LED bike lights are an important accessory for any biker who wants to ride after dark. They increase your safety and visibility on the road, especially at night or in a bad weather, when it is of vital importance to be seen in traffic.
But not only at night, bike lights can be used also in the daytime, in situations when visibility is reduced (fog, rain etc.). Every cyclist riding after dark, should have a white light mounted on the front of a bike and a red light mounted at the rear as well as reflectors on the pedals, no matter where they ride - to work and back, on busy or lonely roads or even off roads. Halogen and LED lights are both commonly used, they are both efficient and quite affordable. Halogen lights have been popular for many years, but now many cyclists have switched to LED lights. Both types of lights are small, durable, and lightweight and can be taken off the bike.
LED Lights Pros
Very power efficient - they shine very bright but in comparison with halogens and they use less battery power than halogens while producing the same light output.
With LEDs you can reduce the brightness and in that way increase efficiency.
LED lights have a long lifespan and can be turned on and off in an instant.
When they are starting to run out of battery, they dim gradually and do not shut down in a moment.
LED lights continue to evolve and their performance and cost efficiency increases. LEDs are multi-functional, affordable and they last long. They are very popular with commuters and recreational cyclists.
Halogens Pros and Cons
Have been used for many years.
Because of their strong beam of light, they are popular with off road cyclists and mountain bike riders who love to ride after dark and on lonely country roads.
Their main drawback is that they are less power-efficient than LED lights. LED lamps use less battery power for the same light output when compared to halogen lamps. Because of their strong and bright light beam, which can be distracting to other drivers, halogens need a lot of battery power - the strongest the light the more battery power it consumes.
Purchasing halogen lights is not so simple because there are various lights available and various technical specifications have to be considered when choosing an appropriate halogen light for your bike. Therefore, the cyclist has to do quite a background research to choose the halogen light which suits his needs best.