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Lights and Fittings – Part II

Saturday August 2, 2008

The Cateye TL-LD150 arrived this morning from Tredz.  Quite a small light, shown in the photo below next to a 10p piece.  The light fits easily into the Cateye bracket I fitted to the Dahon earlier this week.

As with most LED lights these days, it offers a number of ‘on modes’, constant and a few different flashing modes.  A good light to replace the front reflector, it’s light, small yet still warns other road users of your presence.

It should be noted though that the box has a UK notice sticker on it stating “When used for cycling, the enclosed light(s) should be used in conjunction with (a) British standard 6102/3 cycle light(s)“.  The sun is setting around 9pm at the moment so lights on the bike aren’t too important, but as winter draws in they will definitely become a requirement.  As I’m planning on using the Dahon for commuting the three miles to/from work I have been thinking about the above statement and the laws relating to bike lights.  The entire route is on roads which have street lights so I don’t necessarily need a light to ‘see’, but what exactly are the legal requirements???

At night your cycle MUST have white front and red rear lights lit. It MUST also be fitted with a red rear reflector (and amber pedal reflectors, if manufactured after 1/10/85). White front reflectors and spoke reflectors will also help you to be seen. Flashing lights are permitted but it is recommended that cyclists who are riding in areas without street lighting use a steady front lamp. 

[Law RVLR regs 13, 18 & 24]

Taken from the Highway Code, sections 59-82 Rules for Cyclists

Right, so I do not need to buy another light!  But my plan is to see how things go, I may invest in a Cateye HL-EL450 over the winter.

Cateye TL-LD150

Cateye TL-LD150

Supplied Brackets

Supplied Brackets

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One comment

  1. […] Commuting – Mr Brown Cateye HL-EL450 Thursday August 21, 2008 As mentioned in an earlier post, having fitted the Cateye TL-LD150 I was contemplating getting a ‘real’ front light […]



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