba­sic, but holds it in place with no slip­page on the han­dle­bar at all. It makes for an easy and quick clip in and out. With the front mount be­ing small and slightly raised too, it doesn’t af­fect your hand po­si­tion when placed on the tops of the bars too. Bonus.

The rub­ber strap is prone to snap­ping over time and — con­sid­er­ing the cost of the light — a more se­cure fit­ting might be worth­while. At the very least, this means it is cheap to re­place if lost or bro­ken.

Ex­po­sure lights are made to a high stan­dard and built to last. The rel­a­tively high price re­flects this.

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