2016 Lights Shootout

The Indigo INDIGO5  has amazing machining.

The Indigo INDIGO5 has amazing machining (click to enlarge).​

Editor's Note: This article is part of Mtbr and RoadBikeReview's 2016 Bike Lights Shootout. See the 2016 Mtbr Headlights Index and the RoadBikeReview Commuter Lights Index.

Lowdown: Indigo INDIGO5.01

The Indigo5.01 from Australia arrived at our doorstep and we were instantly floored by its quality. The machining and finish is reminiscent of the lights from Lupine and Exposure. It is a robust looking light with a big lens, a tapered center that widens at the back of the light. The exterior is a textured anodized blue finish that gives it descent grip while protecting it from the elements.

In the lens is a big LED with a half spherical refractor lens on top of it. It is surrounded by a conical reflector to finish off the optics of this self-contained powerhouse. Rated at 1850 lumens, turning it on reveals a big, circular pattern that is very even with no artifacts. The center has a bright spot that blends in well with the rest of the beam.

Claimed Lumens: 1850 LumensMtbr Lux: 169
Measured Lumens: 1720 LumensMounted weight: 259 grams
Lumens per $: 9.56 LumensCategory: Headlight
Lumens per gram: 6.64 LumensPrice: $180
Run time on high: 1:00 HoursRating:
4 Flamin' Chili Peppers
4 Chilis-out-of-5
Stat Box


Pluses

Minuses
  • Construction and finish are top-notch
  • Light can get hot quickly and step down in brightest setting
  • Good value for quality and brightness
  • Brightest mode is in a hidden 'double-click' mode
  • Beam Pattern is big and clean
  • In brightest mode, it's runtime is only 30 minutes
  • Available mounts are impressive
  • Run time at 1100 Lumens is only one hour

Review: Indigo INDIGO5.01

Not knowing what to expect from this small new company, we were floored by the quality and the brightness of the Indigo5.01. One simply doesn't see products of this level from companies that don't have many years of experience in the category. This light was built by perfectionists seeking to create a significant product in the category.

Turning the light on, brightness is impressive from this self-contained light. Equally impressive is the size of the beam pattern. Often, lights are very bright but a bit too narrow, wasting the light on a beam that is too focused to see the periphery. But this light has a big beam angle and the pattern is very clean making it easy to see clearly on any kind of trail surface. The big halo allows one to see the periphery very well as the side of the trail is lit up. And in the center is a bright spot that makes it easy to see very far ahead at high speed as well.

The Indigo INDIGO5 uses the Cree MTG2 emitter.

The Indigo INDIGO5 uses the Cree MTG2 emitter (click to enlarge).​

Mounts are impressive as there are several high quality handlebar mounts available. A nifty center mount is available putting the light in the ideal position. There is no helmet mount available which is unfortunate but this light may be a bit too bulky on the ends and heavy anyway at 259 grams.

Continue to page 2 for more on the Indigo INDIGO5, the beam pattern and Lumen measurement »



The Indigo INDIGO5 has a mount that places the light centrally and allows a Garmin.

The Indigo INDIGO5 has a mount that places the light centrally and allows a Garmin (click to enlarge).​

If one needs more run time, there are a couple external battery options available. One doubles run-time and the bigger one almost quadruples it. Of course this comes at the expense of a wireless system since a battery has to be tethered and mounted. The internal battery can be replaced as well for longer run-time but the threading is son fine on the backplate that it's not advisable to do this regularly.

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Beam Pattern Photo

We photographed the lights in the same location setting with the same camera settings. The photo was taken in the back yard that is approximately 25 yards long. The backyard beam pattern allows you to gauge the throw and the width of the light. Compare all Beam Patterns here »

Integrating Sphere Measured Lumens

This light measured 1720 Lumens in an integrating sphere. Claimed Lumens by the manufacturer is 1800 Lumens. Compare all Lumen Tests here »

This is a significant light indeed since it is very well designed and constructed. Beam pattern is its greatest asset as it is huge and even, making it easy to see the periphery. The bright spot in the middle too allows one to go very fast and not outrun the light.

Indigo INDIGO5 accessories and external batteries.

Indigo INDIGO5 accessories and external batteries (click to enlarge).​

This is a great light indeed only held back by a the 30 minute run time at the highest setting at 259 grams with a big battery, it would have been good to get one hour at the highest setting.

Practically speaking, with the hidden bright mode and 30 minute run-time, this is really an 1100 lumen light. The big claim is an unsustainable overdrive mode. But it's still a bright light with a good beam pattern.

For more information visit indigo.lighting.

This article is part of Mtbr and RoadBikeReview's 2016 Bike Lights Shootout. See the 2016 Mtbr Headlights Index and the RoadBikeReview Commuter Lights Index.