Niterider Lighting systems have long been a solid standard for large area illumination for late night adventures. Most options in the Niterider catalog are going to be geared towards off road mountain biking after dark. The Lumina 400 is a bit of a crossover from specific trail lights into the world of city commuting.
The light itself is a single piece power source and light so its a bit bulkier than most other headlights available in your local shop. While its size can be off putting, its performance more than makes up for its lack of subtlety. Almost all of the lights in this category are going to come with an easily attached helmet mount as well as a very sturdy handlebar mount. Helmet mounts are very useful for late night singletrack riding, but for commuting the handlebar mount is much kinder to cars and those you’re sharing a trail with. The handlebar mount utilizes a hinged attachment with a long threaded bolt that allows easy mounting on any handlebar size.
Commuting in Minneapolis I rarely find use for lights with this kind of super bright output, since most of the cities streets and bike trails are either lit, or benefit from the substantial ambient light that is common in most large urban areas. That said, I recently took a trip to my fairly small hometown of St. Cloud. If you’ve ever ridden in a town like St. Cloud you’ll know that outside of the downtown areas the city can be very, very dark indeed. It can be a little nerve racking being on some of the more rural roads dealing with intermittent traffic. I really appreciated the Lumina’s powerful and long reaching light in this capacity. It was more than adequate to provide a perfect field of vision on those deeply pitted back roads and trails. It also gave me a solid sense of security since my headlight easily competed with a vehicles in terms of visibility.
In the past rechargeable lights have suffered from somewhat inadequate to downright terrible charge inputs. Nite rider has decided to use a really convenient micro usb cable and the rubber seal for the port on the light seems to be a quality seal. The Lumina does not come with a flashing or pulse option which limits its runtime, however, I have yet to exhaust this battery even running the high light output setting for 2+ hours.
Used for after hours trail riding this light is a stellar deal. The Lumina would easily allow you to navigate singletrack while still giving you a light to get safely home from the trail. As a commuting headlight its a little overkill inside the city, but if you’re looking for something to really light up the paths or streets it is an exceptionally good buy at about $100 retail. For more specific information and details visit the Niterider website or feel free to give us a call at the shop.