Bike lights

We tested 61 bike lights costing $100 or less.

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Strip Drive Pro





Member Reviews

    Test results

    • 75
    • 75
      Steady 0°
    • 90
      Steady 20°
    • 45
      Steady 45°
    • 85
      Ease of use
    • 78
    • 93
    • 81

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    Good points

    • Good light output at 0°
    • Excellent light output at 20°
    • Easy to mount to bike
    • Extremely easy to use on the bike
    • Easy to remove and refit light
    • Very easy to charge
    • Passed water testing

    Bad points

    • Somewhat poor light output at 45°

    How we test

    Overall score:

    Light performance (65% of overall score)

    We measure lux at 0°, 20° and 45° in our lab. Many manufacturers claim a light output in lumens, the total amount of light available, but we think lux (lumens per square metre) is a better measure of light performance as it shows the quality of light, not just the quantity.

    A good front light should make you visible to drivers at junctions, so we calculate light performance combining 40% of the score at 45°, 40% at 20° and 20% at 0°. A good rear light needs to be most visible to drivers overtaking from behind, so we calculate light performance combining 40% of the score at 0°, 40% at 20°and 20% at 45°.

    Ease of use (35% of overall score)

    “In-use” performance (50% of the ease of use score) includes turning the light on and off and selecting the mode (with and without gloves), usefulness of the battery indicator, and robustness of the mount to knocks and vibration. Daily convenience (30%) includes removing and refitting the light, charging or changing batteries and carrying it in a bag. Ease of fitting and versatility of the mount adds the final 20%.

    Water resistance

    We thoroughly doused the lights with a garden sprinkler. We checked they all worked correctly while soaking wet, then inspected for any water inside the lens and battery compartment or charge port. We don’t include water resistance in our overall score, but we won’t recommend lights that show signs of water ingress.

    Burn time

    We measured the burn time of USB rechargeable lights on their maximum steady setting. We noted if they switched to low-power mode before the battery ran out.


    • Type


    • See or be seen

      Be seen

    • Price


    • Lit area size


    • Lit area quality


    • Water test pass


    • Weight (g)


    • Battery or USB



    • LEDs


    • Steady modes


    • Flash modes


    • Pulse or chase modes


    • Mount to bike


    • Mount type to bike

      Multi-fit ladder

    • Mount type to bracket



    • Batteries or USB


    • USB type


    • Charge time (hr:min)


    • Burn time to off (hr:min)


    • Shape


    • Bought as a set
    • In set with


    Member reviews

    1 Member review

    Its a good one


    I have had one of these for a few years now. For a commuter (30 minutes morning and night) it will last all week on a single charge on medium setting. On really horrible nights you can select one of the flashing setting. It plugs directly into a USB port (no cable required) so if you do forget, any sort of digital device with a USB port will charge it up.


    You have to take care to plug it in to USB ports the right way up. I can never remember which way is up, but know to look for the green light to ensure its charging.

    Recommend it?

    Yes, I recommend this product.

    Simon W.

    Used 6 months or more