About Bicycle Lights

About Bicycle Lights
Bicycle lights are used for a variety of purposes, including safety, vision and aesthetic appeal. Bicycle lights can be used by road bikers, hobbyists and "joy riders."


Bicycle lights were originally carbide lights using lead-acid batteries similar to the ones used in cars before the 1940s. Incandescent lights followed but were soon replaced with modern LED lights.



Bicycle lights are significant because they can help improve the safety and reduce the hazards of riding a bicycle.


A bicycle light typically fits on the front handlebars or steering column, allowing it to shine in a forward direction for better visibility at night. It can also improve the visibility of the bike to other surrounding vehicles.


Cyclists should consider their preference on the mounting location of the light and how large the light is. Although a light can mount in multiple locations, it can sometimes inhibit the use of the bicycle's components.


You should always check local state laws regarding bicycle light use and requirements if you intend to ride at night.


Article Written By Justin Chen

Justin Chen is a freelance writer and photographer with 6 years of professional experience in outdoor activities, extreme sports, travel and marketing topics. His professional work experience includes publication with KOMO 4 News Seattle, Fisher Interactive Network, and Demand Studios. He is a current Pre-Med student at Walla Walla University.

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