Bike Light Comparison Series: Lezyne vs. Smart Bike Lights
According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), 16,884 cyclists were injured in road accidents during 2019–4,433 killed. These statistics alone are already alarming; more and more countries worldwide show a significant increase in cyclist-related road accidents every year.
This is why having bike lights has never been this essential. While there are already many manufacturers venturing into creating bike lights, not all of them can provide the protection and safety that cyclists need on the road.
Two of the most popular brand names for bike lights are Lezyne and Smart Bike Lights. With their astounding product collection and innovative technology, it's not surprising that many cyclists worldwide use bike lights made by the two brands. If you're one of the cyclists who had a hard time between the two, this blog is for you.
Comparison Categories: Lezyne and Smart Bike Lights
In this blog, we'll look closely at the various features of Lezyne and Smart Bike Lights products. To keep things organized, we'll analyze the two brands based on the categories which cyclists deem to be the essential factors in choosing bike lights.
First is the product lineup. We'll look closely at the variety of options, best-selling products, top-rated items, and everything on Lezyne and Smart Bike Lights' store.
Next is light technology. We'll analyze the light output, optics, and other features that affect the lighting capacity of most products.
Third, and perhaps the most interesting of all, is the smart features available on the products of Lezyne and Smart Bike Lights. This is especially important as the two companies are currently the leading brands in smart technology in biking accessories.
Last but not least is the pricing. We'll look into the overall price point of all the products of Lezyne and Smart Bike Lights.
Lezyne has one of the most extensive product lineups for the niche of bike accessories. The Lezyne GPS alone has already made a significant mark in the biking community.
As of this writing, Lezyne already has over 15 bike light units. This includes a combination of front, rear, and brake lights with various lumens ratings, light setup, and smart features.
In front lights, Lezyne's top product is the Lezyne LiteDrive 1000XL. It comes with 1000 lumens of maximum output, daylight flashing mode, and 87 hours of battery life.
On the other hand, the Lezyne Strip Drive Pro is currently the top product of Lezyne for rear lights. It's powered with 300 lumens of maximum output, 10 light modes, and 53-hour runtime.
Smart Bike Lights currently has 3 bike light units. It includes FARINA front light with 1100 lumens, CLIQ brake light with 90 peak lumens, and VISION PRO rear light with 100 lumens.
While Smart Bike Lights only has 3 bike lights, these units have their leading smart features: engineered optics, accelerometer, and smartphone connectivity. This lack of variety works for some cyclists, as they get all the features without the hassle of going through a whole array of options. They get everything in one go.
Lezyne's edge among its competitors is its variety of maximum light output among its bike lights, ranging from 300 to 1100 lumens. Some people find these multiple options favorable as they prefer a particular light output that fits their specific biking route.
People who want to have more flexible biking routines, especially those who go through tunnels, well-lit roads, and unfavorable weather conditions, can opt for Lezyne's higher output units, such as the 1100XL. This unit also has various light settings.
Aside from the wide variety of light output, some Lezyne units also have wide-angle optics. According to Lezyne, this technology allows their light to be projected at 270 degrees for optimal road visibility.
Smart Bike Lights pioneered the use of Total Internal Reflection or TIR technology. Through dual CREE LEDs, their lights can be seen in almost all directions without the risk of blindness. The TIR technology ensures that the bike lights only emit a certain threshold of light that is safely perceivable to the human eye, mimicking a cut-off line of light projection. This eliminates the possibility of road crashes.
Aside from this, the use of TIR technology ensures high battery efficiency. Because the lights depend on optics and not on power for better visibility, the Smart Bike Lights units use less energy for maximum light output.
Lastly, the best light feature of Smart Bike Lights units is their ambient light sensors. The light output of Smart Bike Lights units automatically adjusts depending on their environment. No need to pull over to switch your lights.
While Lezyne has one of the most advanced smart technologies for bike lights, not all units have smart technology. Their Smart Connect app is only accessible to Lezyne 1100XL, Strip Drive Pro Alert, and other higher variants.
The Smart Connect app is compatible with almost all kinds of smartphones as it is downloadable from Google Play Store and Apple Playstore. Users can easily adjust their light output and switch from one light setting to another.
On the other hand, 2 out of 4 units of Smart Bike Lights have their respective smartphone application.
FARINA can be accessed through the Smart Grid app. Dubbed as a biker's wingman, Smart Grid includes total lighting adjustment, LED pattern selection, battery information, and other bike light adjustment.
CLIQ's Rayo app also has these smart features. It also adds a group synchronization option perfect for cycling groups. You and your friends can sync your light setup when riding together–ensuring optimal road visibility.
Because of their built-in accelerometers, FARINA and CLIQ come with anti-theft alerts. You'll get real-time notifications should your bike move without your presence. Aside from this, Smart Grid and Rayo are also downloadable for free on Google Play Store and Apple Play Store–no subscription or in-app purchases are needed.
Lezyne's front lights range from $25.99 to $149.99. Its best-selling front light is $84.99. On the other hand, their rear lights range from $14.99 to $64.99. The top-selling rear light, the Strip Drive Pro, is at $54.99.
While this wide variety of pricing allows bikers to buy a bike light that can fit their budget, their low-tier bike light lacks the smart features and other light technology they need. This might make you rethink going with their cheaper options.
On the other hand, Smart Bike Lights' price list is $89.99 for FARINA, $44.99 for CLIQ, and $31.99 for VISION PRO.
While Lezyne has cheaper options, Smart Bike Lights loaded everything on their lights. This way, cyclists can enjoy a better and safer riding experience. Sure enough, most people are willing to pay more for maximum road security.
While Lezyne wins on product variety, the 3 yet powerful bike lights of Smart Bike Lights win this comparison blog.
Smart Bike Lights developed groundbreaking optics and smart technology and gave all of it to their customers—nothing more, and definitely, nothing less.
This match just proves the validity of the old saying–quality over quantity.