Vital — these are words that quite accurately describe the importance of using bicycle lights. Anyone who goes on a night ride without lights installed on the bike runs the risk of injuring themselves and harming someone else. But serial bicycle lights, when checked by everyday life, often turn out to be too weak to properly illuminate the roadway.
CHIP tests LED lights and presents the best models in the corresponding rating. You will find valuable tips on the right choice when buying a bicycle headlight in the article “How to choose a bicycle headlight”
Velofar test: what happens in practice?
The first thing that speaks about the qualities of a bicycle headlight is the maximum illumination specified by the manufacturer. The higher the number in front of the “lux” designation, the brighter the headlight shines.
As a rule, this also means a faster depletion of the battery’s energy reserves. In addition, brighter LED “spotlights” are usually more expensive than ordinary weak bike lights.
But the data indicated by the manufacturer, even if impressive, does not guarantee that the bicycle lamp will work well in practice. It happens that expensive models with a large number of declared suites during a traffic test do not work as expected from them.
The results of our bicycle head testing will help you make a choice. You will not find halogen lamps in the report, as they are currently only found in cheap kits with a dynamo — our testers focused on LED headlights.
Bicycle headlight test: only two models were rated “very good”
CHIP tested 15 bike lights from different manufacturers for features, performance, battery life, and more. However, only two copies received an overall rating of “very good” — IQ Premium Speed and IQ Premium, both from Busch & Müller. Information about the results of testing these and other models can be found in the following table. And you can see pictures demonstrating the operation of the headlights in our photo gallery.