Review: NiteRider Lumina OLED 800

Optical display makes runtime info easily available

Lights Lights Shootout

2016 Lights Shootout

The new Lumina OLED 800 bumps up in output and adds an optical display.

The new Lumina OLED 800 bumps up in output and adds an optical display (click to enlarge).

Editor’s Note: This article is part of Mtbr and RoadBikeReview’s 2016 Bike Lights Shootout. See the 2016 Mtbr Headlights Index and the RoadBikeReview Commuter Lights Index.

The Lowdown: NiteRider Lumina OLED 800

The NiteRider Lumina is the workhorse of the NiteRider line. This year, the output bumps up to 800 Lumens and the Lumina now features an optical LED display. The display is very handy in determining what brightness level the light is on and how much run time there is left on the battery. Thus, one can accurately determine which light level to use to last the whole ride.

The beam pattern is big and beautiful as usual. There is a large halo of light and a bright center spot to provide good throw. This light can be used on the bar or helmet, but it is most at home on the helmet with its light weight and lack of wires.

Stat Box
Claimed Lumens: 800 Lumens Mtbr Lux: 80
Measured Lumens: 797 Lumens Mounted weight: 131 grams
Lumens per $: 4.98 Lumens Category: Headlight
Lumens per gram: 6.08 Lumens Price: $160
Run time on high: 1:30 Hours Rating: 4 Flamin' Chili Peppers 4.5 Chilis-out-of-5

  • OLED indicator provides excellent runtime and
  • OLED does not display charging status
    mode info
  • $160 price is on the high side
  • Beam pattern is big and clean
  • Helmet mount is not the cleanest with loose straps
  • Actual output of 797 is accurate with claims and output is very stable
  • Versatile mount can be removed for flashlight use
  • Light switch is very easy to activate

Full Review: NiteRider Lumina OLED 800

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 heat sink materials are nicely integrated with a shock absorbing rubberized material, so this light can take a few hard knocks.

Remaining runtime with light on high.

Remaining runtime with light on high (click to enlarge).

The mount is an interesting affair too. 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.

Runtime in low mode is significantly longer.

Runtime in low mode is significantly longer (click to enlarge).

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.

Continue to page 2 for the beam pattern and Lumen measurement »

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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  • John says:

    Heading into my third (or is it fourth?) winter with 2 Lumina 650’s. Still holding a charge, and producing all the light I need. They have survived some hard falls without issue. Small, low weight, sufficient light, durable, and made in America. What’s not to like?

  • The Geezer says:

    I have used a NiteRider Lumina 650 for a couple of years. I use it mostly on “walking” mode. It will run for hours without reaching the recharge indication. All good, highly recommend these lights.

  • Jeff in Napa says:

    I have three of their lights a mi-newt 600 , lumina 700 and a lumina 750 that I am nothing but pleased with . 95 % of my riding is in the dark usually the Veeder loop here in Napa where it’s pitch black and I have more light than I actually need running two on low just incase one were to quit working .. The mi-newt is a few years old and has been charged at least 500 cycles and still works fine which is pretty amazing …. Money well spent !!

  • Kevin says:

    I have a older Tri-Newt and it works well. I use it on my handlebar and mount the large battery in a water bottle and put it in the water bottle cage. I also have a Lumina 750 that I run on the helmet that is very light and I enhanced the helmet straps with two zip ties. I use that helmet only for night riding. Both lights have been flawless, bright, dependable, and well built.

  • Garyh | Australia says:

    Under Minuses… “OLED does not display charging status ”
    This is not correct. A running bar shows the battery is undergoing charge, and when disconnected and turned on, the percentage of charge and corresponding bar representation is also shown. In what context, and when has the published observation been made?

    • Francis Cebedo says:

      >> Que??

      When charging, it should display the current % charge on the battery. This is how other lights with OLED function.

  • patrick says:

    had the reg lunina 600 and now the oled 600….love them both…the oled ins smaller in length, looks great and is fun to use….my only disappointment is it doesn’t have the hyper flash that’s great for intersections….it has 4 flash modes that all seem to be very similar and slow…

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