Kids love to have accessories on their bikes. The accessories, especially bike lights, make bicycles and riding more desirable for kids. The bright and sparkly things manage to attract and keep their attention for a long time.
I believe, among all accessories, bike lights are a must. Nothing excites the kids more than the brightly lit bikes.
Now how to buy high quality bike lights that are well within the budget and favorable for kids as well?
What to look for while Buying a Bike Light?
A lot of thought goes into choosing the best product for us. We all check a few things before we purchase anything, even bike lights. Some of them are listed below.
There are many bike lights on the market with a varying range of brightness. They measure the brightness in terms of lumens. Make sure to get the one with the highest lumens count.
The brightest of the lights illuminates longer distances on the road during the night and allows other motorists to spot the rider easily. Safety is important, so you should not compromise with dimmer and duller lights.
2. Longer Battery Life
The most important factor, I believe, is battery life. You do not want the lights to run out of juice in the middle of your ride, especially during the night time or on mountain trails.
You have to choose one that is compatible with you and your kid’s riding duration. Choose one that at least runs for about 2 hours without a problem.
If you prefer the ones that are rechargeable, you have to get one that can be recharged anywhere and anytime. The USB rechargeable lights are the best ones.
3. Water Resistance
Weather conditions are unpredictable sometimes, and not everybody always goes riding on a sunny day. You encounter many rainy days on long rides and daily commuting.
You need a light that can withhold even in a rain shower. Therefore, any light you buy has to be made up of sturdy and water-proof material.
4. Light Modes
It might not be that significant but having different modes on the bike light definitely helps.
Like at dusk, when you can still see a little, you can set the light to dimmer mode. This helps save battery for when it is completely dark. The highest mode of setting is the best for maximum visibility.
So, it is good to have a few interchangeable modes on the light.
You have to go through product reviews and the product description on various websites before concluding a certain product. It is the same with bike lights as well.
List of 8 of the best bike lights for kids
I have compiled a list of bike lights that may work well with all kinds of bikes and kids.
Note that my list is not necessarily in the order of worst to best. All of the lights on the list are of good quality in terms of durability, brightness, and battery life.
The distinguishing factor here will be your own preference- whichever you like and whichever suits your kid the best.
Before diving deeper into the detailed review, here’s a summary of key features of the bike lights-
|Bike Lights||Brightness (Lumens)||Battery Life||Water-Resistance||Light Modes||Weight|
|Blitzu Gator 320 Bike Light Set||Front- 320 |
|Rated- Ipx5 (excellent)||High, Low, Medium and Flashing||23.1 grams|
|Cycle Torch Night Owl Bike Light Set||200||2-3hrs at high mode|
|Rated- Ipx5||High, Low, Medium, Flashing||80 grams|
|Te-Rich Bike Lights Set||Front- 200|
| 10hrs of continuous use|
|Rated- Ipx4||High, Medium, Low and Strobe||–|
|Vont ‘Scope’ Bike Light||Front-120|
|6hrs continuous use||Rated- Ipx5||High, Low and Strobe||4.27 ounces|
|Vont ‘Pyro’ Bike Light Set||80||10hrs continuous use|
|Rated- Ipx5||High, Low, Fast Strobe, Slow Strobe||1.45 ounces|
|Malker Silicone LED Bike Light Set||–||45 to 70hrs||+||High, Low and Strobe||0.2 pounds|
|BV Bicycle Light Set||Front- 35|
|Up to 80hrs||Rated- Ipx3 (Good)||Steady, Flash and Flash off||0.2 pounds|
|FF FFEXS Bike Lights||–||–||+||Steady and Flashing||90 grams|
Now, lets move on to the detailed description.
1.Blitzu Gator 320 Bike Light Set
Blitzu produces one of the finest bike lights for adults and kids. The Gator 320 set works the best for my oldest kid. He loves this light for his evening rides since it’s super bright and matches the aesthetic of his bike.
They have both headlight and taillight with strong illumination of about 320 lumens and 85 lumens, respectively, hence the name.
But if you are looking for a light with even more luminosity, check out Blitzu Gator 390 Bike Light Set. They have a headlight of about 390 lumens capacity and rear light of 110 lumens capacity.
The lights are suitable for both road bike and mountain bike.
Both the head and tail lights are rechargeable and take only about 2 hours to get fully charged. The headlight runs approximately 6 hours long without any problem once fully charged. The taillight runs even longer, for about 96 hours.
They are easy to install. You just have mounted them on your handlebar. They are suitable not only for standard bikes but even for strollers, scooters, and wheelchairs.
Their headlights have four lighting modes- high, medium, low, and flashing. The taillights also have three modes- steady, strobe, and flash. The taillights have a 220° wide-angle beam that can get spotted from blocks away.
They are water-resistant, tough, and durable.
All-in-all, they are one of the best for maximum visibility at any time of the day. I, too, use this light while commuting at night, and I highly recommend it. It feels a lot safer when you can see things 2 to 3 blocks away in the dark.
2. Cycle Torch Night Owl Bike Light Set
This one is one of the best products from Cycle Torch. I have been using this light for a couple of years during my nighttime escapades. The light lasts for about 2-3 hours.
Also, they have a pretty reasonable price and fits right into my budget.
The headlight has a brightness of about 200 lumens and the taillight offers about 25 lumens. Both the front and rear light provides maximum visibility in the dark.
The front light is USB rechargeable so that you can recharge it anytime and anywhere with a USB cord. They run for about 2 hours on the highest mode.
The MICROBOT design taillight is also USB rechargeable and FREE!
They are a universal fit, so they’re easy to install on any standard bike along with kids scooters, strollers, tricycles, etc. The headlight fits snugly on the handlebar, so you do not have to worry about the light falling off.
The light also comes with 2 rubber straps and a bracket for front and tail lights, 2 charging cables, and user guides.
There are four light modes for headlight- high, medium, low and flashing.
The tail light light also has three modes- steady, flashing and circular flashing mode.
The advantage to these many modes is that each mode has a different run time. The light lasts for about 2 hours on high mode while it lasts about 40 hours on flashing mode. So, it allows you to save battery.
3. Te-Rich Bike Light Set
Te-Rich Bike Light Sets are one of the best for inner-city errands, urban explorations and daily commutes.
They provide brightness of about 200 lumens in the front and 50 lumens in the rear light.
You can see anything even about 100 yards away. Things in front of you will be easily visible to you and you will be easily visible to motorists or pedestrians behind you.
They can last up to 10 hours without any problem if you charge them completely. Every mode has a different time duration. The light lasts for about 2-3 hours at high mode.
Also, the battery is rechargeable with the USB cord that comes with the light pack or any USB cord that you have.
They are pretty easy to mount either on the handlebar or the seat post without any tools. They are as easy to remove as to mount.
This helps to swap the light with another bike and quickly remove the light while leaving the bike in a crowded public place.
The headlight has four modes- high, medium, low and flash.
The taillight has 3 steady modes- high, medium and low as well as 3 blink modes- slow flash, strobe and high flash.
4.Vont ‘Scope’ Bike Light
Vont bike lights are one of the bestsellers on amazon.
The intensity of the light is only 120 lumens in the front light. This might not work the best for mountain bikes or very long-distance visibility.
These ultra-bright LED illumination lights to get made with excellent military-grade materials and therefore are quite durable. They come with a lifetime warranty too.
The light lasts for about 6 hours of continuous use so you can go on longer rides without having to worry about the lights going off in the middle.
They come with two thumbscrews to attach and tighten the front light on the handlebar. There is rubber inside the clamp that makes sure the light stays in place. The rear red light wraps around the seat post.
The front light has three modes- high, low and strobe (blinking). They can also be used as flashlight.
The rear light also has three modes- constant, fast strobe and slow strobe.
Best for Bumpy Roads
I have heard many people complain about the inefficiency of lights on bumpy roads. Many say that their lights keep going off when they hit the bumps. But not with Vont bike lights.
The mounting bracket of these lights is sturdy, so it has the ability to keep the light safe and fixed even on bumpy roads or hard to traverse trails.
5.Vont ‘Pyro’ Bike Light Set
These cute little headlights go on the handlebar of the bike. They are small, lightweight, and easy to use. They are super bright that can illuminate the road ahead, so they provide good vision at night.
These ‘pyro’ lights provide a brightness of about 80 lumens each. I don’t think this one is the best for your kids as it will offer relatively poor visibility.
They have high battery life. The batteries can last up to 10 hours of continuous usage. The batteries are of high quality and rechargeable using all portable USB outlets.
They come with two extra straps to make them easier to install.
The installation mechanism is pretty versatile, so you can even install them on the helmet for more visibility.
They come with four different modes, namely- high, low, fast strobe, and slow strobe, to adjust the brightness.
Life Time Warranty
The lights are waterproof and get made with aircraft-grade materials, which are pretty much indestructible. Hence, they are very durable.
The most likable thing about this light is, it comes with a lifetime warranty covered for theft and defect in the material.
6. Malker Bicycle Light (Front and Rear)
Malker bike lights get crafted with silicone alloy that gives them longer durability. They can withstand harsh weather or long-term repeated use without any hitch. They can also withstand high-impact drops.
Also, the material is waterproof, so you do not have to worry about them not working in rainy seasons.
They have three adjustment modes- strobe, low, and high. This is ideal for riding at any time of the day, like the dawn, dusk, foggy weather, and at night time.
They provide visibility up to half a mile so that other drivers, riders, and people can see them even in dim light or darkness.
They are one of the easiest bike lights to install on your kid’s bike. The material is elasticized, so it has somewhat of a stretching ability.
Furthermore, the lights have a small size, so they do not take up a lot of space on the handlebar and make plenty of space for bells and other decorations.
These ultra-bright LED lights work on two replaceable lithium-ion batteries. You need to stretch the rubber and twist the cap inside to find and replace the batteries.
These sustainable lights can last up to 45 to 70 hours. They come with a guarantee of return and refund within 30 days.
7. BV Bicycle Light Set
This light comes in a set of 8 lights, 5 LED lights for the headlight and 3 LED lights for the tail light
The intensity of the headlight is about 35 lumens, and the tail light is about 3 lumens. The brightness is kind of low in comparison to some other lights on this list.
The lights can last for almost 80 hours of continuous use. They illuminate the distance of 30-40 feet in front of the rider so that motorists can spot them from a distance.
They come with both a screw mount and a strap mount that help fix the handlebar’s light without any tools. The taillight has a strap mount that fits well with any seat post diameter.
The head light and tail light both have three modes of lighting- steady, flash and flash off.
These lights might not be the best ones on the list, but they are good enough for beginners. They have a slide-on and off system that can detach the lights from the bike to protect them from theft.
8. FX FFEXS Bike Lights
The lights come in a value pack of 4 red and 4 blue lights. They have batteries and replacement of the batteries with the pack.
These lights are more about being visible to other people in the dark than illuminating the road.
If you are looking for bike lights that brighten the long trail of the road ahead and make everything clearly visible, these might not be the best ones. But they do a pretty good job with a minimum field of vision.
They look good on any bike. I think they are similar to the wheel lights, except they do not go on the wheels. However, you can attach them on the handlebar or seat post, wherever and how many you see fit.
They have two light modes- steady and flashing.
They are waterproof, have a longer life span and come in a reasonable price.
They do have a downside to them as one or two may not work right after purchase. But the company replaces them in time, so that might not pose that big of a problem.
Many of the above bike lights are multipurpose. You can not only use them for your bike rides but also for camping, walking your dog, hiking at night, and many more.
All of the bike lights on the list are good enough for both kids and adult standard bikes. The lights with higher luminosity are the best suited for mountain bikes because a strong light source is necessary for biking on mountain trails in the dark.
So, get your bike decked up with your favorite light and go off in the night. I can assure you that there is no better time for a long ride than the evening.
For a better cycling experience for your kids, having just light and a bell might not work. There are plenty of bike accessories for kids to make them go riding more often.