“ Manufacturer: Argos / Sports Type: Cycling - LED 5 Light Set „
Having recently begun commuting by bike, i've had to buy an enormous amount of kit for it. Part of the process has involved working out what is absolutely necessary and what isn't. I decided that along with a helmet and colourful clothing, lights were an absolute essential.
Being a real novice, I decided to begin with some fairly basic lights, purchasing this front and back light from Argos for £5.99. The light system was fairly simple to fit, although there are no instructions, it involves removing a screw for each light and then finding a way to attach the light and refit the screw to preferred parts of the bike.
The problem I had was that I found it difficult as a novice, finding an area of the bike to place the lights on, after a lot of trial and error, I found some spots and the lights fitted absolutely perfectly.
In terms of fitting, the product is fine but could do with some instruction.
The lights require 4 x AAA batteries in total, 2 for each light, these are also very easy to fit.
In terms of switching the lights on, there is a button behind each light which is big enough to press, by pressing the front light once, it produces a constant light, twice provides a flashing light and three times switches it off. The back red light flashes after one press and becomes constant after two.
My preferred settings are a constant light for the front and a flashing one for the rear.
The bike is mainly used early in the morning and late in the evening so the lights have been tested greatly, I really wouldn't think of replacing them. They do a perfect job and I see no reason to replace them with something more expensive that would do the same job. The range of the lights is around 15 feet which is fine for me as much of my cycle is done on cycle paths, but they are perfectly acceptable on dark country lanes too.
Overall, I didn't expect much from these and have been very pleasantly surprised, after about 40 minutes trying to fit them, I had a eureka moment and haven't looked back since. I've had no issues with reliability, they are plastic but have shown no wear, the batteries are running strong after 4 months and i'm a very happy customer, I expect these to last at least 2 years and would most probably replace them with the same product as i'm more than happy with this for my cycling requirements.
A good product at a good price.
Other than a helmet the biggest safety item you need for any bike is lights. These are a must for riding any bike especially in winter but there is no need to spend loads of money as you can pick up a pretty decent set of lights at Argos for under a tenner.
The light set costs £8.99 but is currently on sale for only £5.99. I think this is a brilliant price for these lights so much so that I have just ordered myself another set at this price to use as spares.
You can pick them up either in store or you can order them online to be delivered. When I bought them originally my local Argos had about 10 in stock and it is quite a small Argos so they should be quite easy to come by in store.
They say that you get what you pay for but these lights are really good quality for so little money. You get two lights in the set one for the front of your bike and one for the back of your bike. They aren't massive but they give off more than enough light for something so small.
The lights easily snap on and off so that you can remove them and take them away with you when you lock your bike up in public to stop the lights from being stolen. They take AAA batteries which are easy to come by and they last for ages before needing replaced.
The lights are LED so they don't take too much power and you really notice this with the battery life. The only thing about the LED's is that they aren't as powerful as some lights. This isn't an issue for most situations as they are bright enough for town and places where there is some other form of lighting. If I am biking in the middle of nowhere then I also use a headlamp but most of the time I feel safe enough with just these lights on my bike.
The lights have three different modes of light which are flashing, on/off flashing and constant light. They all work fine but the safest one is the constant on. This will obviously drain the batteries faster but it is safer and also the drain on the batteries is negligible.
I really can't find too many faults with these lights. They aren't the brightest lights that you will find but for the money they are perfectly acceptable and will keep you safe while out and about on your bike.
As some of my regular readers will know this last year or two has been a real turning point for me. My health has turned good (touch wood!) and since becoming able to do more vigorous exercise again I have lost a few stone. I still have some way to go yet with a couple more stone to lose but in general it is fair to say that I have lost my laziness and an out being much more active than I used to be. This is my main explanation for my dip from my previous days of writing numerous reviews a day too!
When we first moved in to our home, around two years ago, we used to laugh at the people who would lug their bikes upstairs or even leave them in the halls outside our flat, well, that was until we realised that there was a locked bike store suitable for bicycles or my husbands motorbike. We then started to think about getting some bikes but it wasn't until last year in the summer that we finally decided to take the plunge and visit Halfords for some inspiration and to test a few out!
Naturally once you have a bike you realise that you need a number of items, a softer saddle, lights, a bottle holder, a bottle to put in said holder, a pump, puncture repair kit etc etc. The list can almost be endless! We decided that we would not get swept along with buying the ultra expensive items, at least not at first, so we started with lights, mine from Argos and my husbands found a day later in Tesco as Argos only had ONE PAIR in stock!!! I recall paying around £8-£9 for these and they are currently £8.99 so that still seems very reasonable for me.
From what I can recall fitting these took just a few minutes. There is a bracket on each light and obviously one is for the front of your bike (the white one) and one is for the back (the red one). The lights are LED and each light takes 2 x AAA which came provided with my lights (and still do). The lights both fit on to my bike (a ladies bike) with ease and I have not had to readjust them or take them off yet. The original batteries that I have are still going strong but then I rarely have to actually use them, particularly now the days are lighter for longer.
These lights are nice and bright with their three lights. I feel confident if it is very dark, which is rare where I cycle, that I will be seen by pedestrians or passing cars. I have never (touch wood!) have an incident with someone brushing past me in their car or hitting or almost hitting me. The lights have several different modes that I can just change my pressing a button and then continuing to press it again and again until I reach the setting that I want. I keep mine on the continuous setting though as this is required when on any public highways. I have never noticed the lights dimming or any other problems and that is the main thing with these lights of course.
Overall I have been incredibly pleased with these LED lights. I have not had to change the batteries or bulbs at all and the brackets have stayed in place and sturdy for the whole duration of me using them. I will definitely continue to use them until they NEED replacing rather than when I get bored of them which I do with some items (I'll be honest!). I would definitely recommend these and would have no hesitation buying them again should I need a replacement for any reason.
I do try and get maximum value for my money and there are certain items that I just wouldn't pay a lot for when a cheaper brand would do just as good a job. Nearly everything I have bought for both mine and the childrens bikes have come from a so called budget ranges with the exception of our helmets which I do think it pays to spend a little more on.
My bike lights came from argos and they only cost me £8.99 although when I bought a set previously they were only £7.99 so they have gone up in price. Still anything less than a tenner is fantastic value in my book.
For the money you get two lights for the front and back of your bike. The front light is white and the one that is supposed to go on the back of the bike is red.
The lights themselves are quite compact and light and fit on to the bike really easily and quickly. To place them on the bike you just need to clip them in to place and when on they are fairly secure and this has the added benefit of making them easy to take with you when you park up to stop people stealing them.
The light that is omited from them is fairly bright especially considering the size of them. I find that it is perfectly adequate for me to be on the road and still feel secure that cars will be able to see me from a distance. I do also use another small reflector as well but this is because I am extra cautious.
Each light needs 2 AAA batteries in them to work and Argos do supply 4 of them. I found that the batteries that were supplied didn't really last very long before I had to replace them but once I had replaced them with decent batteries they have lasted me for a few months so far and that is with using my bike quite regularaly.
The Argos bike lights are great for the money. They may not be as bright as some of the higher end lights on the market but they are perfectly fine for most situations and I always feel secure with the level of brightness that they offer.
You may remember a while back I wrote a review on a previous set of bike lights - they were useless. Since them I have had to try a number of different sets of lights for my bike throughout the winter and the winner is...... the Argos Front and Rear LED Light Set. It didn't take me long to hunt these down after the bad experiences i have had from other sets, whether it be due to poor light emitted or from overall poor build quality.
The Argos LED light set cost me under £10 just after the turn of the New Year. The first problem you are usually faced with when buying such a product is fitting. The fitting couldn't have been easier really, with a quick release handlebar bracket to the front and the rear red LED has a multi fit quick release bracket. The mostcommon problem at this stage normally stems from the rear light not fitting properly as there are multiple types of fixings usually required to suit all types of bike, but the multi fit bracket allowed me to fit the rear LED as easily as the front so I were happy on that front.
Each light has 3 LED's which offer a bright glow which did reassure me that I could be seen easily by motorists. Each unit requires 2 AAA batteries which were included in the package which I were surprised with as they came in at under £10. There are 5 functions to the lights, although the packaging does state not to use the flashing modes whilst on public roads as this is against the Road Vehicle and Lighting Regulations. Also stated is that you should use the LED's alongside a BS approved cycle light, which is a bit confusing as you would expect this product to meet those standards. basically it is saying that you cannot use these lights on their own, but I do as they give off enough light in my opinion, and I have tested them out in poor visibility using my dad as guinea pig!
The LED lights are easy to turn on and put in the correct mode, and I havn't had any problems with them at all. The batteries havn't needed replacing, although I dont cycle a great deal in the dark so I dont use them daily, for example. Some people might not feel comfortable buying from the Argos Value range for such an important and potentially life saving product, but I would say you have a struggle on your hands getting a better product for the money.
When I went to university for the first time I didn't have a car. Whilst I was only living 10minutes off campus I needed some way to get around not only to and from university but also to and from town so I decided to take my bike. Obviously since term started in September it made sense to take lights with me for cycling in dark evenings.
~*~ Ease of Set Up ~*~
In the box you get the front and rear light, obviously white for the front and red for the rear. I was slightly surprised by the lack of screws or apparent places for the screws when I first opened them but soon realized that this was because they didn't need screwing on, they simply click on to the frame below the handlebars and below the seat.
They fix on firmly and are not loose as I might have expected with just a clip as a fastener. However they are not too tight to make it difficult to either clip on or off either. I never leave the lights on my bike and so they have been taken off and reattached plenty of times over the years I have had them but they still fasten just as tightly as when they were new and so they have more then passed the test of time!
~*~ Appearance ~*~
These lights have a fairly thin plastic domed cover. Although the cover is thin don't be put off by this, despite being put through several years of use they have not cracked or broken. Having said that they have scratched in several places and I haven't put them through too much so if you are looking for a light that won't receive any damage then these probably aren't the ones for you.
~*~ Do They Work? ~*~
These lights have two settings, on and flashing. Both work with no problems. The lights themselves are LED's, three in the front and three in the back. The front lights are very bright, I have not tried them in the country but just around town they are more then bright enough to see the road ahead. I suspect this would be the same in country but would worry about cars seeing me around the corner.
I feel the red plastic surrounding the back light might be a little too dark though as this doesn't appear to be as bright as the front lights. Although they are very visible close up I worry about being seen by a car coming from a distance, however this can be solved by setting them to flashing in order to attract the attention of drivers.
~*~ Would I Recommend Them? ~*~
When I bought these lights I was looking for a set that would get me around town in the dark and for that use, these are the perfect lights. I paid almost £12 but I believe you can get them for £8 now and as lights used for commuting then I would recommend them, but if you're looking for something to go into the country with then I would go for a slightly better set.
On these dark mornings I often take the option of a five minute cycle to work as oppose to slipping and sliding all over the road. Just 2 weeks before Xmas the lights from my bike were stolen so I quickly had to buy some new ones and with the only store being near by that sells such items, Argos, I was limited in choice so ended up purchasing these.
Obviously bike safety is essential and I am one for fluorescent coats as well as more than the required lights so I was hopeful they would prove to be a good quality pair of lights, and I was not far wrong!
In this pack you gain both a red and white light for the front and back of your bike. For £8 considering the benefits I am about to explain you really cannot go wrong!
First and foremost the quality of the actual lights are superb. They are bright, vivid and have settings including flicker which are essential for foggy conditions to alert other drivers to your presence. I had a feeling the lights would be dim and not as bright as the triple the price ones I had used before but I was wrong. Perfectly strong bulbs that provide all the light you need and more.
Each light uses 2 AAA batteries and the battery life has been superb. After almost a months use now I have still the same set of batteries in after using them for the 5 minute cycle, 5 times per week and there is no sign of fading. The batteries being used are cheap ones too which means it's a cost effective product in both initial price and running costs.
To my relief they were also very easy to fit with no fiddly screws or such like that I had previous problems with on other lights. Just straight forward and simple clip and go! Genius. They feel tight secure and I have no issues with the moving around or feeling as if they are going to fall!
All in all I really cannot say anything negative about these lights as they are simple a marvel at only £8 and tick all the boxes and I shall never go for the expensive bans again knowing these are so cheap and so excellent,
With the darker evenings drawing in, I thought I'd buy some bicycle lights to keep myself be seen as I often wear dark clothing when riding my bike. For your money you get two lights, one red and one white. They both feature 3 LED's for added brightness.
They also come with some brackets although I found they were slightly small for my handlebars and it took quite a lot of pulling and pushing to get them on my handlebars.
To use them you also need 4 AAA batteries although it is nice Argos included the first set so you don't have to buy any batteries with your purchase. They feel very plastically and if you dropped them I don't think they would work again or if they did, work poorly. The battery cover at the back can be a pain to get on and off especially if you want to quickly get some batteries in to go riding.
Another downside is I found the batteries didn't last that long. After a few uses the LED's started to fade and required new batteries. They seem quite juicy and you might find yourself using up a box full of batteries before long.
If you like cycling on the morning like I do I think it is important that you get some lights to place on your bike. The majority of people will not put anything like this on their bike but if you find yourself on journeys which are pretty long I think you will realise why these are important to have. When considering lights make it much safer for yourself and vehicle drivers it makes perfect sense to purchase a set.
For a cheap price of only £7.99 I was more than happy to pay this because I wanted to make sure that I had all safety precautions in check before making any trips. I haven't really looked to find these any cheaper because I was happy with the price that these were offered at. When taking into account how long these will actually last the price is very good.
I will be honest in saying that I didn't expect these lights to be easy to fit on my bike. When I had taken them out of the packaging all you need to do is simply put the lights onto the front and back of your bike. The white one is intended for the front and the red for the rear. You will not need any equipment to fix this together and I can guarantee noone would find it difficult at all.
These lights are ran by AAA batteries which I would recommend changing every few months. The reason for this is because you want the lights to be as clear as possible. Obviously if you do not use them that much and just on rare occasions then your batteries would last much longer but I would still advise people to keep the batteries fresh.
This light set overall is something which I think is a very useful thing you can use to make sure you are safe when you are riding a bike whether it being on a long journey or a short one. The lights based on appearance do not offer anything brilliant but you don't need them to look good and instead you just want them to do the job. This light set does this very well and with the light being bright and clear passing drivers will be able to see your bike from a distance. If you own a bike and do use it on many occasions I would really recommend you taking a look at this set because I have found it to be very useful.
When summer started I thought it would be nice to dust my bike down and get out for some nice cycle rides. I like to go out on long rides sometimes, although I dislike cycling on the roads. I take as many safety precautions as I can for peace of mind, and always make sure I wear a helmet and that my reflectors are in good order. A couple of times however, I have still been out as dusk has been descending, and this left me feeling vulnerable on the roads. For this reason I decided to buy a set of lights, never having owned any before. I did not intend to cycle in darkness, but I knew it would be useful to own a set just in case.
The set contains two lights; a red one and a white one. The white light is intended for the front of the bike, and the red for the back. I was worried when I purchased the set that they would be difficult to fit, and would require me to use a screwdriver. Thankfully however, the lights literally snap on to the frame and can also be removed easily, so if you are concerned about them being stolen when you leave your bike in public you can choose to take them with you.
The light are roughly rectangular in appearance, and are quite domed for projecting the light further out. The surface of each light is mottled so that the light, when it is switched on, is not dazzling to traffic, but is still bright enough to alert traffic as to your presence. The surface is fashioned from plastic, and so is easy to clean if you go off road and get mud or other debris on them. The lights are fairly insubstantial, which disappointed me when I first removed them from the pack. Even though the lights have a thick plastic covering, it still feels as though it would break if the light was dropped. Indeed, when I left my bike resting against the garage wall a few weeks after I bought the lights, my bike fell over and the back light sustained a small crack in one of the upper corners. This damage was not sufficient to render the lights useless, but as the bike did not fall directly onto the light I was surprised that it would be damaged in this way as a result.
AAA batteries are required to run the lights. Having owned the lights for several months now I have only used them about four times, so have not noticed the intensity of the lights diminishing any as a result of the batteries being used. The intensity of the front light is excellent, and if anything it is perhaps a little too bright to oncoming traffic. The back light however, is more subdued, but you can set it to flicker so that it is more obvious to traffic from behind.
For £8 this is a very good set of lights. I was disappointed by their flimsiness, but so far they have worked fairly well, and aside from the small amount of damage they have been reliable. Even though I do not use the lights much at the moment, it is very reassuring to have them there in case I need to use them. I think if I was to purchase another set of lights I might purchase a more robust set, but if you are only using the lights occasionally this is a decent set to invest in.
We suggested the Argos Front and Rear LED Cycle Light Set as a product as we have had these little cycle lights for ages now and they have served us really well. They are easy to use and simple to fit, they didn't cost much to buy and they make sure you can be seen when out and about on your cycle.
You can buy a set of these Argos Front and Rear LEDs for £7.99. In the set you get the white front light and the red rear light. Both do look small and compact when you first set eyes on them, but don't be fooled as they easily light up enough for you to see and be seen on darker evenings or dull days.
The lights have quick release fittings on them which means you can easily slip them on and off and don't have to leave the actual lights outside on your cycle. Although you can set the lights to flash I don't think you are allowed to set your front light up like that when out and about on the road, so we leave ours on a steady light.
The rear red LED light does flash and we have used this in flashing mode on the back of the cycle, as we felt that having seen other people on cycles with their lights set that way, this made them more visible to passing motorists. They can also be set to remain on constantly.
The lights are very light and compact to carry and when you remove them they don't take up much space and can be slipped into a pocket or bag easily.
The front white LED light is bright, but as its only small I cannot say it will light up masses of the road for you. The light allows you to be seen and works fine in town, if you want something brighter for out of town night time usage then these are not the right lights for you.
The lights work via batteries and you need 4 AAA batteries to work both lights. Each light has 3 LEDS inside and so they don't run down your batteries too quickly. You do get a set of batteries with the lights when you first by them.
We bought these for one of the kids bikes and they have worked well. They are easy for a child to work out how to fit and use them. They have taught our child that having lights on your cycle allow you to see and be seen at night.
As a cheap but effective set of lights these have been a good buy. They are not as bright as some more expensive sets but they do light up well and we would buy them again. In terms of rating them they get 4 stars and lose just one for being less bright than some other sets of lights.