2014 Mtbr Bike Lights Shootout: Tunnel Beam Patterns

Lights Lights Shootout

We went out to a freeway underpass and risked our lives in the ‘hood’ as we photographed our test lights with our camera. The location is useful since it has walls and a ceiling that can display a bike light beam pattern.  The walls have a lot of graffiti on them and actually show detail when they are lit up by a light with a wide angle. Cones and targets are set up every 20 feet with the far bullseye target set up at 120 feet.

It is very useful for a road cyclist or commuter to see real world useability of a light.  For a mountain biker, the side walls show the peripheral visibility with the light.  The tunnel roof indicates how the light will make the tree canopy visible as well.

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

Some of the lights’ beam patterns were tested in the backyard. 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.

To complement these Tunnel Beam and Backyard Beam Patterns, please check our Lumen Measurements and Individual Light Reviews of these lights.

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Bontrager Ion 700

  • Claimed Lumens: 700 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 661 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 68 Lux
  • Price: $100

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-bontrager-ion-700

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CatEye Volt 1200

  • Claimed Lumens: 1200 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 1234 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 125 Lux
  • Price: $200

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-cateye-volt-1200

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CatEye Volt 300

  • Claimed Lumens: 300 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 349 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 35 Lux
  • Price: $60

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-cateye-volt-300

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Fenix BTR20

  • Claimed Lumens: 850 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 875 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 88 Lux
  • Price: $150 approximately
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Gemini Duo 1500

  • Claimed Lumens: 1500 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 1208 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 118 Lux
  • Price: $230

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-gemini-lights-duo-1500

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Gemini Olympia 2100

  • Claimed Lumens: 2100 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 1477 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 153 Lux
  • Price: $300

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-gemini-lights-olympia-2100

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Gemini Xera 950

  • Claimed Lumens: 950 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 789 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 80 Lux
  • Price: $190

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-gemini-lights-xera-950

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Gloworm X1

  • Claimed Lumens: 850 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 918 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 98 Lux
  • Price: $190
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Gloworm X2

  • Claimed Lumens: 1200 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 1391 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 142 Lux
  • Price: $260
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Gloworm XS

  • Claimed Lumens: 2200 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 2230 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 176 Lux
  • Price: $370
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Lezyne Deca Drive

  • Claimed Lumens: 800 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 896 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: n/a Lux
  • Price: $150

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-lezyne-deca-drive

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Lezyne Macro Drive

  • Claimed Lumens: 350 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 307 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 30 Lux
  • Price: $70

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-lezyne-macro-drive

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Lezyne Mega Drive

  • Claimed Lumens: 1200 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 1175 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 103 Lux
  • Price: $200

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-lezyne-mega-drive

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Lezyne Mini Drive XL

  • Claimed Lumens: 250 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 256 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 23 Lux
  • Price: $75

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-lezyne-mini-drive-xl

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Lezyne Super Drive XL

  • Claimed Lumens: 575 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 589 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 52 Lux
  • Price: $120

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-lezyne-super-drive-xl

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Light & Motion Seca 2000 Race

  • Claimed Lumens: 2000 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 2022 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 170 Lux
  • Price: $500

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-light-motion-seca-2000-race

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Light & Motion Taz 1000

  • Claimed Lumens: 1000 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 1030 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 97 Lux
  • Price: $300

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-light-motion-taz-1000

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Light & Motion Taz 1200

  • Claimed Lumens: 1200 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 1206 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux:111 Lux
  • Price: $300

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-light-motion-taz-1200

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Light & Motion Urban 700

  • Claimed Lumens: 700 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 708 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 76 Lux
  • Price: $160

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-light-motion-urban-700

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Lupine Betty R 10

  • Claimed Lumens: 4500 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 4082 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 440 Lux
  • Price: $1115

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-lupine-betty-r-10

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Lupine Piko 4

  • Claimed Lumens: 1200 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 1120 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 110 Lux
  • Price: $335

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-lupine-piko-4

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Lupine Piko TL Max/MiniMax

  • Claimed Lumens: 1200 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 1120 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 110 Lux
  • Price: $400/$370

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-lupine-piko-tl-max-and-minimax

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Lupine Wilma 7

  • Claimed Lumens: 2800 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 2770 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 270 Lux
  • Price: $595

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-lupine-wilma-7

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Magicshine Eagle 600

  • Claimed Lumens: 600 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 650 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 66 Lux
  • Price: $160

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-magicshine-eagle-600

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NiteRider Lightning Bug 100 USB

  • Claimed Lumens: 100 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 122 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 13 Lux
  • Price: $45

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-niterider-lightning-bug-100-usb

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NiteRider Lumina 550

  • Claimed Lumens: 550 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 558 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 59 Lux
  • Price: $110

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-niterider-lumina-550

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NiteRider Lumina 700

  • Claimed Lumens: 700 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 692 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 74 Lux
  • Price: $140

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-niterider-lumina-700

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NiteRider Lumina Flare

  • Claimed Lumens: 650 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 673 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 70 Lux
  • Price: $170

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-niterider-lumina-flare-650

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NiteRider Lumina Flare (taillight-on)

  • Claimed Lumens: 650 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 673 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 70 Lux
  • Price: $170

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-niterider-lumina-flare-650

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NiteRider Lumina Micro 220

  • Claimed Lumens: 220 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 240 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 25 Lux
  • Price: $70

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-niterider-lumina-micro-220

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NiteRider Pro 1200 Race

  • Claimed Lumens: 1200 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 1310 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 124 Lux
  • Price: $270

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-niterider-pro-1200-race

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Princeton Tec Push

  • Claimed Lumens: 150 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 212 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 22 Lux
  • Price: $50

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-princeton-tec-push

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Serfas True 350

  • Claimed Lumens: 350 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 420 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 39 Lux
  • Price: $120

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-serfas-true-350

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Serfas True 550

  • Claimed Lumens: 550 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 577 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 55 Lux
  • Price: $140

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-serfas-true-550

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Serfas True 750

  • Claimed Lumens: 750 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 773 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 75 Lux
  • Price: $160

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-serfas-true-750

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Serfas TSL-T1000

  • Claimed Lumens: 1000 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 1130 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 110 Lux
  • Price: $320

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-serfas-tsl-t1000

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Supernova Airstream

  • Claimed Lumens: 260 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 214 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 22 Lux
  • Price: $217
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Trail Led DS

  • Claimed Lumens: 3000 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 2640 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 264 Lux
  • Price: $500

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-trail-led-ds-3000-lumen-helmet-light

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Trail Led Halo

  • Claimed Lumens: 6000 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 5350 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 540 Lux
  • Price: $1200

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-trail-led-halo-6000-lumen-helmet-light

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Trail Led XXX

  • Claimed Lumens: 1800 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 1610 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 155 Lux
  • Price: $300

http://reviews.mtbr.com/review-trail-led-xxx-1800-lumen-helmet-light

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Xeccon Geinea I

  • Claimed Lumens: 650 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 617 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 61 Lux
  • Price: $148
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Xeccon Spiker 1210

  • Claimed Lumens: 1600 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 1260 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 120 Lux
  • Price: $145
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