Kiwi company Gloworm have been on the scene for a number of years now, and this latest X2 is a solid performer. It puts out clear, bright light and is reasonably priced for a quality 1,700-lumens light. A wireless remote lets you easily switch between modes, and Gloworm claim a three-hour run time. Run it on the handlebars or helmet.
Gloworm Lights use Cree LEDs mounted side-by-side. The XS 2500 housing has three bulbs while the X2 has a pair. Both ship with a variety of mounting options. A quick release can screw into the side of the light and clamp around the handlebars, or a GoPro mount can be used on a helmet.
Both lights include a 4-cell battery. The XS 2500 promises two hours on the brightest 2500-lumen setting and 36 hours at the lowest 200-lumen setting. The 1700-lumen output of the X2 will last three hours on high or up to five days at 100 lumens (I didn’t try leaving it on for five days).
All Gloworm lights ship with four specific levels of brightness, but thanks to Intelligent Mode Technology (IMT) these settings are completely customizable using these steps. The XS and XS also include a 2-button wireless remote. Assuming you have two lights, you can control both of them simultaneously with the same button or operate them independently using both buttons on a single remote
Gloworm X2 Advanced Lights With Wireless Control
The latest range of Gloworm lights has all been given a load of improvements for 2018. The X2 comes with a wireless remote button meaning you don’t have to mess around too much with the installation process or worry about where to route wiring.
The Gloworm X2 also has thicker High Flex Cables which are 4.5m in diameter whereas previous versions of the light had the older 3.8mm cable. The thicker cable is designed to allow the internal wires to move more freely and should improve durability.
Other updates for the X2 induce a wide-angle optic, improved programming for ease of use and a universal mounting system which actually works with all Gloworm light systems. The 1700 lumen system has a claimed runtime of 3 hours and weighs 89g.
Gloworm Alpha Lights
For nightriders on a budget, the Gloworm Alpha light set could be one to keep an eye on.
While the Alpha doesn’t get the same wireless control as the X2 it does get the dame updated programming for easier use. The 1200 lumen system uses the same mounting system as the rest of the Gloworm range and offers a 2-hour runtime on maximum brightness.
The lack of fancy features means that the Alpha is actually 25% lighter than the X2 at just 69g (light only) and is the smallest light in the Gloworm range.
“A super lightweight light with a heavyweight feel and an unmistakeably attractive price tag. The Alpha 1200 is a great light for those looking for an affordable light on its own or anyone wanting to increase the output of their current set up. At this price, you might even be tempted to get one as a reliable spare!”
“If you’re an irregular night rider, or looking for a versatile and powerful light from a local brand, the X2 Adventure is an excellent option. It’s bright, easy to use and reliable. The regular X2 is a slightly more bar (or bike) specific unit with it’s bigger battery and longer burn time. The wireless remote is an excellent feature, is simple to pair and easy to use.”