The latest über-LED from German light specialist Lupine is the brightest and smartest LED light by far. We’re talking incredible light output and run times for total night ride domination. There’s also an excellent charger, remote switch versatility and included extras but we have to ask if you can have too much light.
The seven LEDs incorporated into the Betty 6 pump out a massive 50 percent more power than any other LED front light we’ve tested. Everything ahead of your handlebars will be bathed in stark bluey-white light.
It’ll still run full bore for over three hours, though, and you can toggle light levels in incremental steps via the PCS programmable remote control switch.
We rarely used the Betty at full power because of dazzling glare and bounce-back off anything damp. The massive amount of contrast also seemed to tire our eyes quicker than the warmer Hope Vision light, even at lower settings.
While the LEDs used here are certainly better than the old HIDs, we’ve also seen and heard of more reliability problems with the Lupine than the Light and Motion and Hope lights.
The remote switch also shows the remaining battery life via an LED trafﬁc light, and the LCD-screened Charger One charger gives charging status information, too.
The metal head uses a simple O-ring and hook mount, which is impressively secure if you stretch it tight enough.
The battery sits in a little black bag with a wrapover ﬂap and retaining strap that’ll sit under medium-long stems or top tubes.
Extension lead and helmet mount (you’ll need a strong neck to support the 160g head) are included, as are waterprooﬁng grease, a car adaptor and a carry bag, which all help to justify the high price.
If you want the ultimate in lighting power and night-ﬁghting features, and cost is no problem, this is the one to buy.