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Features of a mountain bike light
Lamp body (head unit): This houses the LEDs, the lens in front, the reflectors behind, the circuitry that makes it all work and the fins or ribs that radiate away as much heat as possible.
LEDs: Most lights now use LEDs (light emitting diodes), because they produce more light for less power than a conventional bulb and are far less fragile than HID lamps. Technological advances mean performance has leapt forward in the past few years and each new season brings significant upgrades.
Optics: The reflector and lens in front affect how the light is thrown down the trail. Focused spot beams are great for seeing a long way for a given output; wide flood beams give good peripheral vision.
Mount/bracket: How you attach the light to your bike. Most mounts use clips and spacers but O-rings are a great simple solution. If you are thinking of using a helmet mounted light, you need a lamp that’s light enough to be comfortable and secure on your lid, rather than a neck snapper. You’ll need an extension cable and helmet mount too, so check if that’s included or an optional extra.
Battery: The bit that powers the light. Lighter, tougher, far more random charge resistant lithium ion (Li-Ion) chargeable batteries have revolutionised mountain bike lighting compared with older lead acid and NiMH batteries — but battery and lamp efficiencies still vary dramatically. Most brands sell extra batteries (often at a discount if bought with the light) so you can always swap halfway. Check your batteries are properly prepared for maximum performance (this should be in the instructions) and take a back-up until you know you can rely on their run times.
Switchgear: The switch not only turns the light on, but also lets you change power output levels. It needs to be easy to operate while riding, even with gloves on, but hard to operate accidentally. Many lights now use backlit switches that double as mode and/or run time indicators using traffic-light-style colour changes. Switchgears now range from a simple push button sequential mode switch with low battery warning light to wireless bar-mounted units or switches that can also change the different output levels and menus.
Head or bars
Most lights come with both bar and helmet mounting options. Which is better comes down to personal preference, but here are the pros and cons of each.
The result — it’s a draw! In reality the best solution is to use helmet and bar-mounted lights, even if you have to buy lower powered units to afford both. It also means you have a backup should one battery die.
Amp-hour — A measurement of battery capacity. The bigger the capacity, the longer your lights will run. You need to divide this value by the amperage the light operates at in order to get the theoretical run time
Bag — A cloth pack that holds the battery onto the bike’s frame
Bar mount — Light bracket that fits around oversize (31.8mm) and/or older 1in (25.4mm) diameter handlebars
Battery cell — The single units that wire together to create a battery pack
Bottle — Plastic water bottle converted to hold a large capacity battery
How we test mountain bike lights
Being stuck on a wet winter’s night, miles from anywhere with a failed light or everything suddenly going pitch black halfway down a technical descent is a really serious matter. That’s why we take our lights testing extremely seriously.
There’s no substitute for time on trail in all weathers to find out this crucial stuff — and we’re not just talking about lights used in the past few months. We also reference the sets we’ve run long-term to get in-depth, worst case use feedback that’s directly relevant to the riding you do.
Product reviewer Guy Kesteven tests run times and cooling
The science side
As is often the case with mountain biking, the scientific part of the testing is the easiest bit. Lights (lamp body plus handlebar bracket) and batteries are weighed on our scales.
We then measure the useful maximum power run time (to when the output fades and low battery warning lights come on) with pre-conditioned (used and recharged) batteries in the highest power setting on an air cooled rig to mimic the cooling effect of riding at night. We also measure the maximum casing heat of the lights with a thermal probe to see if any get dangerously hot.
Light output is calculated using a lux (a measurement of one lumen per square metre) calibrated industrial light meter placed 5m from the lamp in a blacked out workshop. (If the light has more than one beam or head unit we measure both separately and their combined output.)
This method does favour spot beams over flood beams, but it’s still a more trail translatable measurement than the lumen potential of LEDs. The coverage, density and other specific characteristics of the beam are often more important than the peak brightness though, so we also take beam photos to make it easier to compare the lights.
The practical side
It’s the feedback we get from real world usage that really sorts out often very similar lamps in terms of trail performance. When it comes to our test conditions we’re talking serious sorties, often two or three times a week all year round in every trail condition imaginable. Baked hard river bed runs that’ll shake a poor bracket or fragile circuit board apart in seconds or leave a badly bagged battery hanging by its lead; sub-zero tundra trudges that freeze a battery to horribly low maximum power run times; drownings in downpours and hip-deep bog crashes.
Most of our lights have seen it all and, if the most recent versions have only been hammered through summer, we’ve certainly put the models preceding them through the most testing ride schedule possible. Repeated group riding, bike switching, recharging and battery flattening gives us the perfect comparative testing cluster too, so any failures or fading is immediately obvious rather than going unnoticed in isolation.
In other words, if a light scores well, you know it’s gone through some proper optical and electrical purgatory to prove itself. For that reason, for all of our latest lights testing we’ve deliberately stuck with established (at least a year old) lights manufacturers to ensure anything we recommend is a fully supported product.
Light output is calculated using a lux calibrated industrial light meter placed 5m from the lamp in a blacked out workshop
Knog’s new PWR is the Swiss Army Knife of powerbanks
We’ve spent months testing the 600 lumen head and and a medium (5,000mAh) battery and have found the PWR system to be fuss free, water resistant and to have decent battery life for a medium powered light.
After lumens, the next concept you’ll want to understand is color temperature. Measured on the Kelvin scale, color temperature isn’t really a measure of heat. Instead, it’s a measure of the color that a light source produces, ranging from yellow on the low end of the scale to bluish on the high end, with whitish light in the middle.
An easy way to keep track of color temperature is to think of a flame: it starts out yellow and orange, but when it gets really hot, it turns blue. You could also think of color temperature in terms of the sun — low, yellowy color temperatures mimic the tone of light at sunrise or sunset, while hotter, more bluish-white color temperatures are more akin to daylight (sure enough, bulbs with color temperatures like these are commonly called “daylight” bulbs). This is also why a lot of people prefer high color temperatures during the day and lower color temperatures in the morning and evening.
Generally speaking, incandescents sit at the bottom of the scale with their yellow light, while CFLs and LEDs have long been thought to tend toward the high, bluish end of the spectrum. This has been a steady complaint about new lighting alternatives, as many people prefer the warm, familiar, low color temperature of incandescents. Manufacturers are listening, though, and in this case they heard consumers loud and clear, with more and more low-color-temperature CFL and LED options hitting the shelves. Don’t believe me? Take another look at those two paper lamps in the picture above, because they’re both CFL bulbs — from the same manufacturer, no less.
Sylvania often color codes its packaging. Blue indicates a hot, bluish color temperature, while the lighter shade indicates a white, more neutral light.
As you’re probably aware, light bulbs come in a fairly wide variety of shapes. Sure, it’s easy enough to tell a hardware store clerk that you want “one of those flamey-looking lights,” or “just a normal ol’ bulby light bulb,” but knowing the actual nomenclature might save you some time.
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Let’s start with the base of the bulb, the part that screws in. In the US, the most common shape by far is E26, with the “E” standing for Edison and the “26” referring to the diameter of the base in millimeters. You might also see E2bulbs from time to time, which is the European standard. Those should still fit into common American fixtures, but keep in mind that voltage ratings are different in the two regions, with American bulbs rated for 120 volts compared to 220-240 volts in Europe. For smaller sockets, like you might find with a candelabra, you’ll want to look for an E1base.
As for the bulb itself, the typical shape that you’re probably used to is an A1bulb. Increase that number to A2or A23, and you’ve got the same shape, but bigger. Bulbs made to resemble flames are F-shaped, which is easy enough to remember, as are globes, which go by the letter G. If it’s a floodlight you want, you’ll want to look for “BR” (bulging reflector) or “PAR” (parabolic aluminized reflector). Those bulbs are designed to throw all their light in one direction only, which makes them useful for spot lighting, overhead lighting and the headlights in your car.
Your automated-lighting options
It used to be that if you wanted your lights to turn on and off automatically, then you had to rely on a cheap wall socket timer, the kind you might use to control a Christmas tree. These days, with a modest boom in smart lighting currently under way, it’s easier than ever to dive into the sort of advanced automation controls that can make any home feel modern and futuristic. Use the right devices, and you’ll be able to control your lights in all sorts of creative ways, and make your life a little bit easier in the process.
The most obvious way to get started with smart lighting is with the bulbs themselves. You’ve got plenty of intelligent options from brands both big and small, and to find the one that’s best for you, you’re going to need to understand what sets them apart.
Connect with these 3IFTTT-friendly smart devices (pictures)
The first thing to look at is how the bulbs communicate with you. Some offer direct connections with your smart phone via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, which makes setup as simple as screwing the thing in and following in-app pairing instructions.
Others transmit using a distinct frequency like ZigBee or Z-Wave. Bulbs like those might be a better fit for bigger smart home setups, as it’s typically a little easier to sync them up with things like motion detectors and smart locks. Setup can be slightly more advanced, as you’ll need a separate hub or gateway device capable of translating that distinct frequency into a Wi-Fi signal your router can comprehend.
Some smart bulbs come with their own gateway. Others, like the Cree Connected LED, require a third-party control device, like the Wink Hub.
If you’re looking for a little more color in your life, then be sure and take a look at a product like the Philips Hue Starter Kit. Aside from being fully automatable via a mobile app and control hub, the Hue LED bulbs are capable of on-demand color changes. Just pull out your phone, select one of millions of possible shades, and the light will match it. And if you’re into voice control, Hue bulbs hit the compatibility trifecta — they’ll work with Siri, Alexa, and the Google Assistant.
Because Philips opened its lighting controls to third-party developers, you’ll also find lots of fun novelty uses for Hue bulbs, like changing the color of your lights in rhythm with whatever music you’re playing. There’s even an app that’ll sync your Hue lights up with certain TV programming.
Hue lights are also directly compatible with the popular web service IFTTT, with recipes already available that will change the color of your lights to match the weather, or to signal a touchdown from your favorite football team, or even to indicate when your stocks are doing well.
We’ve included pictures of all the beam patterns to show how the light falls on the trail. Hot spots and hard focused lines at the edges of the beam are distracting and make it more difficult to use peripheral vision when riding. You want soft transitions and edges, and a pool around the front wheel for picking your way through technical terrain.
The lumen is a measure of light output — the higher the number, the brighter the light. Some manufacturers quote measured lumens, but obviously they’ve done all the measuring themselves. We’ve printed quoted lumens, but we have measured all the lights, and if there’s a big discrepancy between the two figures, we’ve said so in the test.
An O-ring makes a lot of sense because it can be removed easily, expands to accommodate different diameter handlebars, including 35mm, and the lamp can be angled up or down easily. Clamp-on mounts (aluminium or plastic) are better for heavy lights because they’re rattle-free and more secure. However, often only a 31.8mm is included, so if you’re running 35mm bars you may need to buy an additional clamp.
An all-in-one design is where the battery and lamp are contained in a single unit (see left). There are fewer parts in the box, you don’t have any flapping cables, and the system is lighter, with less battery mounting issues. The whole thing can be removed quickly for charging and storage as well.
Usually helmet clamps are plastic and held in place with twin Velcro straps that loop through the helmet vents, although Exposure employs a clamp that bolts through a single vent. It needs to pivot, so you can adjust the angle, and be secure, so the light doesn’t fall out if you catch it on a low branch.
How we test
Testing lights is a solitary business, because having other riders around interferes with the beam pattern and output. For accuracy, we mapped out an 18-minute test loop and conducted dozens of solo runs with all the lights.
To make it as fair as possible we tested all the powerful lights on their own, the helmet lights with a Hope Rbar light fitted, and the mid-range lights with an Exposure Joystick up top.
We toggled between the dimmer settings for the climbs and full power on all the descents.
To measure the light output, we also plugged all of the test lights into an integrating sphere, which is a scientific instrument that measures lumens.
Magicshine lights start at around £100 and are popular with value-conscious riders.
This is what really matters with a set of mountain bike lights: how much illumination they provide. As a rough rule, 150-200 Lumens is enough for a helmet mounted light while anything over 300 will let you keep a decent pace on trails you know.
Keeping spending and you literally turn night into day, its not uncommon to find lights producing in excess of a 1000 Lumens.
Most of the brightest lights still use a separate battery however, which might be encased in a fabric pouch or plastic housing and Velcro-ed to the top tube or similarly convenient place.
Exposure pioneered the single-unit lamp. This the self-adjusting Reflex which dials down its output when you slow down.
With Li-Ion batteries charging is a fairly straight-forward process, and many lights come with ‘smart chargers’ so you don’t have to watch the clock – just leave it on charge through the night and the charger will take care of everything. Some use USB cables which are handy for charging your lights from your computer or at work.
Easy to overlook but the bracket can really make or break a lightset. You’re looking for a bracket that’s easy to use, preferably doesn’t need any tools to use (handy for swapping quickly between bikes) and most importantly holds the light securely in place – the last thing you want is the light wobbling all over the place when you’re dropping into a tight techy descent. A good, solid attachment to the bars is essential. Hinged cam-locking clamps are common and effective.
Check what fittings you get with the system. Some include bar helmet and bear head mountings, some have just one, with the others as optional extras.
Dual-beam systems like the Niterider Pro 3600 combine flood and spot for versatility and can put out huge amounts of light.
Robust and waterproof housings are essential, as are connectors that keep out the wet. Poor connectors can lead to the light cutting out at the most inconvenient possible time.
Run time of lithium-ion-powered lights will decrease with age as the battery deteriorates. In theory, this deterioration can be slowed down by storing the battery at a low temperature, so if you put your lights away for the summer, store them in the fridge.
Besides, if you are determined to avoid night troubles, a baby light projector will help provide a more consistent sleeping pattern for your baby and make your night less tiresome.
Investing in the best night light projector for babies is the best thing you can do, and settling for the best quality will give you the much-needed peace of mind and soothe your baby to sleep.
However, with innumerable baby projector light shows on the market, it is puzzling to identify the best one.
We decided to examine, rate and review different nursery projector light shows, to leave you well informed about these spectacular soothing gadgets.
Getting up in the middle of the night can be very problematic. The darkness brings many uncertainties and you’ll never know what lies in front of you. Despite traversing through your home innumerable times, you’re more prone to accidents when the lights are out. With this in mind, you’ll want to equip yourself with a sufficient light. A flashlight won’t do the trick, since it’ll awake your child and only make matter worse.
Power Outlet Location
Do you have an available power outlet in your child’s room? If you do not, you may need to choose a portable or battery powered model. Be sure to pay close attention to the room’s power outlets and the length of cord provided with the nightlight. This will help you determine whether or not it’ll work well for your individualistic situation.
Although some nightlights are only available in white, others can be purchased in an array of different colors. This can make the purchase slightly more complicated, but selecting the right color can dramatically enhance the light’s effects. Initially, some parents will believe that blue is the best color to lull their child asleep, but this isn’t the case.
Instead, you should acquire an orange or red light. These colors simulate the sunset and will help to encourage your child’s body to fall into a peaceful slumber. Red is also capable of soothing your toddler, so it’ll help them fall asleep quicker and remain asleep more comfortably for a lengthier period of time.
Some nightlights are equipped with a convenient timer. This is a good feature, if you wish the light to shut itself off, after your child has fallen asleep. With the timer, you will be able to save battery life or cut down on your electricity use. Although a timer isn’t a necessity, it is very handy.
Although the above factors are also important, the light’s brightness may be the most important of all. If the light is too bright, it’ll become problematic and could awake your child, once switched on. If the light isn’t bright enough, it may not serve its purpose efficiently. Therefore, you will need to be very diligent, when attempting to find the right brightness. You’ll need to find a middle ground and choose a light with the optimum brightness.
Now that you’ve learned precisely what to look for in a child’s night light, it is time to look at some of the market’s best options.
Does not have an automatic shutoff
Overall, the Essential Choice Constellation is a wonderful night light for any infant, toddler, or adolescent. It will provide your child with unlimited entertainment for many years. Its compact design is very desirable, since it will not require a lot of space, which will come in handy for those with overcrowded nurseries.
Bedtime Originals Sail Away Lamp with Shade and Bulb
If you are looking for some amazing nursery décor, you should look no further than the Bedtime Originals Sail Away lamp. This beautiful lamp includes a plaid designed shade that matches the little sailboat design perfectly. This will make the perfect addition for a boy’s room, plus it will provide sufficient lighting, without driving up your electric bill.
The sailboats, lifesaver, and waves are very colorful and will definitely add appeal to any area of the nursery. Once you receive your new Sail Away lamp, you will instantly fall in love with it, so much so that you will want to purchase the additional matching musical mobile and wall décor. These items will transform your baby’s nursery or toddler’s room into a virtual, nautical environment like no other.
This is an electrical powered lamp that must be plugged into a 1volt electrical outlet. This will make the perfect baby shower gift for someone that is expecting a bouncing baby boy. The overall construction is solid, with the boats being very thick and durable.
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Overall, the Bedtime Originals Sail Away lamp is designed to add appeal to any young boy’s room. It is designed to offer durability and longevity, plus it provides a generous warm light that will emit throughout the entire room.
Munchkin Light My Way Nightlight
This owl shaped night light would make any little child happy. It’s designed for little hands and has a carrying handle that makes night time trips down the hallway less frightening.
The Munchkin light gives off a soft, gentle glow. It is battery operated and comes with three triple-A batteries. You can expect it to last for at least two years.
Instead of a sensor, it has a timer that shuts the light off after 20 minutes. To turn it on, you simply touch the button.
The LED light means the owl is cool to the touch, safe for little hands, and you don’t have to worry if it ends up in someone’s bed.
This night light was designed for toddlers but it works for children of all ages. The 20-minute timer feature and the quick button turn-on lets your child use this night light independently.
Summer Infant Slumber Buddies Projection and Melodies Soother
It’s a stuffed animal. No, it’s a night light! Actually, it’s both!
In addition, you can select the amount of time you want the buddy to play. The timer options are 1minutes, 30 minutes, and 4minutes.
The slumber buddy projector is safe for children of all ages. It is battery operated and runs on three double-A batteries.
If you like having plenty of choices, the slumber buddy night light gives you just that.
We put the Moon LX-760 to the test last winter and couldn’t find too many faults with it, if you’ll excuse its old-school looks and mount.
We tested the Moon LX-760 last winter and found it to be a great little unit, old school looks aside
Its maximum output is 760 lumens, which Moon say will offer two hours and 20 minutes of burn time, and the beam pattern offers some peripheral vision but with enough centre focus for night riding.
While the first two lights we’ve featured here come at the top end of the £100 budget, Xeccon, a new brand to the UK, have several options for significantly less.
And of their 201range, the Xeccon Spear 600 is well-suited to roadies looking for plenty of light in a compact, all-in-one, USB-rechargable unit.
The single LED lamps offers three beam outputs and a safety strobe, with a maximum – the clue is in the name – output of 600 lumens.
A weatherproof seal and easy-to-use handlebar mount mean this resilient light could accompany you throughout winter without too much of a dent in the budget.
What started as underwater lighting solutions grew to include bike lights and the Urban 650 comes from their latest range, sitting between the Urban 800 (£99.99) and Urban 350 (£44.99).
Light & Motion have been in the lights business for 2years
As we’ve already covered, 650 lumens should be enough to cover both commuting and steady night riding, which is why we’ve gone down the middle.
FWE, in the in-house clothing and components brand of Evans Cycles, offer a range of lights
It goes without saying this is a USB-rechargeable with a maximum output of 500 lumens. On the brightest setting you should get one hour 30 minutes of run time, while there are four modes in all, and the water-resistant aluminium casing is fitted to your handlebars by a minimalistic rubber strap.
Help You Get What You Need In The Dark
Babies rarely sleep through the night, especially in the first few months. You should expect to have to check on your baby periodically. It helps if you can see the toys that you might have left on the floor without turning on an overhead light.
Night lights help you access things like a pacifier, diapers, wipes and diaper cream without rummaging around. Night lights also help you check on your baby’s positioning and clothing to ensure that he or she is safe while sleeping.
Help Comfort Older Children
Toddlers and older children may lose their favorite blankets or stuffed animals at night. A night light helps them find what they need without crying for their parents. If your child is afraid of the dark, a night light may soothe his or her nerves.
Some types of night lights are made to look like stuffed animals. This encourages bonding and can provide additional comfort to your child.
Electrical Outlet Plug-In
Night lights that plug into the wall typically have one bulb and plug into one socket. They may have sensors that turn the light off when the sun comes up or when nearby lights turn on. Some may also turn on when they detect motion.
Night Light Projector
Projection lights display an image on the wall or ceiling. Some project moving images and play music. If the night light rotates, find out how much noise it makes. The rotation can make noises that sound louder in the quiet of the night. Most night lights that rotate also have a stationary option.
Snuggly Night Lights
Some stuffed animals have night lights incorporated into them. These may be placed in bed with a child and turn on when squeezed. Sometimes, they play music. However, experts recommend that you don’t place stuffed toys in bed with infants until they are at least one year old.
Our favorite baby night light is the Skip Hop Moonlight and Melodies Nightlight Soother. The design makes it appealing to young children. However, it’s neutral enough to fit in with your décor even outside of the nursery.
It offers a lot of features in a small, easy-to-navigate package. The projected display is not overstimulating, and the glowing light is not too bright. We wish it could change colors and offer something in the red wavelength, but its other features outweigh this disadvantage.
The Skip Hop night light is not blatantly infantile, so you could use it beyond the baby years. However, if you want something that your teenager will love, you might prefer a night light with more colors, more movement or real constellation patterns.
Pros & Cons of LED Light
LED stands for light emitting diode, which are semiconductors that produce light when charged. LED bulbs have an average lifespan of over 50,000 hours, compared to a little over 1,000 for conventional incandescent bulbs. As a LED ages, the amount of light it gives off dissipates over time.
Pros & Cons of CFL Light
CFL stands for compact fluorescent lighting, which is simply a smaller version of a fluorescent tube. CFL bulbs contain a mercury vapor that lights when it is energized. Because CFLs contain mercury, they must be disposed of carefully, at designated drop-off site (Home Depot, Lowes, recycling centers, etc). An average CFL bulb should last 7,000 hours.
Pros & Cons of Incandescent Light
Incandescent light is an electric process that produces light with a wire filament that is heated to a high temperature by an electric current which runs through it. This is the type of lighting which was the standard in homes up until the 1990’s. Due to its poor energy efficiency, it is being replaced with the newer technology of LED and CFL bulbs. Incandescent bulbs last roughly 1,000 hours.
Pros & Cons of Halogen Light
Similar to incandescent light bulbs, halogen bulbs use a similar electric-filament technology with one important difference; with incandescents the filament degrades via evaporation over time whereas, with halogens, filament evaporation is prevented by a chemical process that redeposits metal vapor onto the filament, thereby extending its life. Halogen bulbs have a lifespan of roughly 3,000 hours.
Color Temperature & Lighting Color temperature is a characteristic of visible light. The temperature of light refers to its warmness or coolness, or hue. This temperature is measured using the Kelvin scale, which for most use ranges from 2,700°-7,500°K. Incandescent and halogen lighting are the most limited in the temperature range at 2,700°-3,000°K. LED and CFL have each expanded their color range to now offering warmer options. Most task lighting, however, benefits from cooler lighting options which include LED, full spectrum, and CFL.
Understanding Lumens & Brightness is a measurement of light output from a lamp, often called a tube or a bulb. All lamps are rated in lumens. For example, a 100-watt incandescent lamp produces about 1,600 lumens.
The distribution of light on a flat surface is called its illumination and is measured in footcandles. A footcandle of illumination is a lumen of light spread over a one square foot area.
The illumination needed varies according to the difficulty of a visual task. Ideal illumination is the minimum footcandles necessary to allow you to perform a task comfortably and efficiently without eyestrain or fatigue. According to the Illuminating Engineering Society, illumination of 30 to 50 footcandles is needed for most home and office work. Intricate and lengthy visual tasks — like sewing — require 200 to 500 footcandles.
1,000-1,400 Lumens is a commonly accepted range for most applications of task lighting. An average of 50 Lumens per square foot is a common measure. efficacy. Efficacy is the ratio of light output from a lamp to the electric power it uses and is measured in lumens per watt.
Demystifying LED Light
When comparing the raw lumen output of traditional lamps with the lumen output of many LED lamps, it may seem that LEDs deliver less light than the conventional counterparts. These comparisons, however, are inaccurate and misleading, since they fail to account for the amount of wasted light in conventional lighting.
Therefore, lumen output is a poor measure of the suitability of a lamp for a given task. The better measure is delivered light — how much light a fixture delivers to a surface, as measured in lux (lx) or footcandles (fc). You can make comparisons between conventional and LED lighting fixtures on the basis of delivered light, as it measures how much of a light source’s raw lumen output reaches a surface or area you are lighting.
Determining the amount of a conventional lamp’s raw lumen output reaches as area, you must discount any light lost in the fixture housing (at times over 30%), as well as the light lost as a result of shading, lensing, and filtering. Since incandescent and fluorescent lamps often emit light in many directions, you must also discount any light cast away from the target area.
Reading area or den
The reading area should have a bright task lamp. A bright desk lamp can prevent eye strain which is helpful in preventing eye damage in the long run. With bright task lamps in the reading area, you can keep headaches away. Thus, you will surely enjoy reading as well as other activities like writing letters or completing puzzles.
Your kitchen is another part of the home that requires task lighting. The dangerous nature of the activities you do in your kitchen is reason enough to get additional task lighting. More importantly, you need enough light to read recipes and to see the ingredients as they cook as well as other practical things. For kitchens, common task lighting fixtures are under cabinet lights that provide extra illumination to supplement the ambient light.
Ways To Use A Hunting Flashlight
One thing that makes choosing the best hunting light so difficult is how many different ways it can be used. As many of you probably already know, the best night hunting light is not always going to be the overall best hunting light. When trying to find the best led hunting lights, you need to take into consideration how you plan to use it while you are hunting.
Finding paths that animals travel is an important part of hunting, but finding these paths can be a bit difficult, which is where hunting flashlights come in. During the day animal paths can be hard to find due to the shadows cast about by trees and shrubs, the right hunting flashlight will help you find even the most hard to find paths. Hunting lights also come in handy during the day for blood tracking. Now night hunting obviously requires the use of a flashlight, but for more reasons than you might think. The best night hunting light is going to be used for reading maps, finding paths, and dressing the kill. However, they can also be used for eye spotting, as well as preserving your night vision, which is where the use of different lenses comes into play.
The Zanflare FNW utilizes a CREE XP-L VLED to emit a very bright 1240 lumens with a maximum beam distance of 252m. The Zanflare FNW offers a dual switch design. The tail switch turns the light on and off. The aluminum side switch cycles through the four brightness levels with a single tap. A double tap provides access to a 30-second flare mode. Strobe and SOS modes are accessed by pressing and holding the side switch. To prevent the light from overheating the Zanflare FNW will automatically reduce the brightness level as needed.
Made from military standard aluminum alloy with an anodized finish the IPXrated Zanflare FNW is reliable and long-lasting. The charging port is located under the collar of the light to help block dust and grime from entering the light. To determine if the light is charging look for a red indicator light. If there is no red light you will need to click the tail button to start the charging process. Charging should be complete within four hours. A low voltage reminder will flash regularly once the battery reaches below 2.8v. The light will automatically shut off once the battery reaches critical levels.
Powered by a 1.2v AA battery, the Thrunite Tfeatures a CREE XP-L VLED that has the ability to emit a maximum of 25lumens. Users can expect a maximum beam distance of 65m with a peak beam intensity of 1,06candelas. Made from aircraft-grade aluminum with a premium type III hard anodized finish the Thrunite Tis impact resistant up to 1m and features an IPX-rating. The ultra-clear glass lens has an anti-reflective coating with an OP reflector to provide a perfect flood style light.
The Thrunite Tuses a tail switch to power the light on and off. The tail switch is recessed enough to allow the Thrunite Tthe ability to tail stand. Switching between the three brightness levels offered can be done by halfway pressing the tail switch. The Thrunite Talso features a twisty head design that powers the light and allows users another option to cycle through modes. A reversible clip allows you to clip the light to whatever is convenient. Mode memory allows the light to be turned on in the last mode used.
The Nitecore EA1uses a CREE XM-LULED to emit a maximum of 900 lumens with a maximum beam distance of 190m with a peak beam intensity of 9,000 candelas. The Nitecore EA1is compatible with two battery types, an ordinary AA or an IMR14500. The IMR14500 is the same size as an ordinary AA but delivers a higher output and longer runtimes. With the included IMR14500 users can expect a maximum runtime of 1hours at lumen. The ordinary AA lasts for hours at one lumen.
The Nitecore EA1offers regular brightness modes and three special modes that are ideal for emergencies. The EA1is one of the easiest lights to use thanks to its dual-switch interface. The light is powered off and on by one switch, while the other allows you to switch between brightness levels. The Nitecore EA1offers an independent red light LED. The red light illuminations serve three unique purposes, preserve night vision, use as a signal light, and use to locate the EA1in the dark when it is not powered on.
The Nitecore NU30 offers a high-performance rechargeable headlamp with an excellent beam throw. The Nitecore NU30 uses CREE XP-GSLEDs for outstanding outputs. The Nitecore NU30 can emit up to 400 lumens with a maximum beam distance of 121m with a peak beam intensity of 3,700 candelas. The built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery has a maximum runtime of 330 hours. The battery’s performance is equivalent to that of ordinary AAA batteries.
To protect against dust and water ingression the Nitecore NU30 uses a rubber cover over the built-in port to provide an airtight seal. The headlamp offers uninterrupted illumination. Once the battery has died the lamp can be connected to a USB power source to continue providing light. The built-in power indicator located behind the dual switches alerts users to remaining battery level. The Nitecore NU30 provides multiple light sources, including a primary white LED, red light illumination, and high CRI auxiliary LEDs. The primary white LED offers four brightness levels and two special modes.
The Nitecore SRTfeatures a CREE XHP50 LED to provide a maximum beam distance of 246m with a peak beam intensity of 15,100 candelas. Powered by two 18650 li-ion rechargeable batteries or disposable CR12lithium batteries the Nitecore SRTcan emit anywhere from 0.lumens up to 2150 lumens. Runtime and output levels will vary based on batteries used. For optimal performance Nitecore strongly recommends using two 18650 batteries. A blue power indicator light will blink every two seconds when power levels reach 50%. Rapid blinking indicates low power levels.
Equipped with multiple auxiliary lights (RGB light, UV light, police warning light, and beacon light) the Nitecore SRTcan be used in several different environments. The Nitecore SRTuses the third generation smart selector ring to rapidly switch between the various modes. The seamless die-cast body ensures heat is distributed evenly. Advanced Temperature Regulation technology regulates the lights output and automatically adjusts the light to its ambient environment.
The Jetbeam RRT2was recently upgraded to provide an improved version of an amazing light. The new version of the RRT2offers a CREE XP-L LED to provide you with more lumens and a longer throw. Using the new LEDs the Jetbeam RRT2can emit a maximum of 1080 lumens with a maximum beam distance of 320m. The Jetbeam RRT2also provides users with secondary red, green, and blue LEDs, along with a strobe mode and a hidden police strobe mode. A tactical forward click switch provides users with momentary on. Brightness levels are selected using the RRT magnetic control ring.
The Jetbeam RRT2is powered by two CR123A/RCR123A batteries or a single 18650 battery. A tri-colored power indicator alerts you to the batteries current state. A green light indicates a fully charged battery, a blue light indicates power levels are at 50%, and a red light means you need to charge the battery. The head of the light is protected by a stainless steel bezel that can be removed when needed. A flat tail end allows the Jetbeam RRT2to be used in candle mode.
Designed specifically for hunting and searching the Klarus XT30R features a super-bright CREE XHP-3HI DLED that can emit a maximum of 1800 lumens with a 820m maximum beam distance. The Klarus XT30R offers two preset modes allowing users to program the light to the specific task at hand. Tactical setting is ideal for self-defense and law enforcement applications as it provides instant access to strobe and turbo modes. The hunting setting provides hunters with instant access to both low and turbo modes, as well as various brightness levels, SOS, and mode memory.
Powered by two 18650 Li-ion batteries the Klarus XT30R uses a patented triple independent switch design. The primary switch and mode switch are both located on the tail end of the light, while the third switch is a conveniently located side switch. Whether you prefer the side switch or tail cap switch the Klarus XT30R offers one-hand tactical control with an enlarged contact area for easy use when wearing gloves. The 18650 batteries are recharged using the patented magnetic charging system, which is self-locating and touch activated.
The MTN-150Zoomie is one of the most versatile lights in the market. It offers a versatile flood light and offers an excellent throw. The MTN-150offers the best throw for a light that fits inside a jacket pocket. The MTN-150Zoomie features a twist to zoom head. This allows users to focus the light into a laserbeam with a long throw or zoom out to create a wide, smooth beam ideal for up close work. The MTN-150Zoomie is available with color and white LEDs with guppydrv firmware that offers 2built-in mode groups.
With the MTN-150Zoomie users have the choice of batteries as the tube is long enough to fit both protected 5200mAh 26650 and 26700 cells. The light also comes equipped with an 18650 adapter. If opting for the XHP50 model only 26350 batteries can be used. The MTN-150Zoomie offers low voltage protection. When using 1S cells the light will start stepping down around 2.8v under load. 2S drivers will automatically step down around 6V under load. The light will never shut off completely, but will run at a moonlight level.
Cateye Volt 800 and Rapid Kinetic X2
One of the oldest names in bike lights, Cateye knows how to deliver and the Volt 800 and Rapid Kinetic Xlive up to the reputation.
For the Volt front light, five settings (three constant plus ‘hyper’ and flashing) give you from two hours of burn up to eight hours, or 80 on flashing.
As the name suggests, the Kinetic Xmonitors movement and switches from flashing to constant as you stop, with three modes and a 50-lumen total output.
Cateye’s mounts are certainly tried and tested and work well despite diminutive construction.
With a low-battery indicator built into the switch, there is plenty to like, although changing the light setting while riding in winter could prove a little awkward as the switch is slightly recessed.
The Volt 800 offers a bright central beam while the Xoffers a strong rear option. Does the job – 8/10
Moon Meteor Storm and Shield-X
As you’d rightly expect at the very top end of our budget, these Moon units are loaded to the hilt with light-giving features.
Dual Cree XM-LLEDs provide plenty of brightness, with an output of 1300 lumens and a run time of a good three hours. There’s also a 10-second 1700-lumen burst option if you know a tight spot is coming up.
Meanwhile, the Moon Shield-X rear light offers up to 80 lumens for 80 minutes and up to 40 hours on 15-lumen flashing mode – there is also a further hour available in a ‘get you home’ mode – all thanks to a central CREE and 20 miniature COB LEDs.
Both units offer several mounting options which look as though they’ll cover just about any fitting. Which is handy.
The Shield is a truly clever unit and is a great option paired with the Storm’s strong, broad beam – 9/10
Blackburn Central 700 and Central 50
Pumping out 700 lumens, this version of the Central is currently Blackburn’s most powerful front unit, making it an obvious pair to the Central 50, the brand’s brightest rear.
Three main settings provide 700, 400 and 200 lumens respectively, with a minimum run time of 1.15hrs and max of 16hrs on Pulse; with three, five or seven hours on the rear.
A broad footprint and 4mm rubber strap, complete with secondary hook, gives a secure fitment but lacks a quick release to aid removal for charging. The power/selector button is flush, making adjustments in winter gloves awkward.
At 50 lumens, the rear is bright enough that having it angled down is probably a sensible option but there isn’t an option to change either.
A neat, bright and compact pairing that offers a wide throw with a strong and narrow centre – 7/10
Light & Motion Urban 800 and Viz 180 Micro
Urban 800 offers four modes, including ‘pulse’, with the most powerful 800-lumens setting giving a run time of 1.5hrs, while the constant 175-lumen setting promises six hours.
The Viz 180 rear has a less regular set of outputs, with 2lumens in either a solid light (four hours), or pulsed (six hours).
It also has a 13-lumen setting for up to 1hours, and there’s a particularly neat feature in the Paceline amber setting for riding with others you don’t wish to dazzle.
At the rear, the rubber strap combines with a clip to hang it off a bag plus a hinged plate for your seatpost.
Up front, it’s a less conventional arrangement with a locating tab and swivel which means you can adjust the centering of the beam – but it does also mean it can be knocked off-centre easily.
We wonder about its mount but applaud the quality of the well-controlled, hot-centred beam – 8/10
Lezyne Power Drive 1250 XXL and Strip Drive Pro
On numbers alone, the Lezyne pairing are smashing it. As you’ll guess from the name, the front has up to 1250 lumens via three LEDs and the rear up to 100 from five.
With six modes, run times range from just under two hours at maximum power up to 3hours for the pulsed 150 Lumen setting.
If that wasn’t enough, the Strip Drive rear light offers nine modes and importantly returns to the last used when restarted.
Also of interest is that Lezyne states you can use a 2A fast-charge point to reduce the complete refill to five hours. Both are quite sizeable units so use hearty straps which are easy to get on, but hard to knock off.
Depending on where you live, it could be illegal to ride in the dark without bike lights. And should you get into an accident and don’t have lights on, it’s possible you could be held liable—even if wasn’t your fault.
Jim Burakoff, our League of American Bicyclists instructor, succinctly told us, “Compared to the consequences of not being seen, bike lights are incredibly cheap.”
From only seven car lengths away, a blinker looks a lot like a reflection.
In addition to visibility concerns, cheap blinkers often use watch batteries that can freeze in cold weather. It’s not hugely common, but it does happen. More commonly, the batteries die and just never get replaced because they’re harder to track down than common AAA or AA cells. Some of the lights’ housings are flimsy; I’ve had them crack if they drop on the pavement, crack in the bottom of my bag, crack in my hand. Invest in something that will do more to keep you safe.
Headlight Bulb Light Output Color
Headlight bulb manufacturers tend to charge more for bulbs that are brighter and whiter. Brighter bulbs with higher light output, and a higher color temperature tend to cost more, so if this is important to you, be prepared to spend a little more.
Also, halogen headlight bulbs that claim to be whiter and brighter also tend to burn out quicker. Manufacturers are able to provide more light output, but that additional intensity burns them out at a faster rate than a normal headlight bulb.
The way that manufacturers accomplish this is by coating the outside of the bulb glass with a semi-transparent film. In most cases this is a blue film. As the light passes through the glass/film, it changes the color of the light, just as if you were looking through tinted sunglasses.
The problem with this is as soon as there is any film or coating on the glass, you lose light output. You may get the color you want, but you might not be able so see very well at night. So as you are shopping around, keep this in mind.
Tools & Home Improvement
Thinking of the gift for your friends or child for their birthday or wedding party? Starlight Projector is one of the best choices for the different occasion, such as birthday party, festival, daily using, room decoration and so on.
Star Light Projector
This star light projector is an ultra bright LED with multiple colors for magical and unforgettable moments, and it is a special design for kids, but will be great for all ages.
What we like about it: This kids starlight projector is a safety LED armband and flexible USB LED by BENK. An easy-to-use pushes button planetarium with the single pattern, multiple colors, and static or rotatable system. It will make your room colorful stars, the moon, and constellations swirl around you so that you feel relaxing easy to fall asleep.
Emotionlite Pack LED Night Light
The Emotionlite pack LED night light is a special night light. It produces a slightly warm white glow that has a calming effect which is comfortable by not being too bright nor being too dim. Enough for you to find your way through the dark and still be easy on your eyes.
The Emotionlite also has an intelligent and eco-friendly sensor which activates in darkness and off during the day or when you switch on your overhead lamp.
Amazing Cosmos Projector Night Lamp
The Amazing Cosmos Projector Night Lamp is as amazing as it sounds. If you have seen the cosmos projection of this night lamp, then you know what I am talking about. Such projections create interest in children in regards to the universe and astronomy.
SOAIY LED Night Light
With the SOAIY LED Night Light, bumping into stuff while in the dark is a thing of the past. The Soaiy has a produces a soft glow that will help you walk through your house. It is a perfect choice over the large, intense lamps that may damage your eyes.
Moreover, these night lights have sensors that are automatic. These lamps sense dark and switch on all by themselves. They also switch off upon daylight to minimize energy consumption of the unit. They also ensure maximum energy is saved.
ANTEQI Carton Night Light
The Anteqi Carton Night Light is one of the newest night lighting lamp in the market today. It is equipped with a timer and tap light control ability that ease control of the unit. You can time shut down in three level, 15, 30 and 60 minutes.
The lamp comes with a lovely kitty face made by a washable soft silicone to maintain cleanness. The remote control that can be used within 26ft to choose colors or mode makes this item a plus for me. This model can also add brilliance to your home décor and a gift for your loved ones.
ANGTUO Night Light LED Mushroom Lamp Silicone
The ANGTUO Night Light LED Mushroom Lamp Silicone is made to resemble the shape of a Mushroom. The model is made from high-quality rubberwood and emits a soft and warm light that lets the children sleep in a quiet and peaceful atmosphere.
The unit can emit as many as 1flashing colors and are stable and bright enough for you to see clearly and still sleep well. This makes it one of the best night light colors. In addition to this, it has a remote controller which batteries can be changed.
Crazywan Kids Small Night Light
The Crazywan Kids Small Night Light will help you find your way at night. This unit is convenient for the users because of its small and not too bright light coming out of it. Apart from this, the lamp is really environmental friendly with the Covenov night light feature.
The source of power is such an important factor when selecting a suitable night light. A battery powered lamp is ideal for users who may not have power outlets in their homes. Otherwise, check the length of the cord of the night light in mind. This is for the reason that some come with a short length cord that may prove useless if your power outlet is further from your ideal place of placing.
Voion Motion Activated Light
This nightlight has eight colors that can work on a rotation or as a solid color choice. It is light sensitive so that it turns on when you approach it and off when you leave. It is easy to clean, safe to use, and works well with any toilet. It has great reviews and is very affordable, which is why it has landed in
Kohler Cachet Nightlight Lid Set
This is a toilet seat and light combo made by the reputable Kohler. This toilet night light uses 4-AA batteries and promises up to 6-months of battery life. There are multiple color choices for the toilet seat available and all feature a quiet-close lid. It has a light for when the toilet seat is up or down and the nightlight only functions during the middle of the night.
J&L LED Sensor Motion Activated Light
This night light turns on as soon as you walk near the toilet and shuts off when you walk away. It is a smarter light because it turns on as a green light when the toilet seat is down and when the toilet seat is up, it shines in red. This lets you know whether it is good to “GO” or when you need to stop to put the lid down.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Night Lights wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Night-Lights
- №1 — Vintar 16-Color Motion Sensor LED Toilet Night Light, 5-Stage Dimmer, Light Detection
- №2 — SOAIY Sleep Soother Aurora Projection LED Night Light Lamp with 8 Lighting Mode & Speaker, Relaxing Light Show for Baby Kids and Adults, Mood Light for Baby Nursery Bedroom Living Room (Black)
- №3 — Toilet Night Light[2Pack]by Ailun,Motion Activated LED Light,8 Colors Changing Toilet Bowl Nightlight for Bathroom[Battery Not Included] Perfect decorating combination along with Water Faucet Light