Rear lamp: Spanninga Elips


StVZO approval no: K1320
Mass: 59 g (with nuts/washers).
Size: height 50.1 mm, width: 110.0 mm, thickness 16.1 mm
Light source: 6 red LEDs.
Mounting method: On the rear rack, 50 mm or 80 mm fixed screw/hole distance. Addition Jan. 2019: Sometime in 2018 or perhaps 2017 Spanninga decided to only supply their aftermarket lights that have a fixed mount distance, with 80mm bolt distance. As stocks of distributors dropped, some became unavailable in 50mm, which I first noticed early 2018 with the Vivo, later with the Elips. Why standardise on 80mm? I prefer 50mm as it allows mounting on narrow racks that only have 50mm hole distance.
Cabling/connectors: There are 2 connectors for 2.8 mm female plugs as used on standard double strand wires you can buy from a bike shop, and a plug in thingy to use bare wires.
Construction: Plastic, with 2 black steel bolts fixed in the housing, 2 black steel nuts/washers, bolt distance is fixed at 50 mm or at 80 mm.

Versions: XDS (dynamo/standlight), XB (battery), XE (e-bike up to 36V), all in 50mm or 80mm versions, so 6 versions in total.
Price: ca. € 15,- (€ 17,- for battery, € 14,- for ebike): Addition Jan. 2019: Recommended retail prices increased end of 2018: to respectively EUR 19,- / EUR 18,-/ EUR 16,-, not sure why.



Tested from: 2017-1-26

Good, same optics as the Lumiring. Better than in the Lumiring is that the stray light from the LEDs is used to light up the retro reflector which from some angles can be clearly seen, and could help in getting noticed. The light colour, as with the Vivo, is a bit too much towards orange for my taste (The Lumiring was more red, the Spanninga Solo and Lineo are more red too). I will analyse this more the coming days and compare with other lamps.

The bolts and nuts and washers should be stainless steel...

In build quality the Philips taillamps are better, both battery and dynamo versions:

Beam shots

See the camera settings page for more on the setup and settings to make pictures of the beams of taillamps.

Note: I didn't make beamshots, yet. But the beam pattern is about the same as the original Philips Lumiring.

Out of a corner (showing how much light is cast upwards, forwards and to the sides) [ F3.9 & F1.8 ]:

Wallshot (showing the beam pattern):

Visibility from various angles (0°, 45°, 90°, 135°) [ 0.5m, zoom x3, F3.5, ISO80, 1/250s & 1/60s ]:

Comparing taillamps

Design- and thus review considerations for taillamps

See Theory for taillamps.


The Spanninga Elips lamps, dynamo and battery, are good in beam pattern and a lot cheaper than the originals from Philips, but less good in build quality and less good in usability (switch for the battery version, plugging the connectors for the dynamo version). Recommended but I would like to see Spanninga improve them...

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