Best Bike Helmets with Lights Built-In [Top 6]
There is overwhelming evidence across multiple studies that wearing a helmet is effective in reducing injuries.
Trusted bodies such as The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) in the UK provide regular analysis and their June 2020 report into cycle helmets gave a deep insight into the results of academic and industry research.
The key takeaways from the RoSPA factsheet are clear in identifying the reduced chances of injury to the head and the brain. It confirms that hospitals in London can expect to spend more time with those patients who suffer skull damage and are not wearing a helmet.
A long-term study of the potential for cycle helmets to prevent injury was carried out on behalf of the Transport Research Laboratory in the United Kingdom.
In the summary of conclusions, the report identifies that bicycle helmets should be effective at reducing the risk of head injury, especially the most common type of accidents, which are ones which do not involve other vehicles.
One reason governments with foresight across the world advocate segregated urban cycling via a kerbed lane is to separate the most vulnerable road users from the least vulnerable. Moving motorists and cyclists slightly further apart on the road could also play an important role in reducing the number of accidents.
Bicycle helmets are so popular that their manufacture has spawned many niches and new features. They keep safety as the top priority but also include features to make the riders life more effective and efficient.
Having a helmet with a Multi-directional Impact Protection System (MIPS) can limit the rotation of the brain which you can read more about here.
Bicycle Helmets with Lights and Turn Signals
Perhaps the most useful safety feature built into helmets now is some form of lighting. Urban roads are clogged with distractions at all levels which affect the ability of all users. Having a light at eye-level with SUVs, other cyclists and some pedestrians is really useful for being seen and drawing eyes to you.
Having back-up or ancillary lights at times when you are not required to have lights attached to your machine helps everyone. They provide reassurance for you and other road users.
Helmet lights should never be a substitute for the lights you attach to your bicycle. Many national and state laws are illuminating about the requirement to fix lights to your ride. LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting is better for the environment and is longer lasting. It helps your position on the road or trail to be made clearer. Further reassurance comes in the form of the bicycle lighting being easily rechargeable at home or work. Read more about rechargeable helmet lights.
Some helmets come with built-in Bluetooth for when you want to safely make a call or even make turning signals via the rear of the unit. Check out helmets with Bluetooth capabilities here.
Best Bike Helmets with LED Lights [Top 6]
- Lumos Ultra Smart Helmet [REVIEW]
- Unit 1 FARO Smart Helmet [REVIEW]
- LIVALL BH60SEPLUS Bluetooth Helmet [REVIEW]
- ABUS Hyban Urban Helmet with Integrated LED Taillight [REVIEW]
- Zacro Bike Helmet with Light [REVIEW]
- PHZ Bicycle Helmet with LED Light [REVIEW]
Best Helmets with Brake Lights + Turn Signals
- Still Mode
- Flashing Mode
- Turn Signals
✅ Front and rear lights
✅ Smartphone connection
✅ Wireless turning via remote
✅ USB rechargeable
This helmet has won design awards given by companies for whom ergonomics and ease of use always feature highly in their list of requirements.
The helmet comes at two main price points as it is offered with or without the MIPS system.
The first thing that hits you is the simplicity of the structure and the set up.
This Lumos helmet provides both front and rear LED lights. This gives a wide field of visibility from more angles.
A wireless controller which you attach to the handlebars provides a simple left or right button. The turning rear light blinks and emits a buzz.
Smartphone connectivity offers a wealth of customisation. The pattern of the helmet LED can be changed, as can the brightness and rides can be tracked.
If you and your riding friends own the same helmet your turns can be synchronised by the Team Sync feature.
✅ Front Light
✅ Rear Light
✅ Brake Lights
❌ Built-In Microphone
❌ Built-In Speakers
✅ SOS Function
Weight (Medium Size): 580g
Typical Battery Life: 30 hours
Safety Certificate: CE / CPSC
- 🇬🇧 from £180
- 🇺🇸 from $210
- 🇪🇺 from €220
This helmet is nothing short of stunning aesthetically. But it’s also packed with safety features for cyclists.
It has a bright front and rear lights which come on by pressing a button on the back of the helmet, while there are also indicator lights which can used with the handlebar indicator. There are also brake lights if you wish.
But Unit 1’s safety features dom’t end there. If you’re helmet recognises a significant impact, followed by no movement, a message will be sent to an emergency contact. But don’t worry, this helmet is smart enough to know if you’ve just thrown your helmet in your bag and you can cancel the emergency outreach if needed.
There is also a MIPS add-on for this helmet, although it should be noted that this is NOT a cheap helmet. This is a premium product, but it has justified it’s high price-tag with excellent features and design.
The only thing missing from this helmet compared to others on this list is the option to listen to music and make calls, but this can be easily remedied with an earphone!
Unit 1 FARO Helmet Colours:
- Still Mode
- Flashing Mode
- Separated Rear Lighting and Turn Signals
✅ Stereo speakers and in-helmet music controls
✅ Windproof microphone
✅ Hands-free calling
✅ Fall detection and SOS alert
This helmet is packed with so many features and is a useful ally for users’ daily activities outside of riding. There are benefits if you go beyond your regular commuting routes.
The LIVALL helmet offers a red rear lights and orange indicator lights – all LED. The turning lights are controlled via a wireless handlebar remote.
The Smartphone connectivity unlocks more of this phone’s potential. The unit contains a microphone and Bluetooth speakers so hands-free communication is possible.
The microphone is designed to factor in wind noise and can also be adapted as a walkie-talkie for use with other LIVALL helmet-wearing riders.
The LIVALL riding app opens up access to most of the features including access to your music lists via built-in stereo speakers. It also provides a double GPS correction function to keep your ride on track.
A really useful feature comes in the form of a fall detection SOS which sends the rider’s Google map location to pre-selected emergency contacts after a 90 second countdown.
- Still Mode
✅ 13 air inlets and 5 outlets for optimal ventilation
✅ Soft touch straps are easy to adjust for practical sliders
✅ Big light covers a wide surface area
✅ Soft touch padding is easy to detach and wash
ABUS is a trusted manufacturer whose history in lock-making should provide security and reassurances of quality.
This helmet has a very functional looks with a spartan design. It’s definitely a cross-class helmet. This could look cool at the local BMX park as much as on a commute or on the mountain bike.
It’s designed with a simple integrated tail light which actually looks quite discreet until you turn it on.
The rear light is LED and is made for 180 degree visibility. There’s plenty of ventilation too. A small peak which clips on and off acts as a useful visor to keep out the rain.
There is some mesh underneath the front part of the vents which might help in deterring bugs which often end up in your hair.
This is a no-frills helmet designed to help you be seen when you ride and should fit most budgets. The battery is not rechargeable.
Best Budget Bike Helmets with Built-in Lights
- Still Mode
- Flashing Mode – slow and fast
✅ Multiple flash features
✅ Packing bag
✅ 2 replaceable linings
✅ 2 helmet visors
Despite coming in at a really keen price this helmet delivers a fair amount.
The rear light is not the largest on review but keeps the LED status at this price point and also benefits from being rechargeable via the USB cabling provided.
Illumination comes via a constant, a slow and fast flash via one touch of a button. The ride time promised is up to eight hours so no worries about any of the modes leaving you high and dry.
No compromise is contained within the design – eight ventilation holes and a nine centimetre spread on the adjustment dial could permit multiple users to wear this lid.
The kit comes with two replacement linings and two visors. It’s great to see this consideration as linings can get smelly and worn quickly and having replacements also helps when some of the smaller bits are misplaced. It happens.
- Steady mode
- Slow and fast flashing modes
- Brake Light
✅ 45 hours between charges (slow flash)
✅ Detachable visor
✅ Large vents
✅ Insect and bug net inside the unit
This unit comes with a USB rechargeable LED light that protrudes slightly from the main helmet point and this makes it very visible.
The lighting unit itself is a strip of red LED around the button which operates the device as well as toggling through the flash sequences.
The helmet also comes with reflective strips along the body so extra visibility is built in.
The detachable visor slots seamlessly onto the main body for a sleek fit which won’t be hampered by the wind.
Plenty of ventilation is offered by the large venting holes but any bugs and insects are going to be caught in the built-in net.
The backpack style carry bag is a thoughtful inclusion to the pack. Storage and convenience of carrying can be overlooked and this touch really helps out.