With autumn looming it’s time to get in some fresh lighting stock. But with so many manufacturer’s claiming to have the ‘brightest’, or widest beam, where should you start? Mark Sutton shines a light on some of the market’s many offerings…

Sector guide: Road and MTB lighting

Just landed in stock with UK distributor Upgrade, Leyzne’s new Zecto Drive Pro LED is both a front and a rear light, priced at just £44.99.
At just 51 grams, it’s light for a triple LED set up. Two of those LEDs included are white and the third red, with the former emitting some 180 lumens – more than enough for use on the roads.
Its lithium polymer battery is USB rechargeable too, so perfect for the office workers among us. Run times range two to six and a half hours depending on the mode and the light is kitted out with a clip for attaching to a bag, as well as a rubber strap for attachment to the bike.
Another unit Upgrade are particularly pleased with is the 800 lumen, £124.99 Deca Drive, which carries three high-ouput white LEDs, mounted in custom Uniform Power Beam “MOR” lens for increased output efficiency and optimum beam pattern. 01403 711 611

Bike Lights UK
Beema has joined the Bike Lights UK stable, alongside the Magicshine label.
With a focus on high-powered units for off-road, Beema’s started big with the AS-2000, a 2,000 lumen unit with a 300m range. With buttons found on the back of the light to control output, the rider can flick between settings in the saddle and even switch to strobe to ensure motorists know you’re ahead.
The body is channelled to resist overheating and mounted using proven O-rings. The Beema AS-2000 comes with a Beema 6600 mAh rechargeable battery pack that is fully IP65 grade waterproof. This endurance battery allows the light to have a run time between 2.9 hours and 10 hours dependent on which settings are in use. All items including the battery come with a two year full warranty.
01642 711 045

Claud Butler
EXILE by Claud Butler is a new lighting brand released to the cycle trade late last year.
This range has recently undergone an overhaul and the new 2014 line-up is now available for pre orders. The range consists of over 20 models including the silicon LEDs, the more advanced performance three watt LED aluminium lights and the environmentally and cost friendly Solar Powered light.
A full range of replacement brackets are also available for this line of lights. Attractive margins and a great stock in deal should help drive sales going into the winter months.
For more details call Claud Butler on 01652 656000

Moore Large
Designed to be one of Knog’s most versatile lights, the front and rear Road Blinders emit 200 and 70 lumens, respectively.
Delivered in a compact, USB rechargeable, waterproof, integrated package, the Road Blinder is slipped on and off with a silicone strap. It’s adjustable too, with a camber attachment making it suitable for road bike bars measuring 22-27mm/27-35mm and rear posts 22–35mm.
High intensity CREE LEDs, combined with either a 22-degree wide-angle beam, or 15 degree spotlight, the light claims to be visible from 1,000 metres away. Weighing a compact 75 grams up front and 52 grams on the rear, the Blinder Roads fully charge in five hours.
Moore Large also has new digital POS systems coming in to assist Knog sales, featuring a ten inch interactive display. In addition, the distributor has a triple counter stand, mixed Blinder counter stand and POS slatwall. 01332 274200

Cube provides a wide range of Cycle lights, with the cycling lights Colour range recently expanded with the new Black/Neon red version.
The light is easily attached to the bike, waterproof and produces a proper beam of light. Manageable with two simple functions, flashing and permanent, the unit comes with batteries included. An ideal solution for the customer who likes to colour match everything on their bike.
+31 180441350.

With CatEye and the recent addition of Blackburn to its stable, Zyro has a good variety of cycle lights for both the commuting customer and the woods dweller.
For a £49.99 investment, your customers could take home either the Volt 300, or Volt 50 lights. The former is a lightweight, 120 gram 300-lumen light that is kitted out with a USB rechargeable li-ion battery. The Volt 50 is Cateye’s answer to a long burning rear light, with run times of between eight and 20 hours.
A docking station to recharge both is sold separately for £8.99, while a battery to fit will cost £20.
Blackburn’s best-selling Mars series is now fronted by the 3.0 at £19.99. With five LEDs, as well as side amber LEDs, its not only noticeable, but versatile in its mounting. A belt clip, seat post clamp and rack mount option give the rider plenty of options. The Mars 3.0 will run for between 50 and 150 hours, dependant on usage.
01845 521700

San Diego lighting label NiteRider has a renewed focus on road and commuter cycling with its 2013 to 2014 catalogue.
The range sparks up with the Mako 5 front light at only £14.99, which also comes as a combo pack set with the rear TL5.0 for just £22.99.
For the rider who needs top performance in a small, lightweight package, the Lumina Micro 220 is a USB chargeable micro light with a massive, real and measured 220-lumen output at only £54.99.
0844 811 2001

The Exposure range swells further this year with the introduction of a USB charging commuter specific light set, making the brand accessible to all.
A new head torch project will be revealed shortly and spread the Exposure name further into the outdoor market. New technology crammed into the high-end lights further challenges the market’s competition with a new helmet light at the forefront of the new catalogue.
Reliability and customer service have been key in maintaining the growth of the brand to date and this continues to be a focus of the Exposure team. The growth of Exposure alongside USE is leading to a new bespoke premises housing the machining, production and offices slightly further along the South Downs Way in Bury.
01798 344477

For the customer looking to spend up to £25 per light, Oxford products have a few solutions.
For up front, the £25, three-watt LED Ultratorch takes just one AA battery and attaches through a simple silicone quick release.
For the customer who needs a simple yet effective rear light, Oxford Tail light has a 40 to 60 hour burn time from two AAA batteries. Claiming to be visible for up to 500m, it is designed to keep the elements at bay and is easily mounted via a sturdy plastic bracket.
01993 862 300

Fisher Outdoor
With both Smart and now a new addition in LUU lights, Fisher Outdoor has a range of stock, which tops out with the new brand’s 2,400 lumen Ultra Pro at £379.99.
LUU lighting is a South Korean brand whose products range from £89.99 to £379.99 (380 to 2400 Lumen). Performance and quality are taken care of by some big names in the business, with battery technology delivered only in the form of Samsung Li-ion cells. This gives what the firm says is the longest burn time for power of any currently lights available. The simple to use and fit bar mount is stable and holds the light tightly in place regardless of usage.
A 520-lumen Pico Pro demo unit is available to dealers on request, while the eight product strong line is arriving with Fisher from the middle of August. For a more every day kind of sale, Smart has front and rear light sets ranging from £19.99 through £54.99 with three SKUs in between the lowest and highest priced package. Top of that group is the LUX 35, which offers 8, 15 or 30 hour burn times in various modes.
01727 798345

For those with a Raleigh account, you have access to the RSP line, perhaps best suited to the commuter, as well as the Moon range, which has a number of high-lumen units ideal for the night time adventurer.
Moon’s new Crescent light carries high powered COB LEDs, emitting up to 50 lumens, all from a USB recharge taking just two hours.
This year’s 200 lumen Metor light also comes USB rechargeable with a two hour cycle. With one Cree XTE R5 LED, shining through a precision optical lens, this unit comes supplied with handlebar and helmet brackets.
RSP’S RX480 does give the Raleigh own brand a flagship unit with a high-output of 480-lumens. Four high-powered LEDs and a combination of good side visibility, a collimator lens to maximise output and the ability to USB recharge make this a top choice.
01773 532600

Light and Motion offer one of the more high-powered package deals among our selection, with a £99 kit comprising the Urban 200 ruby and vis 180 micro twinpack.
The front light will pump out 200 lumens for a duration of two and a half hours, or 75 lumens for up to eight hours. The rear can last up to 20 hours on flashing mode.
Both carry a li-ion battery and have micro-USB ports to charge at the computer and mounts for the handlebar and seatpost are included.
Furthermore, amber side windows enhance the light’s side visibility, making the rider more visible at junctions. The front light supplies the remaining battery power, allowing the rider to track their usage.
01908 326000

Having just signed up the distribution rights to lighting label GUEE, Dawes has a label that’s already performing well in several far eastern territories.
Individual retail prices start from just £8.99 for the little silicon ‘Camaro’ LED, offering the clever addition of 20+/- degree horizontal beam adjustment. The range spans through to the £34.99 ‘Sol200’ headlamp. With a 200 Lumen output, micro-USB recharge, a ‘Smart-R’ adjustable bracket and burn-times of up to 10hrs, the tiny 70mm long headlamp offers great output for a sub £35 unit.
0121 748 8050

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