This is part of the 2013 Bike Lights Shootout. Other sections are:
2013 Backyard Beam Pattern Comparisons »
2013 Mtbr Lux measurements »
2013 Mtbr Lumen Tests »
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. The walls have a lot of graffiti on them and actually show detail when they are lit up by a light with a wide angle. Cones and targets are set up with the far target set up at 80 yards.
It is very useful for a road cyclist or commuter to see real world useability of a light. For a mountain biker, it's not as good as a trail photo with a tree canopy but it does provide some insight.
These photos show the lights in the first round of our shootout. Some other extra lights (not reviewed) are included as well.
The camera settings we used are the following:
- Camera: Olympus OM-D
- Setting: Full manual
- ISO: 200
- Exposure: 1.6 seconds
- Aperture: F4.0
- Focus: Manual
- White Balance: Daylight
- Quality: Jpeg High