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Nightrider Lumina 1200 Boost bike light review

Niterider has been evolving the Lumina range for years, and the 1200 Boost is a great option for fast riders who favor power and practicality over fancy functions

Nightrider Lumina 1200 Boost bike light
(Image: © Guy Kesteven)

Our Verdict

Niterider’s Lumina Boost has a focused beam that works great for faster road and less tech off-road riding and keeps tech minimal and practical for a good power-to-price ratio

For

  • Focused power
  • Compact and tough
  • Solid universal mount
  • Instant Boost
  • OLED option
  • Safety lock
  • Fast charging

Against

  • Limited peripheral
  • No side shiners
  • Small battery

Lumen numbers can often be misleading for a whole load of reasons besides manufacturers being generous with their claims, but the Lumina repeatedly had our test team asking “are you sure this is only 1200 Lumens?”

That’s mainly because the single LED beam is tightly focused and projects its light a long way down the trail for outstanding reach and clarity. That’s great for the road where the cowled lens will also stop glare leaking upwards. It’s also well suited to riding fast on simpler trails or ones you know well. It makes an effective helmet light if you buy the appropriate mount separately. However, if you’re trying to spot lines on twisty tech stuff there are better lights available though.

There are seven modes including a flashing mode, but a double click of the button always gets you straight back to ‘Boost’. That’s a really useful function if things suddenly get techy and a lifesaver if things suddenly get sketchy. The ‘long press’ safety catch start sequence to stop it from being triggered accidentally in transit is a smart move, too. 

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Nightrider Lumina 1200 Boost bike light

The Nightrider Lumina fits easily onto 31.8 or 35mm handlebars and takes 3 hours to charge (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)
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Nightrider Lumina 1200 Boost bike light

While the light only lasts 65 minutes at full power, it provides great visibility for most night riding situations (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)

While run time info on this version is a basic traffic light color change, there’s an OLED version ($149.99) with a full screen on the back for mode and battery life data. While the small size and low weight will be a plus for some, the smaller battery means run times are relatively short. The high power does mean you’re more likely to be able to run a lower setting without compromising safety. There are no side windows for increased traffic visibility but we’re always skeptical if they ever make a difference in terms of being seen anyway.

The thumbwheel bar clamp fits 31.8 or 35mm bars securely with a QR shoe for easy light removal. It recharges fully in 3 hours with a high-power USB socket. We’ve got old samples of Lumina lights that are still going strong after years of regular use too, so while the price might be slightly high, the 1200 Boost is a solid investment if you want focused power. If you want more output, Lumina make 1500, 1800, 2000 and 2500 lumen models too. 

Verdict

A simple interface and not much peripheral light but seriously punchy for the price, and that offsets limited battery capacity to make the Lumina Boost a great speed light enhanced with properly practical features.

Tech Specs: Nightrider Lumina 1200 Boost

  • Power: 1200 lumens
  • Full power run time: 65 minutes
  • Weight: 190g (including mount)
  • Price: $109.99 / £100 
Guy Kesteven
Guy has been riding mountain bikes since before they were mountain bikes and is right handy on an offroad tandem (of course he is).