Everything You Need to Know About E-Bike Lights

Riding an e-bike is more than just a fun way to get around; it's also a responsibility. You might overlook one of the critical pieces in keeping you and others safe on the road: ‘Your e-bike lights!’

When you're riding in the dark or even in cloudy, low-light conditions, being seen is as important as seeing where you're going. That's why we have put together this handy guide. Whether you're a newbie or a seasoned e-bike enthusiast, we will shine some light on this subject.

And, well, we know Canada has its own set of rules. So, in accordance with Canadian regulations, we'll also tell you what's a must-have light system for e-bikes.

So buckle up and prepare to become a rider who monitors safety and law. Stick around; it will be illuminating!

A girl is safely riding with her headlight turned on

What is an E-bike Light?

Let's start by getting to know what an e-bike light is. Like any other bicycle light, an e-bike light serves two main purposes. First, it lights up the path in front of you so you can see where you're going, especially when it's dark out. Second, it ensures other folks, drivers, cyclists, or pedestrians can see you coming.

But here's where it gets interesting. E-bike lights are often more advanced than your run-of-the-mill bike lights. Why? Because electric bicycles can go faster and have built-in batteries. That means you can get brighter lights, last longer, and have special features like auto-on or changeable settings.

You might wonder, ‘Why can't I just slap any old light on my e-bike?’ Good question!

Electric bikes are typically faster than traditional bikes. That means you need a light system that can keep up with you. Furthermore, because your e-bike already has a battery, you can often connect your light to it directly. That's a huge perk, as you don't need to worry about the light's battery dying when you are halfway home.

In a nutshell, an e-bike light is an essential piece of kit designed to match the enhanced capabilities of your electric bike, ensuring you and everyone else on the road stay safe.

How to Choose the Right Electric Bike Light?

Alright, you're convinced: you need a good e-bike light. But how do you pick the right one? Don't sweat it; we've got you covered. Let's break it down into six main factors you should consider.


First off, let's talk about lumens. A lumen is a measure of how bright a light is. The higher the lumens, the brighter the light. Simple, right? So, if you plan to ride a lot at night or in low-light conditions, look for a light with higher lumens. Remember that super-bright isn't always better; you don't want to blind other road users!

The Heybike Brawn features a headlight with an auto-on feature

Beam Pattern

Next up is the beam pattern. That's the shape and spread of the light coming from your headlight. Some lights have a focused beam that goes far but is narrow, while others spread light in a broader but shorter area. Your choice here depends on where you ride. Narrow roads? A focused beam might be better. City streets? Go for a broader beam.

Battery Life

Now, let's talk battery life. The last thing you want is for your light to go out while riding. Most e-bike lights can connect to your bike's main battery, which means they can last a long time. Just make sure to check the specs before buying.


If you're like me and love riding, come rain or shine, a waterproof light is necessary. Look for lights with good water-resistance ratings so you're not left in the dark during a downpour.


Nobody wants a bulky light weighing them down. Luckily, most e-bike lights are lightweight and compact. Still, it's something to consider, especially if you've got a long commute.


Last but not least, the price. Like anything, you get what you pay for. But that doesn't mean you have to break the bank. Look for lights that balance cost and quality, and read reviews to see what other bikers are saying.

Which E-bike Lights Are Available?

So, now that you're pretty much a pro in what to look for in an e-bike light let's chat about the actual types of lights you can get. Trust us, you've got options!

Head Light

The headlight is your main illumination source, lighting the road before you. A good headlight will have adjustable settings to adapt to different lighting conditions. It should also be bright enough to make you visible to others but not so glaring that it blinds them.

Close up view of front light on the Ciryrun e bicycle

Speaking of headlights, the Heybike Cityrun, Tyson, Brawn, and Explore models come equipped with a super-smart auto-on feature. This means that the light turns on when it senses darkness, making it feel like your bike is thinking for you!

Tail Light

Don't forget about the tail light! This is the red light at the back of your bike. Its job is to ensure people behind you can see you clearly. It’s a must-have for safety, especially if you ride at night or in low-visibility conditions like fog or heavy rain.

close up view of tail light on the heybike ebike

Heybike Model: Now, if you’re really looking to up your tail light game, another Heybike model has your back. It comes with an Integrated taillight that shines when it's dark and acts as a brake light. So when you hit the brakes, the light intensifies, letting folks behind you know you’re slowing down.

So, whether you're looking for a headlight with brains or a tail light with extra flair, there's likely an e-bike light out there that fits your needs. And if you're into smart tech, those Heybike models could be just the ticket!

How to Clean Your E-Bike Light?

So you’ve got your shiny new e-bike lights. You’re beaming down roads and glowing on trails. Awesome! But hold on a sec; just like any other part of your bike, your lights need some TLC, too. Yep, that’s right, they need cleaning to keep working like champs. So, how do you clean your e-bike lights? It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

First things first, gather some basic cleaning supplies. You’ll need:

  • Soft cloth
  • Mild soap
  • Warm water
  • A Small brush (like an old toothbrush)

Step 2: Turn Off and Disconnect

Safety first! Make sure your lights are turned off. If they’re detachable, take them off your bike. If they’re hardwired to your e-bike battery, ensure your bike is off, too.

Step 3: Clean the Lens and Body

Dampen your soft cloth with some warm water and a dab of mild soap. Gently wipe the lens and the body of the light. For stubborn grime or corners, use a small brush to scrub gently. Make sure you don’t scratch the lens, okay?

Step 4: Rinse and Dry

Once you’ve wiped off all the dirt and soap, rinse the light with clean water. Then, dry it thoroughly with a soft, dry cloth. Ensure it’s completely dry before attaching it to your bike.

Step 5: Reconnect and Test

After everything’s clean and dry, turn the lights back where they belong and turn them on to ensure they’re working perfectly.

And there you have it! You’ve just given your e-bike lights a spa day. Regular cleaning makes your lights brighter and helps them last longer. So make it a habit!

Which E-Bike Lights Are Mandatory in Canada?

You're almost an e-bike light genius by now! But wait, there's one last thing: What does Canadian law say about e-bike lights? In Canada, you must have a white headlight and a red rear light or reflector when riding between dusk and dawn. Yup, it’s the law and all about keeping you and everyone else on the road safe.

The rules can get a bit more detailed depending on where you are in Canada. For more specifics, you can check out ‘Electric Bike Rules by Province.’ Trust us, it's better to know the rules than get caught without your lights!

Summing Up

So there you have it, folks! Picking the right e-bike light is more than just a bright idea; it’s a must-do, especially in Canada. Remember, a good light keeps you safe and in line with the law. So, shine on and ride safely!

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