LIGHT & MOTION LIGHTS/CAMERAS
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 better.
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.