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Verdict: 
Good secondary light in an elevated position
Weight: 
86g

Exposure's Link Plus Daybright is a powerful and lightweight dual front/rear helmet light that adds a good amount of visibility. The mount is secure and the battery life is good too. The button is a little difficult to operate in heavy gloves and you might want to turn it on before you set off, but overall this is a good option for a secondary light.

Pros: Solid build quality; solid mount; powerful rear light

Cons: Not that easy to operate while riding

Having a powerful light located on your helmet is a great way to make yourself more visible, especially when you're in heavy traffic. Exposure's Link Plus with Daybright is a great addition for a serious commuter or roadie who likes to continue riding when the evenings get darker.

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The rear Daybright flash is brilliant and the battery life meant that I could run both front and rear on their brightest flash for the duration of my longer training rides.

It's not all brilliant, though. The single function button isn't the easiest to operate in large gloves. It doesn't feel prominent enough so it can be easy to miss. In thinner gloves and with bare hands the button is easy to find.

You can, of course, just stop and take the light from the mount. It clips in and out pretty easily but it's still a two-handed job while you're riding. That may be too much time with your hands off the bar for some riders.

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If you're familiar with Exposure lights then you'll know how to operate the Link Plus. With the light off, you first hold the function button for two seconds. The light will then flash once, twice and then a third time. These flashes denote the high, medium and low brightness modes. Releasing the function button after the first flash selects the high mode, and this is the mode that I found most useful for daytime and early evening rides.

Initially, the memory function that should have instantly enabled my preferred flash mode wasn't working. But everything is working correctly now and getting set up is quick and easy. Just a quick double click of the function button and it's ready to go.

As this is a dual front and rear light, you've got quite a few (too many for me) options. And as it's a helmet-mounted light for being seen with – the front 150-lumen light isn't strong enough to see by – I went straight to the front and rear flash combination. This is the mode you'll get the Daybright rear light flash setting too. This kicks out a respectable 45 lumens which, although not the brightest I've used, does combine with the elevated mounting position to give very good visibility.

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Should you be heading out in the autumn and winter after work or in particularly bleak weather then I'd still recommend running a brighter main rear light on constant. You'll certainly need a more powerful front light for seeing with on unlit roads.

The rear light is angled so that it points roughly level when you're wearing your helmet. When looking straight ahead, the rear light is easily visible to anything behind you, though a few riding friends did point out that the visibility is reduced when looking to the side and it completely goes once your head is tilted down.

In the high program mode that I selected, the burn-time is 6hrs. For me, this is plenty for a week of commutes or a couple of mid-week rides after work. You get a coloured light when you switch the light off that tells you the remaining charge level. I took amber (50%-25% left) as the cue to recharge. Green indicates 100%-50%, red is 25%-5% and a red flash is less than 5%.

Charging takes around 7 hours from flat, and I was easily able to do this at my desk between morning and evening rides. The same light will illuminate solid green to show the light has recharged to 95%.

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At £85, this isn't a cheap solution to extra visibility. Cateye's Volt 400 is a bit cheaper at £69.99 and that kicks out 250 lumens for the rear light and 400 lumens for the front. That can also be attached to the handlebar, improving your mounting options. Thankfully, for your money, you do get the usual Exposure build quality.

As a secondary light, the two-in-one design and elevated mounting position of the Exposure Link Plus Daybright worked really well. There's the slight issue of button adjustability when wearing thick gloves and while riding, but overall, this would make a very good addition to a commuter or road rider's visibility.

Verdict

Very good secondary light in an elevated position

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Exposure Link Plus Daybright 2019/2020

Size tested: 150 lumen front, 45 lumen rear

Tell us what the light is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

From Exposure: "The perfect way to get noticed on busy roads. Whilst other lights are obscured from view by traffic and other distractions these 360 degree visibility beacons mounted high up on the helmet give you the advantage of being noticed first. Available in either a compact or a more powerful version."

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the light?

From Exposure:

Front light - max 150lumens

Rear light - max 45lumens

Runtime - 3-48 hours

Rate the light for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the light for design and ease of use. How simple was the light to use?
 
7/10
Rate the light for the design and usability of the clamping system/s
 
9/10
Rate the light for waterproofing. How did it stand up to the elements?
 
8/10
Rate the light for battery life. How long did it last? How long did it take to recharge?
 
8/10

7hrs recharge time from flat isn't fast but isn't unreasonable, and is about what I'd expect. It's not an issue if you pop it on charge before you go to bed, or charge at work between the morning and evening commute.

Rate the light for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the light for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the light for weight:
 
7/10
Rate the light for value:
 
5/10

The Exposure is one of the more expensive dual helmet lights. Cateye's Volt 400 Duplex is a bit cheaper at £69.99. It is brighter and has the ability to be mounted on the handlebar.

Tell us how the light performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Very well. It adds very good visibility in heavy traffic and low-light conditions.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the light

The visibility that this adds in heavy traffic is really very good.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the light

The function button is a little hard to find with big gloves on. 

Did you enjoy using the light? Yes

Would you consider buying the light? Yes

Would you recommend the light to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

It's a good light for increasing your visibility.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 24  Height: 177cm  Weight: 62kg

I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Di2  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 5-10 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, club rides, general fitness riding, I specialise in the Cafe Ride!

Son of a Marathon runner, Nephew of a National 24hr Champion, the racing genetics have completely passed him by. After joining the road.cc staff in 2016 as a reviewer, Liam quickly started writing feature articles and news pieces. After a little time living in Canada, where he spent most of his time eating poutine, Liam returned with the launch of DealClincher, taking over the Editor role at the start of 2018. At the weekend, Liam can be found racing on the road both in the UK and abroad, though he prefers the muddy fields of cyclocross. To date, his biggest race win is to the front of the cafe queue.

14 comments

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STATO [573 posts] 1 month ago
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Odd that it doesnt remember your setting, my standard Link turns back on in the setting you turned it off (solid front, flashing rear is my usual choice). Wonder if it has a fault.

Or do you mean it wont remember which setting it was in when you are changing the power level? I guess thats not a problem as I cant imagine you would be changing the power level much, dont think ive changed mine ever other than to see what level it was on because id not changed it for so long.

Ive got loads of exposure lights now and had few problems with them, and when i have they get sent off for a quick repair by Exposure can be had at surprisingly cheap prices.

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ktache [2466 posts] 1 month ago
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This is one of the lower scores that an Exposure light has recieved.

The button on my Axis is one of it's weaker point.

The mode selection is a fine thing, I think, setting what you're going to need, and then with easyish buttton presses, select.  The Axis has TAP, for moving through, though I have to use the button to get it to flash.

I managed to find, probably the last, a helmet RedEye that I piggyback off the Axis.  Constant on if plugged in, but nicely bright for a very neat and small unit.  

I did get a Micro RedEye, but lost it fairly quickly.

The big RedEye does make my helmet FibreFlare a bit redundent.

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Liam Cahill [219 posts] 1 month ago
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STATO wrote:

Odd that it doesnt remember your setting, my standard Link turns back on in the setting you turned it off (solid front, flashing rear is my usual choice). Wonder if it has a fault.

Or do you mean it wont remember which setting it was in when you are changing the power level? I guess thats not a problem as I cant imagine you would be changing the power level much, dont think ive changed mine ever other than to see what level it was on because id not changed it for so long.

Ive got loads of exposure lights now and had few problems with them, and when i have they get sent off for a quick repair by Exposure can be had at surprisingly cheap prices.

The memory function is fine for the brightness levels, it just won't remember which flash/constant mode that it was in.
From what I can see in the manual, there's no mention that it should have this function. Possibly just an oversight?

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Liam Cahill [219 posts] 1 month ago
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ktache wrote:

This is one of the lower scores that an Exposure light has recieved.

The button on my Axis is one of it's weaker point.

The mode selection is a fine thing, I think, setting what you're going to need, and then with easyish buttton presses, select.  The Axis has TAP, for moving through, though I have to use the button to get it to flash.

I managed to find, probably the last, a helmet RedEye that I piggyback off the Axis.  Constant on if plugged in, but nicely bright for a very neat and small unit.  

I did get a Micro RedEye, but lost it fairly quickly.

The big RedEye does make my helmet FibreFlare a bit redundent.

What this review has really highlighted for me is just how effective helmet-mounted rear lights are. Won't go back to riding without one for autumn/winter, doesn't matter if it's road riding or commuting.

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CyclingInBeastMode [369 posts] 1 month ago
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flash modes on helmet lights should be banned, they are a real pain in the arse for other road users, often blinding and overtly distracting, I can see you with a normal steady light at night, during the day I don't need you to have a light on because I'm looking.

£70 for a not very good light should see it get two stars at best.

Keep pushing the DRL agenda though, good for sales, not good for cycling safety/rights/equity in law!

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Xenophon2 [205 posts] 1 month ago
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Liam Cahill wrote:

What this review has really highlighted for me is just how effective helmet-mounted rear lights are. Won't go back to riding without one for autumn/winter, doesn't matter if it's road riding or commuting.[/quote]

 

Helmet-mounted lights outside XC or MTB are a royal pain in the arse for fellow road users.   I'm writing this as a cyclist.  Every morning cross several people with helmet lights or poorly adjusted front lights blazing away, blinding everyone they cross.  The German StVO and their rules for the beam shape of a front light makes a lot of sense.

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Oldfatgit [38 posts] 1 month ago
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You shouldn't be using a helmet mounted light as your only light, and you certainly shouldn't be using a helmet light at all if the height of the light exceeds 1.5m.

https://www.cyclinguk.org/lighting-regulations

I'm not really in favour of helmet lights tbh, I think they just add another point of distraction for other road users.
Around here, there are several guys using MTB power helmet front lights and they are bloody dangerous to all road users.
Fair enough, out in the boonies, or out in the sticks where there's no streetlights and you can remote dip, but not where there's a strong likely hood of other traffic

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Notbuilt2climb [18 posts] 1 month ago
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I've seen plenty of cyclists on the road with the blindingly bright off road lights. Had to flip the rearview mirror in my car recently as the cyclist behind me had full 'search and rescue' lights on his bars and his crash helmet which was hurting my eyes.
But I also see motorists (esp SUVs) driving with full beam on for no apparent reason or with faulty head and rear lights. Don't even get me started on non existent/faulty indicators!
Problem is that cyclists & motorists are rarely stopped and warned. Underfunded police forces just don't have resource or time.

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vonhelmet [1647 posts] 1 month ago
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Car drivers love fog lights. Bonus points if it's to make up for a knackered headlight.

Anyway.

I use a flashing light and a steady light both ends. I make sure to dip the front ones and dim the steady one on the roads as it is properly blinding.

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STATO [573 posts] 1 month ago
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Xenophon2 wrote:
Liam Cahill wrote:

What this review has really highlighted for me is just how effective helmet-mounted rear lights are. Won't go back to riding without one for autumn/winter, doesn't matter if it's road riding or commuting.

 

Helmet-mounted lights outside XC or MTB are a royal pain in the arse for fellow road users.   I'm writing this as a cyclist.  Every morning cross several people with helmet lights or poorly adjusted front lights blazing away, blinding everyone they cross.  The German StVO and their rules for the beam shape of a front light makes a lot of sense.

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All my commute bikes have Dynamo lights, but i supplement with an Exposure Link helmet light, makes a noticable difference to being seen by other road users in traffic, and particularly on roundabouts or people approaching junctions. I know this as I have ridden without it at times. I also found it very handy when doing early morning rides on the twisty country lanes as drivers can see me coming over many hedges.  The normal Link (not the + reviewed here) is lower power so is not blinding and the rear flash is a pulse so again not blinding.  

 

I agree about the blinding lights, almost as annoying as the riders with pea sized rear lights. Some people have no clue about their own safety.

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Tinbob49 [34 posts] 1 month ago
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Memory function works fine for me, as I don't change the power function often. This isn't a light to change settings mid-ride multiple times - it's a set and forget light, and it's brilliant.

I've noticed a big difference in space that cars give me, running in mid-power with solid front and pulsing rear through the city. It's great at the lower power as a "be seen" light alongside strong bar mounted lights.

its also great for directing towards junctions where cars have a habit of pulling out without looking.

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STATO [573 posts] 1 month ago
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Tinbob49 wrote:

Memory function works fine for me, as I don't change the power function often. This isn't a light to change settings mid-ride multiple times - it's a set and forget light, and it's brilliant.

I've noticed a big difference in space that cars give me, running in mid-power with solid front and pulsing rear through the city. It's great at the lower power as a "be seen" light alongside strong bar mounted lights.

its also great for directing towards junctions where cars have a habit of pulling out without looking.

 

I wonder if the reviewer is holding the power button for more than 2 seconds to turn off. Its only 5 seconds (i think) to get to power level setting function, and entering that means you lose the mode memory.

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Liam Cahill [219 posts] 1 month ago
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STATO wrote:

Tinbob49 wrote:

Memory function works fine for me, as I don't change the power function often. This isn't a light to change settings mid-ride multiple times - it's a set and forget light, and it's brilliant.

I've noticed a big difference in space that cars give me, running in mid-power with solid front and pulsing rear through the city. It's great at the lower power as a "be seen" light alongside strong bar mounted lights.

its also great for directing towards junctions where cars have a habit of pulling out without looking.

 

I wonder if the reviewer is holding the power button for more than 2 seconds to turn off. Its only 5 seconds (i think) to get to power level setting function, and entering that means you lose the mode memory.

Wasn't holding for 5 seconds to turn off, more like 1 but I've come to use it today and the memory function seems to have started working. Giving it a few goes and then I'll edit the review.

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STATO [573 posts] 1 month ago
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Liam Cahill wrote:

Wasn't holding for 5 seconds to turn off, more like 1 but I've come to use it today and the memory function seems to have started working. Giving it a few goes and then I'll edit the review.

 

Good to hear its working now and not just human error.  While I find them quite intuative to use once id played with it, I know from loaing lights out on night rides that new users can easilly be confused by all the options on first use.