# Bicycle Lights for regular folks

Personally, I just really have owned a lot of bike lights. Starting with the Light & Motion NiMH Metal ARC that weighed in at over three pounds, but over the last 20 years, things have really stabilized around LED lights and they are small and lightweight, so here are some recommendations:

1. Garmin Vario UT 800 Light and RTL 515 Radar. OK, if you are bicycling nut, then if you have bike computer, these are the ones to get. They turn on and off depending on motion and the rear system has a radar in it and it shows on your bike's computer. I haven't ridden outside very much, but while heavy, they are very bright. There is a new radar with a camera, but the RTL 715 is way bigger and bulkier. Also these days, you don't need the UT800 as there are lots of ANT+ compatible lights, but the mount is nicely integrated with the Garmin mount. Today, I actually run a Karoo 2 with the Garmin adapter and this works well. The Radar is expensive at $150, but the regret factor is high when someone runs you over. 2. NiteRider Lumina 750. If you don't need a bike computer, then you don't need to spend as much. Outdoor Gear Labs is pretty reliable and likes the Lumina 750 as a front-mounted light and it is just$70 unlike the Garmin combination above but those reviews are four years old from 2018.
3. Bontrager Ion 200 and Flare RT. Bicycling Magazine has a much newer 2020 review and for daytime, they like this front and rear light, they aren't smart, but they sure are small for $130. These are also ANT+ compatible so they will work with your computer. 4. Ascher USB Rechargeable. Hey at$16 for a set, these are cheap and disposable, so good if it's really a bike you don't care that much about.