Light & Motion Stella 300 front light £225

Small unit, big run time

BikeRadar score 3/5

Light & Motion is a diving light manufacturer first and foremost, and that’s clear from the tight donut seals and tough solid battery pack of this small but very sturdy lamp. Reliability across the L&M range has been faultless for years, which is a tick in the box for epic out-there riders. The head unit fixes the cutaway back section securely onto the bars or supplied helmet mount with a rubber ‘watch strap’ mount for an unobtrusive crash resistant position.

The compact battery comes with a long extension lead for helmet use and the charger is supplied with a full set of plug adaptors for global use. Run times are long even at high power, making it an ideal light for solo 24-hour racers or extra long trail rides. Unfortunately the actual light output is down on similarly priced systems, particularly in terms of long distance punch for fast or technical descents.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.

Road use

The above review and rating relate to the Stella 300's performance off road. So how is it for road use? Cycling Plus put it to the test, and this is what they had to say:

An excellent beam pattern means you can ride as quickly as you like with this light on full power, and the simple rubber strap fitting, illuminated power button and a battery that fits neatly under your stem all add up to make an excellent light. The drawbacks are a hugely long wire – though it’s good for helmet mounting – the pricetag, and so-so side visibility on the lower power settings.


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