What can you see with your head light
Which of these is your head light?
Reading lumen and wattage specs on head lights doesn’t give you a very good idea of what you will see at night with a head light. Planet Bike has created a way to compare head lights by taking pictures of what is visible with different head lamps. This is the best tool I’ve seen for comparing head lights. Check it out at
By the way, the folks at Planet Bike are some of the nicest and most helpful folks I have ever bought bicycling gear from. They are always helpful and knowable when I call.
My personal preference is to not ride at night. But I carry a small head light and tail light. They make me visible to drivers at night. They don’t really illuminate the road; they are safety lights. I never plan to ride in the dark but it happens occasionally.
Related Post: Bike Light Tests and Lights in my Eyes. This posts shows what lights I use and the reason why brighter lights don’t help me much.