Niterider Lumina Micro 450 £64.99
The Niterider Lumina Micro 450, as you might guess from the name, pumps out 450 lumens in its highest mode, all from a relatively small light measuring just 9.5cm long and 3.8cm wide
On its highest mode the Lumina Micro 450 is just about bright enough to tackle unlit lanes.
The beam pattern casts the light a little further ahead than with most other front lights, which is fine if you’re on a road that you cycle along regularly; it means that potholes and bad road surfaces aren’t lit up quite as well as they could be, giving the occasional unexpected bump.
We would like to have seen a bit more side visibility. However, at least there is a little hood over the light that stops drivers from being blinded.
Other than the 450 lumen high mode, there are two other constant modes at 90 lumens and 200 lumens, which are useful when riding under streetlights. There is also a flashing mode and a low-power 20-lumen mode.
Obviously battery life depends on which mode you’re using, but in general it is good. On high mode the battery will last for 1.5 hours while on low you get four hours. This should be more than enough given that the light is USB rechargeable in 1hr 45min /3hr 30min (depending on the power source you’re using).
Finally, the mount, which is tool free and similar to a watch strap in design, fits a wide variety of bar sizes (including aero bars) which is a nice touch, and the light is held securely in place, being easy to remove at the end of a ride. Its list price includes the Niterider Sabre 50 rear, so it’s very good value.