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Lights aren’t just for the night anymore. Day time running lights help you be seen. In fact they reduce the likelihood of collisions by 33%. Now there are lights specifically designed for daytime use, front and rear. In many ways it seems odd for cyclists to have taken so long to pick up on this concept since cars and motorcycles have been using daytime lights for decades. Learn about the ABC’s of Awareness

Light and battery technology has advanced in leaps and bounds, thanks to the smart phone industry. They are lighter, brighter, smaller and less expensive than ever. Some lights are also designed to be able to be controlled by a remote switch or your Garmin. Lights that have cameras mounted in them so you can document the activity behind you or in front of you are available. Depending on your needs you have the ability to mount your lights on your handlebars or helmet. Rear light mounts make it easy to attach to your seat post no matter the size or shape. A feature of some rear lights is a clip mount allowing them to be placed on the back of your saddle bag, messenger bag or hydration system. When selecting your lights it is important to consider your primary intended use and needs. Are you buying it primarily to be seen, to see while you are riding? How fast you ride will be a factor to consider. The number of Lumens a light offers is the indicator that lets you know how bright the light is. Optics design will often affect the function of the light. We highly recommend turning on the light and looking at its different modes, light patterns and functionality to see if it will meet your needs.

Note – This is part of a series we  will be sharing that Ernest wrote about cycling accessories and components. While they aren’t intended to be full on “Buyers Guides”  We do hope they will help you with things to consider when thinking about them or to view them a little differently. Then in future post we will dive deeper into each one of these.

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