It’s winter. It’s dark on my bike commutes. That means lighting up bike during the commute.
Bike lights serve two purposes: (1) to see and (2) to be seen.
If the road is dark, I need to see obstacles in the road. Most of my commute is relatively well lit, but there are definitely some dark patches.
I would hate to crash into that yellow bag in the road.
I want the light to also alert cars on the road that I’m there. Hopefully it will be enough to cause the driver to put down the phone for few seconds and not hit me. Many cyclists set the headlight to flashing to create more attention. I find that hurts the “to see” objective.
My new light is a Ding, made by a startup out of Australia.
Ding took a clever approach by incorporating two lights into the casing.
The front facing light can blast out over 600 lumens on its highest setting. That makes it very easy to see obstacles.
The Ding also has a downward facing light that puts another 200 lumens directly down around the bike creating a halo of light. It makes it easy for me to be seen.
You may not have notice the dual beams in the picture above. The main front beam is pointed down the road at the yellow bag. The light just below the handlebar is from the second, downward facing beam.
The picture to the right is taken an obtuse angle. You can see the halo of light around the bike.
That halo of light makes the bike visible from a wide range of angles. The driver should see that circle of light from almost any direction.
I think its a great concept for a commuintg bike light.
The Ding has nine different settings for the intensity of the front light, a flasher setting and turning the downward light on or off. That’s a few too many settings for me. But it’s good to have options.
The big downside I’ve encountered is the relatively short battery life. I get in or out on a charge with no problem. That’s using the setting with the front light on half and the downward light on full. That throws out a lot of light.
Ding says the 100% front and 100% down will last 1.5 hours. I have found that it falls just short during my hour long commute during the winter. The cold temperatures may decrease battery life.
I have found the USB port to be a bit fickle to get the plug in and charging. That could just be my fat fingers or the variety of cables I use. .
The casing is solid but the paint is not. Some of the red paint on mine is starting to chip off after a few months of use.
If that sounds good to you, I have good news. The Ding website is now selling the lights for $90 US.
Other stories on Ding:
- Ding downward and forward facing light – exclusive first look – Bike Radar
- Light Up More than the Road with the The Unique Ding Bike Light – Bike Rumor