Review: NiteRider Lumina 700

Lights Lights Shootout

First came the NiteRider Minewt 600 which was just ‘ok’ as it was rough and wasn’t close to its 600 Lumen claims. Then came the Lumina 650 and it was light years better, as it was polished and honest at 647 measured Lumens.

So now comes the the Lumina 700. It’s just a little better than the 650, but it is dialed already and is NiteRider’s best selling light of all time, selling about 30,000 units last year.

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

The real story here is the Lumina family of lights has expanded for ‘more better’ options and it’s not just a bunch of weaker versions of the light in the same case. They actually put some thought and engineering in the other versions. They are as follows:

NiteRider Lumina Micro 220 – $70 micro light with 240 measured Lumens.

NiteRider Lumina 550 – $110 light with 558 Lumens.

NiteRider Lumina Flare 650 – $170 light with integrated tail light making it ideal for helmet mounted commuting.

NiteRider Lumina 700 – $140 with 692 measured Lumens.

Specifications
  • Price: $140
  • Claimed Lumens: 700 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 692 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 74 Lux
  • Lumens per $: 4.94 Lumens
  • Lumens per gram: 4.02 Lumens
  • Time on High: 1:30 Hours
  • Charge Time: 6:00 Hours
  • Mounted Weight: 172 grams
  • Category: Flashlight/Commuter
Strengths
  • Great improvements over MiNewt 600 and good bump from the Lumina 650
  • Actual output of 692 is close to 700 claimed Lumens
  • Excellent design and clamp
  • Good value for the money
  • Mount is easily removed and can be used as a great flashlight
  • Great form factor and packaging
  • Beam pattern has been cleaned up with a nice trapezoidal shape that is flatter on top and shines more light at the bottom
Weaknesses
  • It’s one of the bigger lights at this output level
Mounting

Instead of the snap-on strap, the Lumina 700 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

This light measured 74 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 692 Lumens in an integrating sphere. Claimed Lumens by the manufacturer is 700 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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  • Dale Burton says:

    Hi,

    I have the 650-lumen light. It works great. The spread could be a little wider. It doubles as a super powerful flash light. Mounting and dismounting is simple. Always used it attached to the bar, never on the helmet. Excellent value with its five light out puts.

  • Reformed Roadie says:

    Francis – I also have the 650 Lumina, and the 600…love not having to deal with cords for my helmet light.
    I was wondering, if in your opinion, the 700 is significant enough to ditch the 650 and spend the $140?
    The only gripe I have is that at times I wish I had more power…is it enough of an increase to justify the cost?

  • John says:

    I have 2 Lumina 650′s. I ride with one on the bar and the second on my helmet. Plenty of light, and seem to be very well designed and built. The review implies that new for the 700 is a bottom usb charging port and the improved clamp design, but these changes were in place for the 650, and have been carried over to the 700 unchanged as near as I can tell from the pictures. The included helmet mount works very well. I usually run both on medium intensity, or even the bar on low and the helmet on medium. Plenty of light, and excellent run times at the lower intensities.

  • Mike Nix says:

    Great light. I have two of them, one for my helmet and one for the handlebars.

  • Frank says:

    I personally have the 600 that I run on my helmet and the older Minewt 700 dual I run on the bars… I recently picked up a second battery for the dual so I can go on longer rides and will be picking up a new 700 to use on the helmet. There’s nothing worse than navigating wooded single track and having your lights go out. I don’t often run them on full bright, but do from time to time when I encounter a faster section of trail and need to see just a bit further.

    On that note, I wouldn’t be opposed to having their new Pro 750 either. I was able to demo this at the Wausau 24 this year and was super happy with it.

    If it was me, Reformed Roadie, I would keep the 650 and ditch the 600.

  • Reformed Roadie says:

    I have a L&M Taz 800 for the bar, due to the beam pattern, and the 650 on my helmet…with the 600 as a spare in my pack, since it fits the same mount.
    If I can sell the 600, maybe I put that towards a new 700. Overall, I think I could use more lumens, but again, prefer to not to go back to a cord on the helmet light.

  • George says:

    I have the 650 and just recently baught the 700 and what a difference. best light investment for my allmountain. I run the 650 on the bar and the 700 on the helmet. plenty of light for those moonless nights. Awsome that i dont have those wires hanging off me and getting caught on everything. Keep up the good work Nite Rider….

  • spoketweaker says:

    WILL NOT FIT 35mm BARS!!!

  • roadierider says:

    Wont even road bike handlebars if it has a flatt top section (eg 3T ergonova) unless you dont mind scratching up the bar…
    seems the main attachment screw on the mount is about 10mm too short.

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