Designed by the engineering team at our headquarters in San Diego, NiteRider lights have always stood above the competition since the beginning, 25 years ago.
Carefully combining the latest technologies with NiteRider’s 25 years of experience, our engineering team creates products that are not only technically superior but can stand up to life in the real world.
Being a leader in the bicycle lighting category affords us some benefits that might not be available to others. NiteRider has worked diligently for many years to foster and develop relationships with the best LED manufacturers in the world. As a result, we often get sneak peeks to what is on the horizon as it relates to LED technology. This assures our lights utilize the best LEDs available today and that we stay on the forefront of LED lighting technology.
NiteRider currently uses Cree LEDs in our entire rechargeable line up. Cree is recognized as a world leader when it comes to high power LEDs. These LEDs produce more light with less energy and as a result, give longer run times when used with batteries and generate less heat which extends the life cycle of the LEDs.
Color temperature is important when choosing LEDs. Color temperature directly affects the way your eyes will perceive light at night.
LEDs come in a wide range of color temperatures and many other light manufacturers use whatever is cheapest. At NiteRider, we spare no expense to use only LEDs with a color temperature between 5700 and 6500 degrees Kelvin. The color temperature of daylight is 5780 degrees Kelvin. By selecting LEDs that are as close to daylight as possible and a little on the blue side of the color spectrum, this produces a very white light that simulates daylight and enhances the human eye’s ability to detect all the little things that go bump in the night.
If LEDs are the engine in bike lights, then reflectors are the transmission. What good are all those lumens if you don’t focus them into a usable light for bike riding? Too often, we see bike light manufacturers using off the shelf optics and collimators. Collimators often produce a beam with a very bright “hot spot” with very little spill or peripheral light. This type of beam pattern works fine for a flash light application, but is not ideal for a bike light application where high rates of movement are involved and peripheral vision is essential. At NiteRider, we design all of our reflectors for a bike riding application and our beam patterns produce a smooth center beam with ample peripheral light. This beam pattern assures not only that the trail directly in front is visible, but that the surrounding area is lit as well.
We are the only bike light manufacturer to use an optical grade, Borofloat glass lens and reflector custom designed for riding. This optical package minimizes light transmission loss and makes sure you get light where you need it most.
Batteries are the gas in the tank and we are very serious about the brand and quality of battery that goes into our lighting systems. We use only ‘best in class’ battery cell technologies to guarantee quality and safety. After extensive testing we have determined that the best manufacturers of rechargeable, Lithium Ion batteries are Samsung and Panasonic. We only use Samsung and Panasonic batteries in our Lumina and Pro Series lighting systems.
Having the best battery isn’t just all it takes for a superior light. We design all our rechargeable products with advanced, intelligent charging circuitry and algorithms to make sure you get the shortest charge times, longest run times and maximum battery lifetime for your light.
Our engineers work closely with our cell manufacturer partners and are in tune with the latest developments in battery technology. When new technologies become available, one of the first places you will see it is in NiteRider products.
There is a lot of information today about LED technology as it relates to bike lights and some of it can be confusing. Inevitably, when talking about LED light output, the conversation leads to “How many lumens?” But what is a lumen and how is it measured? A lumen is the unit of measurement of luminous flux, a measure of the power of light perceived by the human eye.
Measuring lumens – Many bike light manufacturers arrive at their lumen outputs by simply quoting the LED manufacturer’s specifications, we call these ‘paper lumens’. The problem with this theoretical method is that it does not take into consideration light transmission loss, thermal efficiency and electronic efficiency of the design, which can be over 28% loss combined! This can lead to a gross overstatement of real world lumens.
At NiteRider, we believe in doing things differently. We strive to ensure our quoted lumen outputs are measured and accurate just like our run times and charge times.
To make sure we get it right, our lumen outputs are measured with a specialized piece of equipment called an Integrating Sphere. Our Integrating Sphere is 1.5m in diameter and is capable of measuring all of our light products from the smallest size aperture of the Lightning Bug, to the largest lights we make like the Pro 3600.The sphere gathers all of the light energy emitted from a unit under test and gives us a precise, actual lumen readout. No ‘paper lumens’ here; what we measure is what you get. To calibrate the Integrating Sphere we use special calibration lamps that are traceable back to the National Institute of Standards and Technology. N.I.S.T. is the U.S. federal technology agency that works with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements, and standards. They provide the unit standard for weights, lumens and atomic clocks, to name a few of their many services to the public and industry.
Accuracy and consistency of the lumen output over the course of ongoing production is also very important to us. Our quality control group tests every light system during the production process to insure the lumen output is within our tolerance for lumens stated per ANSI-NEMA FL-1 Standards.