Lights Shootout Reviews and News


Review: NiteRider Lumina Micro 220


There’s the Lumina 550 and next in line is the smaller sibling, the Micro 220. It shares the same chassis design but in a small stubby package. It’s a cool light for $70 and it measures at 240 Lumens, so it’s a great commuter light.

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Review: Lezyne Mini Drive XL


This stubby little light from Lezyne is interesting at $75 with 250 Lumens that lasts about an hour. The light has the ‘infinite’ battery design which is field replaceable if the rider carries spare batteries.

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Review: Lezyne Micro Drive Rear


It is a tiny light that is manufactured to the highest standards. It is a bright light in a tiny package. It’ll fit on your bars, your helmet or in your pocket. At the price of $100, it trumps all of the competition in the 700 Lumen category.

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Review: NiteRider Lightning Bug 100 USB


This is a pretty cool commuter light. It’s small, puts out 122 Lumens and it’s only $45. It was difficult to achieve a rechargeable light for under $50 but the folks at Niterider got it sorted out in this 40 gram device.

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Review: Lezyne Super Drive XL


The Super Drive XL is a stubby little LED light that puts out 589 Lumens for $120. It has a nice bar mount, improved from last year and it can be mounted on the bar or the helmet.

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Review: Lezyne Macro Drive


The Macro Drive is a decent $70 light putting out 307 Lumens against a claimed 350 Lumens. The light output is pretty steady throughout the battery cycle and it lasts two hours in the highest setting.

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2014 Bike Lights Shootout: Tunnel Beam Patterns


We went out to a freeway underpass and risked our lives in the ‘hood’ as we photographed our test lights with our camera. The location is useful since it has walls and a ceiling that can display a bike light beam pattern.

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2014 Bike Lights Shootout


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.

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Quick Take: Serfas Thunderbolt Tail Light


Why You Want: You’re looking for a bright tail light that’s durable, easy to maintain, and can be mounted almost anywhere. Pros: A 30-LED strip in this light produces a 35 lumen taillight, plenty bright to be seen from a far. An internal lithium-ion USB rechargeable battery means the days of disposable batteries are gone. […]

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Quick Take: Blink Steady Bike Tail Light


Why You Want: You’re looking for a quality taillight that is as clever in operation as it is in looks. Pros: Use of an accelerometer means you never have to remember to turn on your light, or more importantly turn it off. Secure install means it won’t easily get stolen from your bike. Designed and […]

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Quick Take: Serfas TSL-200 Bicycle Headlight


Why You Want:You commute on your road bike, you’re looking for a powerful light that won’t take up a lot of space on your handlebar and won’t waste disposable battery after disposable battery. Pros: Self contained lights are covenient for commuters, and the TSL-200 is just that, weighing very little but packing quite the punch […]

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Roundup: 2013 Commuter Lights


Commuter lights can be broken down into two different categories, the to be seen lights and the to see lights. The first, ‘To Be seen’ light are usually smaller lights that emit enough light to catch the attention of motorists, but aren’t exactly powerful enough to be your sole source of light.

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Quick Take: Serfas CP-300 Combo Light Set


Why You Want:You’re looking to be seen and need a no frills convenient package of a front headlamp and a rear taillight. Pros: Relatively inexpensive combo light set which includes a bright LED headlight and taillight. The headlight uses two Nichea LEDs and the rear taillight uses 7 smaller LEDS. Both work in steady and […]

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Quick Take – Lezyne Macrodrive Front Light


Why You Want: You’re looking for a little bit of versatility in your light. You want a well-built light with a CREE LED emitter and USB rechargeable all in one package that works well as a commuter and can double as a helmet light off road as well. Pros: Well constructed CNC housing that holds […]

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Quick Take – Lezyne Micro Drive (Front and Rear)


Why You Want: You’re looking for a small, affordable, and capable light to “get you home” on your commutes. Pros: Much like all things Lezyne, the Micro Drive lights are well engineered. The Micro Drive (front) features a claimed 150 lumen output, in a compact CNC’d aluminum housing. The Micro Drive (rear) shares the same […]

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Quick Take – NiteRider Lumina 650


Why You Want: You’ve used previous NiteRider’s Minewt series of lights, and are looking for a brighter self contained light with output that will not only illuminate the road for you, but will be seen by motorist. Pros: Great improvements over last year’s Minewt 600, actual output of 647 is very close to 650 claimed […]

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Quick Take – Light & Motion Urban 550


Why You Want: You’re looking for a serious commuter light packed with features that matter most to you as a commuter. Pros: The Light & Motion Urban 550 is the latest version of the popular Urban 500. It features excellent light output and a very sensible beam pattern. Dedicated amber side lights are a great […]

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Quick Take – Light & Motion Taz 1200


Why You Want: The ultimate commuter crossover light. A light that packs in plenty of punch, refined for the road, but rugged enough to hit the switchbacks too on the way home. Pros: The Taz is a self contained, dual purpose light that Light & Motion dubs a “Crossover” light. Designed to play double duty […]

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Quick Take – Lezyne Mega Drive


Why You Want: You want a powerful light that features the convenience of lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, but also the ability to use multiple batteries. Pros: The Mega Drive measured an impressive 1100 lumens, 100 more lumens than the claimed 1000. The two CREE LEDs provide a wide spill light and far throw light with excellent […]

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Quick Take – Light & Motion Vis 360+


Why You Want: You’re looking for a complete package, 360 degree visibility, seen from all angles. Pros: The Vis 360+ offers, as you can guess, 360 degrees of visibility by mounting a small 250 lumen light head to the front of your helmet and a small taillight to the rear of your helmet. The package […]

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Quick Take – Light & Motion Vis 180


Why You Want: An SUV of features, in a compact package. Pros: Compact one piece unit that houses a rechargeable li-ion battery, rear light, amber side lights, and a built in locking mount clip. The rear taillight is rated at 50 lumens, the system weighs just 100 grams, and is built in the USA. Cons: […]

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Quick Take – Light & Motion Vis 180 Micro


Why You Want: A smaller version of Ligh & Motion’s 180, pack many of the same features in an even more compact package. Pros: Smaller one piece unit that houses a rechargeable li-ion battery, 25 lumen rear light, amber side lights, and a built in clip/strap that makes mounting a breeze. Cons: Half the lumens […]

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Quick Take – Lezyne Femto Drive (Front and Rear)


Why You Want: You’re looking for lights that you can mount and forget. Stealthy lights that disappear into your bike, until you find yourself roaming the dark streets, and then they’re there to get you where you need to go Pros: Small and affordable 15 lumen headlight that comes in headlight and taillight colors (taillights […]

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Quick Take – Dinotte 300R Taillight


Why You Want: It’s a 300 lumen taillight! You want one of the brightest taillights available? This is it. Extremely bright in the dark, this light is also more than capable of being used during the day to be seen as well. Pros: The Dinotte 300R is a self contained li-ion powered 300 lumen taillight. […]

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LED Lights Shootout – Light Meter Measurements


RoadBikeReview LED Lights Shootout Main Page   The light output measurement is performed by placing a Lux light meter beside the light. Both are pointed at the ceiling (five feet above) of a dark room. This measurement uses the ambient light produced by the bike light. We found this to be the most effective and […]

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