The Strada HID is the premier lighting system engineered with the latest in lighting technology. The 10 watt lamp produces a remarkably bright and intense beam with 3.5 hours of burn time. Our proprietary reflector design maximizes the reflector diameter and depth, therefore capturing the most light possible. It creates a smooth and uniform beam ideal for on or off road use.
Our systems are skillfully crafted of high strength 6061 aircraft aluminum and lightweight filament wound composite materials for the utmost in structural protection. Additionally, we supplied equal protection internally for both the headlight and battery housings. The proprietary design of the lighthead incorporates an internal heat sink, which draws heat away from the electronic assembly prolonging the life of the lamp/ballast system. And, our battery cells are supported by high-density, closed-cell foam padding for maximum impact resistance.
Another unique feature that sets us apart from the competition is our innovative mounting systems. The Strada HID and Vado Xenon systems come complete with both the handlebar and helmet mounts. The handlebar mount comes with 2 different sized pads, so that you can select the best combination for proper fit on your handlebars. The thumbscrew can be firmly tightened to secure the light head without fear of loosening up during your ride. The helmet mount features a low profile fit and adjustable beam angle.
- wide beam HID available (option)
- $329 price is with Fast Charger, $279 with slow charger Mtbr Bike Lights Shootout - over 50 bike lights reviewed, photographed and measured here.
a Cross Country Rider
from Santa Rosa, CA USA
Date Reviewed: January 8, 2010
Strengths: Great for the cross country riding. The lights lasts about 3 to 4 hours with a full charge. Great visibility at night.
Weaknesses: Poor customer service with getting repairs. Tried to get a lens repaired and never received any response from the company. So, don't break you light or need repairs of any sorts.
On the product side the clamp could be improved so there is less potential to loosing the thumb screw. The battery is a pain to attach everytime to the bar. It is not a quick process to attach the light and friends are waiting to get riding.
The light is nice and bright. The clamping device is not quick and you can loose the tightening screw. POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE with getting repairs.
a Cross Country Rider
from Novi, Mi, USA
Date Reviewed: November 3, 2008
Strengths: Beautiful & strong construction, durable, reliable, long burn time, most of all excellent light output. Simplicity
Weaknesses: Bar & helmet mount both need improvement. The helmet mount can easily be modified, the handle bar mount is another story.
I've had this light since 2004 and has been very reliable. The light output & burn time is fantastic! Even the flood beam pattern is a touch on the tight side, I'm not sure what the utility of narrow beam would be. I had to modify the helmet mount to make it more stable on my helmet. The bar mount will only work on flat bars--but they have a Strada II in the works with a new bar mount that should work on a variety of handle bars.
a Weekend Warrior
from Palos Verdes, CA
Date Reviewed: December 11, 2006
Strengths: good even light pattern, light and simple
Weaknesses: Poor mounting options (lume...are you listening?), I did try to use a Niterider mount to get it to fit my swept back bars so that the light can point straight. Lack of spare parts in the field. Putting the battery in an old water bottle solved most of my mounting problems.
Lume, come up with a better mount on the bars and you would definitely sell more. Also going to Li-Ion is not that expensive nowadays, and you get big weight savings. www.batteryspace.com
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: November 14, 2005
Strengths: Well constructed. Sufficient run time.
Weaknesses: Mounting options
The light looks great, but even though there are two mounting options included, they don't work on every bike.
The battery mount interferes with brake operation if your cables happen to be on the bottomside of the bike's top tube. I tried mounting it on the top side of the top tube but it wiggled its way down easily when I hit a few bumps. I finally ended up mounting it on the seat post with the extra wire extender.
The helmet mount works only if you can mount it across two ribs. It won't work on helmets with on center rib.
The bar mount will not work on oversized bars. The machined aluminum, although beautiful to look at, does not flex. The screw is a little difficult to thread when the screwholes don't match up, and that's rather tough to do when the mount isn't flexible. Lume supplies pads which fit between the mounting bracket and the bar but these tend to be more of a hassle than anything. They're tiny and they're difficult to fit. I just use strips of rubber cut off an old car mat. Just like those supplied with other mounting systems.
So the bottom line is, you may have trouble if you have cables that run along the bottom of your top tube, or if you have an oversized handlebar, or if you have a particular type of helmet with a rib running down the center, this may not be the light for you.
Strengths: Quality of components, durability and most of all SIMPLICITY. Absolutely beautiful construction: carbon fiber/6061/super heavy duty cabling.
Weaknesses: Market Presence...if more riders only knew, this light would smoke the competition!
I do most of my training at night, due to my schedule and because I basically prefer the dark. I wouldn't ride or race on anything else. I absolutely love the fact that it has an on/off switch and that's all. No need for a fuel gauge, it gets you 3 1/2 hours of light...period. On top of that, the fast charger is the way to go due to the fact you can leave your very expensive batteries on to condition and keep at the optimal voltage. It's worth the extra $20, so don't get cheap here. Also, contrary to a couple of questionable reviews, I've never experienced a company more dedicated to you...the rider. Give them a shot you'll love these guys!
a Cross Country Rider
from Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Date Reviewed: June 14, 2005
Strengths: Not Plastic, Dual mounting
Weaknesses: Shape of battery pack
The materials used are the best I've seen. The workmanship and and finish are excellent. Simplicity usually = Reliability. This light is as simple as it can be, hopefully time will prove the equation. The weakness in the battery pack shape is that if you head mount the light and have a crash, landing on your battery will be like landing on a pop can(but much more solid). I preferred the flatter style of the BLT battery pack. (But not the flimsy BLT connectors). The price is another strong point, even with the Canadian exchang rate, and all other fees/taxes the bill was about 400 CAD. I also considered the NR HID but you have to choose head or handlebar mount. I prefer head mount for mountain biking, and bar mount for my road commuting. The Lume does both well. I highly recommend this light.
Similar Products Used: Nite Rider Classic, BLT (Both halogens)
Bike Setup: 2004 Specialized Epic S-works
from Berkeley, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: February 28, 2005
Strengths: $310 for a 10w hid light lights looks sleek, well-made
Weaknesses: $40 charged for a 2nd bar mount, but the light needs a phillips screw driver to remove and mount...same with helmet mount...definately not a quick release. battery mount to top tube (min's sloping) is slow ans awkward. Grrrrrrrr :(
i would not buy this again. the bright hid light itself is super (for the price) and the mounting on the flarbar is secure, but the battery mount to top tube sucks...slow and wobbles and tends to slide down. broke on velcro strap trying to tighten the strap. the 2nd bar mount $40 is nearly useless cause it's faster to move the mount than to unscrew teh light to the mount and to re-screw on to the helmet mount or on to the 2md bar mount. gurrrrrggg.
Similar Products Used: my 1st HID light. have ad several NiteRiders (of limited durability)
Bike Setup: crmo steel hardtail with 5" Z1 FR ETA fork & 8" Hope Mono M4 disk
a Cross Country Rider
from Redmond, WA
Date Reviewed: February 27, 2005
Strengths: Ultra Bright, Long Burn Time
Weaknesses: No Quick Release
I have ridden at night once only so far so this is an initial review. Bought the HID Wide beam with slow charger (next time I would buy the fast charger) from Lume with the MTBR discount. $260.00 Shipped and when you compare to the other $400.00 light systems you would buy Lume too. The burn time was well over two hours and I never turned it off and that was the end of the ride. My previous light (which I had borrowed) only lasted for 1.5 total, that's it. I know I made the right decision in buying this light. My only beef is that there is no quick release to remove the light from it's mount. So each time you choose not to use the light (day ride) you have to remove the whole bracket. I think I will just get a back-up helmet again and leave it hooked up-no worries!! Buy one.
from Gainesville, FL, USA
Date Reviewed: February 25, 2005
Strengths: solid construction, even white light with a nice bright spot in the middle, good price.
Weaknesses: The cables are very hard to disconnect but at least I know it will keep water out and they won't accidentally disconnect.
I've been very happy with my purchase and in spite of other reviewers having problems with the bulbs burning out (which does concern me) if I had to make the decision over again, I would still go with Lume.
It throws a better light pattern then the HID lights my buddies are using and it is a bit stronger and brighter as well.
If you are going to do much riding at night then do yourself a favor and get yourself a HID. Any HID light is going to be worlds better than anything else on the market. I know they are expensive but if you can scrape together the bucks you won't regret it.
Strengths: Great looking simple hardware and great lighting capacity. It really holds more than 3hrs which is ample for an evening ride.
Weaknesses: 30 day warranty is really too short, and even more so when you purchase it from Europe considering that the shipping time takes a week one way. So you have 2 weeks to test the product.
As it happened I purchased 2 units at once (1 for a colleague) and one of the lamp turned out to be bluish with a very diminished lighting intensity, compared to the very bright white light of the functional one.(At least you can compare when you have 2 lamps!)
An Ex-Works quality check(for light intensity)at Lumelighting would be welcome before shipment to customers.
Thankfully the after sales agreed to exchange the defective unit without hassles, but the waiting time is a pain as you don't know where the product is during transit since the insured US Postal Services Lumelighting uses does not allow tracking as would be the case with e.g. DHL or FedEx (cost saving maybe?)
Obviously the warranty of 30 days contributes to additional stress. So that's 3 chillis as a result of it but 5 for the value of the product.
Follow up to my review: I used the Lume Strada for 6 days (total of about 15 hours of run time) before posting my review. On day 7 the light failed.
Lume’s diagnosis: bulb “prematurely burned out.” A bulb that cost $100 to replace and is warranted for only 30 days has burned out after 15 hours?! I guess I should feel lucky it happened on day 7 and not 31.
I told Lume I’d be willing to accept a replacement unit if they warranty the bulb for 90 days this time. After one disastrous experience with their product I don’t think I was asking for too much. Lume’s response: we can’t do that.
You take your chance with Lume if you want to. Me, I’m gonna use my refund to buy something else.
Very elegant design. Wouldn’t look out of place on the fanciest Colnago.
One of the least expensive HID lights on the market. Only the CygoLite zForce is less expensive.
Comment from a motorcycle cop, “Wow, that light is bright! Everybody should have one like that!”
The on-off switch is pathetically flimsy and hair-trigger sensitive. You can easily turn the light on or off by accident. Worst, in daylight you can accidentally turn the light on and discharge the battery without even noticing.
The power connectors are a royal pain in the neck. They are so difficult to unplug that recharging the battery is an annoying chore. Sure they’re waterproof but anything that requires such strenuous tugging to unplug is silly.
No automatic power off feature to prevent complete discharge of the battery, which doesn’t do the battery any good. Lume would say, “Just turn off the light when it starts to dim.” Simple enough, but human beings are forgetful sometimes while electronics are cheap.
No battery life indicator of any kind, not even a single red LED to indicate low battery status.
A short warranty: 30 days for lamp module; 90 days for battery, charger, and internal electronics.
At 10W the Strada is one of the least powerful HID lights on the market. However it does provide plenty of light and increasing power would leads to shorter run time or bigger (heavier, more expensive) battery.
Run time is a bit over 3 hours; good but not spectacular. The advertised run time is 3.5 hours, by the way, so Lume is not inflating the figure but brightness decreases significantly as the battery approaches the end of its run time.
A Li-Ion battery wouldn’t hurt. Li-Ion batteries are lighter but more expensive so including one would presumably raise the price.
Not cheap at $329. But then again, no HID light currently on the market is cheap. Make sure you go to www.lumelighting.com/mtbr.asp to claim your discount which brings the price down to $309.26 + $7.20 for shipping.
A claimed bulb life of 1,000 hours that is not user replaceable. This is common to all HID lights. Lume charges $100 to replace the bulb. (Ouch!)
COMPARISON TO A 25W HALOGEN LIGHT
The Lume Strada I have is the wide beam version. The only other bike light that I’ve used is a CygoLite Explorer. It has a 10W halogen wide beam and a 15W halogen narrow beam. So here’s the comparison:
HID lights have a higher color temperature than halogen lights, meaning the light is bluish. However contrary to hype, blue light doesn’t help you see any better. What helps is more light, and in that department the 10W Strada is about equal to the 25W Explorer. The Strada’s beam is not quite as good as the Explorer’s wide beam but reaches as far out as Explorer’s narrow beam. In short, nothing to complain about but nothing to write home about, either. As for power consumption (if you need a light for an all-night ride), the Lume wins hands down.
On a dark, paved, mostly straight trail, the Strada is good for a comfortable and safe 17 mph or so. I guess a good setup to go faster while still being perfectly safe would be two Stradas, one wide beam, one narrow beam.
I guess you get what you pay for. You can get more power, battery life, sophistication, and less weight in some other products (notably the Light & Motion ARC Li-Ion) but you’d have to pay quite a bit more for it. On the other hand, aesthetically the Lume Strada is second to none.
Strengths: Design, quality of construction, brightness!
Weaknesses: It would be nice to have a lithium ion battery option to save some weight.
You will not find a better made cycling product. Very well made, beautiful design, attention to detail. Light is incredibly bright compared to my old digital niterider (halogen) - and battery life is much better. I have been using it commuting and have had it in very heavy rain with no adverse effects. This is important to me as I live in the rainy Pacific Northwest. I put the battery in a water bottle - seems to be the best solution - but the frame mount ties also work fine. Haven't tried it on my helmet - I prefer the bar mount because there is plenty of light. I opted for the wide beam. Good job Lume!
a Cross Country Rider
from Seattle, WA
Date Reviewed: October 24, 2004
Strengths: Simplicity of design, weight w/ battery, BRIGHTNESS
Weaknesses: Price, would like a handlebar mount that is truly quick release, dimmer switch for the cars that flash their brights at me!!!
I do a lot of commuting here in the rainy Northwest and needed to replace my old Nightsun XC that finally gave up the ghost after 9 years. It was always pretty faithful for me, but to replace the battery was going to be expensive anyway so I decided to bight the bullet and spend the money on a whole new light setup.
I'll tell you right now I am extremely happy with my purchase of the Strada HID wide beam light. It is super bright, has good penetration (even with the wide beam pattern), and long battery life (for me about 3hrs 20mins)
My first time out with it, the very first car that passed me going the other way flashed their brights at me!!
Being that it is so rainy here in Seattle, I am happy to say that I haven't had any problem with water intrusion into the system yet. Hopefully this continues to be the case.
I wasn't too sure about having the battery hang on the top tube and not in a water bottle holder, how secure could it be? Well, the rubber grommet-like holders do a great job. The battery doesn't move!! I don't see how the battery could ever come out accidentally, and I now have freed up a water bottle cage for actually carrying water and can get it off my back.
From the quality of the light, to the efficient customer service, to careful packaging and shipping, I can only say that this is the Lexus of bike lights. If you have the money to spend, you won't be disappointed.
anyone know what the MTBR price is for the least expensive [URL="https://www.lumelighting.com/store/index.asp?prid=49"]Lume Strade HID[/URL]?
the regular price is $279.
i'm looking at buying one of these to loan to friends so they'll go nite riding with me.
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Good Evening all
After looking at all the reviews/research of Hid lights.
I have narrowed it down to 2 hid lights that i like.
L&M Arc and the Lume Strada.
I'm leaning towards the LUme strada because of its price tho.
Any thoughts is and always appreciated
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Lume Strada HID10 $280 vs.Lume Vado Xenon 20 $250 ?
what's the diff: xenor vs. hid?
know the lumen ratings for these two?
thses two seems to be the best that i can afford, with cash, today.
leaning towards the Strada, due to it's longer (1000 hr vs 150 hr)) bulb life.Read More »
I'm looking for a helmet mount light (I already have an old NR Digital halogen system for the bars). Since these two lights are about the same price, I was looking for opinions on which will be better as a helmet mount, quality, reliability, etc... I've read through the reviews but wanted 24 hour ... Read More »