Light and Motion Urban 900 Commuter Combo Bike Light Review

Light and Motion Urban 900 Commuter Combo Kit

Light and Motion Urban 900 Commuter Combo Kit

Overall Score

Brightness

Front : 900 Lumens, Rear : 150 lumens

Lightning Modes

Front : High, Medium, Low, Pulse

Rear : High, Medium, Low, Paceline

Weight

Front : 214g, Rear : 102g

If you have the privilege of owning some of Light & Motion products, you’d agree with me that they make some of the best bike lights on the market. I must admit, I’m always struck by how they've consistently improved on their lineup of bike lights.

The Light and Motion Urban 900 Commuter Combo kit consists of the Urban 900 Longfin headlight and the Vis 180 Pro tail light. 

  • Urban 900 Longfin Headlights
  • Vis 180 Pro Taillights

At 900 lumens and 150 lumens respectively, they will definitely keep you covered for all your riding needs; whether it's commuting to work, group rides or even in the trails.

Features of the Light and Motion Urban 900 Commuter Combo kit

  • Powerful 900/150 lumens CREE LED that covers all your riding needs.
  • FL-1 Certified ensuring that these lights meet the widely accepted flashlight industry testing standards in terms of brightness, battery run time and durability.
  • Amber Sidelights for the headlights ensuring you're visible especially when riding across intersections around urban areas.
  • Paceline Mode for the Tail Lights that turns off the main LED while maintaining the side amber lights.
  • Water and Impact Resistance gives you a peace of mind when riding in harsh conditions.

Pros

  • A high-quality performance and super bright combo bike light
  • Simple tool-free mounting system for easy mounting
  • Unique amber side lighting gives you a 360 degrees visibility

Cons

  • Long charging time - 5 to 6 hours, each
  • Bulky design and sits on the heavier compared to similar lights

Light Design

The Light and Motion Urban 900 Commuter Combo Kit still retains a similar style and size of its predecessor. If it ain't broken, then don't fix it. I guess that's what they believe in.

They're not the prettiest one out there in terms of design, nor the lightest. In fact, they're nowhere near. What makes this combo kit really stand out is its build quality (water and dust proof).

Light and Motion was the first flashlight company to have all their lights certified to the FL-1 standards.  Now, you might be thinking, what's FL-1 and what has it got to do with you?

  • FL-1: A flashlight industry standard that puts lights through rigorous testing procedures in terms of Brightness, Battery Run Time and Durability (water/dust proof)

Brightness

Both the head and tail ligths uses LED's made by CREE who is the industry leader in LED technology. So you know you're getting quality stuffs here.

Light and Motion Urban 900 Light Modes

At 900 maximum lumens for the Light and Motion Urban 900 Headlights, it's very bright. It comes 4 modes - High, Medium, Low and Pulse to suit all your riding conditions.

The Light and Motion Urban 900 beats its competitors hands down by featuring an amber side light that ensures you can be seen by other drivers especially at intersections.

Light and Motion Vis 180 Light Modes

The one thing about the Vis 180 Tail Lights that stood out is the Paceline Mode.

This feature turns the main red LEDs off, leaving the side Amber light on. This is very useful if you're riding in the peloton to avoid blinding the rider behind you with powerful red flashes.

Mounting Options

You have 2 options when mounting the Urban 900 headlights. Besides the standard round handlebar mounting, a GoPro mount is also included in the box.

After swapping out the standard handlebar mount, you can mount the headlights anywhere as you would mount your GoPro, either on your helmet or below your GPS unit.

The Geeky Cyclist's Verdict

If you're a serious commuter, I recommend that you look no further than this combo kit.

The design is not the best looking out there, nor its size or weight. But nothing beats its quality and performance.

You definitely can't go wrong with this.

  • BRIGHTNESS: 5/5. This is probably the brightest pair of lights you can use as a commuter. Anything brighter are meant for night riding in the trails.
  • EASE OF USE: 5/5. As simple as it can get. A single button to on/off and toggle between light modes.
  • SIZE & WEIGHT: 3.5/5. Sits on the larger and heavier side of things compared to others lights within its category.
  • DURABILITY: 5/5. FL-1 certified to be durable, water and dust proof.
  • MOUNTING: 4.5/5. Easy to mount, tool-free and solid rubber strap holds things tight.

Looking for A Cheaper Option?

NiteRider Lumina 950 Boost & Solas 100 Combo

Overall Score

Brightness

Front : 950 Lumens, Rear : 100 lumens

Lightning Modes

Front : 7, Rear : 4

Weight

Front : 172g, Rear : 82g

Having seen many bike lights myself, I also understand that the price for the Light and Motion Urban 900 Combo kit could be a major deciding factor.

If they're outside your current budget, you might want to consider this light set as it's a worthy yet cheaper alternative.

You'll get similar level of brightness, 950 lumens for the headlight and 100 lumens for the tail light. The lights are powered by CREE LED's which is what you'll find in high quality bike lights.

The tail light also features a Daylight Visible Flash mode, which an eye catching 100 lumens flash designed to make you extremely visible on the road during day time.