Review: Lupine Wilma 7

Very useable powerhouse, now brighter and with remote

Lights Lights Shootout

2016 Lights Shootout

The Lupine Wilma 7 light head is compact.

The Lupine Wilma 7 light head is compact (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.

The Lowdown: Lupine Wilma 7

The Lupine Wilma 7 remains as one of our top picks as the most useable exotic light in the market today.

It is incredibly bright and lightweight with a 3100+ measured Lumen output and weighing in at only 392 grams. This light is ideal for helmet or bar use, by itself or in tandem with another light. Run time is good at 1:45 and 3:20 at a bright 1600 Lumens.

Stat Box
Claimed Lumens: 3200 Lumens Mtbr Lux: 305
Measured Lumens: 3134 Lumens Mounted weight: 392 grams
Lumens per $: 5.10 Lumens Category: Headlight
Lumens per gram: 7.99 Lumens Price: $615 ($575 with normal battery)
Run time on high: 1:45 Hours Rating: 5 Flamin' Chili Peppers 5 Chilis-out-of-5

Pluses
Minuses
  • New Bluetooth remote is a great addition
  • Light can get hot and will step down in brightness
  • Impressive 26 degree, even beam pattern
  • This much light should have a wider beam
  • Best Lumens per gram rating and still a good value
  • $595 is too pricey for most
  • 3:20 hours run time at 1600 Lumens or 1:45 hours at 3200
  • Lupine quality and reputation. In 10 years, you can still be using this light
  • Vast selection of battery options

Full Review: Lupine Wilma 7

A Bluetooth remote and Smartphone App have been added to the Wilma at no extra cost and they add to the useability of this light.

A plethora of battery options are available if the user has other needs. These Smartcore batteries by Lupine have a fuel gauge indicator and they charge up in about two hours.

Such versatility allows the light to be run on the bars or on the helmet. It can run by itself, with a Piko 4 on the helmet or with a Betty R 14 on the bar.

Lupine Wilma 7 packaging protects the light during transport.

Lupine Wilma 7 packaging protects the light during transport.

If you live in a warm climate though, this light likes a lot of airflow to keep operating at maximum brightness. Otherwise the fancy temperature management system will step down the light brightness until you get up to speed again.

Continue to page 2 for more on the Lupine Wilma 7, 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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