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"In Germany, bicycle lights have to be approved for street use. This approval is called the StVZO. While these rules only apply to those riding their bikes in Germany, all StVZO approved bicycle lights are great at not blinding others and providing the right amount of light. Please refer to your local authorities regarding what requirements bicycle lights need to meet to be street safe."

Björn, Product Management

Bicycle lights powered by batteries are extremely practical. They are available in a wide range of sizes, brightness and price levels and can be mounted and removed from virtually any bicycle in no time.

To make it easier for you to choose when buying your bicycle light, we have tested various battery lights in total darkness and at maximum luminosity. To estimate the distance, the pylons on the pictures are set up at a 10 meters from each other.

Camera setup:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Aperture: F/8
  • Exposure: 1/8 sec.
  • ISO: 2000
  • Focal length: 24 mm

High-priced battery light comparison

Lupine SL AF 4 LED Front Light
  • Burn Time: 1.5 - 17 h
  • Brightness: 1300 lumens
  • Illumination Modes: 4
  • Weight: 205 g
  • Battery: li-ion
352.94€
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Supernova Airstream 2 LED 205 Lumen Front Light - StVZO Approved
  • Burn Time: 2.5 - 14 h
  • Brightness: 205 lumens
  • Illumination Modes: 3
  • Weight: 165 g
  • Battery: li-ion
150.42€
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busch+müller Ixon Space LED Front Light - StVZO Approved
  • Burn Time: 2 - 30 h
  • Brightness: 150 lux
  • Illumination Modes: 2
  • Weight: 240 g
  • Battery: li-ion
133.61€
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Lezyne Lite Drive Pro 80 Loaded Version LED Front Light
  • Burn Time: 2 - 6.5 h
  • Brightness: 290 lumens
  • Illumination Modes: 3
  • Weight: 165 g
  • Battery: li-ion
83.99€
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Knog Blinder Beam 300 USB LED Front Light - StVZO Approved
  • Burn Time: 1.5 - 4.4 h
  • Brightness: 300 lumens
  • Illumination Modes: 3
  • Weight: 150 g
  • Battery: li-polymer
83.99€
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Medium-priced battery light comparison

CATEYE GVolt 70 LED Front Light - StVZO Approved
  • Burn Time: 2 - 15 h
  • Brightness: 70 lux
  • Illumination Modes: 3
  • Weight: 96.5 g
  • Battery: li-ion
54.61€
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busch+müller Ixon Core LED Front Light - StVZO Approved
  • Burn Time: 3 - 15 h
  • Brightness: 50 lux
  • Illumination Modes: 2
  • Weight: 112 g
  • Battery: li-ion
46.18€
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Lezyne Hecto 40 Front Light - 2018 Model
  • Burn Time: 1.5 - 2.5 h
  • Brightness: 140 lumens
  • Illumination Modes: 2
  • Weight: 113 g
  • Battery: li-polymer
33.57€
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Knog Blinder MOB USB LED Front Light - StVZO Approved
  • Burn Time: 2 - 3.2 h
  • Brightness: 80 lumens
  • Illumination Modes: 2
  • Weight: 41 g
  • Battery: li-polymer
31.89€
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busch+müller Ixon Fyre LED Front Light - StVZO Approved
  • Burn Time: 5 - 15 h
  • Brightness: 30 lux
  • Illumination Modes: 2
  • Weight: 143 g
  • Battery: li-ion
28.53€
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Low-priced battery light comparison

Sigma Aura 40 Front Light - 2018 Model - StVZO Approved
  • Burn Time: 3.5 - 7 h
  • Brightness: 40 lux
  • Illumination Modes: 2
  • Weight: 91 g
  • Battery: li-ion
23.49€
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VDO ECO Light M30 Front Light
  • Burn Time: 3 - 9 h
  • Brightness: 30 lux
  • Illumination Modes: 2
  • Weight:
  • Battery: li-ion
22.65€
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Axa Compactline 20 USB Front Light - StVZO Approved
  • Burn Time: 6 - 12 h
  • Brightness: 20 lux
  • Illumination Modes: 2
  • Weight:
  • Battery: li-ion
19.29€
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CATEYE HL-EL350G GVolt20 LED Front Light - StVZO Approved
  • Burn Time: 2 - 9 h
  • Brightness: 20 lux
  • Illumination Modes: 2
  • Weight: 91 g
  • Battery: 2 x AA
15.08€
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Sigma Aura 25 LED Front Light - 2018 Model - StVZO Approved
  • Burn Time: 5 - 7 h
  • Brightness: 25 lux
  • Illumination Modes: 2
  • Weight: 70 g
  • Battery: 2 x AA
9.20€
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Dynamo lights have the advantage over battery bicycle lights that they are always ready for use. You never have to worry about whether the batteries are charged or not. 

To make it easier for you to choose your dynamo light, we have tested several models in total darkness. The pylons on the pictures serve to estimate the distance. These are set up at a distance of 10 metres apart.

Camera setup:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Aperture: F/8
  • Exposure: 1/3 sec.
  • ISO: 2000
  • Focal length: 24 mm

High-priced dynamo light comparison

busch+müller Lumotec Luxos IQ2 U LED Front Light - StVZO Approved
  • Brightness: 70/90 lux
  • Switch: on/off/auto
  • Standing Light: yes (can be switched off)
133.61€
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SON Edelux II LED Front Light - StVZO Approved
  • Brightness: 100 lux
  • Switch: on/off/auto
  • Standing Light: yes
from 116.81€
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Supernova E3 Pure 3 LED Front Light - StVZO Approved
  • Brightness: 205 lumens
  • Switch: auto
  • Standing Light: yes
105.04€
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busch+müller Lumotec IQ-X T Senso Plus LED Front Light - StVZO Approved - 2016
  • Brightness: 100 lux
  • Switch: on/off
  • Standing Light: yes (can be switched off)
100.00€
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busch+müller Luxos Lumotec IQ2 B LED Front Light - StVZO Approved
  • Brightness: 70 lux
  • Switch: on/off/auto
  • Standing Light: yes
91.60€
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Medium-priced dynamo light comparison

busch+müller Lumotec IQ Cyo Premium R T Senso Plus LED Front Light - StVZO Approved
  • Brightness: 60 lux
  • Switch: on/off/auto
  • Standing Light: yes (can be switched off)
64.29€
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busch+müller IQ-XS LED Front Light - StVZO Approved
  • Brightness: 70 lux
  • Switch: on/off/auto
  • Standing Light: yes (can be switched off)
58.78€
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busch+müller Lumotec IQ Onefive T Senso Plus LED Front Light 2016 - StVZO Approved
  • Brightness: 30 lux
  • Switch: on/off/auto
  • Standing Light: yes (can be switched off)
28.53€
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busch+müller Lumotec Classic N Plus LED Front Light - StVZO Approved
  • Brightness: 25 lux
  • Switch: on/off
  • Standing Light: yes
31.89€
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busch+müller Lumotec IQ Avy N LED Front Light - StVZO Approved
  • Brightness: 40 lux
  • Switch: on/off
  • Standing Light: --
21.43€
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Low-priced dynamo light comparison

Axa Pico 30 Steady Automatic LED Front Light - StVZO Approved
  • Brightness: 30 lux
  • Switch: on/off/auto
  • Standing Light: yes
16.76€
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Axa Blueline 30 Steady Auto LED Front Light - 2016 Model - StVZO Approved
  • Brightness: 30 lux
  • Switch: auto
  • Standing Light: yes
16.76€
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busch+müller UPP N Plus LED Front Light - StVZO Approved
  • Brightness: 30 lux
  • Switch: on/off
  • Standing Light: yes
15.92€
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busch+müller Lumotec Lyt B N LED Front Light - StVZO Approved
  • Brightness: 20 lux
  • Switch: on/off
  • Standing Light: --
14.24€
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Axa Compactline 20 Front Light - StVZO Approved
  • Brightness: 20 lux
  • Switch: on/off
  • Standing Light: --
12.56€
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