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"Bicycle Times", January 1, 2013

LIGHT & MOTION TAZ 1200

BY ADAM NEWMAN

PHOTO BY JUSTIN STEINER

PRICE: $300 MADE IN U.S.A. WWW.LIGHTANDMOTION.COM

LUMENS: 1,200 STEADY MODES: HIGH, MEDIUM, LOW FLASH MODES: PULSE, FAST

RUNTIME (STEADY): 1.5 - 6 HOURS WEIGHT (WITH MOUNT): 216G

MOUNTS INCLUDED: INTEGRATED HANDLEBAR MOUNT

CHARGER: MICRO USB CHARGE TIME: 4 - 14 HOURS

As the brightness of commuter lights continues to accelerate, it’s no surprise that California-based Light & Motion created a new “Crossover” category for lights that are great for being seen, but plenty bright enough to see as well.

The Taz 1200 sits at the top of that line with 1,200 lumens from a self-contained, USB-rechargeable unit. Available in a silver or black finish, the sleek metal chassis houses a on/off/mode button, status light, and two orange side flashers for side visibility.

The mount is a simple, stretchy rubber strap that cinches down on your handlebars. While I appreciated its simplicity, it wasn’t tight enough to keep the unit from rotating downward on hard bumps or when I took it mountain biking.

Where it does shine (zing!) is in total lumens. It’s more than bright enough for urban riding and worked for dark trails, too. The beam pattern is broad and diffuse, with no distinct hot spot at the center. One advantage of the high lumen output: on low, it is as bright as the other lights in this test and will run for a claimed six hours, so you don’t have to charge it as often. It’s also more expensive than most of the other lights in this test, so it’s up to you if you need the extra output.

WHO IS THIS LIGHT GOOD FOR?

Those who need to navigate in very dark territory or even want to adventure into some mountain biking. Just make sure it’s secured to your handlebars nice and tight.

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