Lupine Wilma 5

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Lupine Wilma 5

Light Price Claimed Lumens Runtime Battery Type Light head weight Battery Weight Installed Weight Lumens per gram Lumens per dollar
Lupine Wilma 5 $459.00 920 3 hrs Lithium Ion 112g 243g 355g 2.59 2.00

Description:

The Lupine Wilma 5 utilizes 4 LEDs working in concert with proprietary lenses to achieve a bright and consistent beam pattern. It delivers a claimed 920 lumens for 3 hours on one charge of its lithium ion batteries.

The switch on the rear of the light unit allows switching through the available light settings, and remains illuminated for easy location during night riding. This switch also acts as a low-battery warning light by changing color. In our previous test, Lupine lights were impressive but we thought the remote, handlebar-mounted switch was unnecessary and caused handlebar clutter. Thus we were very pleased to see this light mounted switch that was one of the easiest to operate in all the lights we’ve tested.

Beam angle is 15° with a pattern that’s very clean and consistent. The total weight is a 320 grams.

Performance:

The Lupine Wilma 5 measured 66 Lux on our light measurement setup. This is above the Dinotte 800L Race at 55 . http://reviews.mtbr.com/blog/lights-shootout-light-meter-measurements/.

This is bright light no doubt. The beam pattern is very clean and focused. It’s about a mid-sized with a 15 degree angle. There’s no center spot or outer Check how it compares to other lights here: http://www.mtbr.com/beamcomparisoncrx.aspx.


Strengths:

  • Perfectly sized package makes it versatile for all mounting applications
  • Switch and electronics are very easy to operate
  • Excellent packaging and carrying case
  • Cool operation with outstanding run time

Weaknesses:

  • We continue to be unimpressed by this mounting system. It is simple to a fault since it’s not so easy to install or aim.
  • This light can be overshadowed by it’s cheaper brother, the Lupine Tesla 4.

Bottom Line:

This is a good light with a thorn on its side, the Lupine Tesla 4. The Tesla is cheaper by $100, lighter and has a more functional beam pattern. In the past, we would have given this light top honors. But not this year since LED innovation just keeps marching forward.

Beam Pattern Photos:

Lupine Wilma 5

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

Value Rating:

4.5 out of 5 Stars

Overall Rating:

4.75 out of 5 Stars

Read or write reviews:

Lupine Wilma 5 User Reviews

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