The Bright Eyes Rechargeable is one of the lightest and brightest models we tested. This light excels on the city streets, and is more recommended for rual commutes due to its extremely bright beam.
The Bright Eyes Rechargeable 1200 lights up almost any trail.
The Bright Eyes Rechargeable scored an 8 out of 10 in this category, as we measured its maximum beam distance at almost 190-meters. The Allen Sports ASL5XR was the only light that measured further, with the light narrowly zoomed in. In the photograph below, you can see the comparison between the Bright Eyes on the left and the Allen Sports on the right, which is set to the middle of its zoom feature.
Beam Distance Photos
Bright Eyes Rechargeable 1200
Allen Sports ASL5XR
The Bright Eyes only earns a slightly above average score in terms of beam diameter and pattern, with 6 points out of a possible 10. This score falls a couple of points short of our Best Buy Award winner, the Light and Motion Urban 350, and on par with our other Best Buy candidate, the Cygolite Metro 400.
In the photo below, you can see a slight difference in the beam pattern of the Bright Eyes on the right as compared to the Metro 400 on the left; the Bright Eyes has a more narrow central spot with light illuminating the edges of your peripheral. Where as the Metro 400 has a slightly larger concentrated spot light, with considerably less light flooding the edges of your vision.
Beam Diameter and Pattern
Bright Eyes Rechargeable 1200
Cygolite Metro 400
We measured the battery life for the Bright Eyes at around two hours with the beam on high. This is considerably less than both the NiteRider Pro 1800 and the Light and Motion Vis 360+, our other two lights containing battery packs. The Bright Eyes earns another 6 out of 10, and is instead more comparable to that of the battery life of the Allen Sports light, which we measured at 2.2 hours.
As you can see in this chart, which compares battery life with beam distance over time, the Bright Eyes maintains its constant maximum beam distance before drastically plunging into darkness. Whereas, the Allen Sports is a more gradual decline over time in terms of brightness.
This is the category that really weighed down the Bright Eyes Rechargeable, earning a below average score with 4 out of 10. Although installation is relatively easy, the external battery pack system as opposed to self contained systems like the Lumina 750 or the Urban 350, is more time consuming. We also scored this light low for removal at the bike rack. Again due to the battery pack, the Bright Eyes Rechargeable is less portable due to the addition of a battery pack that adds weight to your entire system and in your bag.
The battery pack is a bit larger than the light itself.
This light is best used on long commutes in very poorly lit areas, where high visibility is imperative for your safety.
When examining our Price vs. Value Chart, this light falls somewhere in the middle in terms performance and price. However, for a $100 price point there are higher performers available like the NiteRider Lumina 550.
Ryan using the Bright Eyes Rechargeable during his regular morning commute.
The Bright Eyes Rechargeable 1200 is an extremely bright light that's great if you're making long commutes, possibly from out in the boonies in rather poorly lit areas where safety is of the utmost concern. However, we feel you may find our Editors' Choice Award winner, the NiteRider Lumina 750, or the Light and Motion Vis 360+ to be more versatile options.