If your daily commute, or 'goosefraba' rides take you far off the beaten city paths and into the inky countryside at night, you'll certainly need more than the stars to light your way. Nearly as powerful as a car headlight, the Light & Motion Urban 550 Light will make daylight out of any nighttime road, keeping you highly visible and alerting you to any animals or hazards in the road that might pop up.
Few cycling lights come with the pedigree of those from Light &
Motion -- a company who has been designing lights for over 20 years. But
not always bicycle lights though. In fact, the small Monterey,
California company cut its teeth making ocean-proof diving
lights that adhered to some of the most stringent safety standards in
consumer products. The DNA for safe, highly visible and weatherproof
lights for cycling was already in place, and thusly we have the Urban 550.
Just as its title implies, the Urban 550 casts a bright 550 lumens
beam to help you see and be seen. For the sake of comparison, a typical
car headlight tends to put out around 700 or 800 lumens. The level of
performance that the Urban 550 delivers allows you to fly over broken
pavement at night, seeing the obstacles and having time to avoid them
before you run over them. Like the Vis series, Light and Motion's Urban
lights have amber side lights to increase your cone of visibility,
adding to your safety. Accident data tells us that most car/bike
accidents occur at intersections, and not surprisingly, with cars
turning into or across cyclist's paths as they thread their way through
the intersection. So the more light you can project in all directions,
The Light and Motion Urban 550 Light will run for 2 hours on the high
setting and for 4 hours on medium. The lowest setting stretches the
battery life out to 8 hours, and once it's dead a complete charge by
means of the included USB-Micro charge cable requires around 5 hours.
It's designed to be mounted onto your handlebars and comes with a
rubberized, tool-free strap that secures the light in an instant.
touring, commuting, training at night
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I bought an urban500 last winter and used it almost every day commuting and recreationally. When riding off-road, i've always been a fan of using a headlight and a handlebar light for better depth perception on the trail so i'd use the 500 in conjunction with my old bombproof niterider HID. The 500 is brighter than the nightrider at a fraction of the size and weight and on the medium setting (~300) I get about the same brightness and run time. USB charging is an awesome feature as opposed to a dedicated charger. I wish charge time were a little less but it hasn't caused a problem yet since the charge indicator on the back of the light gives fair warning if you get cut short during a top-off. I can attest to the company's excellent service because unfortunately my light began to turn on intermittently and then not at all this summer. An email to Light&Motion got a quick response with a repair number. A week and a half later it was back to me in Juneau with a new battery and 550 guts with performance run stats showing a run time of 2.4hrs on high which is almost an hour longer than advertised.
There are a number of reasons I like Light&Motion lights. A.They are made in the US, and B. They are bombproof. I've been using my Urban 550 light for over a year and haven't had a bad experience with it yet. When turned on high, it makes cars think there is another car coming towards them, so light position is key when you don't want to piss off motorists. The other two settings still provide tons of light and will keep you noticed on even the darkest streets. I've used this light in snowy, rainy, and downright hurricane like weather with no problems or damage to the light. The battery lasted on high down an eight mile descent during a midnight hill climb and lit the path for a few other people I was riding with. The only complaint I have, The battery life isn't absolutely, out-of-this-world, blow-your-mind, amazing. But it holds a charge and you can charge it via USB at your desk.