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Product Description

The Blackburn Central 300 front bike light is a commuter essential for safe riding in low light conditions. The Central front light delivers a bright 300 lumen beam in a versatile package that comes with plenty of mounting options. Easily recharge the Blackburn Central 300 with any USB port.

Key Features

Meets ANSI FL-1 Standard

The Blackburn Central 300 meets this standard, created by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to ensure consistent performance measurements for handheld lights. Although bicycle lights are not required to follow this or any standard, Blackburn believes in offering full transparency in how the output, run time, water resistance and other performance claims are measured.

LED Fuel Gauge/Charge Indicator

A small built in LED light indicates the battery level. Green = >75%, Orange = 75-25%, Red = <25%

Dual Beam Pattern

Dual beam pattern allows crystal clear near and far visibility.

Replaceable Battery

Battery pack can be replaced in seconds.

Universal Light Mount

The silicone mount fits diameters from 22-35mm along with a clip for clothing, bags or racks.

Micro-USB Rechargeable

Charges via any standard USB port.

Details:

  • Micro USB rechargeable
  • LED fuel gauge/charge indicator
  • Charging cable included, no tools required
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Waterproof to IP-65 standard.
  • 5 hour recharge time
  • Lumens: High 300, Med 150, Low 80, Pulse 80, Strobe 80
  • Runtime: High 2 HRS , Med 4 HRS, 8 Low HRS, Pulse 20 HRS, Strobe 16 HRS
  • Distance: High 108M, Med 76M, Low 56M, Pulse 56M, Strobe 56M
  • 162g / 0.36lb

Occasionally, without notice, manufacturers change product design and/or specifications.

Blackburn Central 300 USB Rechargeable Front Light Reviews

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Overall Rating:
4.5
out of 5
4.48
Build Quality
4.11
Performance
4.72
Value For Money
4.61

Customer Reviews (9)

5
Exactly what was needed...

I wanted something bright and USB chargeable - This is both of those things and currently at a price which stands out against competing brands (I bought this in a 69% sale). I partly wonder if people who are having trouble fitting this have not noticed the light can be rotated on the mounting bracket as well as have the angle changed? You just have to get a little creative with it. The strap itself can accommodate various girths. The quickest way once the strap is in place to dismount the camera is to just unscrew the connecting bolt (it's finger tightening/loosening). Anyway, I had no trouble fitting it to my stem by clicking the mounting bracket 90 degrees. The light is quite heavy weight and gives off a powerful beam which illuminates dark roads for winter commuting plus absolutely no problem being seen (just try to be careful not to blind pedestrians on any shared paths - there are a number of settings which enable you to lower the power of the beam). I have zero complaints!

I wanted something bright and USB chargeable - This is both of those things and currently at a price which stands out against competing brands (I bought this in a 69% sale). I partly wonder if people who are having trouble fitting this have not noticed the light can be rotated on the mounting bracket as well as have the angle changed? You just have to get a little creative with it. The strap itself can accommodate various girths. The quickest way once the strap is in place to dismount the camera is to just unscrew the connecting bolt (it's finger tightening/loosening). Anyway, I had no trouble fitting it to my stem by clicking the mounting bracket 90 degrees. The light is quite heavy weight and gives off a powerful beam which illuminates dark roads for winter commuting plus absolutely no problem being seen (just try to be careful not to blind pedestrians on any shared paths - there are a number of settings which enable you to lower the power of the beam). I have zero complaints!

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5 out of 5
Build Quality: 5/5
Performance: 5/5
Value For Money: 5/5
5
Excellent light

Brilliant light, easy to charge and throws out a very good lumen nice and wide. As people have mentioned about the movement of the rubber strap - I've found that mounting the light sideways onto the top of the down stem sorts that problem out. You lose a very small amount of light behind the brake cables but you can still see/be seen very well.

Brilliant light, easy to charge and throws out a very good lumen nice and wide. As people have mentioned about the movement of the rubber strap - I've found that mounting the light sideways onto the top of the down stem sorts that problem out. You lose a very small amount of light behind the brake cables but you can still see/be seen very well.

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4.7 out of 5
Build Quality: 4/5
Performance: 5/5
Value For Money: 5/5
5
Bright light

I purchased this for my new bike,after reading the reviews about the movement I purchased a go pro holder too. (Luckily only paid a few £ for it.) As I don’t think I need it. Just been out on the bike with light attached over bumpy ground and the light never moved. So 5* for this light and it’s fittings.

I purchased this for my new bike,after reading the reviews about the movement I purchased a go pro holder too. (Luckily only paid a few £ for it.) As I don’t think I need it. Just been out on the bike with light attached over bumpy ground and the light never moved. So 5* for this light and it’s fittings.

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5 out of 5
Build Quality: 5/5
Performance: 5/5
Value For Money: 5/5
5
Very bright light

This light is very bright, not used on bike yet as awaiting delivery of new one. Purchased a GoPro holder for it after reading previous reviews about movement.

This light is very bright, not used on bike yet as awaiting delivery of new one. Purchased a GoPro holder for it after reading previous reviews about movement.

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4.8 out of 5
Build Quality: 4.5/5
Performance: 5/5
Value For Money: 5/5
3
Great light , rubbish mount

I should have read the reviews and not just seen the score. The light is great , very bright and easy to charge, lasting a long time. The mount is awful and I am really struggling to keep it in a useable position, even tried taping the handlebar , hoping it would add resistance from slipping, sadly not. Tried to return but it's not covered for the unusable mount. Looking at other reviews I will have to purchase a go pro mount to use it now. You may want to add this into your budget.

I should have read the reviews and not just seen the score. The light is great , very bright and easy to charge, lasting a long time. The mount is awful and I am really struggling to keep it in a useable position, even tried taping the handlebar , hoping it would add resistance from slipping, sadly not. Tried to return but it's not covered for the unusable mount. Looking at other reviews I will have to purchase a go pro mount to use it now. You may want to add this into your budget.

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3.3 out of 5
Build Quality: 1.5/5
Performance: 5/5
Value For Money: 3.5/5
5
'Mind the voucher!

I've bought three of these using the tredz £5 off voucher. I've paired up two of them on a GoPro style double mount. This gives great results even on unlit canal towpaths. And I've got a spare, should I ever need to replace any batteries. Fantastic!

I've bought three of these using the tredz £5 off voucher. I've paired up two of them on a GoPro style double mount. This gives great results even on unlit canal towpaths. And I've got a spare, should I ever need to replace any batteries. Fantastic!

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5 out of 5
Build Quality: 5/5
Performance: 5/5
Value For Money: 5/5
4
Excellent light. Not a fan of the mount.

The light is excellent, with a good throw, lots of modes with memory, and easy recharging. At the discounted price it represents exceptional value for money. I'm not a fan of the rubber strap mount style, and this light hasn't convinced me otherwise. If you're on pristine roads, you'll not have an issue. Any undulations in the road, and your beam will likely move. A lot. Pulling the strap tight enough to stop it from moving will probably result in it failing prematurely. I've managed to bodge a solution using the stem bolts to jam it in place for now. The base is (according to the user sheet it's supplied with) GoPro compatible, so I've ordered a GoPro/Garmin combo mount for this and my computer. I ordered 3 of these for myself and my kids - at the discounted price it's well worth the purchase. I wouldn't consider this light at or near RRP, though. If you have a GoPro mount spare, it's a no-brainer.

The light is excellent, with a good throw, lots of modes with memory, and easy recharging. At the discounted price it represents exceptional value for money. I'm not a fan of the rubber strap mount style, and this light hasn't convinced me otherwise. If you're on pristine roads, you'll not have an issue. Any undulations in the road, and your beam will likely move. A lot. Pulling the strap tight enough to stop it from moving will probably result in it failing prematurely. I've managed to bodge a solution using the stem bolts to jam it in place for now. The base is (according to the user sheet it's supplied with) GoPro compatible, so I've ordered a GoPro/Garmin combo mount for this and my computer. I ordered 3 of these for myself and my kids - at the discounted price it's well worth the purchase. I wouldn't consider this light at or near RRP, though. If you have a GoPro mount spare, it's a no-brainer.

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4.5 out of 5
Build Quality: 4/5
Performance: 4.5/5
Value For Money: 5/5
4
Good light, rather let down by mount

The title says it all really - the beam is good, though not as well cut-off (to avoid blinding drivers) as some. Its excellent value too. Unfortunately I'm finding it impossible to stop the light rotating on my handlebars, not matter how tight I pull the fixing strap. I've put some fairly 'grippy' tape around my handlebars and mounted the light over that, but it still rotates. Its not that difficult to rotate back, but it is rather irritating to have to keep on doing this on bumpy roads.

The title says it all really - the beam is good, though not as well cut-off (to avoid blinding drivers) as some. Its excellent value too. Unfortunately I'm finding it impossible to stop the light rotating on my handlebars, not matter how tight I pull the fixing strap. I've put some fairly 'grippy' tape around my handlebars and mounted the light over that, but it still rotates. Its not that difficult to rotate back, but it is rather irritating to have to keep on doing this on bumpy roads.

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4.2 out of 5
Build Quality: 4/5
Performance: 4/5
Value For Money: 4.5/5
4
Double beam for the dark streets

The Blackburn Central 300 works well for my daily commute. At the very good Tredz price, I bought two as my ride takes me along some dark roads and the double beams provide a light splay with ample intensity. While the rubber mounts are easy to attach to and detach from the handlebar, the units slip slightly on the ride, but they're easy to adjust. I like the range of power modes and the pulsating light, which is great for daytime riding. I've run with these two lights throughout the winter, and the charge seems to hold well. I'm pleased with my choice of front light.

The Blackburn Central 300 works well for my daily commute. At the very good Tredz price, I bought two as my ride takes me along some dark roads and the double beams provide a light splay with ample intensity. While the rubber mounts are easy to attach to and detach from the handlebar, the units slip slightly on the ride, but they're easy to adjust. I like the range of power modes and the pulsating light, which is great for daytime riding. I've run with these two lights throughout the winter, and the charge seems to hold well. I'm pleased with my choice of front light.

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3.8 out of 5
Build Quality: 4/5
Performance: 4/5
Value For Money: 3.5/5

Front Bike Lights Guide

 

Front Bike Lights Guide

If you ride lit streets and roads after dark you will need lights so you can be seen by other road users. If you ride roads and paths with no street lighting then a front light will be needed so you can see, not just be seen. The brightness of a light is measured in Lumen.

Mountain bikers who wish to ride trails in the dark will need two super-powerful front lights. Front lights almost always have a more powerful output than rear lights.

Lumen is the measure of the brightness of a light, though it is worth noting that not all brands measure in the same way. The lens has a massive effect on what we see lit ahead, some lights will have a widespread while others will be more of a spot.

We have a lights comparison tool and rear lights guide to help you choose the right bike light for your needs.


Commuter/Road Lights

What to look for

If you commute on lit-up city streets, you will need lights to be seen by, rather than to see by. A front light with around 100 lumens should be enough for city commuting, over 400 Lumen will be best if you ride fast or you live in a darker area. Add lumen to your front light requirements up to around 800 for a totally dark cycle path.

The more lights you have, the more visible you will be to traffic so ideally, you should have more than one light with one on flash mode so you are seen clearly at junctions and crossings by other road users. Flashing lights are much easier to see by others especially when it is raining.

Road cyclist with a bright front light

Off-road Lights

Ultimate illumination

If you're a mountain biker and want to venture onto the trails after dark, you won't have any street lighting to guide you. That's when super-powerful front lamps with rechargeable batteries come into their own. Lighter units have the battery built into the light body, while the longest lasting and most powerful lights have a separate battery unit attached to your bike, in a bottle cage mount, for instance.

One light on the bars and one attached to the helmet work best. lights in this category tend to have thousands of Lumens. At this High-end the battery technology has vastly improved usage and charging time over cheaper lights. The mounts are designed to cope with the rigours of mountain biking, with lenses that optimise the magnification and spread for trail riding.

Mountain biker using lights mounted to both the handlebars and their helmet

Batteries and charging

There are two main power sources for your lights: ordinary batteries such as AA which need replacing when they run out, or those with a rechargeable battery built in. Rechargeable lights used to be far more expensive, but there are now many cost-effective and compact units available which can recharge from your computer with a USB cable. 

This makes them a brilliant option for commuters, who can charge them at their office desk during the day. There are other ways to charge your lights. Dynamo hubs store charge from your rotating wheel. They do require a new wheel to be built but need no power source other than your own legs. Modern dynamo hubs have very minimal drag and are the perfect choice for long distance touring a bikepacking. There are even a few solar power lights for totally carbon neutral cycling!

A Knog light with an internal rechargeable battery that charges via USB

Technology

The majority of modern front lights use Lithium-ion batteries that give long burn times for relatively short charge time.
Most lights have different modes of power including a flash or strobe mode. Higher power modes will use more battery.

The lens has a large effect on the light, though there are variations most will give a spot with a wider but less bright halo around the centre.
Most modern lights especially those designed for off-road use will have a water-resistant rating with an IP number. In brief the larger the number the better protected against water and dust the light will be.

Lights commonly use either clamps or straps/bands to attach. For off-road lighting clamps are common helping the light stay in place over rough terrain, often featuring a quick release system.

Mountain biker using advanced Exposure lights on both helmets and handle bars

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Please note that Pre-Order dates can sometimes change due to updated stock information.

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Returns & Warranty

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We will give you a full refund or exchange on any item that is returned to us unused/unfitted, in a resaleable condition and in its original packaging (where possible).

Please note: For hygiene reasons, we cannot accept returns of facemasks, undershorts or underwear if the item has been removed/unsealed from its original packaging.

If your item develops a fault or arrives damaged, please contact us first so we can resolve the issue for you as quickly as possible.

For more information please visit our Returns & Warranty page.

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