What Are The Benefits of A Bike Light?
The dangers of skipping out on a bike light are pretty obvious. There are two pretty big ones. First, cars won’t be able to see you as easily, especially if you are not wearing reflective clothing or if you are biking on curvy roads. Second, you won’t be able to see as easily. Even a low-brightness headlight will help light up reflectors, and you can even get a headlight that makes it feel almost like daytime.
There are two kinds of bike lights, front and rear. Rear bike lights serve only to let other cars or cyclists behind you see you. They often strobe to increase visibility. Front lights are always to help people in front of you see you, but they may also serve to light up the road or reflectors in front of you to help you ride.
Rear lights should always be red. Think about your car lights–you know if you’re seeing red lights in front of you, those are cars that are driving in the same direction you are. Similarly, red bike lights tell everyone that you are going away from them.
Front lights should always be white so other people on the road know you are coming towards them. This means that bike lights not only have the benefit of letting people know where you are, they also tell them which way you are headed. This creates a safer road for everyone.