Exposure TraceR DayBright Taillight Review – Backlighting – Lights

Exposure TraceR DayBright Tail Light


Our opinion

The TraceR builds on the reputation of exposing excellent lights

Easy to use; excellent build quality; wide visibility

The inconvenients:
Seat post holder can be flipped to the side

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The Exposition TraceR DayBright is a great taillight that combines extended visibility with top-notch build quality.

Although the seatpost mount can be subject to knocks, it is one of the best rear bike lights available.

DayBright Exposure TraceR in use

The TraceR DayBright exposure is unlike most other top bike lights. Looking like some kind of emergency flare, its machined aluminum exterior, single LED and prominent lens all stand out in a market full of plastic.

The aluminum casing means the TraceR is extremely durable despite its small size, and the plastic bracket it snaps into is nearly unbreakable too.

It is produced by Sussex-based Ultimate Sports Engineering, a mid-sized company that has built a reputation for making quality lights. Past exposure products I’ve used are now well into their second decade and the TraceR feels like it should continue in that vein.

Based around a single LED, its lens does a great job of maximizing the claimed 75 lumens. Although this high-end output is at the lower end of what most people would consider a daytime flash, I still found the TraceR adequate for use in brighter conditions.

Admittedly, light output is plentiful when cycling at night, and I was happy to switch to the more subdued medium setting once the sun went down.

Battery life is three hours in high output mode, six in medium mode and 12 in low mode. Go for a blinking output rather than a steady output, and those times will double.

Switching between each output level is achieved by pressing and holding the single rubberized button on the light. Once selected, operation is simplified, with a double-click turning the light on and another click switching between steady and flashing modes.

This binary choice means you can make adjustments while driving and be sure of the selected mode.

Exposure TraceR DayBright Visibility

When turned on, Exposure claims the light produces a 180 degree beam, with an even wider 240 degree more general visibility. In use, we found it offered intense but never glare rear lighting, as well as an above-average amount of side visibility.

While the light itself is extremely small, the stand is more agricultural. However, its simple construction is extremely sturdy, with no reason to worry about accidental breakage or it dropping the light.

I did have a few minor gripes though. For one, the rubber backing of the mount is pretty tough, so while it avoids scratching your seatpost, it won’t prevent the light from being knocked over. That said, the wraparound rubber strap is grippy enough that there’s no chance of it slipping once in place.

The TraceR DayBright is a premium option, but still good value for money considering its brightness and build quality. Spending the extra £20 will get you the same light, but with the addition of Exposure’s ReAKT technology. This allows it to indicate when you’re slowing down, while automatically adjusting its output in relation to ambient light levels.

DayBright Exposure TraceR bottom line

The Exposure TraceR DayBright is one of the best bike lights on the market: it’s easy to use and extremely well built, with good runtimes and responsive output, even though it’s not the taillight the most. brightest on the market.

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