- 4.5 / 5 Bee's Knees -
Ladies and gentlemen what we have here is a serious piece of science fiction voodoo magic. Rumor has it NiteRider has employed the handiwork of some pen-protector types that Elon Musk himself said were just too far ahead of their time. That might be a stretch but "for-cereal" guys, you've laid eyes on the coolest bike light to hit the market in some time.
What makes the OLED Lumina stand out from the heard is just that, an OLED display. Commuters and long-distance riders will rejoice at the real-time data that the 800 provides. Riders are presented with precise runtimes (down to the minute) for each of the lights many settings. Foresight on Niteriders part is apparent, the OLED display can be powered off while riding. This isn't Apple telling you "this is how your iPhone will operate and you will like it (devil emoji face)." NiteRider is going out of their way to give cyclist the power to choose how they want to operate their own device. Likewise the new Lumina is packed with settings/modes both useful and doomsday prepper. I can't think of the last time I've used my bike light to signal SOS, but this light can do it. But again, these features are there for you to use if you so-choose. More on that display. It is a mono-color, back-lit display with a nice intensity and great clarity. Organization is spot-on perfect. Settings are organized via pages. Page 1 consists of three constants, 2 has two flashie-mah-doobers and "walk" (an ultra-low output emergency feature), and 3 offers "Beacon" as well as SOS to signal the mother ship. My one and only complaint with the whole operation of the light is the size of the buttons. They are quite small and are barely raised. However, I fully understand that the buttons are limited in size due to the size of the light itself. All is forgiven.
Much is unchanged, but for a good reason: don't fix what isn't broken right? The familiar housing and overall form remains the same in addition to the USB location. Because the reflector is also the same as before, the beam pattern is unchanged though the output is slightly greater than previous models. Materials and therefore durability are also held to the same standard as before. An IP64 water resistant rating is slightly lower than competitors but as you can see from the soaking wet pictures, water has never been an issue for any of the NiteRider models I've tested.
What has been changed is the mount. As mentioned in my review of the Sabre 35, NiteRider underwent an all-encompassing product line update that greatly effects the way these lights can be used. To increase versatility, numerous mounts and accessories are now available for both front and rear lights and are compatible across the whole range. Have a gander at NiteRiders website and see what sparks your fancy. Included with the light is the new and improved strap mount. Upon first inspection it looks very similar to the previous style with the difference of a strap rather than a cuff to mount to your handlebar. Fitment between the light and mount was identical to that of its older brother. Initially I thought the lateral adjustment was finer on this new mount but now suspect it is identical. Lateral adjustment is limited and somewhat useless since a single click is an increment of maybe 15°. The strap and soft rubber base of the mount gripped my handlebar well and showed no evidence of jittering or shaking. With the new lead-gerbil spinning its wheel inside, the battery and circuitry has changed to accept a rapid 3 hour charge from high amperage sources.
Again, I can find some areas of improvement for the Lumina OLED 800 including the mount and the small buttons. But I'm glad that's behind us because this light is a keeper! Really, this light has serious curb-appeal. Just be sure that you remember to occasionally look at the road ahead between periods of ogling over your new light.