Exposure Switch £79.96
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.