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I often ride my bike to work (living just a mile away) and often I have to travel at dusk or dark. After a few months of doing it without lights I decided to buy a set with my dooyoo miles. I searched amazon and found the krypton set advertised for just £4.99. I didn't expect them to be brilliant but I thought they would do the basic job.
The box these come in is ok with a little info on the outside. The protective packaging is good and the product cant move around before opening. Included is also an instruction booklet, simple but has all relevant info including how to attach the included brackets. Instructions for working the lights is also good.
Although the brackets are strong and suitable for their purpose the actual lights themselves are made from a very cheap plastic. I was wary when attaching them as I didn't want them to buckle, crack or break. Because of this they arnt on perhaps as tight as they should be and wiggle slightly when going down a kerb
Battery life is short although they do come with a set of batteries. I use rechargeable ones which are better and cost me less. As I don't go very far I'm not too bothered that they don't last too long. I only need to recharge every 2 weeks or so. For people making longer journeys this product might be insufficient in terms of battery life and messing to change batteries more often.
The brightness of this product is the major downfall. They really arnt bright. It is enough to be seen and reflectors on the product do help but it really should be brighter to serve it's purpose well.
Overall this is ok for me but for daily commutors on bike or people who travel a long distance I wouldn't recommend.
Along with a helmet the second most important thing for nay bike is lights especially with now that winter is here and the mornings are dark and the sun is setting in the afternoon.
I bought a couple of different light sets for my bike knowing how unreliable they can be and one of them was this Torch Krypton set of upright bike lights. I bought a more expensive set from Halfords and these were a cheaper spare set I got from a local DIY store in town that cost me £7.99 but I see from dooyoo that they are available at amazon for a couple of pounds less than this.
They are a pretty basic set of lights being rectangular with the light on the top and a reflector part on the bottom of them. As is usual there is a red light and a white one for the front and back of your bike and you attach them to your bike by way of the supplied brackets and are convenient for putting on and off as and when you need to.
Once on they are a little unsteady when going over bumps and kerbs and will probably need adjusting a few times but this is rarely a major problem and only takes a couple of seconds to do. They are made of plastic and whilst they seem solid enough you can definitely tell that they are on the more budget end of the market.
They come already supplied with batteries which was a nice surprise and the manufacturers state that the lights will last on average 6 hours before the batteries need replacing which didn't really seem all that long to me. in reality the lights lasted probably half the stated time before they died but this was solely down to the cheap batteries that were supplied and once I had changed the them to better quality ones I would say that I am now probably averaging more than the 6 hours stated.
The light emitted from these lights is only average and whilst I do feel that anyone having them on their bike would be seen they definitely don't omit the brightest light and the white one is a lot clearer than the red is.
Over all I would say for the money these lights are fine for occasional use but if you are planning on being on your bike a lot in the darker mornings and nights then I definitely recommend that you go and get yourself a brighter pair but I do think that these are perfect for what I have them for as a spare you can keep in the house if there is ever any problem with your main ones.
** Torch LA4024 Krypton Front & Rear Bike Light Set **
I always say safety first! Especially on the road and I have heard too many stories about people getting wounded and killed simply because they weren't visible for the person in the car. With that thought I wanted to get some lights for our bikes because when the winter is coming it gets dark earlier and I hate biking the dark! When we looked on the internet we found these Torch LA4024 Krypton Front & Rear Bike Lights which sounded perfect for what we wanted!
What I liked about these is that they are not just lights but they also have reflectors! So the light from the car will be reflected on them which means better visibility! We bought these lights for 6 pounds and you get a front and rear bike light. The front light is white and the rear light is red. They come with a set of brackets so it was easy enough to attach and removed them from the bike. It also already comes with batteries that should last for 6 hours. So all in all it's a complete set.
Where they any good? Well I can't really say they are bad. The reflector has a good size so it would give enough light but it's just the lights themselves which were disappointing. They where just not bright enough for my liking. I didn't expect lights that would light up the whole street but these were hardly noticeable. Certainly not something I expected. We did gave them a try a few times but at the end I didn't feel comfortable with them. I bought them to feel save and they just didn't give me that feeling.
There are two good things about these lights and that's it the price and the reflectors but that's not good enough for me. The lights weren't bright enough for my liking so we decided to buy some new and more expensive ones. I was just glad these weren't that expensive.
Although I am yet to review my bike, I thought I should review my latest accessory for it as the afternoons are getting darker and I am sure more people will buy these at this time of year. I searched on a well known price comparison website and found this traditional light set to fit on my bicycle to make me more visible in the late afternoons and evenings. At only a couple of pounds I thought they looked good enough to stand out and so I bought them. I didnt want to go to somewhere like Halfords as I thought they would probably charge an arm and a leg.
The set of lights consists of a red rear and a white front light and the front bulb light mounts on the handlebars in the centre and does make me a little bit more noticeable from a distance. The lights have a built in reflector which is very useful and have a runtime of around 6 hours. This is quite adequate for a few journeys. The lights are made from tough moulded plastic and they seem very secure when in place and durable to adverse weather conditions.
My only real problem with the lights - which is quite a major one (!) is the fact that i dont feel they are very bright. The reflectors are quite large which is a good point, but the lights themselves dont shed enough light and I would be concerned if it began to rain or the visibility worsened. Overall, you certainly get what you pay for which is very little! Yes, they would suffice, but it would be like putting a tea cosey over your head instead of a helmet in case you crash! I think there needs to be a trip made to my local Halfords afterall, and a proper set bought.
I would definately suggest you swerve these lights and look for a more adequate lighting solution. Its no good saving a few pounds if you wont be noticed and be run over!
At my old job, I would cycle to work, and although it was never pitch-black going either way, I found the winter mornings especially were quite gloomy, and I was concerned that I wasn´t that visible to traffic, especially when people aren´t always at their most alert early in the morning.
I bought these to make me more visible, and found that they were in some ways good, but I wouldn´t necessarily recommend them. One of the positive aspects about this product is the light they give off - you are very visible on the road, and can be seen from the front and the back, which is important. They also have large reflective panels, as you can see in the picture, so even if they aren´t switched on, they are helping you to be seen.
The negative thing about this product is that I found it quite difficult to get them to stay put on the bike, and they´d often slip and slide about, meaning I´d have to correct them while I was cycling, which didn´t seem that safe. This was more a problem with the front light than the back. However, they are quite easy to fit on, and can be taken off just as easily if you want to put them in your bag, which is what I did while I was at work or if I left the bike for any extended time.
They can fix onto the seat post and the handlebars, and overall I was glad I bought them, but I would try a different pair next time. Bike lights are important, but these aren´t the best.
We had a set of these Torch style cycle lights on one of our bikes some time ago and whilst we did have them in use for a while they were not the best lights in terms of reliability and I would certainly not want to buy them again. Not only did they have a certain amount of rust around the battery terminals, but the supplied batteries were very poor with just 3 of the 4 in working order even from the outset.
We have replaced these lights with a nicer more curved and modern looking set which work far better and also take up less room on the front and rear of the bike frame. When we bought our Krypton Torch lights from a local store they were very cheap at just £4.99 for the 2 lights. The price was the over riding factor in choosing them at the time and it has brought home the lesson that cheapest is not always best when it comes to these things.
One of the things that was in the favour of the set of lights was that they came with a set of brackets so that you could attach and remove them from the bike. They were easy to site on the main frame posts at both the front and rear of the bike. Although once the lights were in place they did look clumpy, angular and a bit old fashioned.
The red light for the rear of the bike had a good sized reflector panel on it which we liked and worked reasonably well, giving just enough light to be seen in the dark by on coming cars. The front light we had was another kettle of fish and worked when it fancied it. So the light it gave could cut out at any time in the most inconvenient places, which was something that caused us to replace the set due to safety issues.
********************************************************** I have to put this intermittent failure of the font light down to rust issues on the terminals, as the batteries that came with the set had been in place for what looked like some time. Even when we got the front light working briefly after a clean up, it didn't give off much of a bright light and still was prone to cutting out. It certainly couldn't compete with more modern LED style cycle lights that we now have.
This overall lack of brightness was very disappointing considering the product was sold as a 'krypton lighting ' product. The only bits of the product that were of any real benefit were the reflective panels, which were of a good size and so could easily be seen by oncoming cars with their headlights on. As we found that the light set didn't work as well as we hoped and also seemed to eat batteries like they were going out of style, its not something that could be recommended. Because of the issues we had the set gets a very low but generous 2 star rating, with most of that being awarded due the to reflector panels.