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Light and Motion Urban 700 Review

Light and Motion Urban 700
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Price:  $168 List | $69.99 at Competitive Cyclist
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Pros:  Fast to switch between bikes, excellent beam quality, 360 degree pivot, lightweight.
Cons:  Expensive, can't quickly take on and off of the handlebars with one hand.
Manufacturer:   Light and Motion
By Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief  ⋅  Nov 15, 2016
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#7 of 18
  • Brightness - 40% 7
  • Beam Quality - 25% 9
  • Battery Life - 20% 4
  • Portability - 15% 5

Our Verdict

The Light and Motion Urban 700 offers exceptional beam quality, a lightweight package, and a number of unique features. While it scored high, it did not win an award because it was not as bright as the competition. It's also relatively expensive. The Cygolite Expilion 800 had a much higher brightness score and often costs $25 less.

Discontinued - November 2016
This model has been discontinued and replaced with the totally redesigned Urban 800. Keep reading to find out about the new model.

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Our Analysis and Test Results

Discontinued and Replaced

The new Urban 800 will replace the 700 that we reviewed. The updated version will include a new mount, a higher waterproof rating, a new battery status indicator, and GoPro mount compatibility. Check them out below, displaying the new 800 on the left.
Light and Motion Urban 800
Light and Motion Urban 700

The key updates are:
  • Mount — A quick-release mount on the 800 should improve the ease of removing this light.
  • Waterproof — Light and Motion increased the waterproofing ability in the 800 model, claiming it can withstand 30 minutes of submersion up to 1 meter.
  • Battery indicator — Check battery life on the 800 with the push of a button.
  • GoPro compatible — The 800 is now GoPro compatible!

Hands-On Review

Beam Quality

Beam quality is exceptional and scores a 9 out of 10. It tied our Editors' Choice winner, the Expilion 800, and as you can see in the comparison below, it casts a very even and wide beam.

Beam Diameter and Pattern

Light and Motion 700
Cygolite Expilion 800


While the Urban 700 is bright, it is not quite as bright as the competition and got a 7 out of 10. It has a maximum measured beam distance of 108 meters compared to the Expilion 800's 160 meters. As you can see in photo below, it has a very wide and even beam, but just does not illumate as brightly way down the bike path as the Expilion.

Beam Diameter and Pattern

Light and Motion 700
Cygolite Expilion 800


The Urban 700 is light, fast to install and easy to switch between bikes. However, the mounting system does not lend itself to easy one-handed on and off operation. For example, if you make a quick stop at the store, you may need two hands to remove it and will almost certainly need two hands to put it back on. This is not a big deal, but we do prefer mounting systems that offer superfast one-handed removal.

Battery Life

Battery life is slightly above average compared to its closest competitors. It lasted 2.1 hours in high beam mode in our coffin tests. This was almost double the battery life of the Urban 550.


This is a premium priced light and is about $25 more expensive than the higher scoring Expilion 800.


This light scores well and has exceptional beam quality. All of the Light and Motion lights tested are fast to transfer between bikes, pivot 360 degrees, and offer side amber lights. If these features are very important to you, its worth a hard look. However, competition in this category is tough and other lights were brighter for less money with similar beam quality.

Chris McNamara