Paul Burwell

Paul Burwell

The Magicshine MJ-902 2000 is great value, and bright with a long run time, even on full beam, but the lack of a head mount and the battery shape makes…

There’s a lot of light on offer — the Lupine Piko 4’s twin lamps bang out 1,468 lumens on full beam. It’s a really intense white light, with a good…

Good lumen count and beam pattern for a helmet light, but the Light and Motion Imjin 800 needs to improve the quality, shorten the cable and include a helmet mount…

The Exposure Joystick Mk11 is at the upper end, price-wise, but low profile, lightweight and has a near perfect beam and focus.

The Blackburn Central 700 RC comes standard with a stretchy rubber bar mount, but the light has a GoPro fitting, so you can bolt it directly to any helmet with…

The NiteRider is almost as bright as the test-winning BBB, but it’s more expensive and 100g heavier, so it gets the runner-up slot this time round.

The Lezyne Deca Drive 1500 XL is 30 per cent more expensive than the company’s Power Drive 1100 XL, but you get a third LED and a third more light

Run time is impressive, on full beam the Hope R2 puts out 1,105 lumens. This is more than claimed and, is OK as a bar light if you add a…

On full power, the Gloworm X2 Adventure only gets 1,222 lumens, but the beam is really even with no hotspots or shadows. A lightweight, well-made system, Gloworm just needs to…

We’ve no doubt the Volt 1600 would make a great road light, but off-road it has a limited beam and is underpowered compared to the competition.

BBB is a newbie when it comes to producing off-road lights, but as a first attempt the BBB Scope 1500 light is impressive.

On paper Xeccon’s new Zeta 5000R has a claimed 5,000 lumens, but we measured it well short at 1,656 lumens.

As the name suggests, the Magicshine MJ-908 8000 has a claimed 8,000 lumens, but when we ran it through our test sphere, it only recorded 3,758.

What sets this Lupine Betty R14 apart from the competition is, not only the whiteness of the light, attention to detail, and quality, but its usability.

With eight LEDs, the Hope R8+ is bright and has a wide spread and excellent reach. There’s plenty of fill-in light but we’d like the option to tune the brightness.…

With over 4,000 lumens on full-beam, the Exposure Six Pack Mk7 packs a punch and you can see far down the trail when riding at speed.

The Cateye Volt 6000 RC is a truly insane light. It puts out an absolutely incredible 6,624 lumens on full beam, which is 10 per cent more than claimed!