Nearly 3/4 of all crashes between bikes and cars occur at intersections, and not surprisingly most of those occur in the evening hours when the light is fading and everyone is tired and trying to get home after a long day. Often enough, motorists simply drive right into cyclists. Light and Motion recognizes the need to be more visible from all directions, not just from the front and the back. That's why they have created their Vis series of lights. The Vis 180 Tail Light is not only a tail light, as it has sidelights as well to make you more visible and safer out on the mean streets.
The Vis 180 Tail Light has amber side lights just like the ones on your car. This allows drivers to see you through 180 of arc as opposed to simply being visible from the rear. So as you ride through that sketchy intersection next time, you'll know that drivers will be able to see you clearly even if their lights are not directly shining on the reflective stripe on your jacket. The glaring 35 lumens output is enough to be seen from great distances. The Vis 180 Tail Light is easily mounted on most seatpost sizes and shapes via an adjustable thick rubbery strap. A built-in ratchet system will allow you to position it so that no matter what angle it's mounted at, it has the greatest effect to be seen. It has a rechargeable Li-ion battery pack that powers the tail light for 4 hours continuously and 8 hours on the flash setting. When the time comes for a recharge, the micro USB port accepts a charge from your computer or most phone chargers. It takes 4.5 hours to get the battery pack juiced back up to full power.
Easily mounts to bag, bike, or helmet, which allows you to pick your placement or use multiple lights
4.5 hour recharge time is easily accomplished during the work day
4-to-8 hour run time lasts all night
rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Bronze, One Size: 88g
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I have had this for 3 years now and it is awesome. I don't worry about cars seeing me. I know they do. I actually use the lower blinking setting because max is sometimes too bright. There is nothing better on the market.
Light and Motion is the company that I turn to every time I need lights. Admittedly, they are a little pricey... but as we all know, "you get what you pay for."I have been using my"Light and Motion URBAN300" for commuting, and it is perfect in every way. There are brighter and more expensive lights out there, but the 300 was able to satisfy all of my requirements at a lower price: It is bright and visible, easy to use, rechargeable, and casts a beam that lights up the road surface. I am not certain if all Light and Motion headlamps operate the same, but my 300 has four brightness settings, one strobe (always gets noticed). It also has the same side LEDs as the 180 taillight for added visibility. Plus, it came with a helmet mount, although I prefer to mount it directly to my handlebars.
Can't comment on "Lupine Lighting," I have never used any of those products. What I can recommend is that you should choose a lamp with a rating of at least 150 lumens and some form of side illumination. Good luck, and stay safe!
OK, so you're going to get two answers for evaluation, and for mine, I will say that I've never used any L&M light (I came across your inquiry while looking at an L&M taillight). I have a Lupine Wilma which is accurately rated at 2800 lumens. Yes, 2800!!! At its highest setting (I have four settings programmed in, each significantly brighter than the last, with the fourth setting being full-on). I'll just say that I have no problem seeing ANYTHING on the road, even if I'm descending at 45+ mph. Was it expensive? Yes, but one crash would make what I paid inconsequential (and I know first hand - $25K later after a (daytime) accident of mine, and a subsequent collarbone surgery, a Lupine is a drop in the bucket... thankfully, I have insurance which covered 80%). I also commute in Southern California (south Orange County), so being seen by the many motorists I encounter is a high-priority... I've had drivers in front of me "flash" me with their high-beams because they're getting hit with so much light. Crazy thing is the Wilma is not Lupine's brightest - that goes to the Betty (got to love their names) which comes in at 3600 lumens. Yikes. Now back to checking out L&M taillights here on the wonderful Competitive Cyclist (kudos to them for allowing the posting of info about stuff they don't sell... they're a great company). I hope my input helps you, and others. Bob
That's great, and was my first choice, as well! Would be great if Comp.cyclist/Backcountry would offer this awesome brand. It's insane what some (many) cyclist use for night riding...you scarcely can see them, and I highly doubt they can 'see' very much, as well (not to mention the lack of reflective elements to help with visibility)...just not worth cutting corners to save some $, and possibly lose their life!
... But if you must ride at night, get a tail light! Everybody should have a tail light. Whether you commute to work, ride at night, ride during the day, ride two times a year... get a tail light, and make sure it is a good one. If you opt for the cheap, affordable route, you are not going to do yourself any favors. I did the research, and this is the best tail light for the money. It is loaded with features, and works just as it should.
Most importantly, it is extremely visible, even during the day (I attempted to photograph this feature, but it overwhelms the camera!). During group rides, I have received complaints from the people riding behind me that it is "too bright!" It has numerous flash settings, along with two yellow LED's for side visibility. It is easy to install and remove, so you don't have to worry about sticky fingers at the lock-up. It has a slender profile and sharp looks. It has a built in reflector, to satisfy the legal requirements. Finally, as an added benefit, it is fairly light weight. Ultimately, it has everything you need and nothing you don't. It is the best out there.
Don't cut corners with your safety equipment. Too many cyclists are injured or killed on the roads. Most of these tragedies can be avoided with a little common sense and some high visibility gear. Extend your riding career, invest in a quality tail light.
This light has probably saved my life... more than once.. but I will never really know for sure.
The most important feature of a tail light, aside from overall visibility, is the mounting mechanism. A tail light will do you no good if it is not aimed at the eyes of approaching motorists! Considering the fact that most seat posts angle toward the road, the tail light has to be positioned in a way that allows the light to travel upward, not down onto your rear tire! This hinged mount does an excellent job and makes it easy to get attention.
Mine takes anywhere from 2-3 hours, depending upon the status of the battery. You may already know this, but it has a little LED charge status light on the underside of the unit. It will change from red to green as it charges. Red indicates low charge, blinking green indicates partially charged, solid green indicates fully charged. Once it is fully charged, it lasts for weeks, as long as you remember to shut if off when you hop off the bike ;)
This tailight is very bright compared to the planet bike super flash. It may be because it has the built in reflector. It also has the yellow flashing light on all three sides. Very easy to install and remove. No tools required.