Cateye Econom Force HL-EL540RC – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

Lights Shootout

MTBR Light Meter Measurements:

This light measured 43 lux on our ambient light measurement facility. This is pretty much in line with its 500 lumen claims. For comparison, the first Magicshine MJ-808 measured at 40 lux.  Its biggest competition at this pricepoint is the Niterider Minewt 600 at 50 Mtbr Lux and the Light and Motion Urban 500 at 53 Mtbr lux.

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  • Controlled and safe beam pattern with cutoff at the top
  • Awesome Cateye quality
  • Great technology at a low price
  • Overbuilt with internal skeleton and external case


  • A bit bulky form factor for the light output
  • Beam pattern should be wider and less squar-ish

Bottom Line:

Look at it as an affordable commuter light and it is a good option.

Beam Pattern Photos:

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Value Rating:

4.5 out of 5 Stars

Overall Rating:

4.5 out of 5 Stars

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