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Get noticed.

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 70 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

  • Amber sidelights
  • Visible from 180 degrees
  • 4 to 8 hour run time
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery pack with micro USB port

Tech Specs

Power Source:
rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Batteries Included:
high, pulse
Claimed Weight:
110 g
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:

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Wow This is Bright!

    Numerous reviews stated how this light not only provides a bright light but that it has a wide beam so it is visible from numerous angles as the name implies. Can't put a price on safety as I do lots of early morning rides, this has not disappointed. High quality build, attachment bracket is unique and allows you to set it at many angles. Incredibly bright, wish it had a bit longer run time, only 6 hours on high, but you can see it clearly behind you, it is bright. There was a defect on my first unit, the button didn't work and the mounting bracket was deformed but second time was the charm and feel this was well worth the price.

    Light & Motion Vis 180 Tail Light

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Really bright - can be seen from long ways. Only negative is it runs out of a charge after 2 rides of 60 miles each. Easy to recharge though.

    Great Light

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    After using cheapy, throw-away lights for some time, I decided to splurge on a new bike light. This sucker will save your life. Super bright. It's built to last and holds a charge for days even with regular use. I cannot recommend this product highly enough.

    Hi ViS!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Tail lights just are no that exciting to buy. They're a must however, both for commuting and any time you find yourself on a training ride that includes more than 0 cars on the road. The selling point of the Vis 180 for me was the "pulsing" function... i have read that impaired drivers are often actually attracted to a sharp, repetitive strobe flash (standard issue on most lights). The softer pulsing of the Vis 180 tail light is supposed to be a better alternative. I can't verify that, but I'll take any edge I can out there.

    The excitement for the light came the first time I happened to notice my reflection in a large window as I rode past. The amber side lights are incredibly bright and :::definitely::: noticeable from the periphery.

    The fastening strap is easy and secure, if not a little long. 3 x as long as it needs to be fro a seat post, but being able to strap it around your ankle may come in handy sometime.

    I liked it so much i bought a 2nd one! Get your red pulse on!

    Chasing Tail ... Lights!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Great bright light. I don't know why it has both an amber and red light but more is better right? Maybe each color works better in a specific light... I like the method of charging. I seem to always have one of the right USP cables handy. I don't know how quickly it charges because I always do it over night. There are two things I have found I don't like about this tail light. 1. The charging port and the on/off button look almost identical and when you are tired or if it is dark and you can't see well it isn't easy to find the on/off button. I've memorized which side of the light is on now but that was annoying for several weeks. 2. Usually when I finish a ride I find the light is not straight as I had placed on the bike. Bouncing around on the roads must jolt it out of place and once in a great while it will have turn off mid ride and I don't know how long I rode along with no tail light.

    Avg. ride time: 25m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Is the bag clip for this secure?

    Yes, it is. just make sure that you 'ratchet' it down tightly; (the little red button on the side of the light enables the 'arm' to pivot outwards, or totally inwards towards device to accommodate a wide variety of attachment needs; but you must make sure the button 'pops' back out to 'lock' it into place. Also important of course is the type of 'loop', or whatever you are attaching it to must be sturdy and secure; as some seat-bags' loops are flimsy or very large. These are also perfect for the Osprey hydration packs! I mountain/road bike and yet to have this light bounce off, yet!

    Is this really 35 lumens? Shouldn't it be 70 lumens for the current model?

    Hey paulbrown1037647,

    You are correct, this has been updated and is now 70 lumens. The specs will be fixed on the site soon. Thanks!

    "Let There Be Light"!!!

    L&M Taz 1200 & Vis 180 Tail Light, clipped to a 'L' Lezyne seat bag...(bike frame 17.5) works!

    Of course a smaller bag, or no bag, will allow you to clip the light right to the seat post. I just like to travel prepared, and so use the larger seat bag for tools, etc., and a hydration pack for first aid kit, food, extra clothes, or jacket, as needed, etc. Ya, kind of like campcycling! Better to be prepared as best you can, I believe.

    Note the *side lights on both front and back lights; the side lights on the tail light alone a very, very bright...way more than appears in this shot.

    "Let There Be Light"!!!

    Not enough room on your seat post?

    No problem...can be clipped to your seat bag (provided the bag has a tab on the back), like this Lezyne seat bag, which features a 'loop' which you can clip a tail light (or extra reflector). Ditto Osprey hydration packs like Raptor/Raven, for example.

    Not enough room on your seat post?

    The "Front Office"...Taz

    Awesome lights, both front and back-end. Everyday camera doesn't do them justice. Recommend the Taz 1200 & the Vis 180! They'll see ya coming & going!

    The "Front Office"...Taz

    "Designed AND Assembled in the USA"!!!

    Outstanding awards, and strict compliances. A true QUALITY company...and imagine...located right here in the US (lets keep some $, and support our work force here at home, when possible)!

    "Designed AND Assembled in the USA"!!!

    Info from L&M VIS 180 box

    Info of Interest listed on box.

    *Notice the 'groves' on the upper corner of the light, the facilitate positioning light perpendicular to the ground when attaching to seat post. The clip ratchets into place in selected grove and 'locks in'.

    Info from L&M VIS 180 box

    NOW U SEE ME!!!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Light does just what it was designed to do: make you visible to cars...even from quite a distance away; and in adverse weather conditions!

    Pity the riders who get stuck riding behind you! Using the low setting will 'help', but it is still incredibly bright; but a tail light should be, right?!

    This thing is built solidly, too...has a little 'heft' to it, but not cumbersome at all; pretty slick-looking actually. Love the versatility, as well: can position to adjust to your attachment needs (whether to the seat post, saddle bag, jersey, or hydration pack).

    Camera really doesn't do it justice as to the lumens this thing blast out! It truly supersedes all others out there.

    Can't recommend it enough...your life is worth it!

    *Also recommend L&M Taz 1200 (when available again). Voted as *best overall beam pattern by you can actually view the different lights and their beam patterns, and evaluations...pretty cool.

    Lupine still has the most lumens & best overall tech, if you have about $1K+...go for it! This was more inline with my budget and I have no regrets....would someday love to get the Lupine *Wilma, but until then...

    Water Resistance? How has this light...

    Water Resistance? How has this light handled getting caught riding in rain/drizzle?

    Thanks :)

    Confucius say - will be working many years in the rain and inclement weather :) Good light ;)

    Just got this awesome light (just haven't rode through the rain with it yet...will find out for sure soon enough!)...will post IF there are any problems afterwards...

    Best Answer

    I have been riding with the Vis 180 most days while commuting since December 2010. It has been incredibly reliable for me in rain and snow. Often times I haven't had fenders on the bike to keep the road spray and mud away and still no issues. The seal for the USB plug port is really well done, much better than anything on a Garmin computer or other supposedly waterproof electronics. I'll bet I can get another 3 years at least out of this, maybe many more. You might actually consider getting the smaller light and motion tail light, since I think this one is sometimes too bright, especially when you have other cycllist's around.

    Avg. ride time: 1h 21m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Does anyone have any experience mounting...

    Does anyone have any experience mounting this to a seat post that is not round and has a pointy trailing edge? The back half of my Dogma seat post resembles a triangle in cross section and the front a half circle. Does it stay in place without rigging up some sort of home made solution? :D

    That is a great question. I have done some homework on your compatibility question. There is a good chance you might have issues depending on the diameter post and not the shape. If the diameter is the issue, you can always clip light to most seat bags that have a loop. . If you have any additional questions or concerns, just email me at

    Best Answer

    I get pretty close to maxing out the strap on a 31.6 mm seat post, it only leaves me a couple of loops to work with. You can mount the light on the seat stays as well, just turn it upside down if you want the light perpendicular to the ground. Or like Don said, mount it to a saddle bag with a loop. You can also clip it to a back pack or a jersey pocket (not reccomended). You might also consider the Vis 360. It adds some weight to your helmet, but is a good way to see and be seen. It is easy enough to take off the helmet and store in your jersey pocket when you don't want to use it.

    ...also, can be clipped to some hydration packs, like Osprey (*Raven & *Raptor, for example, have a loop that can accommodate a light/extra reflector).

    Jonathan, Light & Motion now (as of 2014) sell an aero adapter for their Vis 180 lights so that they can be fitted to aero seat posts. I don't have an aero bike so I can't comment on its effectiveness, but you might want to check it out if you still have the light and the same bike.

    A lighthouse in the dark

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Sure, this is pricier than your average commuter tail light, but it's worth every penny. I use this when I'm night riding on my mountain bike, since I have to commute about 10 min on the road to get to the trailhead, and when I road ride after work at dusk.

    It truly is visible from both the sides and the back - cars definitely give me more space when the Vis 180 is on my bike because they can see me from further away and have plenty of time to move over.

    The light mount is super simple and fits snuggly on my seatpost. I usually try to recharge it after every 2-3 rides, but I've gone longer without, and have yet to run out of juice during a ride.