Review: Lupine Wilma 7

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Last year, when folks asked me for the best light, I would say the “Lupine Wilma 7″. It wasn’t cheap but if someone was looking for the ultimate setup, this was the one that delivered ultimate brightness and flexibility.  It could be used on the bar or the helmet and it would perform the task admirably. Battery options were broad and the charging was lightning fast.

With the Piko as the wingman on the helmet, this combination was the ultimate, most useable and flexible.  The 2400 Lumen Wilma 7 last year just got better with a true upgrade to 2800 Lumens.

Of course, there’s the big brother called the Betty and that is the true exotic light. The Wilma is more the supercar that you can drive to work everyday.

The Lupine Wilma 7 is a little beast. At only 364 grams, it puts out a staggering 2770 Lumens. And though $595 is not cheap, it’s actually a great value, delivering a very competitive 4.6 Lumens per dollar. That makes it the best value in the Lupine line and better than some Chinese manufactured lights.

Thermal management on this light is the best in the business. It steps down in brightness as it gets hot and steps up when it cools.  Let’s say, you’re on an awesome ride and decide to take a 5 minute snack break. This light will step down in brightness as there is no airflow and it will protect itself and never get too hot.  Then you get going on a 25 mph downhill, this light will step up to full brightness very quickly.  It’s as if you have an automatic light.  And even if you don’t stop and take a break, the light will behave this way on the long, slow climbs and the fast descents. You’ll get more light as you need it and the Wilma will always protect itself and get maximum light and battery efficiency.

Such are great figures when you talk about a German made light that is designed and manufactured to last a decade instead of a year. It is a light you can depend on in the harshest, most remote conditions. You can be assured that it is safe to charge and use in your household.

It is so bright that it actually measured brighter than last year’s Lupine Betty, which was rated at 2600 Lumens. This light also has a big 26 degree, even beam pattern. These qualities make the Lupine Wilma 7 one of our favorite lights this year.

Specifications
  • Price: $595
  • Claimed Lumens: 2800 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 2770 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 270 Lux
  • Lumens per $: 4.66 Lumens
  • Lumens per gram: 7.69 Lumens
  • Time on High: 1:45 Hours
  • Charge Time: 2:00 Hours
  • Mounted Weight: 360 grams
  • Category: High End
Strengths
  • Impressive 26 degree, even beam pattern
  • Honest rating at 2800 Lumens
  • The best Lumens per gram rating and still an excellent value at Lumens per dollar
  • Like all Lupine lights, it will step down quickly when it gets hot. But it will ramp back up quickly when there is sufficient airflow
  • 4 hour run time at 1100 Lumens or 1.5 hours at 2400
  • Excellent charger and smart battery with indicator
  • Lupine quality and reputation. In 10 years, you can still be using this light.
  • Can be used with impressive array of Lupine batteries
Weaknesses
  • It’s still $600
  • Can get hot when stationary and will step down in brightness as the light head is small
Mounting

This uses the standard Lupine mounting of a rubber strap that goes around the bar. A helmet mount is included.

Mtbr Light Meter Measurements

This light measured 270 Lux on our ambient light measurement facility. 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.

Integrating Sphere Measured Lumens

This light measured 2770 Lumens in an integrating sphere. Claimed Lumens by the manufacturer is 2800 Lumens. The Lumen-hour graph below shows how the light performs over the first three minutes of its battery cycle.

Compare all Lumen Tests here »

Tunnel Beam Pattern Photo

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 120 feet.

Compare all Tunnel Beam Patterns here »

For more information visit lupinenorthamerica.com.

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  • Johan says:

    Not a great beam pattern. The Seca 2000 Race wich makes about 40% less light, lights up the tunnel much better without the huge hot spot of the Wilma 7.

    • Gabor K says:

      Not a great beam pattern for what? It may not have the best beam pattern for the bar, but as a helmet light it has no rival – Troutie’s Spidereyes comes to my mind as a possible challenger. And I’m saying this as an owner of an upgraded 2008 Wilma, with the same beam pattern but not even half the output (appr. 1200 lumens measured).

  • cue003 says:

    Since you guys are talking beam pattern and bars vs helmet… maybe the killer combo should be the seca 2000 on the bars with its wide beam and then the Wilma on the helmet. That would be a ton of light. Not to mention expensive light setup.

  • Johan says:

    Yes, I would say on the helmet the Wilma 7 would do much better. I actually like the beam pattern more and more, but on the bar it has a terrible hot spot a few yards in front of the wheel (compare the washoutt of the 45 degree marker and 20 feet marker on this shot vs the shot of the Seca 2000). These two as a combo would be terrific. I guess it’s not as expensive compared to spending $300 every year on a new light (a lot of people seems to do that). And with thse lights I don’t think you’d ever need more or get something much better. You can eventually just upgrade to smaller and more powerul batteries as the tech develops. I also think speed sensors that controls light output instead of manual switching will eventually become mainstream and that would be a good reason to upgrade (if it works properly and can be set to the users preferences).

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