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The light output measurement is performed by placing a Lux light meter beside the light. Both are pointed at the ceiling (five feet above) of a dark room. This measurement uses the ambient light produced by the bike light. We found this to be the most effective and repeatable measure of each light.

Pointing the light directly at the meter produced varying readings depending on exactly where the light beam was centered. Also, it was highly dependent on how focused the beam pattern was. Thus we chose the ambient light measurement test as the most effective for evaluating these lights.

Beam pattern comparison photos »

2012 Lights

Brand/Model

Price Claimed Lumens Measured
Lu
x
Baja Designs Double Stryk $450 1800 150
Baja Designs Strykr II $300 950 74
Baja Designs Strykr SL $340 950 74
Cateye Econom Force HL-EL540RC $65 100 13
Cateye Nano Shot $100 250 20
Cateye Sumo 2 $450 1000 67
Cateye Sumo 3 $550 1600 101
Cygolite Expilion 350 $110 350 31
Cygolite TridenX 750 $350 750 81
DesignShine DS-1300 $280 1300 92
Dinotte 1200L $350 1200 88
Dinotte 400L $209 400 40
Dinotte XML-1 $169 400 51
Dinotte XML-3 $259 1200 105
Exposure Diablo $300 975 59
Exposure Joystick $220 325 na
Exposure MaxxD $500 1285 85
Exposure Six Pack $600 1925 135
Exposure Toro $400 975 66
Full-Beam Fusion £400 2100 157
Full-Beam Night-Nemesis £550 2500 168
Gemini Xera $200 800 71
Hope Vision 4 $391 1000 70
Jet Lites A-51 $200 700 40
Lezyne Mini Drive $70 150 15
Lezyne Power Drive $90 300 31
Lezyne Super Drive $110 450 50
Light and Motion Seca 1400 $700 1400 112
Light and Motion Urban 500 $160 500 53
Light and Motion vis360 $170 110 11
Lupine Betty 2050 $930 2050 173
Lupine Betty 2300 $930 2300 197
Lupine Betty 2600 $930 2600 217
Lupine Piko 3 $330 750 63
Lupine Piko TL Max $n/a 750 63
Lupine Piko TL Mini $n/a 550 41
Lupine Wilma 7 $695 1200
1300
1500
113
113
113
Lupine Wilma TL $549 1200
1300
1500
113
113
113
Magicshine MJ-808 $110 1000 62
Magicshine MJ-858 $90 400 24
Magicshine MJ-868 $175 1000 57
Magicshine MJ-872 $185 1600 102
MyTinySun Sport2700x $559 2700 211
NiteFlux PMax 24 $700 2000 143
NiteFlux PMini 12 $500 1000 62
Niterider Mako 1 $40 100 5
Niterider Mako 2 $50 130 11
Niterider Minewt 600 Cordless $150 600 50
Niterider Pro 1500 $350 1500 115
Niterider Pro 3000 $700 3000 255
Niterider Pro 750 $250 750 60
Philips SafeRide $200 400 39
Princeton Tec Push $50 100 10
Serfas True 1500 $390 1500 133
Serfas True 500 $150 500 43

2011 Lights

Brand/Model

Price Claimed Lumens Measured
Lu
x
Baja Designs Stryker (video) $299 700 52
Baja Designs Stryker Pro (video) $345 700 40
Dinotte 800l (video) $439 800 62
Exposure Diablo Mk.2 (video for all Exposure) $250 900 63
Exposure Joystick Mk.5 $225 300 17
Exposure MaxxD Mk.3 $450 1200 90
Exposure Six Pack $600 1800 146
Exposure Spark $140 220 10
Exposure Strada Mk.2 $350 600 40
Exposure Toro Mk.2 $400 900 72
Jet Lites A-51 (video) $199 700 40
Light and Motion Seca 700 (video) $na 700 65
Light and Motion Seca 1400 $699 1400 110
Light and Motion Vis360 $169 110 11
Lupine Betty II 7 (video) $930 1850 158
Lupine Piko 3 (video) $310 550 45
Lupine Tesla (video) $475 700 51
Lupine Wilma 7 (video) $595 1100 103
Magicshine MJ-808 (video) – UNDER RECALL! $85 900 37
Niterider Minewt.250 Cordless $129 250 na
Niterider Minewt.350 (video) $199 350 19
TrailLED Darkstar (video) $420 1200 81

2010 Lights

Brand/Model

Price Claimed Lumens Measured
Lux
Ayup 2010 bar V4 Adventure System (Full Review here) $233 400 34
Ayup 2010 helmet (Full Review here) $233 400 31
Baja Designs Stryker $298 700 52
Exposure Toro (Full Review here) $339 700 36
Exposure Diablo (Full Review here) $249 700 34
Exposure MaxxD (Full Review here) $399 960 48
HID Technologies Lumen8r Quad $495 1000 60
Lupine Tesla 4 (Full Review here) $420 700 52
Lupine Wilma 5 $459 920 66
Lupine Betty 7 $1,019 1750 165
Magicshine MJ-808 (Full Review here) $85 900 37
Niteflux Enduro 8 Single $249 540 na
NiteFlux Max Extreme 20 $480 1350 70
Niterider Pro 600 $499 600 46
Niterider Pro 1200 $649 1200 82
TrailLED Darkstar $420 1200 81

2009 Lights

Brand/Model

Price Claimed Lumens Ambient
Lux
Ayup Wide $250 300 31
Ayup Narrow $230 300 33
Ayup Standard $230 300 33
Blackburn System X4 $259 170 4
Blackburn System X8 $259 170 10
BR Lights C2-K $399 1000 65
Cygolite Rover II $160 255 17
Dinotte 400L $269 400 25
Dinotte 800L $439 800 55
Exposure Maxx D $399 960 48
HID Technologies Lumen8r (triple) ~$305 720 45
Light and Motion Seca 700 Race $549 700 52
Light On! 900 $475 900 57
Lupine Wilma 5 $590 920 56
Princeton Tec Switchback 2 $299 na 10
Princeton Tec Switchback 3 $389 na 19
Trail Tech MR16 30W $398 1850 121

2008 Lights

Brand/Model

Price Claimed Lumens Ambient
Lux
Light and Motion Vega $175 75 5
Princeton Tec Switchback 2 $299 NA 10
Cateye Tripleshot $330 130 11
Light and Motion Stella 180L $300 180 12
Niterider Minewt.X2 $190 150 12
NiteFLUX Photon 4 Commuter $137 270 12
NiteFLUX Photon 4 Enduro $204 270 12
Exposure Joystick Maxx $250 240 14
Levin Brightstar $270 500 15
Ayup helmet $190 280 16
Dinotte 200L $249 200 16
Knog 605 $399 300 16
Ayup bar (regular kit) $190 280 17
Princeton Tec Switchback 3 $389 NA 19
Exposure Race Maxx $350 480 24
BR Lights C2.1H $330 410 28
BR Lights Jeni H $299 410 28
Exposure Enduro Maxx $450 720 30
Jet Lites Shadow 2600 HID $500 675 30
Dinotte 200L Dual $349 400 32
Dinotte 600-LI-4C $399 600 33
Light On Expedition 1000 $800 500 41
Niterider Trinewt $500 500 33
Jet Lites Phantom Halogen $295 675 44
NiteFLUX Photon Max $375 800 50
Lupine Betty 12 $1,185 1400 65
Trail Tech MR16 30W $398 1850 121

 

2008 Data:

 

Chart 1: Here is a graph of our measured Ambient Lux compared the lumens claims of the manufacturer. The readings are normalized using the Niterider Trinewt as the baseline since they measure their lumens output. (click to enlarge)

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Chart2: Measured Lux per gram, Measured Lux per $

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Chart 3: Run time vs. Weight

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One of our concerns was that wider beam patterns would be inflated in our readings since they have more reflective surface (our ceiling) to bounce off from. But we found this to not be the case. Using two Dinotte 200Ls , we measured while they were pointed at the same spot, then measured with the them pointed apart for a wider beam pattern. Both cases measured in at 32 lux.

Another good indicator is the Lux measurements of two lights together was equal to the sum of each light measured separately. Example:

Dinotte 200L – 16 lux each

Dual Dinotte 200L – 32 Lux

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  • 29er says:

    LUX per dollar, please.

    We need this because Lumens per dollar depends on mfctr’s Lumen rating, which clearly varies and differs significantly from your Lux rating.

    You owe us this one further spreadsheet column, because you’ve introduced the idea that advertised Lumen ratings are bunkum.

  • Jason says:

    Wow 29′er, awful demanding. Is it really that hard for you to do the math?

  • 29er says:

    Jason,

    I think it’s a reasonable request given that Francois had already provided a Lumens-per-dollar column in one of his spreadsheets. That info is of dubious value precisely because of Francois findings that Lumen ratings are not fair or consistent.

    He’s also got the LUX ratings from his own test. I’m just requesting that he put them together.

    You are right, it’s not hard to do. I might get to it and will post it myself, if I do.

    Thanks.

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  • SpencerF says:

    Great review and write-up. I couldn’t help but enter your data into a spreadsheet to compare the efficiency of the lights. I used LUX*Hrs/BatteryWeight as the metric. This suggests something is wrong with some of the data. For example, the Ayup – it is way too efficient. It has the tinyest battery of all lights but a long runtime compared to a light of similar brightness, say the Dinotte 200. You might double check the LUX for consistency throughout the run.

  • Derek Fray says:

    EXCELLENT WORK!

    This was extremely helpful in making a choice on what lights to purchase.

    Thanks for all the effort!

  • hardmtnbiker says:

    Where are the NiteRiders? I don’t know where you would buy most of these lights but I bought mine at my LBS.

  • Mark says:

    The trail tech battery life is much shorter on my rides. My flood went dead in 65 minutes. I lost my spot at 58 minutes. A couple ofcompete drains might have shortened their life, but thatwas only because they never came close to the stated life even when new. I am going to switch the spot and flood and try a 1 hr ride to see if the difference is battery capacity or light draw between the 2. I might just buyanother pair of batteries, and keep a better eye on them. An hour of life just isn’t enough.

  • tOM Trottier says:

    OK, here is the list, sorted by $/lumen
    $/lux Price “Lumens” Lux Year Light
    $2.30 $85 900 37 2011 Magicshine MJ-808 (video) – UNDER RECALL!
    $2.30 $85 900 37 2010 Magicshine MJ-808 (Full Review here)
    $3.29 $398 1850 121 2009 Trail Tech MR16 30W
    $3.29 $398 1850 121 2008 Trail Tech MR16 30W
    $3.97 $250 900 63 2011 Exposure Diablo Mk.2 (video for all Exposure)
    $4.11 $600 1800 146 2011 Exposure Six Pack
    $4.98 $199 700 40 2011 Jet Lites A-51 (video)
    $5.00 $450 1200 90 2011 Exposure MaxxD Mk.3
    $5.19 $420 1200 81 2011 TrailLED Darkstar (video)
    $5.19 $420 1200 81 2010 TrailLED Darkstar
    $5.56 $400 900 72 2011 Exposure Toro Mk.2
    $5.73 $298 700 52 2010 Baja Designs Stryker
    $5.75 $299 700 52 2011 Baja Designs Stryker (video)
    $5.78 $595 1100 103 2011 Lupine Wilma 7 (video)
    $5.89 $930 1850 158 2011 Lupine Betty II 7 (video)
    $6.14 $399 1000 65 2009 BR Lights C2-K
    $6.18 $1,019 1750 165 2010 Lupine Betty 7
    $6.35 $699 1400 110 2011 Light and Motion Seca 1400
    $6.70 $295 675 44 2008 Jet Lights Phantom Halogen
    $6.78 $305 720 45 2009 HID Technologies Lumen8r (triple)
    $6.85 $233 400 34 2010 Ayup 2010 bar V4 Adventure System (Full Review here)
    $6.86 $480 1350 70 2010 NiteFlux Max Extreme 20
    $6.89 $310 550 45 2011 Lupine Piko 3 (video)
    $6.95 $459 920 66 2010 Lupine Wilma 5
    $6.97 $230 300 33 2009 Ayup Narrow
    $6.97 $230 300 33 2009 Ayup Standard
    $7.08 $439 800 62 2011 Dinotte 800l (video)
    $7.31 $475 700 65 2011 Light and Motion Seca 700 (video)
    $7.32 $249 700 34 2010 Exposure Diablo (Full Review here)
    $7.50 $375 800 50 2008 NiteFLUX Photon Max
    $7.52 $233 400 31 2010 Ayup 2010 helmet (Full Review here)
    $7.91 $649 1200 82 2010 Niterider Pro 1200
    $7.98 $439 800 55 2009 Dinotte 800L
    $8.06 $250 300 31 2009 Ayup Wide
    $8.08 $420 700 52 2010 Lupine Tesla 4 (Full Review here)
    $8.25 $495 1000 60 2010 HID Technologies Lumen8r Quad
    $8.31 $399 960 48 2010 Exposure MaxxD (Full Review here)
    $8.31 $399 960 48 2009 Exposure Maxx D
    $8.33 $475 900 57 2009 Light On! 900
    $8.63 $345 700 40 2011 Baja Designs Stryker Pro (video)
    $8.75 $350 600 40 2011 Exposure Strada Mk.2
    $9.31 $475 700 51 2011 Lupine Tesla (video)
    $9.41 $160 255 17 2009 Cygolite Rover II
    $9.42 $339 700 36 2010 Exposure Toro (Full Review here)
    $10.47 $199 350 19 2011 Niterider Minewt.350 (video)
    $10.54 $590 920 56 2009 Lupine Wilma 5
    $10.56 $549 700 52 2009 Light and Motion Seca 700 Race
    $10.68 $299 410 28 2008 BR Lights Jeni H
    $10.76 $269 400 25 2009 Dinotte 400L
    $10.85 $499 600 46 2010 Niterider Pro 600
    $10.91 $349 400 32 2008 Dinotte 200L Dual
    $11.18 $190 280 17 2008 Ayup bar (regular kit)
    $11.42 $137 270 12 2008 NiteFLUX Photon 4 Commuter
    $11.79 $330 410 28 2008 BR Lights C2.1H
    $11.88 $190 280 16 2008 Ayup helmet
    $12.09 $399 600 33 2008 Dinotte 600-LI-4C
    $13.24 $225 300 17 2011 Exposure Joystick Mk.5
    $14.00 $140 220 10 2011 Exposure Spark
    $14.58 $350 480 24 2008 Exposure Race Maxx
    $15.00 $450 720 30 2008 Exposure Enduro Maxx
    $15.15 $500 500 33 2008 Niterider Trinewt
    $15.36 $169 110 11 2011 Light and Motion Vis360
    $15.56 $249 200 16 2008 Dinotte 200L
    $15.83 $190 150 12 2008 Niterider Minewt.X2
    $16.67 $500 675 30 2008 Jet Lights Shadow 2600 HID
    $17.00 $204 270 12 2008 NiteFLUX Photon 4 Enduro
    $17.86 $250 240 14 2008 Exposure Joystick Maxx
    $18.00 $270 500 15 2008 Levin Brightstar
    $18.23 $1,185 1400 65 2008 Lupin Betty 12
    $19.51 $800 500 41 2008 Light On Expedition 1000
    $20.47 $389 na 19 2009 Princeton Tec Switchback 3
    $20.47 $389 NA 19 2008 Princeton Tec Switchback 3
    $24.94 $399 300 16 2008 Knog 605
    $25.00 $300 180 12 2008 Light and Motion Stella 180L
    $25.90 $259 170 10 2009 Blackburn System X8
    $29.90 $299 na 10 2009 Princeton Tec Switchback 2
    $29.90 $299 NA 10 2008 Princeton Tec Switchback 2
    $30.00 $330 130 11 2008 Cateye Tripleshot
    $35.00 $175 75 5 2008 Light and Motion Vega
    $64.75 $259 170 4 2009 Blackburn System X4
    #DIV/0! $129 250 2011 Niterider Minewt.250 Cordless
    #DIV/0! 2010 Lights
    #VALUE! Price Claimed Lumens Measured Lux 2010 Brand/Model
    #DIV/0! $249 540 2010 Niteflux Enduro 8 Single
    #DIV/0!
    #DIV/0! 2009 Lights
    #VALUE! Price Claimed Lumens Ambient Lux 2009 Light
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  • Benji says:

    Here’s the 2012 list sorted by $/Lux:

    $/Lux Price Lum Lux Light
    $1.77 $110 1000 62 Magicshine MJ-808
    $1.81 $185 1600 102 Magicshine MJ-872
    $2.20 $110 450 50 Lezyne Super Drive
    $2.47 $259 1200 105 Dinotte XML-3
    $2.65 $559 2700 211 MyTinySun Sport2700x
    $2.75 $700 3000 255 Niterider Pro 3000
    $2.82 $200 800 71 Gemini Xera
    $2.90 $90 300 31 Lezyne Power Drive
    $2.93 $390 1500 133 Serfas True 1500
    $3.00 $450 1800 150 Baja Designs Double Stryk
    $3.00 $150 600 50 Niterider Minewt 600 Cordless
    $3.02 $160 500 53 Light and Motion Urban 500
    $3.04 $280 1300 92 DesignShine DS-1300
    $3.04 $350 1500 115 Niterider Pro 1500
    $3.07 $175 1000 57 Magicshine MJ-868
    $3.31 $169 400 51 Dinotte XML-1
    $3.49 $150 500 43 Serfas True 500
    $3.55 $110 350 31 Cygolite Expilion 350
    $3.75 $90 400 24 Magicshine MJ-858
    $3.98 $350 1200 88 Dinotte 1200L
    $4.05 $300 950 74 Baja Designs Strykr II
    $4.10 $643 2100 157 Full-Beam Fusion*
    $4.17 $250 750 60 Niterider Pro 750
    $4.29 $930 2600 217 Lupine Betty 2600
    $4.32 $350 750 81 Cygolite TridenX 750
    $4.44 $600 1925 135 Exposure Six Pack
    $4.55 $50 130 11 Niterider Mako 2
    $4.59 $340 950 74 Baja Designs Strykr SL
    $4.67 $70 150 15 Lezyne Mini Drive
    $4.72 $930 2300 197 Lupine Betty 2300
    $4.86 $549 1200 113 Lupine Wilma TL
    $4.86 $549 1300 113 Lupine Wilma TL
    $4.86 $549 1500 113 Lupine Wilma TL
    $4.90 $700 2000 143 NiteFlux PMax 24
    $5.00 $65 100 13 Cateye Econom Force HL-EL540RC
    $5.00 $100 250 20 Cateye Nano Shot
    $5.00 $200 700 40 Jet Lites A-51
    $5.00 $50 100 10 Princeton Tec Push
    $5.08 $300 975 59 Exposure Diablo
    $5.13 $200 400 39 Philips SafeRide
    $5.23 $209 400 40 Dinotte 400L
    $5.24 $330 750 63 Lupine Piko 3
    $5.26 $884 2500 168 Full-Beam Night-Nemesis*
    $5.38 $930 2050 173 Lupine Betty 2050
    $5.45 $550 1600 101 Cateye Sumo 3
    $5.59 $391 1000 70 Hope Vision 4
    $5.88 $500 1285 85 Exposure MaxxD
    $6.06 $400 975 66 Exposure Toro
    $6.15 $695 1200 113 Lupine Wilma 7
    $6.15 $695 1300 113 Lupine Wilma 7
    $6.15 $695 1500 113 Lupine Wilma 7
    $6.25 $700 1400 112 Light and Motion Seca 1400
    $6.33 $399 750 63 Lupine Piko TL Max
    $6.72 $450 1000 67 Cateye Sumo 2
    $8.00 $40 100 5 Niterider Mako 1
    $8.06 $500 1000 62 NiteFlux PMini 12
    $9.73 $399 550 41 Lupine Piko TL Mini
    $15.45 $170 110 11 Light and Motion vis360
    N/A $220 325 N/A Exposure Joystick

    * price converted from GBP to USD using 10/15/2012 exchange rate

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