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Crossing the Williamsburg Bridge on my second night using the Seca 700 cycling light, I overheard an oncoming cyclist say to his friend, "Now that's a light." And what a light it is.

Designed and manufactured in California by Light and Motion, a company with twenty years experience producing high-powered, tailored beam lighting for both diving and cycling, the Seca 700 is the ultimate component for nocturnal trail riding.

The Seca 700 harnesses the power of six LEDs encased in a custom reflector that focuses the top three on a deep spot, with the bottom three turned to the immediate front and sides (a feature I found helpful in dodging potholes). Boasting multiple output settings varying from 150 to a whopping 700 lumens, the Seca 700 does require quite a bit of juice. The race version (which we tested) comes with a six-cell 11.1v Li-ion battery that provides a 3.5 hour run time at the brightest output, and quick two hour recharge.

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Weighing in at 520g for the race version, the Seca 700 is surprisingly nimble. Like the rest of Light and Motion's range, the Seca utilizes a simple tool-free mounting system that allows the user to easily change the lamp from a bar-mount to a helmet-mount and concurrently move the battery from the top-tube to a backpack.

With a suggested retail of $549, the Seca 700 Race is obviously geared toward the hard-core trail rider. Frankly, the light pollution native to our modern metropolis means much of the Seca's power would go unnoticed on city streets. Still, Light and Motion produces a range of products that will meet the needs of most any cyclist. The Stella 200, a compact single beam lamp, is our pick for city riding.

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