Riding an eScooter at Night – A Guide to Lighting

A good set of additional lights can improve visibility while you ride your scooter around at night. They are an absolute necessity when riding at any time other than the most ideal lighting conditions.

Escooter at night in Dublin

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Riding your scooter around in the early morning, evening or night carries a considerable hazard: poor lighting conditions. Data from traffic statistics, we see that most of the bike accidents that result in death for the rider occur between 6PM and 9PM — this is evidence that low lighting conditions are a primary factor in bike accidents.

If we can assume that bikes are every bit as dangerous as e scooters, we can also infer that riding in poor lighting conditions is equally dangerous.

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Riding your scooter around in the early morning, evening or night carries a considerable hazard: poor lighting conditions. Data from traffic statistics, we see that most of the bike accidents that result in death for the rider occur between 6PM and 9PM — this is evidence that low lighting conditions are a primary factor in bike accidents.

If we can assume that bikes are every bit as dangerous as e scooters, we can also infer that riding in poor lighting conditions is equally dangerous.

Most escooters on the market have built-in lights but these are not very effective. Most of the options on the market have at least one-or-two of the following issues:

  • Poor quality optics
  • Underpowered LEDs
  • Low mounted lights

One of the biggest issues could be related to lights with low mounting. While this does provide a cool and impressive visual appeal, the low mounted positions mean that the light will only fall on the ground right in front of the escooter. This means you will only have a few feet of illumination and very little time to react if you must avoid danger.

Poor Quality Optics

The next problem is with poor optics. When a light is equipped with a poor-quality lens, it only emits a small amount of light and dissipates before it reaches other people or obstacles on the road. This means the light shines less brightly and makes everything more difficult to see.

Finally, the LED lights applied to e scooter illumination are severely underpowered. While LEDs are by far the most advanced form of illumination and allow for powerful lights in a small space, none of the e scooters on the market have taken full or even adequate advantage of this marvel of human ingenuity.

Front lights

A front light is essential to properly illuminate obstacles and hazards on your path, it will also make you more visible to oncoming traffic at a great distance. We HIGHLY recommend that you select the most powerful and top-quality headlight your budget can afford you to keep you safe when night driving. Fortunately, there are many items on the market and many are cheaper than you would imagine.

Rear lights

Rear lights are essential to warn traffic approaching you from the rear. Once again, the low-profile design of LED lighting as it is commonly applied to e scooters leaves very little reaction time between the detection of the e scooter and an imminent collision. One good idea is to find clip-on LED lights that can be easily attached to the rear of the bike and provide ample visibility.

Swag lights aren’t a substitute for real lights

It is important to mention here that swag lights are a popular addition to many e scooters. While these certainly look impressive and can have a nice effect on the ground around the scooter, they have no functional purpose and do not provide illumination to the other motorists. Furthermore, this illumination will not alert you to any dangers in time to avoid them.

If you want more information on riding, then check out our guide.