2013 Bike Lights Shootout – Beam Photos and Mtbr Lab tests

Lights Lights Shootout

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The 2013 Bike lights are here and we have four methods of testing and quantifying each light:

1) Photographing them in a controlled environment using a good camera in manual mode, identical settings.

2) Measuring the ambient lux in a controlled room with the light and meter pointed at the ceiling.

3) Measuring the lumen output of each light using a certified and calibrated integrating sphere.

4) Riding each light on the trail and giving riding impressions.

This is section 1 of the review and it displays the beam pattern photos for each light. 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.

The camera settings we used are the following:

  • Camera: Olympus OM-D
  • Setting: Full manual
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure: 1.6 seconds
  • Aperture: F4.0
  • Focus: Manual
  • White Balance: Daylight
  • Quality: Jpeg High


Backyard beam photo gallery – Please note that the thumbnails are square and don’t show the width of the beam pattern. Click on the thumbnail to see the wide photo.

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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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