Quick Take – Light & Motion Urban 550

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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 feature, especially for commuters looking to be seen. Priced competitively at $160 for 550 lumens, but less lumen versions are available for the budget conscious.

Cons: The Urban 550 can get hot to the touch, the housing acts as the heat sink, and since the light is relatively small for, it can build up heat. The sidelights are on full time, there’s no option to turn them off if you’d like to use the Urban 550 off road. Runtime on high is just 1.5 hours.

RoadBikeReview Take: The Light & Motion 550 is a favorite light here at RoadBikeReview. It’s one of the most used commuter lights in the office, starting last year with the Urban 500. The form factor, ease of use, and thoughtful placement of amber side lights makes it the go to headlight for our commuter bikes.

Claimed output on the Urban 550, is as you can guess, 550 lumens. We tested it and it’s actually 604 lumens. Light & Motion is known for underreporting their lumens in an effort to stay true to their claims.

The Urban 550 is available in either Quartz or Galaxy Grey color. The light weighs in at 114 grams and uses an intuitive strap to mount to your handlebar.

Price: $160

More Info: www.lightandmotion.com

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About the author: Thien Dinh

Thien Dinh gained most his cycling knowledge the old fashioned way, by immersing himself in the sport. From 2007 to early 2013, Thien served as RoadBikeReview Site Manager, riding daily while putting various cycling products through its paces. A native of California, Thien also enjoys tinkering with photography and discovering new music.

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