Review: Lumicycle InSight Brake Tail Light

Lumicycle from the UK delivers a bright tail light with a brake light function

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2015 Lights Shootout

Lumicycle InSight Brake Tail Light Front Side

Lumicycle is a UK based company that produces high-end headlights and tail lights. The InSight is an $80 light that has a claimed output of 50 or 200 Lumens depending on mode. It has a trick up its sleeve, where it employs an accelerometer to detect when the bike is decelerating. It then activates a brighter mode of the light thus serving as a brake light. The functionality of a brake light on a bike is in its inception, but it makes sense when a cyclist is riding on a car lane at night. This gives the following drivers awareness that the cyclist is slowing down.

Lumicycle InSight Mounted Lumicycle InSight Mount

We like that this light is big and it can be mounted horizontally or vertically depending on preference or space constraints. Another quality we liked is the switch, which is an intuitive toggle switch. Once it’s on, the spring loaded switch will scroll through the different modes available.

A downside is the light doesn’t have all the animation that makes the light more visible. This is more a characteristic of US lights, as there’s European laws that disallow flashing tail lights.

Video: Test with the Lumicycle InSight Brake Tail Light. Tail Light was shot from 20 yards away with a camera at fixed exposure. The light was pointed at the camera then turned to the side. Different flash modes were activated.

Integrating Sphere Measured Lumens

Claimed Lumens by the manufacturer is 200 Lumens for the brake light and 50 Lumens for the tail light. Compare all Lumen Tests here »

  • Price: $80
  • Claimed Lumens: 200 Lumens Brake / 50 Lumens Tail
  • Measured Lumens: n/a Lumens
  • Time on High: 10:00 Hours
  • Charge Time: n/a Hours
  • Mounted Weight: 112 grams
  • Category: Tail Light
Overall Rating

4 Stars 4 out of 5 Stars

This is a well-conceived, rechargeable, large-profile tail light. It delivers on the tech side with a functional brake light feature.

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This article is part of Mtbr and RoadBikeReview’s 2015 Lights Shootout. To see all the bike lights tested CLICK HERE.

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 lugged commuter, ultralight carbon road steed, singlespeed or trail bike. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. This obsessive personality has also turned him into a bit of an addict when it comes to high quality coffee and IPAs.

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