NiteRider Lumina 650 Review
NiteRider has replaced their popular MiNewt Cordless series with the Lumina series, offering smaller, lighter, brighter lights at an even more competitive price. Like the previous series, the lights are wireless (with self contained lithium ion batteries) and are USB rechargeable. As you might deduce, the models are named for their light output in lumens—350, 500 and 650.
I tested the 650 lumen model, which is the only one of the three that comes with a helmet mount as well as a handlebar mount. At just 172 g, it’s surprisingly svelte. And it probably comes as no surprise that this light is bright as all get out.
A few years ago I was doing a lot of nighttime mountain bike riding, and my go-to light was a 600 lumen NiteRider Moab. It was great, but having wires connecting lights to battery packs always seemed like a hassle, and I dreamed of the day when self-contained bike lights would be bright enough for trail riding at night. I’m happy to say that that day has arrived. I’ve been pairing up the Lumina 650 on my helmet with the 600 on my handlebar, and with both lights on low I was more than comfortable in the woods. On medium I’m hard pressed to out-ride the lights, even on fast downhills, and on high they’re almost too bright.
Obviously, on the city streets you’ll be able to see for blocks, and be seen for blocks as well. This kind of light has a tenancy to freeze cars at stoplights like a deer in a car’s headlights.
According to NiteRider, the Lumina 650 will run for 1:30 on high, 3:00 on medium and 5:30 on low. That’s a lot of run-time for a light this bright.
NiteRider has redesigned the handlebar mount, making it more stable and secure, yet just as easy to install as any of their previous models. I do have a slight nit to pick with the helmet mount, in that it’s excellent all around except that the quick-release interface has a tiny bit of play in it. If I’m not paying attention to it, however, I don’t notice the slight jiggle.
Pricing that starts at $89.99 for the Lumina 350, $109.99 for the Lumina 500 and $139.99 for the Lumina 650. Check out www.niterider.com