These time limitations often force runners to venture out into the dark with hopes of avoiding cars, trucks and anything else that could get in the way. Luckily, there's a whole crop of brands investing in high-visibility apparel and gear for low-light conditions.
To help you lighten up, we tested and identified some of the top shoes, clothes and other accessories.
Asics Lite-ShowGel Kayano 22 Lite-Show: $160 1 of 11
The Lite-Show line from Asics includes shoes, apparel and accessories, allowing you to stay visible from head to toe.
Brooks BoltRunning Visor: $20 2 of 11
The hidden retro-reflectivity in this visor is virtually invisible during the daytime, but lights up at night when you need it most.
Empower FitnessSafety Vest: $29.99; Fleece Headband: $14.99 3 of 11
The high-visibility accessories from Empower Fitness include scarves, headbands, safety vests and mittens, making your low-light runs both stylish and visible.
Lululemon Lights OutSpeed Tight IV Lights Out: $198 4 of 11
The reflective pattern on Lululemon's Lights Out running apparel is understated in the daytime and extra flashy at night. As car lights hit the fabric, a sassy snakeskin pattern is revealed to make you ultra visible to even the most fleeting eye.
NathanLightbender Armband 5 of 11
This lightweight and comfortable armband provides multiple points of light, making you visible from any direction. The band is powered by a standard watch battery, which can be easily replaced.
Nike FlashPegasus 32: $125 6 of 11
Inspired by the natural beauty of the Northern Lights, Nike's Flash technology uses multicolor reflectivity to increase your visibility, letting you light up the night in style.
NoxGear Tracer 360Visibility Vest: $69.95 7 of 11
Going to a rave? Nope, just going for a run.
This 6.5-ounce vest flashes LED lights and changes color to ensure you'll be seen from blocks away. The vest runs on three AAA batteries and can last up to 40 hours.
Pearl Izumi BioVizFly Thermal Tight: $80 8 of 11
Pearl Izumi put some serious testing into its BioViz line, creating sky-high standards for reflectivity in the industry. The fluorescent colors convert invisible UV light into additional visible light, increasing perception distance five times over standard hues.
RunLitesActive Glove Half-Length: $34.99 9 of 11
These lightweight gloves come in both half- and full-length fingers and come in black, pink, blue or camouflage. Long-lasting and rechargeable, these let you aim the spotlight in the direction you want, lighting any path or trail up to 15 feet ahead.
Stunt Puppy Go Dog GloReflective Dog Vest: $50 10 of 11
Don't forget Fido! Now even your pup can be visible on your low-light runs or walks. This vest comes in two sizes for different breeds and is adjustable to ensure a comfortable fit.