“WE ARE THE LIGHT” …
that is the slogan of Lupine! For over 25 years, Lupine has been developing and selling lamps in Germany and is now something of a top dog and innovation leader when it comes to LED outdoor lamps. I bought my first Lupine (Wilma) over 10 years ago; it was damn expensive, but worth the money: first-class workmanship, huge light output with a small size and super customer service … these are my experiences.
And to say it right away … no, I do not work for Lupine. And of course I have tested other products in recent years, especially cheap lamps from China. I have also built lamps and batteries myself. But in the end I always returned to Lupine, because it’s not much fun when the light suddenly goes out during a tour and in the middle of nowhere! But also because the products always fascinate me.
But let’s get to the actual topic; the test of the Lupine SL A! It is the first front light from Lupine to be approved for road use! When I’m off the road, I use my Lupine Piko or even other front lights that turn day into night in the middle of the countryside. But when I ride my bike or my velomobile on the road in the dark, I already make sure that I don’t have a “glare grenade” on my bike that affects oncoming traffic, even if you point the light beam at the road.
That’s why I bought the SL A4 with the “small” battery, even though the promised 900 lumens of light seem rather low to me. O.k. compared to other roadworthy lamps, e.g. from B&M, 900 lumens seem a lot, but my old Piko already had 1,400 lumens; the current model even 1,800! So I was sceptical!