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Niterider Lumina 750 front light – review

The Niterider Lumina 750 is a reliable and well-built front light which puts out more than enough power for riding on unlit roads, while five settings in all ensure it's versatile enough to be called into action when you don't need quite as much illumination.

As the name suggests, the light is capable of putting out 750 lumens, and is part of Niterider’s Lumina range. This is the top-of-the-range lamp, with 400, 550 and 650-lumen options also available if you don’t need quite as much light.

Where this light is at its best, then, is on unlit roads, whether that’s on your commute to or from work, or during evening training raids under cover of darkness. 750 lumens provides plenty of illumination for fast riding and the Lumina throws out a clear beam which is wide enough to pick out potholes and road debris outside the central stream of light.

The Lumina 750 is an all-in-one unit, in that the light and battery come in one self-contained package, as opposed to having a separate battery pack, as is the case with some high-powered lights. The unit itself is fairly compact considering it’s power and has a peak which prevents upward glare, both for the rider and oncoming traffic. However, there’s no side-illumination, and that’s something we’d like to see improved.

The light has four steady-state settings: high, medium, low and ‘walk’, and these translate to 750, 350, 200 and 40 lumens. There’s also a ‘daylight flash’ setting, which is effective when commuting on well-lit roads. In reality, you only need to use the highest setting on unlit roads, otherwise the 350 and 200-lumen modes will comfortably see you through most situations.

A single rubberised button (which also doubles as a battery life indicator) on the top of the unit turns the light on and flicks through the settings, and this is easy to use when wearing winter gloves.

Battery life is a claimed 90 minutes on the most powerful setting, three hours on medium, and five-and-a-half hours on low, rising up to a huge 18 hours on ‘walk’ mode. We found those run times to be fairly accurate, If you’re a dedicated night rider who needs to use the highest setting consistently for longer than 90 minutes, then the Lumina 750 will in all likelihood fall short, so you’d likely be better served by the increased battery power offered by a bulkier unit (or a lamp with a separate battery pack), but otherwise there should be enough power to satisfy most riders in a variety of riding situations.

The light is charged via micro USB (the port is hidden behind a rubber tab on the underside of the light to keep gunk out) and can be plugged into a laptop/computer or mains adapter. Niterider’s ‘Intellicharge’ feature recognises which of the two you’ve used and the speed of charging changes accordingly, with the claimed charge time doubling from around three hours from the mains to six hours from a laptop/computer.

The Lumina 750 is supplied with a handlebar mount and helmet mount. The former is fairly easy to use, with a thumb screw to secure the mount on the handlebar, and the light slides and clicks into place to provide a secure connection. That, combined with the solid build of the unit itself, means that everything feels sturdy. The finned design is to promote heat dissipation, though it gives the light a fairly industrial look compared to sleeker units that are out there.

Conclusion

The Niterider Lumina 750 packs a considerable punch despite it’s relatively small footprint on the handlebar and low weight (133g). It could use more side illumination (or, rather, any at all) and hardcore night riders will need a lamp with more battery life. That aside, it’s a sturdy and well-built light with enough power to ride safely at a decent lick on unlit roads, but with a range of settings which ensure it will get plenty of use elsewhere. At £99.99 (RRP) it’s decent value, too.

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