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Moon Nova 80 and Lunar front and rear light set – review

Moon have bundled together their 80 lumen Nova headlight and 15 lumen Lunar rear light into a package that makes an ideal choice for anyone who commutes by bike.

With the Nova and Lunar, Moon have created a pair of lights that both have five operating modes, ranging from constant through flashing to strobing, and are very affordable at £27.99 for the set.

For its Nova 60, Moon make use of a Cree XH-G LED. This differs from a conventional LED in that it features ceramic construction rather than plastic. The benefits of this change are said to be a greatly extended life – not that I’ve had an LED fail on me, mind you – but it’s nice to have the reassurance.

What’s surprising about the Nova is its battery life. In constant use at the highest intensity (80 lumens) the light was still shining brightly after more than five hours of constant use despite Moon stating a maximum run time of one hour and 40 minutes on that setting. Because the Nova runs on an AA battery, Moon say the run time can depend on what time of alkaline battery you use but, either way, I was pleasantly surprised by the huge discrepancy.

The battery’s life can be extended even further by using the light on the lower powered constant or flashing settings. Pushing the waterproof button on the rear of the light turns it on at the standard output, a second push engages high, and then a final push lets ‘overdrive’ loose, which is pleasingly bright. Bright enough, in fact, for short stretches of careful riding on an unlit road or cycle path on a commute, though not necessarily for proper training or night riding, when you’ll want something more powerful (400 lumens being our rough starting point).

There two more operating modes as well: two quick successive pushes enable flashing mode, and pushing the button again finds the strobe option.

Like the Nova, the Lunar rear light has five operating modes; here you get standard, high, 50 per cent flashing, 100 per cent flashing and strobe. Power for the Lunar comes from two watch-style CR2032 batteries, so there should be no need to worry about changing them very often.

Both the Nova and Lunar are supplied with simple rubber band-style mounting brackets, which usefully means the front can be used on regular or oversized bars and the rear will fit seatposts from 22-31.8mm in diameter. If neither of these mounting options suits your needs, Moon offers an optional helmet mount for the Nova and a saddle rail mount for the Lunar.

Conclusion

The combination of fantastic run time on the single AA battery of the Nova headlight with the multiple flashing options of the Lunar rear light makes this set from Moon a great option for a commuter who wants to be seen but worries about using expensive lights that might get stolen if left on the bike.

Pros

– Lightweight
– Bright
– Multiple mode options
– Affordable

Cons

– Lights can be difficult to release from the brackets

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