When cycling in low light levels like early morning, evening or at night, not only do you need to make sure you’ve got a good helmet, but you want to be as visible as possible.
Some cycling helmets have LED lights built into them, which can be turned on at the touch of a button. Now your helmet not only protects your head if you have a crash, but it makes you much more visible, so you’re a lot less likely to be involved in an accident in the first place.
Here are some of the most important features to look out for when choosing a bike helmet with built-in LED light:
- Helmet size – Here’s a quick reference table for helmet sizes vs inner circumference and hat size:
|Helmet Size||Circumference Inches||Hat Size|
|Small / Medium||21 1/2″ (54 cm) to 22″ (58 cm)||6 1/2 to 7|
|Large / Extra Large||22″ (55.8 cm) to 24 1/8″ (61.2 cm)||7 to 7 3/4|
- Helmet Fit – A good fitting helmet is vital to safety, if it doesn’t fit correctly it might fall off at the very moment you need it
- Lighting visibility – If your buying a helmet with a light in you want one that’s going to get seen the most
- Price – The helmets featured below range from $20 to 69$
- Air ventilation – Biking is hot work, you want to get lots of air circulating around your head to keep you cool
- Inner padding – can it be removed for washing
- Design choices – hey you want something you like the look of
- Weight – This thing is going to be sitting on your head, you don’t want something too heavy
These are the 5 best cycling helmets with lights…
..keep reading below for further details on each.
Schwinn Thrasher Cycle Helmet With LED Light
The Schwinn Thrasher* is the cheapest helmet featured here and has the widest range of size fittings. This helmet is one size fits all, adjusting in size from a small, through medium, large and up to extra large.
It has 20 different flow vents, which ensure your head stays nice and cool, during the longest summer rides.
You’ll still want sun glasses on a summer day, but the visor does help keep the bright glare out of your eyes. The visor is not adjustable but it is easily removable, with it’s simple snap on and off fixing.
The LED is circular shape and can be turned on and off is done by pushing the center.
- Push once to turn the LED on
- Push again to make it blink
- Push again to turn it off
The helmet size is adjustable from 20.5″ to 22″ (around an adult medium). The straps are adjusted by twisting the round mounting that houses the LED.
The LED is powered by two button cell LR41 batteries. They come already included in the helmet with plastic strip to pull out when you first start using.
The batteries should last about as long as standard AAA, but can be easily replaced again cheaply*
On the negative side the Schwinn Thrasher* is one of the heaviest helmets, there’s only one design color to chose from, yet it’s a good affordable bike helmet with integrated light, which is light and will fit pretty much fit any head size.
Mobo 360 Bike Helmet With LED Light
The Mobo 360* is the best buy in terms of safety, size options, design choices and ease of inner washing.
There are 19 ventilation holes, ensuring plenty of air gets to your head so your head won’t over heat.
Not only does this allow ventilation but there is a light-weight stainless steel mesh under the vents, which prevents any bugs getting in invaluable if you’ve unlucky enough to have ever had a wasp fly into your helmet!
The Mobo 360 is so called because of the fiber optic cable running 360 degrees around the helmet. This spreads the LED light around the entire helmet, making the whole helmet glow in the dark, not just the back.
The light is powered by 2 AAA batteries, which are already included in place and should last up to 120 hours.
As the batteries run down the glow will start to fade at the front of the fiber optic first, giving you plenty of time to get them replaced.
Replacement requires undoing a small Phillips screw on the battery compartment, which will require a Precision Screwdriver*.
The Mobo 360 comes in two sizes, the first child size is small to medium, the second adult size is large to extra large.
The straps and size fit can be easily adjusted with the rotary dial at the back of the helmet.
No more having to put on a smelly helmet, caused by stale sweat. The Mobo 30 has an inner cap, which is removable and washable, meaning you can keep your helmet nice and fresh.
You can buy the Mobo 360* in 3 different color styles and 2 different sizes (child small / medium and adult large / extra large).
It’s very visible round the entire helmet via the fiber optic cable running round the size. The vents let air circulate to keep your head cool, while the mesh stops you getting any bugs in.
The removable and washable inner cap lets you keep it as fresh as the day you first got it.
As the light takes 2 AAA batteries this makes them super easy to replace when they do start running down – just make sure you’ve got yourself some Precision Screwdrivers* handy.
Gonex Bike Helmet With LED Light
The Gonex *is a great helmet with build-in LED light that’s in the affordable range.
It’s also one of the lightest weight helmets and with 3 different color designs it’s one of the best for variety of design choice.
The 24 air vents on the Gonex help to get fresh air to your head while cycling, meaning your head stays cool.
The Gonex helmet has an inner circumference of 22″ to 24″, which is adjustable via a rotary dial on the back.
The straps adjust in 3 places: under the chin and then either side below your ears. The chin strap on the Gonex is also one of the best padded.
The LED light at the back of the Gonex helmet has a push switch in the middle.
Pressing once turns the light on.
Repeated presses cycle through the display settings:
- Solid light on
- Light off
You can buy the Gonex *in 3 different color designs, of black, white or red. A great affordable helmet and one of the lightest weight LED light helmets.
Moon Cycle Bike Helmet With LED Light
The Moon *is the lightest weight of all the helmets featured, weighing just half a pound (230 g), it also has the most air vents, with 31 in total (no doubt helping to keep the weight down with all those holes in it)
The Moon helmet has 31 different air vents, which lets air get to your head during your ride, helping to make this one of the coolest helmets.
The visor on the front offers some protection from bright sun but is detachable if you don’t want it.
It’s 22″ to 24″ in circumference, which is adjustable via the dial at the back. The straps also have the standard 3 point adjustment of under the chin and either side.
The comfy inner cushions are a great feature as they are removable and machine washable. No matter how sweaty you get, you can easily stop this smelling stale with regular washes.
The light comes with a plastic strip under the battery to conserve power before first use.
Pushing the button in the center of the light turns it on.
Pushing again cycles through 3 light modes:
- Moving flash
- Solid light
You can buy the Moon *in 2 different color designs. It’s very light weight and one of the coolest with the the most air vents and easy to keep fresh with removable machine washable inner cushions.
Xino Bike Helmet With LED Light
The Xino* is one of the most affordable helmets with in-built light.
The visor is detachable and can be simply clicked on and off, it’s one of the lightest weight helmets and has the most padded chin strap.
The xino has 3 strap adjustments, under the chin and either side, as well as thick chin padding to keep it comfortable.
Pushing the light turns it on an goes through the three light modes:
- Slow flash
- Fast flash
- Steady light
The visor offers some protection from sun glare and can be easily removed and reattached by clipping on and off.
You can buy the Xino* in 2 different color designs of red and black or orange and black.
It has one of the most thickly padded chin straps, it very light weight and still very affordable.
Best Bike Helmet With LED Light
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