Update: Oct. 7, 2014
The 2015 lights are now arriving daily. We will have an awesome array of head lights and tail lights. There seems to be a new crop of affordable lights now that are USB rechargeable.
Stay tuned as Daylight Savings Time ends Nov. 2, 2014.
The 2014 Bike Lights Shootout is here! The batteries are charged and the lux meter and lumisphere are ready. We’ve been riding these lights for the last few weeks and the progress in LED technology is dramatic once again.
The three sections of this test are:
1. Tunnel Beam Pattern Shots – Compare all the beam patterns side by side.
2. Integrating Sphere Lumen Measurements – View actual measured Lumens of each light
3. Individual Reviews Below – Click on each light below to read the editorial and user reviews.
The graph above (click to view larger) shows the Manufacturer’s Claimed Lumens vs. Measured Lumens by Mtbr in a laboratory. The blue bars are Claimed Lumens and red are Actual Measured Lumens.
Note: Cygolite refuses to participate in any independent testing of their lights so we are unable to review them.
The Measured Lumen Per Dollar Graph (click to view larger) shows the brightest lights for the money.
The Measured Lumen Per Gram Graph (click to view larger) shows the brightest lights for the weight. Note that run times may vary but all tested are in the 1:30 to 2:30 hour range.
Video: Best 700 Lumen lights.
Video: Best 1200 Lumen lights
Lumen measuring process video using an integrating sphere with Chris McCaslin.
Visit last year’s 2013 Bike Lights Shootout.
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