Now, lets talk about mounting systems. The MiNewt 700 uses rubber rings that stretch and hook into place on the front and back. The issue I have with this system is that it has three different ring sizes and if one switches the lights from bike to bike one may need to have all three sizes handy; not convenient.
The Stella 600 uses a notched rubber strap: simple, adjustable, easy to use, and locks on well at whatever size is needed. Light & Motion's battery mount system is much better than Niterider's too. The mount is designed to hang under the top tube instead of on the top (the Niterider tends to rotate while riding and brush upon my leg) and it uses one strap instead of two. On the other hand, I do prefer the length of Niterider's cords. The stem on my commuter was a little to long to split the cables around my head tube with the Stella 600.
Night rider uses two identical 350 Lumen heads that can be disconnected from their Y-Conector. This means that the rider could also run just one of them if they wanted to conserve battery life or buy a second smaller battery and helmet mount one of the light heads. One can also "stack" the light beams as Niterider demonstrates on this literature that they included with my light when I bought it.
Light & Motion has a defuser lens on one of the light heads so one side is designed to work as a flood light and the other can be used as a long range spotter.
Light & Motion also puts switch for their light on the head instead of the battery, a virtue afforded them by making their divider and light heads one piece. Niterider has since also done this with their single head 700 lumen unit. Cygolite has always put the switch for their lights on the head instead of the battery.
|Always a clear white light, not blue, not yellow.|
For better pictures of the two lights compared Light & Motion does an awesome job on their website of showing you the difference in how their lights perform. Check out the Beam Test section of their website.