tuesdays on the run: knuckle lights review

I was gifted a set of Knuckle Lights: Rechargeable for personal use and for the purpose  of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Happy Tuesday!  I’ll be joining up with My No-Guilt LifeMarcia’s Healthy Slice and MCM Mama Runs for “Tuesdays on The Run”!

Tuesdays on the Run

I’m deviating from the official topics this week to talk a little about a new piece of gear I had the opportunity to try: Knuckle Lights: Rechargeable.


As you all know, I do a lot of my running in the dark. I am usually pretty comfortable with the pre-dawn hours, given street lights and moonlight and whatnot, but extra caution is never a bad idea.

I also know that going into Ragnar, and running on a trail in the middle of the night, I was going to be in need of some serious illumination. I had a headlamp, but I was happy to also have something extra.

Enter Knuckle Lights: Rechargeable.

Retailing for $59.99, the Rechargeables come as a pair with a charging dock, USB cord and wall adapter.


courtesy of knucklelights.com

It was very easy to plug them in and let them power up (indicated by a red-to-green light on the base of each side of the charger.

Another neat feature is that the units magnetically attach to each other, which makes it a lot easier to keep track of them when not in the charging stand. It’s very convenient and a nice touch.

These particular Knuckle Lights units slip easily over the knuckles with an adjustable, soft rubber band.

They are easy to position anywhere on the fingers, depending on what feels most comfortable. I prefer mine right below the ridge of my knuckles, but I can slide them further down my fingers if I choose.

Once I close my fists to run, there hasn’t been any detectable movement or sliding. I can also adjust them to accommodate thicker gloves or long sleeves with thumbholes.

The Knuckle Lights offer three modes: high, low and blinking. Switching between modes requires a simple touch of the button located on the top of each unit. Combined, the Knuckle Lights provide 280 lumens of flooding light (140 lumens for each unit). They are bright and steady, and if you accidentally shine that beam into your (or a friend’s) eyes, you will be seeing stars for a few minutes. Not that I know from experience.

Pro Tip: do not shine directly in anyone’s eyes.

As far as actual illumination?

These are some strong lights!

I can clearly see the stop and street name sign on the corner a quarter mile from my house.  They provide a really nice pool of light ahead of me – I can either direct the light to the road at my feet or shine it forward to check out anything that might be coming towards me in the dark.

They cut through the dark on the trails at Ragnar like nothing. And they are just as effective on my regular, pre-sunrise runs in my neighborhood.

Not only that, but I know that I am highly visible to the cars on the main roads and in my community.

The charge is supposed to last for four hours on high and eight hours on low. I charged them once before Ragnar, where they were used without weakening for about three hours worth of runnings (once I was done with my night leg, I was happy to share). I’ve just been dropping them in the charger when I am finished with them, and can’t report any diminishing of their power.

As a running light, the Knuckle Lights: Rechargeables get two thumbs up from me.

What do you look for in running lights?

Do you carry enough illumination when running in the dark?

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15 Responses to tuesdays on the run: knuckle lights review

  1. Karen says:

    Great review! I like to slide one on my running belt and hold one 🙂 I have felt much safer because I can really see the pavement ahead of me now on those darker runs!

  2. Kimberly G says:

    I just received a pair of Knucnkle Lights and I cannot wait to try them out! Thanks so much for your review 🙂

  3. We used a similar brand when we did Ragnar last year and I agree so great to have along!
    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner recently posted…Lifetime Fitness Indoor TriathlonMy Profile

  4. Vicky says:

    Good review! I also want one. You can tell you that where i can buy it… Thanks!

  5. I want to try these!!! I have a headlamp, and I”ve gotten pretty good at aiming my head at whatever I want to see, but it would be nice to have the handheld lights!
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Why Run if You Hate to Run?My Profile

  6. I’ve been considering buying knucklelights for Ragnar and evening winter runs – they sound great.
    Ange // Cowgirl Runs recently posted…My Experience at Lagree YYCMy Profile

  7. I have some of the original Knuckle Lights, but have not tried the rechargables yet. I am NOT a headlight person, so these work perfect for me, and usually only use one at a time because the light is so strong. They’re great for walking the dog!
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  8. I used the old version for Ragnar and now my husband has taken them for night running. I think they are an awesome product! (I may need to get the rechargeable ones for Ragnar next year…)
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  9. these look perfect for an early morning run! great review!
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  10. Angie says:

    I have the original Knuckle Lights, and I like them. I had no clue there was a rechargeable version. That is good to know since batteries are scarce in my house.
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  11. Toni says:

    These look great and seem to provide a great amount of light. I personally do not like anything on my hands so I would look for a light that would point in another address.
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  12. I recently got a pair of Knuckle Lights and love them! Great review!
    Michelle @ Running with Attitude recently posted…2017 Race CalendarMy Profile

  13. Angela @marathonsandmotivation.com says:

    I am totally loving the knuckle lights & I am going to check them out! Right now, I am running on the treadmill when it is dark due to ice here in Maine. These will be handy during Summer & Fall for sure!!

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