If you ride at night, you need lights for two reasons: to see, and to be seen.
If you use a helmet light, then that light will be a long way off the floor, and may confuse other road users when they try to work out what you are and how far away you are.
It is therefore wise to have a “be seen” light on the front of the uni itself - and of course a rear light is essential.
I picked up a pair of these today, and they are ideal. £10 (GBP) each. They attach with a length of shock cord (bungee) and are quick adjustable so that they will grip a seat post, frame tube or handle bar. They are visible from a wide angle (more than 180 degrees!) and do not have a vertical/horizontal bias, so you can fit the same light to a vertical or horizontal tube (uni frame neck or bike handle bar) with no difference in visibility.
The beauty of this is that you only need one pair, and they will fit everything in your fleet, from 20" to Coker to bike or trike - or even (should you wish) your belt if you are hiking on a busy road.
The front one is bright enough to help you search the boot (US = trunk) of the car at night, or to get changed in a tent. In a tent, the domed shape would give general low-level illumination .
You switch them on simply by pushing the outer casing.
There are two settings: fixed or flashing.
The batteries are the flat discs, about coin sized, that you find in key fobs and the like, and are easily replaceable. Allegedly good for 30 hours’ use, or 5 hours in flashing mode.
They are not designed to illuminate the way ahead, so if you are riding in an unlit area you will need a helmet light too.
There is only one “but”: (I fell for this!) READ THE PACKET - the bit where it says, “IMPORTANT: READ BEFORE USE”.:o
The lights have a “try me mode” for when they are on display in the shop, and they turn off after 30 seconds. The instructions on the packet (I discovered when I got home! ) say “Hold them in the “on” position for a few seconds until they start to flash rapidly.” That disables the try me mode.
A good purchase, and recommended.