We’ll be the first to admit, this is somewhat of a marketing ploy. Why? Because a lot of people are absolutely fixated on the reported lumen number of a light.
Our lights use about 20% less than the “equivalent lumens”, so what are we trying to say? We are trying to say that our light performs like a higher powered light, but while using less lumens. How is this possible? Through the use of engineered beam patterns that accurately put each lumen exactly on target to get the most out of it. That means that we can have a wider beam with the same intensity because we are using the light more efficiently.
Through proper engineering design we can determine the peak hotspot intensity needed to feel comfortable at night, and then take that excess energy that normally would be focused with a high lumen spot light and spread it out to balance the brightness so that you are left with a light that allows you to feel more comfortable riding, as well as redirecting light that normally would be wasted through excess energy on the ground, or just going straight up into the tree-tops which is not where your eye is looking. There is a lot of research, math, reverse engineering, measuring, and some judgement to develop these beam patterns.
The peak intensity will not be as great as some higher powered lights, but the second your handlebars start moving and you start actually riding, you’ll get it, and you’ll love it.