The Brightest Bike Light Of 2018

by Justin Thomas •

Update, since the 4500 lumen Ugoe light no longer seem to be available, this is now the brightest bike light available:

  • The Niterider 3600 Pro which shines with 3600 lumens is currently the brightest bike light (a typical car headlight produces about 1500 lumens). It sells for about $600
  • The brightest bike light that is a self-contained unit is the NiteRider Lumina 1200, which shines at 1200 lumens in turbo mode. It costs about $100.
  • 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.

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 $600.

Ugoe TB-13-01: The Brightest Bike Light

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 Ugoe TB-13-01 is available on Amazon for about $150.


Comments 20

  1. Have you seen the Fenix Lights bike lights. They have been around for a couple years. They have 1800 lumen models with focused beams and easy mounting. There is a replaceable battery model and a built in battery model. They are also sold direct from Fenix as well as other stores. They are really good and have lasted very well for me.

  2. I was just looking for a replacement for my old light . Of course, I was surprised by the price of $ 600, but judging by the description it is worth it, but I would not dare to make such a purchase. I got my new bike bikesist it cost less than this Niterider Pro 3600 Lumen Light.

  3. Instead of attempting to strap aircraft landing lights to our handlebars or helmets in order to incinerate everything from the leaves on the ground to the twigs in the trees, how about lights with focused reflectors that put the light where we need it?

    I’d also like to see lights powered by user replaceable rechargeable batteries instead of sealed batteries that force you to replace a serviceable light just because the battery has died. I’m tired of replacing things just because the battery has died. That’s why I made sure that my most recent cell phone had a user replaceable battery.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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

  7. 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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