Now it was time to find out how the SL A performed on the street. I tested it for several nights on commutes and also on rides that took me away from brightly lit city streets and thoroughfares.
Already during my first outing at dusk, I noticed an important difference to other bicycle lights. I am talking about that time in the early evening when some riders still go without a light since its effect is usually not noticeable yet for one’s eye. It’s also the time when light conditions are constantly changing, it’s getting darker and darker every minute and being seen by other traffic participants, especially cars is so important in low light or maybe even against a setting sun. Here, the SL A’s 900 lumens of brightness were priceless as it already painted a clear light beam onto the pavement, drastically improving my visibility. And of course, not to mention that bump or pothole that I might have overlooked with a common light. The SL A gave me a feeling of safety and security.