Lights Shootout Reviews and News


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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Fluxient 1xU2 1000 – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

Specifications: Price: $100 Claimed Lumens: 1000 Lumens Measured Lumens: 667 Lumens Measured MTBR Lux: 65 Lux Light Head Weight: 100 grams Installed Weight: 347 grams Run Time: 3.3 Hours Category: High End Strengths: Good value Familiar Magicshine design Weaknesses: 667 Lumens is well short of 1000 Lumen claims

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Fluxient 4xR5 1600 – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

Specifications: Price: $130 Claimed Lumens: 1600 Lumens Measured Lumens: 879 Lumens Measured MTBR Lux: 90 Lux Light Head Weight: 120 grams Installed Weight: 375 grams Run Time: 2.5 Hours Category: High End Strengths: Wide beam pattern Familiar Magicshine design Weaknesses: 879 Measured Lumens falls well short of 1600 claims

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Exposure Diablo Mk4 – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The Diablo is now in its fourth edition as it claims 1100 Lumens with a run time of one hour. It is still the light with the most polished construction and most functional helmet mount. However, it is under attack from a whole host of self-contained lights that exhibit longer run times and bigger beam patterns.  The […]

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NiteRider MiNewt Pro 750 – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The NiteRider 750 sits in a middle of a crowded line of lights  with a small lighthead and small battery that provides 1.5 hours of output at a claimed 750 Lumens. It delivers this in a $250 price point. It is not a bad light but NiteRider’s own Lumina 650 is a much better light for […]

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Jet Lites F-U2 – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The JetLites F-U2 is the successor to the JetLites F-1 introduced late last year. In a field of exciting but crowded self-contained bike lights, the scientists at JetLites managed to come up with a light that is truly high end like Lupine and Exposure but is affordable at $179. The most dramatic part of this […]

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Magicshine MJ-880 U2 – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

Every time we get a new light from Magicshine, the design and quality seems to step up a notch and the MJ-880 is no exception. The light head looks like a solid piece with some nice, polished surfaces. It has two Cree XML LEDs that claim 2200 Lumens. The battery is huge so the system […]

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DesignShine DS-1300 – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The DesignShine DS-1300 is an engineering marvel. It uses three Cree XP-Gs and three Cree XP-Es in a head unit size that would typically be used to house one or two LEDs. To keep it cool, deep fins were machined to create 30+ square inches of cooling area. The six LEDs work in concert to […]

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NiteRider Lumina 650 – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

Last year’s Minewt 600 is replaced by the Lumina 650 this year. And if you like the 600, you’re sure to love the 650 as most aspects were improved. It is smaller now and looks better with a good blend of black and silver design and heat sinking. Light output has been improved not just […]

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