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    Niterider Lumina 1800 on sale.

    OK this is on sale 35% off. That doesn't mean it's cheap. Lumina is a well regarded offroad light. Virtually indestructible. But they have traditionally had clear lenses that made glare from the exposed LED an issue for street use. And none of them had a side illumination feature at all. TBH the Lumina 950 and 1200 I own make more than enough light. But a wider beam and sidelight seem worth it to me for urban night riding. The Micro series are bright enough but short on runtime, and the Swift street lights which have some side lights are short running and plasticy. I always carry one of those 2 for a backup light. The Lumina 1200 has the fluted lens and I get a lot less blowback form oncoming traffic with that light
    https://www.biketiresdirect.com/prod...00-front-light
    I ordered one. I'll post back here when I get it but the Memorial day sale will probably be over by then.
    Last edited by Retrorockit; 4 weeks ago.

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    The Lumina 1800 Boost arrived yesterday. It has a nice waterproof storage bag for the light, special charger, and thumbscrew bracket. While not USB the charger does bring the big light back to service quickly, and isn't a proprietary connector, just an older one. 12V ,1.5A rating.
    I got a night ride in. I'm urban/suburban sprawl. Lots of traffic situations and varying light conditions. It was just a return from a day ride so not much info about run time yet. Since it's 2x lumina 900 and both run together I'm not expecting anything unusual there. The beam on this is very nice. Softened by the fluted lens it spreads out to cover one 10' traffic lane, and doesn't disturb oncoming traffic. The Low setting is good for in town with street lights, the second setting is good for side streets and neighborhoods and is about like having low beam automotive headlights. I never had any blowback from oncoming traffic with this light. This was always an issue with the Lumina offroad lights with clear glass lenses. I have a side street with no lighting, and speed humps. I run 30MPH to avoid being passed too much there. High beam was very good. Still controlled into my lane, and no issues with oncoming drivers if aimed properly. Pretty much an automotive equivalent. The usual rugged Lumina construction is there so I'm pretty sure offroad is covered well also. The size and cost cause a couple issue for me in my environment. The size makes it attractive to thieves, so I have to decide whether to stuff this big heavy light into my pocket, or let someone else do it for me. My wheels, suspension seatpost, and fork are all locked to the bike with a coded key. This isn't. I guess I'll keep using until I find out whether I keep taking it or start choosing an easier option (Lumina 1200 Boost). It has a 4th Boost setting. 45min runtime from new charge. I saw no need for it at all.
    A pricey option (Lumina always is) but brings more to the table than just a brighter bulb. Especially for street use. The sidelight function is nice partly because the long Lumina housing keeps it from getting lost in the clutter of an urban E bikes handlebars. Niteriders Swift 500 street side light just lights up my shifter. The Lumina series have always been durable quality products. This one adds street functionality and performance that has only potentially been there before.

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      During day rides I find myself taking the smaller Lumina 1200 ( which I already own) and for any night runs the Lumina 1800. Realistically just about any decent light can handle the day strobe duties at some level. if I needed one light and the price was within reach I would get the Lumina 1800. It has some street feature that other Luminas are missing, and the night performance is much better.
      Niterider Luminas are expensive, so I always pick them up when I find a discounted price. This one has some street cred that one way or another the others lack. The 1200 has the traffic friendly fluted lens, but no side light function. All the others have the clear lens, and vary only in the brightness of the LED. Intended for offroad riding primarily.

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