Light & Motion Urban 500, Urban 300 and Urban 180 – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

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The Light and Motion Urban 500 doesn’t look like much but pick it up and turn it on and you will be amazed. It is bright and it’s got an excellent beam pattern. Light and Motion made such a great commuting light that many will want to use it for mountain biking and other purposes.

But alas, there are side visibility lights that can not be turned off and this can be annoying when mountain biking. Also, the mount can’t be taken off easily and that hinders the use of this light as a handy flashlight around the house.

But we think users will not be deterred. This is a good light for many purposes.

Urban line:

Urban 180 – $100 with 180 lumens of output, 2 hours

Urban 300 – $130 with 300 lumens of output, 2 hours

Urban 500 – $160 with 500 lumens of output, 1.5 hours  (this is the model reviewed here)

Specifications for the Urban 500:

  • Price: $160.00
  • Claimed Lumens: 500 Lumens
  • Light Head Weight: 110 grams
  • Installed Weight: 110 grams
  • Run Time: 1.5 Hours
  • Measured MTBR Lux:45 Lux
  • Measured Lumens: 466 Lumens


Handlebar mounting is done with very slick strap that can be tightened based on the rider’s preference. The same strap is used for standard and oversized handlebars. At first we found the strap too long and found the excess bothersome but we realized we can loop the strap back  in the pin and tuck it neatly. It can be aimed left to right.  There is an included  helmet mount and it works very well. The light can be aimed up/down and left/right.  The light is 110 grams so it’s hardly noticeable on the helmet.


Charging is done with a USB port so any USB charger or computer USB outlet from a computer can will charge this light in 5 hours. It’s assumed that you’ll have a USB outlet available so only a USB wire is included int he package. If you need the actual wall adapter, it will be an extra cost at about $20.  The USB port on the light itself is a micro port that is flatter than the most common standard unfortunately. Thus most wires around the house will not work and you’ll have to use the one shipped with this light.

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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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