The Brightest Bike Light Of 2018

by Justin Thomas •

  • The brightest bike light currently available is the Ugoe TB-13-01. This light shines with 4500 lumens (a typical car headlight produces about 1500 lumens). It costs about $150.
  • The brightest bike light that doesn’t involve a external battery is the Cygolite Trion 1300 Bicycle Headlight — it costs around $213.

At 4500 lumens, there is no doubt that the Ugoe TB-13-01 is considerably brighter than most other bike lights, which tend to output about 600 lumens on average. The Ugoe is constructed with an “aircraft” aluminum alloy and the body is waterproof. When it is running at its highest mode, the light does get very hot to the touch, and many cyclists find it too bright in that mode (see the photo below).

The brightest bike light: Ugoe TB-13-01 Rechargeable Bike Light

The brightest bike light, Ugoe TB-13-01 Rechargeable Bike Light, lighting up a city street.

However, in “medium mode” (1500 lumens), the light stays cooler, and the battery lasts around four hours. A couple of potential drawbacks: this light has an external battery pack so you cannot easily snap it on and off your bike. Also, the light takes about four hours to recharge (the manufacturer warns not to leave it on the charger for more than 24 hours).

The Brightest Single-Unit Bike Light: Cygolite Trion 1300


The Cygolite Trion 1300 is one the best rated bike lights out there. Personally, I use this 1300 lumen light when I go night riding. It will illuminate a road well enough so that I can see potholes when going downhill.

The Cygolite Trion is available at Amazon for $187.

Cygolite also makes the 1700 lumen Cygolite Centauri ($230) — this light uses an external battery.

Niterider Pro 3600 Lumen Light


The Niterider 3600 Pro is a 3600 lumen light made in the USA. This light has two chambers, and each chamber contains three Cree XML LED bulbs.

Niterider have a great reputation, and I’ve found their lights to be very durable — they’ve survived a few falls onto pavement from my bike.

This light is very bright and projects a wide beam hundreds of feet. A unique feature of this light is the incuded DIY software, which allows you to customize the settings it to your needs.

Note that the light’s beam is just too bright to use in an urban area, unless you greatly step down the intensity! If you feel you’ll be doing this, you might consider the 1800 lumen Niterider, or the 1200 lumen Niterider.

The Niterider 3600 Pro is available on Amazon for about $595.

An Inexpensive 1200 Lumen Light: The Bright Eyes Headlight


The runner-up in the brightest bike light category Bright Eyes Rechargeable Bike Headlight which shines at 1200 lumens, and costs around $50. At one-third the price of the Ugoe, this waterproof light is a worthy contender. It has a 6400mAh (amp hour) battery, which is a slightly higher-capacity than the Ugoe’s 5200mAh battery. The battery is also built into the light, making it a bit more compact and convenient.

Comments 14

  1. There are a few lights over 1300 lumen w/integrated battery. I own a Serfas USL 1500 that puts out 1500 with 2 cree LEDs. The beam is spread wide with dual wide leds, throws furthur than I need. MORE visibility than certainly any road rider needs, but great to see wildlife on the edges of road or trail to prevent hurting the critters/myself. It has 2 lithium cells inside that mean I can push 400 lumens for over 7hrs without stopping to charge it up. Or I can be legitimized as a car/motorcycle on the road by other drivers. It helps. Anything over 700 lumens is extra power not needed on a bike in my opinion. But a broad beam helps. So does the extra battery capacity typically contained in higher lumen lights.

  2. I’d like to buy a cheap one, looks like they are all beyond my budget, one of my friend recommend this one to me, but i’m not sure, anybody tried bike headlight under $20 before?

    1. I received my bike headlight yesterday, big surprise! i never thought a $19 can be so good quality, it’s very bright and AWESOME! worth to try!

  3. I am a wounded disabled veteran would you donate to me a night light to be used for my transportation needs and my outdoor therapy. Thank you. Mel Commeree.

    1. Dear All,I was also trapped by these people in December 2012 and I paid around 9000AEDs to them. Fortunately, I got my money back couple of weeks back. The idea is to keep following up with them via emails, calls and personal viaTns.ihstksSaadat

  4. You totally left out NiteRider lights, who make awesome bike lights such as 800 lumen, 1200, 1800, and even 3600.

    In my experience (i ride a lot, and work at a bike shop), NiteRider has much better quality than Cygolite…

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