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The top 18 best waterproof bicycle lights

In this article I’m going to provide an overview of some of the best waterproof bicycle lights.

There are various levels of being waterproof. And the standard that describes the particular level is either the IP or IPX rating. The two differ insofar IPX ratings include the ability of the light to be submerged in water, hence a light with an IPX rating is better protected against the elements.

Since we’re talking about bicycle lights, unless you ride your bike into the canal, the main enemy of a light will be rain. I’ve chosen lights with at least an IP65 rating or higher, or an IPX rating. This means your bicycle light will be more than adequately protected against rain.

Another thing to take into consideration when buying a certain light and looking at its level of being waterproof, is the charging port. A charging port is obviously never waterproof. Sometimes the port is located at the back, sometimes at the side, and sometimes underneath the light, between the clamp and the light. The last option is offers the best protection, so keep that in mind.

I’ve included a large list of lights, because there’s quite a difference in price based on how much lumen you want your light to have. You can find a table overview at the end of the article.

And with that out of the way, let’s see what’s on my list of the best waterproof bicycle lights.

Exposure Sirius Mk9 DayBright

The Exposure Sirius Mk9 DayBright is one of the best-looking sub-1000 lumen front bike lights you can find.

An excellent waterproof aluminium housing holds a large 2900 mAh battery powering this 800 lumen light. Considering the fact the light weighs only 82 grams, it gives you up to 30 hours of battery life.

A handlebar mount is provided but a GoPro adapter is available for other mounting options, as well as an optional helmet mount.

The single LED throws a very bright spotlight with a descent enough spread, making this one of the best options for road cycling and daily commuting, or for trail riding when mounted on a helmet.

Exposure Sirius Mk9 DayBright Value
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Reasons to buy
Very lightweight, superb build quality, fantastic helmet option
Reasons to avoid
None

Knog PWR Road 700 Front Bike Light

The Knog PWR Road 700 Front Bike Light is one of the most distinctive (and expensive) bike lights within its category.

Knog’s modular approach let’s you swap out the power bank, which means you theoretically hook the light up to their maxium 10000 mAh battery.

Besides bike lights, Knog also offers torches, speakers, and the like to power with the battery, which is also a power bank.

I don’t know of other bike lights that offer this feature, which should put it on top of the list of bikepackers and long distance touring.

The head has a twist feature to power it on or of, which is a nice touch when you use this as a helmet light with the optional mount.

The waterproof aluminium housing is extremely well designed in anodized black with red elements.

It offers 2 flood light LED’s and a single spotlight, which offers a beam suitable for anything but mountain biking.

There are 6 light modes which can be further customized using a proprietary app. You toggle each mode by turning the light, so there’s no power button. And because there isn’t you have a 4-strip LED on top of the light as a battery indicator.

Charging is done with the help of a micro usb located on the inside of the 3300 mAh battery, ensuring no water can get inside the battery.

The design of this light feels fresh and well-thought out. It certainly is one of the best looking ones, and the plethora of available mounting options ensure you can place the light anywhere you want.

Knog PWR Road 700 Front Bike Light Value
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Reasons to buy
Great-looking light, unique modular design
Reasons to avoid
Expensive

Knog PWR Trail 1100L Front Bike Light

Knog is of course well known for their happy multi colored frog lights. With their PWR modular system they’re taking on the competition in the premium bicycle lighting department. The Knog PWR Trail is their second-most powerful light at 1100 lumen powered by a 5000 mAh battery.

The lights has a modular setup, which means that the light and battery are two separate units. When buying as a singular package the most obvious feature is that the battery doubles as a power bank as well. Another great feature is that this modular nature means you can buy as many spare batteries / power banks as you want, which makes it more suitable for bikepackers who like to ride at night.

The power bank feature is awesome, because such a function is usually only reserved for lights with external batteries. And since you can very easily detach the light from the handlebar the power bank functionally is more user friendly, because you can power your phone, let’s say, while drinking a cup of coffee.

The PWR modular system is extremely wel designed with anodised black units splashing bright red colors. And Knog went beyond bicycle lights by enabling you to power such devices as a portable speaker, lantern, and the obvious function as flashlight.

There’s an adapter mount so you can use the light with any Garmin, K-Edge, and GoPro tri-prong mounts. And you can also opt for a front mount.

The detachable light holds 3 LEDs. Two with floodlight lenses and one spotlight. They offer ample illumination in non-lit areas, and on lit roads, this light will prove to give you hours of illumination

The twist function of the light to switch modes is great and easy to use while mounted on a helmet.

You do get a dedicated piece of software so you can program your own custom mode (ModeMaker App), but it works clunky and other lights work just fine out-of-the-box with pre-programmed modes.

Knog PWR Trail 1100L Front Bike Light Value
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Reasons to buy
Great-looking light, unique modular design
Reasons to avoid
Expensive

Lezyne SUPER DRIVE 1600XXL

The Lezyne SUPER DRIVE 1600XXL looks almost identical to the Mega Drive and offers the exact same features, only with a smaller 1600 lumen output.

So if you want to save your money and are perfectly fine with a little less maximum power, go for this one. The economy, enduro, and blast settings are the same, so you’ll only miss 200 extra lumens on the overdrive setting.

Lezyne SUPER DRIVE 1600XXL Value
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Reasons to buy
Dual control of front- and rear light, customizable programs
Reasons to avoid
Narrow beam

Lezyne MACRO DRIVE 1300XXL

One step below the Super Drive sits the 1300 lumen Lezyne MACRO DRIVE 1300XXL.

Where the Super Drive and the Mega drive don’t really differ that much, the standard Enduro setting of the Macro Drive is 450 lumens. That’s about 60 percent of the other two and it shows.

If you consider the amount of money you save on this one, and none of the three are budget-oriented, I’d go for one of the other two.

Lezyne MACRO DRIVE 1300XXL Value
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Reasons to buy
Dual control of front- and rear light, customizable programs
Reasons to avoid
Stronger lights are better investment

Lezyne MICRO DRIVE PRO 800XL

The Lezyne MICRO DRIVE PRO 800XL offers a combination of many settings you can scroll through with a remote. That’s pretty unique for a 800 lumen bike light and immediately distinguishes itself from the competion.

Those modes are either the 800 and 150, or everything else, meaning 250, 400, and flash modes. The highest setting will offer you 1.45 hours of burn time, and with the remote you can easily extend that period well over 2 hours or more.

A remote is a very welcome addition to a light, especially one you use in less than ideal road circumstances, where removing your hand to operate a rather small power button is a hassle at best.

There’s an optional helmet and GoPro mount, which I would almost argue, is a must for such a bike light.

I would give this light a definite plus one in the bikepacking and gravel riding category, or when your daily commute is on roads less travelled, because of its remote.

Lezyne MICRO DRIVE PRO 800XL Value
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Reasons to buy
Remote included, great option for gravel riders and commuters
Reasons to avoid
None

Lezyne CLASSIC DRIVE 700XL

Coming in your standard black and a silver version, the Lezyne CLASSIC DRIVE 700XL is a beautiful front bike light, for commuting on unlit roads.

The distinctive feature of this light is its user-friendly setting where you can quickly swap between 2 modes only: 400 lumen and the maximum 700 lumen.

It’s this ease of use that’s a nice touch in an otherwise excellent setup, with a waterproof round aluminium housing.

The power button also serves as a stoplight battery indicator, something we’ve seen with many other lights as well.

And you’ve got your optional helmet and GoPro mount for an out front or Garmin setup.

A single spotlight with a maximum output of 700 lumens means it moves into the category of being seen rather than to see, though it does outshine many of its competitors.

Lezyne CLASSIC DRIVE 700XL Value
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Reasons to buy
Solid commuter option
Reasons to avoid
None

Lezyne CLASSIC DRIVE 700XL oilslick

The Lezyne CLASSIC DRIVE 700XL also comes in the very bling oilslick version.

Lezyne CLASSIC DRIVE 700XL oilslick Value
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Reasons to buy
Oilslick version
Reasons to avoid
None

Lezyne MICRO DRIVE 600XL

Coming in your standard black and a silver version, the Lezyne MICRO DRIVE 600XL is a beautiful front bike light, for commuting on unlit roads.

The distinctive feature of this light is its user-friendly setting where you can quickly swap between 2 modes only: 400 lumen and the maximum 600 lumen.

It’s this ease of use that’s a nice touch in an otherwise excellent setup, with a waterproof round aluminium housing.

The power button also serves as a stoplight battery indicator, something we’ve seen with many other lights as well.

The beam quality is bright and wide, and for standard urban and road cycling you’ll hardly need the brightest setting, giving you a burn time well over 2 hours.

And you’ve got your optional helmet and GoPro mount for an out front or Garmin setup.

Lezyne MICRO DRIVE 600XL Value
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Reasons to buy
Very easy to use
Reasons to avoid
None

Light & Motion Seca Comp 1500

I’m not the biggest fan of their design but the beam quality of the Light & Motion Seca Comp 1500 is undeniable.

Light & Motion have been in the illumination game for years and it shows. They went for a GoPro compatible mount to enable an out front or helmet setup, besides the strap for the handlebar.

Even at 1500 lumen, the beam quality is solid enough for trail riding, with the beam offering enough flood for tight cornering.

Operating the light is easy enough with a button to toggle between medium and race mode, where you get all the power you need. It means the light, with it’s hooded design, is perfect for a quick trail run or your everyday commute.

If I’m correct you can let the battery get replacement should you pass about 300 cycles, which is the lifespan of the battery. So if you care about the environment that’s a big plus.

Light & Motion Seca Comp 1500 Value
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Reasons to buy
Superb beam quality
Reasons to avoid
Expensive

Light & Motion Vis 1000 Trooper

The Light & Motion Vis 1000 Trooper is a high-quality offering from this long standing brand.

The light ticks all the right boxes. A 1000 lumen single LED’s spotlight with a waterproof aluminium casing.

A high-quality beam predominantly meant for road riding and commuting, with a strap mount to attach it your handlebars.

It has you standard modes, including a daytime flash mode, and side lights for added visibility.

Additional GoPro mounts are available for either an out front or helmet setup, but other lights offer that out of the box.

It means that if you’re looking for just a light and nothing more, you get a lot for your money.

Light & Motion Vis 1000 Trooper Value
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Reasons to buy
Excellent beam quality
Reasons to avoid
None

Light & Motion Vis 700 Tundra

The Light & Motion Vis 700 Tundra is a commuting and road cycling oriented front bike light.

A single strong LED and amber side lights ensure you’re seen on busy urban environments. The beam pattern is strong and tapers smoothly into the side, enabling a well-lit view on unlit roads.

Just as with the Lezyne lights this one has a toggle mode between the highest and the medium setting, which is exceptionally useful and user-friendly.

It’s black-silver housing has a premium high-quality feel to it, and the light has one of the highest waterproof ratings.

Furthermore you’ve got your stoplight power button battery indicator, and a smattering of helmet and GoPro optional mounts.

Light & Motion Vis 700 Tundra Value
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Reasons to buy
Excellent beam quality
Reasons to avoid
None

Magicshine ALLTY2000 OLED Power Bike Light

The Magicshine ALLTY2000 OLED Power Bike Light is a 2000 lumen front bike light, just as the name suggests.

Powered by a big 7000 mAh battery, the OLED from this light with an integrated battery, refers to the top display.

It has a standard Garmin mount, which is a nice touch should you want to hang this light underneath your computer out front.

The body is made from aluminium and plastic and its IPX5 rating means it’s waterproof.

There’s one spot- and one floodlight, so two LED’s overall to light up your path. A third strip is for close up lighting and daylight running.

Magicshine ALLTY2000 OLED Power Bike Light Value
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Reasons to buy
Premium build, rock-solid beam
Reasons to avoid
None

Magicshine ALLTY1500 Compact Road Front Light

The Magicshine ALLTY1500 Compact Road Front Light is a well-crafted product with a sturdy aluminium casing.

It houses a single spotlight with an LED strip on top of it for close proximity visibility. The 5000 mAh battery is powerful enough to last you dozens of hours on a low setting. At it highest setting you’ll burn through it in 2 hours.

As with many other lights the power button on top also serves as the battey indicator. A nice touch, and also a thing you see more and more, is the Garmin-style mount. So you can use this light as a standalone product, or combine it with your existing Carmin computer.

Naturally the case is waterproof. For any normal road use, the low setting is more than enough, and you’ll only need from medium to the highest setting for really fast descents. Its beam has a soft transition from spot to the side and an excellent overall quality to it.

The combination of solid design, ease of use, Garmin compatibility, and beam quality makes this a standout light within this category.

Magicshine ALLTY1500 Compact Road Front Light Value
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Reasons to buy
Premium build, rock-solid beam
Reasons to avoid
None

Magicshine RN 1500 Exclusive Colored Bike Light

If you want to add a bit of flair to your rides you might want to go for the Magicshine RN 1500 Exclusive Colored Bike Light.

In terms of output it’s similar to the ALLTY1500, except it has a single large spotlight. The top half of the glass is shaped in such a way to serve as a floodlight, negating the use of an added LED strip.

Besides the standard gray, there’s a red and blue anodized version, which is nice.

As with the other 1500 lumen light, you get your Garmin mount, battery life indicator in the form of the power button, and 3 easy to use modes.

The LED seems to burn a bit faster through the battery, but this 1500 version is definitely the better looking one.

Magicshine RN 1500 Exclusive Colored Bike Light Value
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Reasons to buy
One of the best-looking lights on the market, Magicshine's high quality build, great beam
Reasons to avoid
None

Magicshine ALLTY800 Rechargeable USB-C Road Bike Light

The Magicshine ALLTY800 Rechargeable USB-C Road Bike Light offers a Garmin compatible mount out-of-the-box.

That’s a big plus besides the perfect beam quality it offers as well. So if you already own a Garmin you can go for an out front mount with an inverted light mount. There’s an optional helmet mount available as well.

The light is fast-charged using the latest USB-C standard instead of the more traditional micro-USB.

Just as with the Lezyne it has a settings which switches between the highest and an economy setting, if you like riding at full output, but still want to be able to easily extend battery life.

The single LED offers a bright spotlight and the top half of the lens offers floodlight characteristics for improved visibility side to side.

It’s one of the most affordable high-quality options within its category.

Magicshine ALLTY800 Rechargeable USB-C Road Bike Light Value
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Reasons to buy
Fantastic light, USB-C port, easy-to-use, affordable, one of the best in the sub-1000 lumens category
Reasons to avoid
None

Magicshine ALLTY600 Rechargeable USB-C Road Bike Light

The Magicshine ALLTY600 Rechargeable USB-C Road Bike Light offers a Garmin compatible mount out-of-the-box.

That’s a big plus besides the perfect beam quality it offers as well. So if you already own a Garmin you can go for an out front mount with an inverted light mount. There’s an optional helmet mount available as well.

The light is fast-charged using the latest USB-C standard instead of the more traditional micro-USB.

Just as with the Lezyne it has a settings which switches between the highest and an economy setting, if you like riding at full output, but still want to be able to easily extend battery life.

The single LED offers a bright spotlight and the top half of the lens offers floodlight characteristics for improved visibility side to side.

It’s one of the most affordable high-quality options within its category.

Magicshine ALLTY600 Rechargeable USB-C Road Bike Light Value
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Reasons to buy
Fantastic light, USB-C port, easy-to-use, affordable, one of the best in the sub-1000 lumens category
Reasons to avoid
None

NiteRider Lumina Micro 750 Front Bike Light

The NiteRider Lumina Micro 750 Front Bike Light is a solid front bike light with a proven high quality beam.

The distinctive IP64 waterproof nylon shell with silver heatsink houses the single powerful LED that offers enough light for both road cycling and gravel riding on unlit roads.

The three main settings are operated using the power button, which also doubles as a stoplight battery indicator. The let you cycle to low (250), medium (500), and high (750) settings.

Available with optional GoPro and Helmet mounts to extend its functionality has made it a favorite design for many years.

NiteRider Lumina Micro 750 Front Bike Light Value
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Reasons to buy
Distinctive design, proven beam quality, waterproof nylon shell, relatively lightweight
Reasons to avoid
None

Specifications waterproof bicycle lights

Name
Price
Max lumen
Battery type
Battery capacity (mAh)
Battery life (Hrs)
Mount type
Rating
Light control
Weight
Body
Helmet mount
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Exposure Sirius Mk9 DayBright
85 pounds
850
internal
2900
1.5 – 36
bracket
IPX6
light
84
aluminium
optional
Knog PWR Road 700 Front Bike Light
90 USD
700
internal
3340
1.7 – 165
bracket
IP66
light
125
aluminium
optional
Knog PWR Trail 1100L Front Bike Light
130 USD
1100
internal
5000
1.7 – 250
bracket
IP66
light
230
aluminium
optional
Lezyne SUPER DRIVE 1600XXL
150 USD
1600
internal
 
2 – 148
strap
IP7
light
227
aluminium
optional
Lezyne MACRO DRIVE 1300XXL
100 USD
1300
internal
 
2.5 – 148
strap
IP7
light
208
aluminium
optional
Lezyne MICRO DRIVE PRO 800XL
75 USD
800
internal
 
1.5 – 19
strap
IPX7
remote
114
aluminium
optional
Lezyne CLASSIC DRIVE 700XL
65 USD
700
internal
 
2 -19
strap
IPX7
light
124
aluminium
optional
Lezyne CLASSIC DRIVE 700XL oilslick
54 USD
700
internal
 
2 -19
strap
IPX7
light
124
aluminium
optional
Lezyne MICRO DRIVE 600XL
55 USD
600
internal
 
1 – 17
strap
IPX7
light
97
aluminium
optional
Light & Motion Seca Comp 1500
108 USD
1500
internal
 
1.5 – 6
strap
IP67
light
216
aluminium
optional
Light & Motion Vis 1000 Trooper
60 USD
1000
internal
 
1.5 – 9
strap
IP67
light
121
aluminium
optional
Light & Motion Vis 700 Tundra
48 USD
700
internal
 
1.5 – 9
strap
IP67
light
121
aluminium
optional
Magicshine ALLTY2000 OLED Power Bike Light
150 USD
2000
internal
7000
1 – 14.5
Garmin
IPX5
light
183
aluminium / plastic
optional
Magicshine ALLTY1500 Compact Road Front Light
90 USD
1500
internal
5000
2 – 30
Garmin
IPX7
light
133
aluminium
optional
Magicshine RN 1500 Exclusive Colored Bike Light
90 USD
1500
internal
5000
1.5 – 12.5
Garmin / GoPro
IPX7
light
172
aluminium
optional
Magicshine ALLTY800 Rechargeable USB-C Road Bike Light
60 USD
800
internal
4000
1.5 – 11
strap
IPX7
light
172
aluminium
optional
Magicshine ALLTY600 Rechargeable USB-C Road Bike Light
40 USD
600
internal
 
1.5 – 7
strap
IPX7
light
107
aluminium
optional
NiteRider Lumina Micro 750 Front Bike Light
70 USD
750
internal
 
2 – 12
bracket
IP64
light
130
nylon / aluminium
optional

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