Recommended for new night riders
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.
However, it only costs £170, so while you’re not getting anything near claimed output, you are getting a very bright light for very little cash. You also get a free tailight in the box that you splice into the system using a Y-connector.
Both lamps are controlled by a bar-mounted remote, and you can toggle the front light through five power settings, including a flashing mode. Unfortunately the MJ-908 isn’t programmable, so you can’t customise any of these or eliminate that annoying flashing option.
The lamp unit mounts to the bar using a Y-shaped rubber strap and it stretches to fit 35mm bars, but unfortunately one side of this rubber band kept springing loose.
A rubber O-ring is used for the remote fitment, but it’s quite a big button and we struggled to get it mounted anywhere near the grip.
Mode and run time are shown on an LCD display on the lamp unit, but it also features two side lights, which illuminate the bars, causing a little bit of glare.
The MJ-908 has a good beam, plenty of power and is crammed with features, but it lacks the quality of the Lupine and Exposure lights. That said, if you’re a night-riding novice and want the most lumens for the least money, this is the one we’d recommend.