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Types of Bike Light: A Comprehensive Guide

Types of bike light: A Comprehensive Guide

Nathan Van De Graaff
Apr. 28 2023
Bike lights are an essential accessory for any cyclist, regardless of their experience or skill level. Not only do they help improve visibility, but they also play a crucial role in ensuring rider safety, especially during low-light conditions. Additionally, bike lights can open up entirely new experiences whether as a part of a night group ride or hitting the trails after work in those dark winter months. Magicshine is a leading manufacturer of bike lights, and we offer a wide range of products to cater to the needs of every cyclist. In this blog post, we will explore the different types of Magicshine bike lights and what you need to consider when choosing one.

Types of Taillights

Taillights are crucial for cyclists, as they help increase visibility to motorists approaching from behind. They exist so other users of the road or trail have no challenges in spotting you. Magicshine offers numerous taillight options in the SEEMEE series at various price points depending on your budget and riding needs. The SEEMEE 20 is a budget-friendly option that provides 20 lumens of output and is ideal for city riders who need to stay visible during their daily commute. The SEEMEE 200 is a fantastic, “bang for your buck”, mid-range option that provides 200 lumens of output and features smart capabilities that adjust brightness depending on ambient light conditions and automatically turn on the light when the rider is braking. The light illuminates the ground around the rider and projects light behind the rider for enhanced visibility. The SEEMEE 508 is the high-end option, with radar detection support to warn you of traffic and 220-degree visibility. The unsurpassed features make this one of the most intelligent lights on the road. As one user put it, “Don’t hesitate to purchase if you ride the roads. You’re worth it!”

Types of Front Lights

Front lights are an essential accessory for any cyclist who rides in low-light conditions or after dark. Magicshine offers several front light options, that cover all types of riders including urban commuters, road cyclists and mountain bikers. These options include the ALLTY series, the RAY series, the RN series, the Monteer series, and the MJ series (Click here to learn more). The ALLTY series are our most compact lights that still pack a serious punch and are ideal for riders who need to illuminate their path on dark roads. The RAY and RN series come with bigger light output and a bigger form factor. The MJ and Monteer Series lights come with an external batter pack to provide that extra boost. The Monteer series includes the Monteer 3500S, Monteer 5000S, Monteer 6500S, and Monteer 8000S. These front lights provide 3500, 5000, 6500, and 8000 lumens of output, respectively, and are perfect for riders who frequently travel on mountain trails or off-road terrain. Finally, the MJ series includes the several lighter-weight options that are perfect for either bar or helmet mounting.
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E-bike Lights

Magicshine also offers a number of lights that can be wired directly into your E-bike’s motor, thus removing the need to charge your light’s battery. Simply charge your bike, and you’ll be ready to roll. When purchasing a E-bike light, be sure to do some research to ensure compatibility between your specific bike motor and the light you’re purchasing. We offer several cable adapters that support Brose, Bosch, Shimano and Yamaha systems.

Key Factors When Choosing a Bike Light

When choosing a bike light, there are several key factors that you need to consider. These factors include the intended use, the brightness output, the battery life, and the mounting system.
Again, please note that this is a general size chart and may vary depending on the brand and model of the bike. It's always best to consult with a bike expert or test ride different sizes to ensure the best fit for your body and riding style.

Intended Use

The first thing you need to consider when choosing a bike light is your intended use. Do you need a front light to illuminate your path on dark roads or trails? Or do you need a taillight to increase your visibility to motorists approaching from behind? On the road, handlebar mounted front lights are usually sufficient. For trail riding, we highly recommend a combination of handlebar and helmet mounted lights.

Consider your cycling habits and choose a light that suits your needs.

Brightness Output

The brightness output is another crucial factor to consider. The brightness of a light is measured in lumens, and the higher the lumens, the brighter the light. If you frequently ride in low-light conditions, consider choosing a light with a high lumen output to improve your visibility and safety. However, some lights, like most in the Monteer series, are probably too bright for the road and are better left for the trails.

Battery Life

The battery life of a bike light is another important factor to consider. A longer battery life means that you can use your light for longer periods without needing to recharge it. If you frequently take long rides, consider choosing a light with a longer battery life to ensure that it will last for the duration of your ride. Our lights all come with a variety of brightness settings, so you can maximize your battery life depending on road or trail conditions and the length of your ride.
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Mounting System

Finally, you need to consider the mounting system. Some lights come with a handlebar mount, while others offer a helmet mount or both. Consider your riding style and choose a mounting system that will work best for you. A handlebar mount is ideal for city riding, while a combination of a handlebar mount and a helmet mount is better for off-road terrain. Our lights come with a quick-release mounting system, which allows you to easily remove the light when not in use.


In conclusion, Magicshine offers a wide range of bike lights to cater to the needs of every cyclist. When choosing a bike light, consider your intended use, the brightness output, the battery life, and the mounting system. With the right bike light, you can stay visible and safe while enjoying your ride, whether you're commuting to work or exploring off-road trails. Invest in a quality bike light from Magicshine today and ride with confidence.


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