Light and Motion Vega, Stella 180L & 180N

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Light and Motion Stella 180L $300.00

Light and Motion Stella 180N $200.00

Light Price Claimed Lumens Runtime Battery Type Light head weight Battery Weight Installed Weight Lumens per gram Lumens per dollar
Light and Motion Vega $175 75 2hrs NiMh 221g n/a 241g 0.31 0.43
Light and Motion Stella 180L $300 180 5hrs Lithium Ion 92g 193g 305g 0.59 0.60

Light Meter charts and comparison table available here.

Description:

Light Head Close ups:

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Mounting options:

This Stella can be mounted on the handlebar or the helmet. This light can be aimed left to right easily.

Light Meter Measurements:

The Stella measured 12 lux in our ambient light meter test. This compares to 21 lux for the Cateye Tripleshot and 12 lux for the Niterider Trinewt.x2.

Strengths:

  • Very Light
  • Run time at full power is an impressive 5 hours
  • Wide halo on the beam pattern helps peripheral visibility
  • Very light head unit makes this ideal for helmet mounting

Weaknesses:

  • Beam pattern has a pronounced hotspot
  • Installing the helmet mount is pretty difficult compared to all the other lights

Bottom Line:

This is almost the perfect helmet light. It lasts forever and is pretty bright. The only knock on it is the beam pattern has a pronounced hotspot. Also, it’s unfortunate that Light and Motion doesn’t have an LED bar light that would match up with this light. But give it a nice wide bar mount light and the Stella as a helmet light will complement it very well.

Beam Pattern Photos:

Stella, Stella

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Beam Pattern rollover and side by side comparison page available here.

Value Rating:

4 out of 5 Stars

Overall Rating:

4.5 out of 5 Stars

Read or write reviews:

(Stella L) http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/Lights/product_130037.shtml

(Stella N) http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/Lights/product_130038.shtml

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Light and Motion Vega $175.00

Description:

Light Head Close ups:

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Strengths:

  • First of the self-contained light systems
  • Light is handy around the house and serves as an awesome flashlight
  • Good for commuting with flash mode

Weaknesses:

  • Not bright for trail riding
  • Beam is too narrow for a bar mount

Bottom Line:

The self-contained pioneer is showing its age. It’s still good as a commuter light and it doubles as a very bright utility flashlight.

Beam Pattern Photos:

Vega, Vega

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Beam Pattern rollover and side by side comparison page available here.

Value Rating:

3 out of 5 Stars

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5 Stars

Read or write reviews:

http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/Lights/product_124612.shtml

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  • Mike Brown says:

    GF using Stella with a Solo Logic flood on bar. She has an extra battery for the Solo Logic (from the Solo spot Stella replaced on helmet), so has approx 4 hours runtime total, both systems. I’ve used this system instead of my L&M HID helment only and find it to have no discernable loss in brightness and gave the benefits of a helmet/bar combo. Very affordable way to upgrade existing halogen system.

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