NiteRider Lumina 650 – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

Lights 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 by 50 claimed Lumens. Last year’s light measured only 485 on an integrating sphere while this year’s measured 647 lumens. Our Mtbr Lux meter measured 67 Lux compared to 50 last year.

Mounting is improved with a clamp now that is tightened with a hand lever. This ensures a proper hold on the bar for those high-speed, rocky descents.

And the USB charging port is now moved to the bottom of the light with a better seal. This protects it from moisture and dirt much better.

Specifications:

  • Price: $140
  • Claimed Lumens: 650 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 647 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 67 Lux
  • Light Head Weight: 177 grams
  • Installed Weight: 177 grams
  • Run Time: 1.5 Hours
  • Category: Flashlight/Commuter

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Strengths:

  • Great improvements over last year’s Minewt 600
  • Actual output of 647 is close to 650 claimed Lumens
  • Excellent design and clamp
  • Good value for the money
  • Mount is easily removed and can be used as a great flashlight

Weaknesses:

  • Beam pattern has a few artifacts

Mounting:

Instead of the snap on strap, the Lumina 650 now has a mount that is a c-clamp type and is tightened with a hand adjustable screw. This allows a secure connection to keep it from moving out of place during rocky descents. Standard helmet mount is included.

MTBR Light Meter Measurements: Compare all lights here.

This light measured 67 Lux on our ambient light measurement facility.

Integrating Sphere Measured Lumens: Compare all lights here.

This light measured 647 lumens in an integrating sphere. Claimed Lumens by the manufacturer is 650 Lumens. The Lumen-hour graph below shows how the light performs over the first three minutes of its battery cycle.

Backyard Beam Pattern Photo: Compare all lights here.

We photographed the lights in the same location setting with the same camera settings. The photos were taken in the back yard that is approximately 25 yards long. These photos feature many objects and a distinct background to analyze detail and beam pattern.

Tunnel Beam Pattern Photo: Compare all lights here.

The location is useful since it has walls and a ceiling that can display a bike light beam pattern. The walls have a lot of graffiti on them and actually show detail when they are lit up by a light with a wide angle. Cones and targets are set up with the far target set up at 80 yards.

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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