The Xeccon Zeta 1300R's wide beam pattern smoothly lighting up the trail in front is what we tend to look for in a bar mount.
It is a bit of a surprise to find that a helmet mount isn’t actually included in the - already pretty salty - price of the Niterider Lumina 1100.
Although the Moon Vortex Pro is sold as 900 lumens, we found it was almost indistinguishable from the Blackburn Central 650 lumen unit on test.
Although the Gemini Duo 1500L is the most expensive of our ‘helmet’ lights, is it also one of the most versatile.
The Blackburn Central 650 comes with what they describe as a ‘universal mount,’ which is supposed to manage both bar and helmet mount duties.
The Lumicycle Explorer 2 differs from the previous model by utilising only one LED at the lower power levels to save on power and extend burn times.
Very little to complain about the simple yet effective Light And Motion Seca 2500 Enduro. If they could just tweak the cable layout it would be perfect.
With 2300 lumens the ITUO Wiz-XP3 pushes some serious candlepower down the trail and, despite the very reasonable price, it doesn’t skimp on build quality.
Hope R4+ readily showcases the advantages of a Hope. Every mounting piece is precisely crafted, every connection and switch is crisp and positive.
The Alpkit Hadron is an excellent option if you are on a budget, particularly if backed up by a helmet mount to sweep up the close in and peripheral work.
The Exposure Joystick Mk11 is at the upper end, price-wise, but low profile, lightweight and has a near perfect beam and focus.
In a world where external battery packs and endless cabling constitute the norm, Exposure Maxx-D all in one approach is a breath of fresh air.
The Moon X Power 2500 has been out a couple of seasons now, but its sheer lumen power means it’s not been left behind in the lighting arms race.
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 Lezyne Power Drive 1100 XL is great value, solid and lightweight, but is let down by the high-slung mount and low light output.
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