The evenings are still getting darker sooner, and if you ever find yourself not being able to see ahead of you properly on the bike at any time, it might just be sensible to upgrade your bike lights.
Similarly, proper lights are one of the most essential things to keep you safe on the roads. Every winter, we review dozens of lights so you can choose the best for you, and these five are currently out there being assessed by our intrepid team of reviewers.
The reviews of these lights are out soon, and you can see our existing guide to the best bike lights here. We'd also recommend checking out the annual tradition that is our front light beam comparison engine, that shows you how the lights compare in real life.
The Lite Drive 1200+ Front light boasts eight LEDs, which means it can beam out 1,200 lumens of light, and you can choose from seven output modes. Despite the impressive power, it also claims to have an impressive 60-hour max runtime, and when you do run out of battery you can charge it through the waterproof USB-C 2A+ fast charging port.
Like many of Lezyne's lights, this one is made with CNC-machined aluminium construction for durability and efficient heat dissipation.
Sometimes it's easier to simply buy your lights as a light set, and the Trek Commuter Pro RT and Flare RT light set is one of your options. It can serve as a battery bank, too - the 1000-lumen front light connects wirelessly to the rear light, which means you only need to press one button to power up both. The lights can also double up as battery banks for your other gadgets.
The front light utilises 'kind beam technology' which directs light onto the ground, preventing glare for oncoming riders, and the rear can provide daytime visibility to distances of up to 2km, claims Trek.
The Moon Nebula Rechargeable Rear Bike Light has a max power of 200 lumens in daytime flash mode. In this mode, you should get up to 14 hours of use.
There are four flashing and steady modes, the device has an IPX4 waterproof rating and it features a Light Memory Mode, which means it remembers your light settings when you turn it off and on again.
The RAY b2600B Bluetooth front light has a max lumen output of 2,600, meaning this light is great at lighting up the road ahead of you... and rather bright, maybe too bright for most situations.
The huge number of lumens doesn't mean you'll be dazzling everyone around you, though! There's an integrated smart sensor that automatically adjusts the power, switching off when you stop, going brighter in tunnels and dimming down again on the other side, to give some examples. You can also control the light with a Bluetooth remote, which could be good for fast-changing situations. The max running time is 14.5 hours, and you can charge the light through a USB-C port.
The KIWI-1200 anti-glare light offers, as the name suggests, 1,200 lumens of power, and it has a 'cut-off' beam that means that you won't be blinding the oncoming drivers or other cyclists.
Much like the above Magicshine light, this one can also be controlled by a separate Bluetooth controller, and can be installed on top or below the handlebars. Again, charging is done by USB-C cable, and the claimed max running time is 24 hours in the daytime flash setting.
Suvi joined F-At in 2022, first writing for off-road.cc. She's since joined the tech hub, and contributes to all of the sites covering tech news, features, reviews and women's cycling content. Lover of long-distance cycling, Suvi is easily convinced to join any rides and events that cover over 100km, and ideally, plenty of cake and coffee stops.