2015 Lights Shootout

The NiteRider Lumina line is perhaps the #1 selling light in the US. It has been so successful and reliable over the years that it has catapulted NiteRider back into the leadership position in bike lighting.

What makes the light so good? Everything. Beam pattern, form factor, packaging and quality have been refined over the years from its humble beginnings as a 150 Lumen light to this 750 Lumen device today.

The light is bright and it is stable as it dissipates heat properly to provide a consistent beam throughout its run time. Sealing is excellent, as this will take you through a season of wet weather without any issues. The heatsink materials are nicely integrated with a shock absorbing rubberized material, so this light can take a few hard knocks.

Test loop with the NiteRider Lumina 750. Camera is on a locked ISO setting and is set to Wide Angle mode

The mount is an interesting affair too, as it can fit all bar sizes without shims and it can be installed quickly, yet be cinched down very firmly. The helmet mount though is not quite there, as it's not as easy to install and tension, and the straps will flap around a bit if not tied down.

Finally, there's now many different versions of this light, from ones that include a tail lamp, to ones that are half the size and more affordable than this.

Beam Pattern Photo

We photographed the lights in the same location setting with the same camera settings. The photos were taken in the back yard that is approximately 25 yards long. These photos feature many objects and a distinct background to analyze detail and beam pattern. Compare all Beam Patterns here »

NiteRider Lumina 750 Backyard Beam Pattern

Integrating Sphere Measured Lumens

This light measured 759 Lumens in an integrating sphere. Claimed Lumens by the manufacturer is 750 Lumens. The Lumen-hour graph below shows how the light performs over the first three minutes of its battery cycle. Compare all Lumen Tests here »

NiteRider Lumina 750 Lumen Chart

Strengths

  • This is a trusted Lumina line with a great track record
  • Actual output of 759 is accurate with claims and output is very stable
  • Excellent design and clamp with good form factor
  • Good value for the money at $120
  • Mount is easily removed and can be used as a great flashlight
  • There are a ton of variations of this light to meet price and brightness requirements

Weaknesses

  • It's one of the bigger lights at this output level
  • Helmet mount sits high and straps flap around

Specifications

  • Price: $120
  • Claimed Lumens: 750 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 759 Lumens
  • Lumens per $: 6.33 Lumens
  • Lumens per gram: 4.41 Lumens
  • Time on High: 1:30 Hours
  • Charge Time: 3:00 Hours
  • Mounted Weight: 172 grams
  • Category: Flashlight/Commuter

Overall Rating

4.5 Flamin' Chili Peppers
4.5 out of 5 Flamin' Chili Peppers

Finally, there's something to be said about a company that has employed dozens of people in San Diego, CA for the last 25 years. They've stayed true to form designing and building lights right here in the US under the leadership of their founder Tom Carroll. Read more about their operation here. And to impress your trivia friends, here's Five Niterider Myths, Busted.

For more information visit www.niterider.com.

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