Published on May 14th, 2014 | by Greg0
NiteRider Lumina 700: Solid, Rechargeable Bike Light
Smaller, lighter, brighter. Those are the catchwords that lie behind modern cycling light solutions. There are now helmet-mounted options that offer front and rear protection like one we checked out a while ago, and a much wider array of options than a few years ago. LEDs have come a long way, as have batteries, and now you can choose from self-contained models like today’s piece of gear or opt for external, larger battery packs meant for marathon trips.
But for most commuters, they’ll only need a light for a couple of hours at a time. The NiteRider Lumina 700 Headlight attaches easily and solidly to most any bicycle’s handlebars, and offers about 90 minutes of run-time at the brightest setting- 700 lumens, as you might expect from the name. There are several other options though, each of which boosts the runtime significantly. At 350 lumens, you’ll get double the lithium ion’s battery life, and there are settings for 200 and 40 lumens as well.
Weighing in at only 172 grams, it’s nonetheless a well-built light, and at the highest setting, enough to guarantee visibility from a wide angle and a great distance. It’s practically a spot light, only it illuminates the road in front of you as well as ensures oncoming traffic won’t miss you. Granted, you should still have at least one other lighting option- perhaps one with red indicators on the rear of your bike. But this one can flash for extra pop if you need to attract extra attention, in case of an emergency for example.
The light is safe to use in inclement weather as well, as you’d hope from any bike light. And it comes with a cute feature we don’t see very often, the ability to lock it off, so it doesn’t come on when thrown in a bag, draining the battery. Granted, you can find cheaper bike lights out there, but this one comes with a promise of reliability, durability, and ease of use- it pops off in a moment but never budges once installed even on bumpy trails, and you can charge via USB or wall plugs with an adapter. Available now for around $90 online, it’s a great addition to any cyclist’s safety setup for Spring riding.