Philips SafeRide LED Bike Light – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

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The rugged, water resistant aluminum casing of the battery-operated bike light, Philips can be attached with a handy mounting bracket on the bike. The rugged all-aluminum enclosure ensures optimal thermal management, because it dissipates the heat very efficiently and thus there is no losse of light intensity or light color with  the temperature-sensitive LEDs. Furthermore, the metal housing is particularly robust due to its special surface treatment of aluminum and its mechanical properties is resistant to scratches.


The battery-powered bicycle light with a brightness of 80 lux in high-power mode, one of the brightest lights on the market with StVZO approval *. It lights up seven times brighter than it is required by law (10 lux), so objects at a distance of 60 meters was clearly recognized. Simultaneously, the cyclists from other road users is clearly perceived. The range illumination of light causes the bike directly in front of a bright, wide and uniform beam of light is produced. Overall, they achieved a light output of up to 270 lumens. Thanks to the optimized cut-off limit of oncoming traffic is not dazzled in spite of the enormous light output. Alternatively, the bicycle lamp may also be in the energy-saving Eco-City mode with 20 Lux. The safe ride Philips LED bicycle lights for battery operation are equipped with 2 x 3 watt high power LUXEON ® Rebel LEDs – the same technology is used by major automotive manufacturers. This offer Philips LED crystal white light with good color rendering properties for the best view. Their lifespan is over 10,000 hours.


By pressing a button, the Philips lamp is cycle in high-power mode or sleep mode. This so-called Eco-City mode to achieve the high performance battery burn times of up to eight hours .Also, the operation of four batteries (AA, LR6) is used .Thanks to the battery level / charging indicator and the cyclist has his light battery level in view. Via USB port, the battery can be chareged from a computer or from the supplied USB charger. The movable, tilt and swivel bracket allows the lamp tool-free installation of the Philips light on bicycle handlebars.


  • Philips LED bike ride safe battery-powered light in black or silver
  • Handlebar Mount (21-32 mm diameter)
  • USB Charger (In: 100-240 VAC, Out: 5 V, 1000 mA)
  • NiMH batteries (4 x AA 2450 mAh)
  • Allen key (2.5 mm, only necessary for battery change)
  • Manual

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  • Shaniac says:

    I like the concept of this light but would like to see a model that is bi/powered; mostly powered by kinetic energy but has a battery back up that is on a constant charge system so you have light should you have to stop for any reason.
    Also, I’d like to know where I can purchase one…

    • Simon says:

      There is also a version of this light for hub dynamos. I don’t know where it is available outside of Germany, this light was developed to be according to German standards.

  • Squarebomb says:

    I like the concept too. I just hope there is still enough light above the handle bar for low hanging branches and the like. Even in city driving, there is still a chance of encountering these things.

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  • Scott Gamble says:

    Big light is big. Also heavy. Puts down a tremendous amount of light. Battery life seemed alright but I wasn’t out long enough to max it. Wish the battery case didn’t require a multi-tool to take off, but it does. I have a dynamo hub on a 29er – Dynamo runs to a USB charger – I wish the light didn’t cut off when I put the charger on it, but it does. Light pattern was good, nearfield was useful without being too bright to wash out night vision. I was concerned about artifacts along the top edge of the beam pattern initially, but you don’t pay attention to them while riding. I think these artifacts actually serve a purpose by throwing a little sparkle in the eyes of oncoming motorists without submitting them to the entire blinding effects of the lamp, thereby increasing visibility among motorists. This is critical in USA where drivers are less considerate or less aware of cyclists in general.

    I can’t imagine this lamp on a commuter bike. It’s just so hurkin big. It’s ridiculously big. Almost clownish. I have it on my big 29er monster fire-road bike but I couldn’t imagine putting it on a commuter – it’d look completely stupid.

  • Robin says:

    I have one of the Saferide lights that takes 4AA batteries. I planning to make some modifications to power it from an external battery, so after initial testing I haven’t used it much. Nice bright light with a wider beam than a Cyo but I have to agree with the above comments about the size of this light.

  • Lars says:

    Where can I get the ActiveRide battery driven Dual Beam800lm in the USA? This is their newest and puts out 800 lumens on high.

  • jrr says:

    If you want a shaped beam dyno powered, go look at B&M lights. I want battery power and there have been no good choices until this one.
    I’ve been using a spot beam light modified with a wide angle lens to try to recreate this sort of wide beam but this is better as it has a real cutoff.

    This is not that big for a commuter really. I already ride with multiple lights, this could take the place of more than one, and is self contained too (my current lights are not)

  • recumbent bikelab says:

    I see your post you added something higher price product I also create a led bike tail lights list for bike lovers.

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