The NiteRider Lumina 700 is a high-performance bike light for commuting and occasional off-road riding. It has a relatively wide, even beam pattern and a long beam distance for its size. However, the Lumina 700's beam and brightness test results were nearly identical to the NiteRider Lumina 550. For these reasons, the $20 cheaper Lumina 550 is a better value. For only $10 more, we prefer the Cygolite Expilion 800, which had much better beam quality.
NiteRider Lumina 700 Review
Cons: Very short (1.5 hour) battery life, NiteRider Lumina 550 is a better value.
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Our Analysis and Test Results
New Lumina 750 & 950 Boost vs. Original Lumina 700
The Lumina 750 Boost and 950 Boost, offered for $79 and $99 respectively, seem to possess many of the traits we liked about the Lumina 700, but we haven't been able to confirm any of these observations with our own testing. To compare the cosmetic changes, check out this side-by-side (by-side), with the 950 on the left, the 750 in the center, and the now discontinued 700 on the right.
As you can see in the photo below, the Lumina 700 performed almost exactly the same as the Lumina 550 in our beam diamter and pattern tests. Both have a strong and even pattern.
However, when up against the Expilion 800, you can see how much broader the beam of the 800 is.
The 700 is quite bright and shined 166 meters in our maximum distance tests, six meters further than the Expilion 800. However, as you can see in the the photo below, the Expilion has a much broader beam that better illuminated the majority of the bike path.
The brightness is impressive, but as you can see in the photo comparison below, it was nearly identical to the less expensive Lumina 550.
Battery life was two hours in high mode. This is above average for the other lights that closely compete with the 700, but not enough to really make a huge difference (average for lights of this size and performance was 1.5 hours). This was one area where the 700 has a slight advantage over the 550, which lasted about 10 percent less in high mode.
As with all the Lumina series lights, this light is very easy to get on and off the handlebars. There is a very smooth glide compared to other lights that require more finger strength, fussing, and general effort. It is also a nice compact size and fits easily into a pocket.
The 700 offers a good value, but the 550 is a much better value.
While is this a great light, we would either go with the Lumina 550 or the Expilion 800. The 550 is the better value and is easier to get on and off your bike. The 800 is a better light.
— Chris McNamara and Max Neale