Review: NiteRider Lightning Bug 100 USB

Lights Lights Shootout

This is a pretty cool commuter light. It’s small, puts out 122 Lumens and it’s only $45. It was difficult to achieve a rechargeable light for under $50, but the folks at NiteRider got it sorted out in this 40 gram device.

Specifications
  • Price: $45
  • Claimed Lumens: 100 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 122 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 13 Lux
  • Lumens per $: 2.71 Lumens
  • Lumens per gram: 3.05 Lumens
  • Time on High: 2:30 Hours
  • Charge Time: 2:30 Hours
  • Mounted Weight: 40 grams
  • Category: Flashlight/Commuter
Strengths
  • Tiny package
  • Rechargeable at $45
Weaknesses
  • Can barely see with this light
Mounting

This light has a built-in rubber strap to go around the bar.

Mtbr Light Meter Measurements

This light measured 13 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 122 Lumens in an integrating sphere. Claimed Lumens by the manufacturer is 100 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 www.niterider.com.

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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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