John Heinekenwrote a review of Light & Motion Taz 1500 Headlight on August 12, 2015
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
There are a handful of companies that make good bike lights, but Light & Motion is universally regarded as one of the very best by bike shop employees and experienced riders. There is a reason for this.
Great company, design, performance, experience, and quality.
Light & Motion is based in Monterey CA just south of MTB epicenter: the Santa Cruz Mts.
For self-contained MTB lights, these 1200/1500 Taz lights (cool name!) by L&M are IMO the best lights available. I have found that a wide throw (multi bulb) light is best to effectively illuminate the width of the trail and all the twists and turns involved in trail riding. This light features top-of-the-line cree illumination and is extremely high quality all around. Durable, water-resistant, swivels.
Great light for the road too. You can run it at 750 or 350 lumens for road use.
Btw, 750 is a lot of light for trail (or road) use! I usually save the 1,500 setting for descending in the dark (awesome).
One potential issue for roadies: The light is very easy to mount and dismount on your bar, but sometimes the strap is a little hard to work under tightly taped (horizontal) brake and shift cables on some road bikes. I wish the light also came with an optional fixed clamp mount. Remember, this is not an issue for MTB bars.