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The Best Commuter Bike Lights

Updated Dec 11, 2022
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Whether you are trying to stand out against a brightly lit urban backdrop or finding your way along lampless backroads, you (like every cyclist) need a reliable pair of bike lights. That’s why we’ve tested more than 90 lights over the past seven years to find the best ones for your commute. Our picks, Cygolite’s Metro Plus 800 USB headlight and Hotrod 50 USB taillight, both offer good value and exceptional visibility, thanks to wide-angle beams and solid, strobe, and pulsing modes.

Cygolite Metro Plus 800 USB, best headlight

Cygolite Metro Plus 800 USB

Best headlight
This affordably priced light offers more brightness and a better-shaped beam than anything in its category. It’s fully waterproof and has a durable, easy-to-use quick-release mount.
We recommend
Blackburn Dayblazer 800 Front Light, if you prefer a strap mount

Blackburn Dayblazer 800 Front Light

If you prefer a strap mount
This slightly pricier headlight is a solid choice in every regard, including brightness, waterproofing, and particularly its all-metal body. Its rubber-strap mount secures easily onto almost any handlebar.
Another good choice
Cygolite Hotrod 50, best taillight

Cygolite Hotrod 50

Best taillight
Twenty LEDs are more visible than one—especially during the daytime. This affordable strap-on taillight is an exceptional value and easily mounts to almost any part of a bike.
We recommend
Blackburn Dayblazer 65 Rear Light, fewer modes, more ways to install

Blackburn Dayblazer 65 Rear Light

Fewer modes, more ways to install
You can clip this waterproof blinker onto your clothes or bag or mount it to any part of a bike without needing any tools. But it can be less visible in the daytime than our top taillight pick, and it has only three modes.
Another good choice
Cygolite Hotrod Front 110 and Hotrod Rear 50 USB Combo, to be seen (but not see much yourself)

Cygolite Hotrod Front 110 and Hotrod Rear 50 USB Combo

To be seen (but not see much yourself)
These lights offer all-around visibility at night and during the day, but the headlight (110 lumens) does nothing to illuminate a dark path ahead of you.
Budget friendly

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