First, forgive me – put your driving hat on! Do you think the safety of your car could be improved if you drove around town at night with your high beam headlights?
Probably you’d agree that this would be counterproductive (and nobody does it).
So let’s think about the back of your car. Would you drive around town at night with your rear foglight on because you felt it made you safer? No (and again, nobody does this).
What about traffic lights? Making them twice, five times or ten times brighter than they are? (Maybe we could recycle the bulbs from car foglights when they’re scrapped to make traffic lights really hard to miss?)
News flash, people who shoot red lights already know they’re red…
You’ve probably figured out that I’m asking why we don’t seem to apply the same logic to the back of our bikes. There, “the brighter the better” seems to be the rule of the day, and it’s interesting to wonder why.
Personally I run two Radbot 1000 1w lights on my commuter (my tourer but has a Busch & Mueller dynamo rear light). Slightly in my defence I do mount my Radbot 1000s down low on my rear chain stays (DF) and low down on the seat stays (Bacchetta Giro) to try to minimise the negative aspects of using such bright lights.
On a positive note, I have had one motorist stop ahead of me to ask me about the lights as he found me very easy to see and was impressed by them. A second motorist has also commented positively at a set of traffic lights. I don't know if they have upset other riders or drivers so I don't have balanced feedback but .
I will be converting the Bacchetta Giro over to dynamo power before winter in 2014 (Australia here) and will then go with a Busch & Mueller tail light (probably the brake light type). I will be interested in how that works out; hopefully favourably as being hit from behind is a <a href="http://cyclepolice.com/profiling-cyclists-injured-in-crashes/">significant cause</a> of crashes involving cyclists here in Australia.
Has Dave got a point? What do you use and where do you mount them?