Review: NiteRider Lumina 750

This is one of the best selling lights in the US for a good reason

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2015 Lights Shootout

NiteRider Lumina 750 Light Head Front

The NiteRider Lumina line is perhaps the #1 selling light in the US. It has been so successful and reliable over the years that it has catapulted NiteRider back into the leadership position in bike lighting.

What makes the light so good? Everything. Beam pattern, form factor, packaging and quality have been refined over the years from its humble beginnings as a 150 Lumen light to this 750 Lumen device today.

The light is bright and it is stable as it dissipates heat properly to provide a consistent beam throughout its run time. Sealing is excellent, as this will take you through a season of wet weather without any issues. The heatsink materials are nicely integrated with a shock absorbing rubberized material, so this light can take a few hard knocks.

Video: Test loop with the NiteRider Lumina 750. Camera is on a locked ISO setting and is set to Wide Angle mode

The mount is an interesting affair too, as it can fit all bar sizes without shims and it can be installed quickly, yet be cinched down very firmly. The helmet mount though is not quite there, as it’s not as easy to install and tension, and the straps will flap around a bit if not tied down.

Finally, there’s now many different versions of this light, from ones that include a tail lamp, to ones that are half the size and more affordable than this.

Beam Pattern Photo

We photographed the lights in the same location setting with the same camera settings. The photos were taken in the back yard that is approximately 25 yards long. These photos feature many objects and a distinct background to analyze detail and beam pattern. Compare all Beam Patterns here »

NiteRider Lumina 750 Backyard Beam Pattern

Integrating Sphere Measured Lumens

This light measured 759 Lumens in an integrating sphere. Claimed Lumens by the manufacturer is 750 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 »

NiteRider Lumina 750 Lumen Chart

Strengths
  • This is a trusted Lumina line with a great track record
  • Actual output of 759 is accurate with claims and output is very stable
  • Excellent design and clamp with good form factor
  • Good value for the money at $120
  • Mount is easily removed and can be used as a great flashlight
  • There are a ton of variations of this light to meet price and brightness requirements
Weaknesses
  • It’s one of the bigger lights at this output level
  • Helmet mount sits high and straps flap around
Specifications
  • Price: $120
  • Claimed Lumens: 750 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 759 Lumens
  • Lumens per $: 6.33 Lumens
  • Lumens per gram: 4.41 Lumens
  • Time on High: 1:30 Hours
  • Charge Time: 3:00 Hours
  • Mounted Weight: 172 grams
  • Category: Flashlight/Commuter
Overall Rating

4.5 Flamin' Chili Peppers 4.5 out of 5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

Finally, there’s something to be said about a company that has employed dozens of people in San Diego, CA for the last 25 years. They’ve stayed true to form designing and building lights right here in the US under the leadership of their founder Tom Carroll. Read more about their operation here. And to impress your trivia friends, here’s Five Niterider Myths, Busted.

For more information visit www.niterider.com.

This article is part of Mtbr and RoadBikeReview’s 2015 Lights Shootout. To see all the bike lights tested CLICK HERE.


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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  • Joe Dille says:

    I ride with a Cygolite Expilion and I have always wondered how it stacked up with the NiteRider. Will you evaluate the Cygolite Expilion 800?

    Ride Safe,

    Joe

  • trailsnail says:

    The NR brand is the industry standard. I came to NR from the MagicShine and wow tremendous difference in lighting. The Lumina lights are a great deal for someone wanting to go out at night and ride and it could second as a flashlight. I’m running last years Lumina 700 on the bars with a Pro series light on my head and super consistant with amazing mounts.

  • wheel-addict says:

    A little-known (you have to actually read the manual!), but very useful feature of this light is the ultra-low 18-hour steady beam running mode. I do a number of solo 24 and 48 races and adventures during the year, and find that by using this mode whenever possible (climbs), a single 750 can get me through the whole night. These lights have never let me down during the past two years.

  • Rick says:

    I purchased the NiteRider Lumina 750 and found it not very friendly when trying to turn it on. Instructions said click the on button 7 times and it will turn on. after clicking it 24 and 30 times it eventually lights up and runs through the high to low function but doesn’t flash in strobe mode. Took it back for a replacement and the same issue. Last thing I need is a light that wants to tune on when it wants to. So I exchanged it for a Cygolite Metro 750. Push the on button and easily roll through the functions. Very happy now…

  • RTFM says:

    Rick, May want to to re-read the instructions. Try holding down the button for 7 seconds (not clicking). Clicking only takes you through the modes. Holding down toggles between on/off and SOS/walking mode.

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