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Electric scooters for adults are fast becoming the number one alternative to e-bikes. Their sustainable features mean it’s only a matter of time before privately-owned electric scooters are legalised for road use.
With that in mind, it’s a good idea to look at how you can make your scooter suitable for public use.
An essential safety feature is a comprehensive lighting system that enables other road users to see you and prevents accidents.
In this post, we’ll look at everything you need to consider when purchasing lights for your e-scooter and reveal our top 10 light choices.
Lights for Electric Scooters: The Basics
When it comes to lights for electric scooters, there’s no one size fits all solution.
But that’s a good thing because you’ll have a lot of choices and will find the right lights for your needs.
Many people turn to e-bike lights, which are just as compatible with scooters, but you should always check with the manufacturer before making a purchase.
Let’s take a look at the most common types of electric scooter lights.
The main headlight is a must-have for scooter riding at night, and it’s something you cannot afford to compromise on.
Most scooters come with a built-in headlight – but it often lacks power.
As the main light is responsible for helping you to see the road and any oncoming traffic, manufacturers will often add extra features such as a more extended range, adjustable light angles and different illumination modes.
Turn Signals or Wing Lights
You might have people calling turn signals wing lights, which are essentially the same as car indicators.
They’re not a standard feature on scooters yet, because of the current legislation, but wing lights will soon be essential to a safe riding experience.
You’ll find brake lights on the rear fender or deck, and they’re usually red or orange.
As you probably guessed, the lights automatically activate when you brake, but some models will flash on and off. Some scooters also have a function that allows you to turn the brake lights on permanently.
Some countries that allow private e-scooter usage on public roads made brake lights a legal requirement because drivers might struggle to see a scooter rider in front of them.
The coolest – but not the most practical solution – LED strips to add some sparkle to your scooter.
You can place them on the stem of your scooter, the bottom of the deck and along the deck sides to increase your visibility.
Most LED strips come in a range of fun colours, and some flash on and off. The important thing to remember with LED strips is that they will be effective, but you should always make sure you use another form of lighting to ensure you remain safe on the road.
Things to Consider When Buying Lights For Your E-Scooter
There are very few lights designed explicitly for scooters around, but bike lights are the perfect solution if you want to make sure you’re safe on the road.
From your budget to run time and brightness, there are so many things to consider.
Knowing what you’re looking for will save you a lot of time and money, so let’s explore each in more detail.
What’s Your Budget?
There’s no point in spending money you don’t have, but you also don’t want to settle for substandard scooter lights.
When we looked at the variety of lights on offer, most manufacturers offer Clear Pay or Klarna payment plans.
If you’re willing to invest in high-quality lights, it’s worth exploring this option. A cheap set of lights will perform well in the short term, but if you’re riding your scooter in rainy conditions, then it’s best to invest in lights that will stand the test of time.
The Lumen Factor
Lumens refer to how bright a light is, so they’re an essential factor when choosing your e-scooter lighting. The higher the lumen count is, the brighter the light will be, so it’s vital to choose a light that will protect you on the road.
If you’re not sure about the lumen brightness you’ll need, you can base your decision on where and when you use your e-scooter.
100 Lumens & Below: Ideally suited for using your scooter on busy streets and in areas with adequate lighting.
100 – 300 Lumens
If you live in a busy town, it’s always a good idea to make sure people can see you properly. Electric scooters usually have built-in lights, but it’s always best to increase your lumen output when using the scooter in heavy traffic areas.
300 – 1000 Lumens
Anything above 300 lumens is considered bright and perfect for people to see the road ahead of them and make sure other drivers can see the scooter.
If you’re looking for a comprehensive lighting system, then 1000 lumens won’t let you down. Any light with this rating will provide you with extensive visibility, but it will create a significant dent in your wallet.
In general, the light you choose should suit your needs, and we’d always recommend that you choose a brighter model because as you get to grips with your e-scooter, you’ll probably want to explore other locations.
Light modes are important because they define the experience you’ll have.
Some lights have automatic features, while you can activate others at the click of a button.
You’ll pay more for automatic functions, but it’s worth the money if you plan to use your electric scooter in both high-traffic and remote areas.
Most lights today have USB charging functions, but some budget models use traditional batteries. The main problem with this is they might not offer enough power for your needs.
The Best Electric Scooter Lights
So, now you know which features and functions you should look for when choosing lights for your e-scooter, it’s time to reveal our top ten choices.
Our experts have been hard at work, looking at lights from the biggest e-scooter and bike accessory brands. Let’s dive in.
If you’re looking for a comprehensive scooter lighting solution, you can’t go wrong with the Scooter Night-Ops pack from Shred Lights. With 1000 lumens of helmet and headlight power, you’ll be able to see up to 30 metres ahead and will be visible to road users from over a mile away.
The taillight also has 40 lumens of power, and you can use the USB charging kit, which comes with the pack. Other accessories such as the helmet and bar mounts offer a customisable experience, prioritising road safety above all things.
Overall, the scooter night ops pack is bursting with features, and the option to pay in instalments is ideal if you’re on a budget.
The Nite Rider Lumina 1100 Combo is perfect if you want a flexible scooter lighting solution.
The compact design means you can also use the lights for walking and riding a bike. With a variety of modes, you can tailor the power output according to your needs.
Two clicks of the power button activate the boost mode, and Nite Rider uses an innovative CREE LED system, one of the best lighting options on the market today.
Overall, this duel lighting pack offers a great deal of functionality, but we especially like how easy they are to use – even when you’re on the move. Regardless of the time of day, these lights will offer an output solution that keeps you safe on the road.
Board Blazers are known for their funky lighting solutions, so we were thrilled to see the company introduce a scooter disco light.
You can attach the light by simply wrapping it around your handlebars and enjoy the impressive range of colours it provides.
When it comes to functionality, this light doesn’t offer as many features as other lights – but its main focus is providing a fun experience for riders.
We’d recommend it if you want to have some fun with your scooter, but safer alternatives are better for road users.
Cat Eye: AMPP200
Cat Eye is one of the larger scooter and bike accessory providers, and the AMPP200 combines functionality with powerful lighting to offer an excellent experience for electric scooter users.
The rubber mount is easy to install, and the 360° adjustable light provides 200 lumens of power.
One of the best features of the AMPP200 is its battery life indicator, and there are three light modes, including the flashing feature, which you can activate with one click of the power button.
Overall, this light offers a great deal of output, and it uses a micro USB charger. If you’re a fan of high-tech specs such as OptiCube lens technology, then you can’t go wrong with this expert solution from Cat Eye.
Halfords: 1000 Lumen Bike Light
Halfords specialise in bikes, but the companies lighting solutions are perfect for electric scooters. Offering 1000 lumens of power, the CREE LED’s will provide five light settings, ranging from 15 to 1000 lumens and have three modes: day flashing, flashing and pulse.
Better still, the light comes with an IPX5 water-resistant rating and has rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Our favourite feature is the battery saver mode, which will instantly kick in when your power runs low.
The lights will switch modes and flash, which preserves your battery life without compromising your visibility on the road. You can rest assured that the Halfords 1000 bike light is a worthy investment with its competitive price.
Leyzne: Lite Pro Drive 800 Switch
If you have a higher wattage e-scooter, then Leyzne’s 800 Switch light won’t let you down. It’s specifically designed to provide the maximum output possible and uses advanced MOR (maximum optical reflection) and cooling fins to minimise the heat output from the lighting system.
The system comes with a mount, a 130cm power cable and adjustable output settings to save your battery. You can choose between 800 lumens for dark conditions, 400 lumens for general nighttime usage and 150 lumens for economy mode.
Overall, this is a great light – but it’s designed for high wattage e-scooters, so it’s best to check both your scooter and battery system are compatible with the Lite Pro Drive before you make a purchase.
Who says electric scooter owners can’t have some fun with their lighting solutions? The team at XPIRIT combine 80’s style with LED functionality to bring you a fun-filled solution for your e-scooter. But do these pink flashing lights offer enough output for a safe and comfortable ride?
You can place the lights on the side of your deck and scooter frame to maximise your visibility on the road, and there are three modes to choose between.
The slow and rapid blinking modes are ideal if you don’t need constant light, but the always-on option is available for when you’re on the road.
These lights won’t measure up against high lumen headlights from other brands, but if you’re looking for something fun, they’re a worthy competitor. The company also offers different colours, including white and green, so you don’t have to stick to pink.
LifeLine: Ori Power Bank Front Light
When it comes to multi-functional lights for bikes and e-scooters, the Ori front light packs a real punch. It’s bursting with valuable features, including a USB power bank, which offers a fantastic output for riders.
Three LED lights operate in unison, with the front light taking centre stage. It omits 1000 lumens, while the sidelights run at 350 lumens each. You can choose whether to use just the front light or sidelights to save battery power.
If you decide to use only the sidelights, you can set them to their maximum range of 700 lumens. Perhaps the best feature of LifeLine’s light set is the power bank, enabling you to charge your phone or use sat nav as you ride.
At such competitive prices, powered lighting systems for e-scooters don’t get any better than this.
CYCL: Winglights Fixed V3
Most people don’t think about wing lights when they buy their first electric scooter, but soon, private scooters will be legalised for road use.
However, there will be strict guidelines regarding road safety, and wing lights might become an essential accessory for your electric scooter.
They’re already popular with e-bike users, and the wing lights act as indicators so you can alert other road users to your intentions. Most accidents occur at junctions, but wing lights enhance your visibility and will keep you safe.
While they’re not essential for most electric scooters at this point, the impending legalisation to make electric scooters legal will make CYCL wing lights more relevant than ever.
Pure Electric: Moon Meteor Comet-X Light Set
If you’re looking for ultimate road safety, this light combination won’t let you down. The Comet-X rear brake light is ideal for scooters, while the Moon Meteor front light offers 450 lumens. With a variety of modes to choose between, you can customise your experience to suit your needs.
The rear COB LED light has a high output, which enables other road users to see you, which will avoid accidents. One of our favourite aspects of Pure Electric’s light combo is its automatic sensors, which will switch the lights off when you don’t need them to preserve power.
With a water-resistant rating of IP4X and rechargeable lithium-polymer batteries, this light set is perfect for your private electric scooter.
The Bottom Line
There’s a massive range of lights for scooters you can buy, so we’d advise you to do some research and choose a light that suits your needs.
Lights keep you and other road users safe, and in the very near future, they’ll play a vital role in you using your e-scooter on public roads. With that in mind, here are the essential points you should think about when purchasing a light.
- Buy a light that suits your budget, but remember that many companies offer payment plans for premium lights.
- Think about where you’ll use the e-scooter as it will define the light you need. If you plan to use your e-scooter on country lanes, then you’ll want the maximum lumen rating you can find.
- Always put safety over style.
If you choose LED strips, remember to purchase a front and rear light too.
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