Indigo INDIGO5.01 review

A self-contained light with a big, wide beam

Lights Lights Shootout

2016 Lights Shootout

The Indigo INDIGO5  has amazing machining.

The Indigo INDIGO5 has amazing machining (click to enlarge).

Editor’s Note: This article is part of Mtbr and RoadBikeReview’s 2016 Bike Lights Shootout. See the 2016 Mtbr Headlights Index and the RoadBikeReview Commuter Lights Index.

Lowdown: Indigo INDIGO5.01

The Indigo5.01 from Australia arrived at our doorstep and we were instantly floored by its quality. The machining and finish is reminiscent of the lights from Lupine and Exposure. It is a robust looking light with a big lens, a tapered center that widens at the back of the light. The exterior is a textured anodized blue finish that gives it descent grip while protecting it from the elements.

In the lens is a big LED with a half spherical refractor lens on top of it. It is surrounded by a conical reflector to finish off the optics of this self-contained powerhouse. Rated at 1850 lumens, turning it on reveals a big, circular pattern that is very even with no artifacts. The center has a bright spot that blends in well with the rest of the beam.

Stat Box
Claimed Lumens: 1850 Lumens Mtbr Lux: 169
Measured Lumens: 1720 Lumens Mounted weight: 259 grams
Lumens per $: 9.56 Lumens Category: Headlight
Lumens per gram: 6.64 Lumens Price: $180
Run time on high: 1:00 Hours Rating: 4 Flamin' Chili Peppers 4 Chilis-out-of-5

Pluses
Minuses
  • Construction and finish are top-notch
  • Light can get hot quickly and step down in brightest setting
  • Good value for quality and brightness
  • Brightest mode is in a hidden ‘double-click’ mode
  • Beam Pattern is big and clean
  • In brightest mode, it’s runtime is only 30 minutes
  • Available mounts are impressive
  • Run time at 1100 Lumens is only one hour

Review: Indigo INDIGO5.01

Not knowing what to expect from this small new company, we were floored by the quality and the brightness of the Indigo5.01. One simply doesn’t see products of this level from companies that don’t have many years of experience in the category. This light was built by perfectionists seeking to create a significant product in the category.

Turning the light on, brightness is impressive from this self-contained light. Equally impressive is the size of the beam pattern. Often, lights are very bright but a bit too narrow, wasting the light on a beam that is too focused to see the periphery. But this light has a big beam angle and the pattern is very clean making it easy to see clearly on any kind of trail surface. The big halo allows one to see the periphery very well as the side of the trail is lit up. And in the center is a bright spot that makes it easy to see very far ahead at high speed as well.

The Indigo INDIGO5 uses the Cree MTG2 emitter.

The Indigo INDIGO5 uses the Cree MTG2 emitter (click to enlarge).

Mounts are impressive as there are several high quality handlebar mounts available. A nifty center mount is available putting the light in the ideal position. There is no helmet mount available which is unfortunate but this light may be a bit too bulky on the ends and heavy anyway at 259 grams.

Continue to page 2 for more on the Indigo INDIGO5, the beam pattern and Lumen measurement »

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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