Lights Shootout Reviews and News

Review: NiteRider Lumina 700

So now comes the the Lumina 700. It’s just a little better than the 650, but it is dialed already and is NiteRider’s best selling light of all time, selling about 30,000 units last year.

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Review: CatEye Volt 1200

This light is definitely a winner with its price to performance ratio.  It is a potent little package that throws a lot of light.

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Review: Lezyne Mini Drive XL

This stubby little light from Lezyne is interesting at $75 with 250 Lumens that lasts about an hour. The light has the ‘infinite’ battery design which is field replaceable if the rider carries spare batteries.

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Review: Serfas True 350

The top dog in this series is the the True 750 for $160 but the sibling, the True 350 can be had for $120. The other advantage besides fitting it in the budget is the run time increases to the coveted 2-hour mode in the highest setting.

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Review: Light & Motion Taz 1200

The Taz 1200 is a great light that delivers 1206 honest Lumens and it seems like a brighter light since the beam pattern is very efficient. The light is directed to the ground so there is very little light wasted into empty air.

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Review: NiteRider Lightning Bug 100 USB

This is a pretty cool commuter light. It’s small, puts out 122 lumens and it’s only $45. It was difficult to achieve a rechargeable light for under $50 but the folks at Niterider got it sorted out in this 40 gram device.

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Review: Lezyne Macro Drive

The Macro Drive is a decent $70 light putting out 307 Lumens against a claimed 350 Lumens. The light output is pretty steady throughout the battery cycle and it lasts two hours in the highest setting.

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Review: Lezyne Micro Drive Rear

This is a tail light for $50 that puts out about 70 Lumens. It’s got good side visibility and can be seen from well over a mile on a clear day.

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Review: Lupine Betty R 10

In every shootout, there has to be a top dog. This year, the Lupine Betty takes the crown by a devastating landslide. They not only spec’d a 4500 Lumen light but they also backed it up. This light is almost scary in brightness level and one really has to look away from the light head or risk seeing ‘stars’ for a moment.

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Review: Princeton Tec Push

For $50, Princeton Tec offers a light here that claims 150 lLumens but actually measured higher at 212 Lumens. It also sports great side lighting with a nice red strip of light on each side.

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Review: NiteRider Lumina 550

So now comes the the Lumina 700 and the Lumina 550. This expands the Lumina 650 options, as the 550 offers an impressive light at $110. Measured output is at 558 Lumens and run time on high is at 1:30.

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Review: NiteRider Pro 1200 Race

This light shares the chassis of the NiteRider 1500 from a couple years ago, but where that light claimed 1500 Lumens, it only measured 1100 Lumens in our testing.  This one claims 1200 Lumens, but it measured 1310 Lumens in our integrating sphere test.

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Review: NiteRider Lumina Micro 220

There’s the Lumina 550 and next in line is the smaller sibling, the Micro 220. It shares the same chassis design but in a small stubby package. It’s a cool light for $70 and it measures at 240 Lumens, so it’s a great commuter light.

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Review: Serfas True 550

Instead of sticking with the light chassis from last year, Serfas stepped it up with a brand new, more robust chassis this year. The new one seems bigger with more cooling fins. It has air ports in front near the lens that serve to funnel air through the heat sink and cool the light down at speed.

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Review: Light & Motion Seca 2000 Race

But the real story is still the beam pattern as much of the light is pointed to the ground and the sides. Very little of the light is wasted into empty space. So hats off to Light & Motion for reviving one the best designed light heads ever made in the bike market.

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Review: Gemini Lights Xera 950

The Xera has a nice, tiny light head and it puts out a good amount of light. It’s ideal for the helmet use with a Duo or Olympia on the bar. This year, the Xera has a 100 Lumen bump from last year and that is typical of the upgrade in the whole Gemini line up.

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Review: Lezyne Super Drive XL

The Super Drive XL is a stubby little LED light that puts out 589 Lumens for $120. It has a nice bar mount, improved from last year and it can be mounted on the bar or the helmet.

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Review: Lupine Piko TL Max and MiniMax

The size is diminutive and it only weighs 185/145 grams, but turn it on and it packs quite a punch displayed in a big, even beam pattern. The LEDs and optics are identical to the Piko 4, but this sports a flashlight configuration.

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Review: NiteRider Stinger USB

This is just a tiny little tail light with some good animation and side visibility. Its claim to fame is it is rechargeable. At $35, that’s quite an achievement.

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Review: Gemini Lights Duo 1500

The Gemini Duo is ideal for helmet mounting as it it provides a lightweight head, very similar to the Lupine Piko 4. It throws out a nice 1208 Lumen beam pattern for a run time of 1:30.

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Review: Gemini Lights Olympia 2100

85 gram light head makes it ideal for either bar or helmet use and impressive programmability gives the light a lot of range for different applications.

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2014 Mtbr Bike Lights Shootout: Lumen Measurements

Mtbr works so hard to demystify LED output.  The ultimate test is using an integrating sphere to measure light output. This piece of equipment costs about $20,000- $100,000 to purchase and requires a trained technician to operate.

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2013 Bike Lights Shootout – 50 LED Lights Measured

The 2013 Bike Lights Shootout is here! The batteries are charged and the lux meter and lumisphere are ready. We’ve been riding these lights for the last few weeks and the progress in LED technology is dramatic once again.

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Lezyne Femto Drive – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

These are not big or bright lights. Rather, they are incognito lights that disappear into your bike and allow you to be seen in a pinch when you’re roaming the dark streets. They’re stealthy until you need them and that is their biggest asset. Specifications: Price: $15 Claimed Lumens: 15 Lumens Measured Lumens: 10 Lumens […]

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Fluxient 3xU2 3000 – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

Specifications: Price: $279 Claimed Lumens: 3000 Lumens Measured Lumens: 1612 Lumens Measured MTBR Lux: 175 Lux Light Head Weight: 196 grams Installed Weight: 658 grams Run Time: 2.7 Hours Category: High End Strengths: Big light head for cooling Big and bright beam pattern Long run time Familiar Magicshine and Bikeray design Weaknesses: Heavy at 658 […]

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