2013 Bike Lights Shootout – Beam Photos and Mtbr Lab tests

Lights Lights Shootout
2013 Bike Lights Shootout – Beam Photos and Mtbr Lab tests Gallery
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CatEye Nano Shot

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CatEye Nano Shot+

  • Price: $120
  • Claimed Lumens: 600 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 42 Lux
  • Light Head Weight:161 grams
  • Installed Weight: 178 grams
  • Run Time: n/a Hours
  • Category: Flashlight
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DesignShine DS-1300

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Exposure Diablo Mk4

Fenix BT20
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Fenix BT20

  • Price: $170
  • Claimed Lumens: 750 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 70 Lux
  • Light Head Weight:119 grams
  • Installed Weight: 358 grams
  • Run Time: n/a Hours
  • Category: High End
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Fluxient 1xU2 1000

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Fluxient 3xU2 3000

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Fluxient 4xR5 1600

Full Beam Fusion Speed LED
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Full Beam Fusion Speed LED

  • Price: $650
  • Claimed Lumens: 3000 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 225 Lux
  • Light Head Weight:363 grams
  • Installed Weight: 404 grams
  • Run Time: n/a Hours
  • Category: Flashlight
Gemini Duo
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Gemini Duo

Gemini Duo
Gemini Olympia
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Gemini Olympia

Gemini Olympia
Gemini Xera
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Gemini Xera

  • Price: $200
  • Claimed Lumens: 850 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 72 Lux
  • Light Head Weight: 56 grams
  • Installed Weight: 207 grams
  • Run Time: n/a Hours
  • Category: High End
Gemini Xera Flashlight
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Gemini Xera Flashlight

  • Price: $160
  • Claimed Lumens: 850 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 74 Lux
  • Light Head Weight: 167 grams
  • Installed Weight: 180 grams
  • Run Time: n/a Hours
  • Category: Flashlight
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Gloworm X2

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Jet Lites F-U2

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Jet Lites X-51

JetLites F-1
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JetLites F-1

JetLites F-1
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Lezyne Macro Drive

Lezyne Mega Drive
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Lezyne Mega Drive

  • Price: $200 and $250 with case and kit
  • Claimed Lumens: 1000 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 115 Lux
  • Light Head Weight:266 grams
  • Installed Weight: 296 grams
  • Run Time: n/a Hours
  • Category: Flashlight
Lezyne Super Drive XL
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Lezyne Super Drive XL

  • Price: $120 or $150 with case and kit
  • Claimed Lumens: 500 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 46 Lux
  • Light Head Weight:138 grams
  • Installed Weight: 170 grams
  • Run Time: n/a Hours
  • Category: Flashlight
Light & Motion Seca 1700
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Light & Motion Seca 1700

  • Price: $469
  • Claimed Lumens: 1700 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 180 Lux
  • Light Head Weight:131 grams
  • Installed Weight: 326 grams
  • Run Time: n/a Hours
  • Category: High End
Light and Motion Taz 1200
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Light & Motion Taz 1200

  • Price: $300
  • Claimed Lumens: 1200 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 111 Lux
  • Light Head Weight: 217 grams
  • Installed Weight: 217 grams
  • Run Time: n/a Hours
  • Category: High End
Light & Motion Urban 550
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Light & Motion Urban 550

  • Price: $160
  • Claimed Lumens: 550 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 55 Lux
  • Light Head Weight: 113 grams
  • Installed Weight: 113 grams
  • Run Time: n/a Hours
  • Category: Flashlight/Commuter
Light and Motion Vis 360+
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Light & Motion Vis 360+

Light & Motion Vis 360+
Lumintrek TrailBlazer 1600
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Lumintrek Trailblazer 1600

  • Price: $170
  • Claimed Lumens: 1600 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 78 Lux
  • Light Head Weight:124 grams
  • Installed Weight: 345 grams
  • Run Time: n/a Hours
  • Category: Commuter
Lupine Betty R 12
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Lupine Betty R 12

  • Price: $1,295
  • Claimed Lumens: 3600 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 365 Lux
  • Light Head Weight: 177 grams
  • Installed Weight: 612 grams
  • Run Time: n/a Hours
  • Category: High End
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Lupine Betty R 9

  • Price: $1,095
  • Claimed Lumens: 3600 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 365 Lux
  • Light Head Weight: 177 grams
  • Installed Weight: 450 grams
  • Run Time: n/a Hours
  • Category: High End
Lupine Piko 3
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Lupine Piko 3

  • Price: $365
  • Claimed Lumens: 900 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 93 Lux
  • Light Head Weight: 58 grams
  • Installed Weight: 192 grams
  • Run Time: n/a Hours
  • Category: High End
Lupine Piko TL MiniMax
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Lupine Piko TL MiniMax

  • Price: $399
  • Claimed Lumens: 900 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 91 Lux
  • Light Head Weight: 145 grams
  • Installed Weight: 163 grams
  • Run Time: n/a Hours
  • Category: Flashlight
Lupine Wilma 6
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Lupine Wilma 6

  • Price: $595
  • Claimed Lumens: 2400 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 220 Lux
  • Light Head Weight: 121 grams
  • Installed Weight: 364 grams
  • Run Time: n/a Hours
  • Category: High End
Lupine Wilma TL 2012
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Lupine Wilma TL 2012

Lupine Wilma TL 2012
Magicshine MJ-808
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Magicshine MJ-808

Magicshine MJ-808
Magicshine MJ-872
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Magicshine MJ-872

Magicshine MJ-872
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Niterider Lumina 650

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NiteRider MiNewt Pro 750

Serfas True 1000
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Serfas True 1000

Serfas True 1000
Mtbr Ambient Lux Graph
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Mtbr Ambient Lux Graph

Mtbr Ambient Lux Graph
Mtbr Lux Data
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Mtbr Lux Data

Mtbr Lux Data

(Hit the Full Screen button to enlarge the photos)

The 2013 Bike lights are here and we have four methods of testing and quantifying each light:

1) Photographing them in a controlled environment using a good camera in manual mode, identical settings.

2) Measuring the ambient lux in a controlled room with the light and meter pointed at the ceiling.

3) Measuring the lumen output of each light using a certified and calibrated integrating sphere.

4) Riding each light on the trail and giving riding impressions.

This is section 1 of the review and it displays the beam pattern photos for each light. We photographed the lights in the same location setting with the same camera settings. The photos were taken in the back yard that is approximately 25 yards long. These photos feature many objects and a distinct background to analyze detail and beam pattern.

The camera settings we used are the following:

  • Camera: Olympus OM-D
  • Setting: Full manual
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure: 1.6 seconds
  • Aperture: F4.0
  • Focus: Manual
  • White Balance: Daylight
  • Quality: Jpeg High

 

Backyard beam photo gallery – Please note that the thumbnails are square and don’t show the width of the beam pattern. Click on the thumbnail to see the wide photo.

Related Links
All Mtbr Lights Shootout Articles »
2013 Bike Lights Shootout »
2013 Tunnel Beam Pattern Comparisons »
2013 Backyard Beam Pattern Comparisons »
2013 Mtbr Lux measurements »
2013 Mtbr Lumen Tests »
2012 Bike Lights Shootout »
Mtbr Lights Reviews »
Mtbr Lights Forum »

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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