Lights Shootout Reviews and News


Review: Lezyne Deca Drive

The Deca Drive is Lezyne’s follow-on to the Mega Drive of last year. It measures almost 900 lumens and is only 100 lumens weaker than last year’s Mega Drive. But it is $50 cheaper and that makes this a terrific value.

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Review: CatEye Volt 300

This year, the new light is the Volt 300 for only $60. And the good news is actual output is 349 lumens in the sphere.  So not only is it significantly cheaper but it’s much brighter as well.

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Review: Lupine Piko 4

The Lupine Piko 4 is the bread and butter of the Lupine powerhouse line-up. While far from being the most powerful, it is reachable by many at $335. And what it really offers is size and functionality.

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Review: Light & Motion Urban 700

The Urban was one of our favorite lights last year as it delivered an honest 550 Lumens in a very compact unit. This year, claimed output is bumped up to 700 Lumens and we measured their output at 708 Lumens.

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Review: Light & Motion Taz 1000

The Taz 1000 is our favorite light in the Light & Motion line up. It delivers 1000 honest Lumens and it seems like a brighter light since the beam pattern is very efficient.

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Review: Lezyne Mega Drive

The Mega Drive is the flagship of the Lezyne light line. It features a robust and machine chassis with more heatsinks that we’ve ever seen in a light head. The beam is produced by two LEDs working in concert to produce both width and throw.

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Review: Lupine Wilma 7

Last year, when folks asked me for the best light, I would say “Lupine Wilma 7″. It wasn’t cheap but if someone was looking for the ultimate setup, this was the one that deliver ultimate brightness and flexibility.

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Review: Serfas True 750

This new player was showing hints of brilliance on the the self-contained category but we just wanted more light so it would be sufficient for trail riding. So now, we are happy to see the the Serfas True 750 which actually measures better at 773 lumens.

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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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