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Light & MotionTaz 2000
Item # LTM001O
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February 20, 2020
Great Commuting Lamp
- I've put it through the wringer
I purchased this lamp over a year ago. I needed something to compete with car headlights on rural roads with unlit streets. Also, I wanted a light that could produce ~1,000 lumens for about three hours on a commute down an unlit bike trail for the evenings I was not on these rural roads. I replaced my Light & Motion Stella 500 with this lamp and do not regret it. Usually, the half brightness setting of 1,000 lumens is more than enough light. I only seem to use the high setting of 2,000 on fast descents. I seldom need a light for more than 2.5 hours at night, so this light works well for most of my needs. The battery seems to last as advertised. The beam pattern on this light is excellent. I frequently bike down the the Burke-Gillman trail at night (an old railroad right of way turned into a paved bike trail). There are generally no street lights and plenty of tree cover to keep out other ambient light. This lamp lights up everything on the darkened trail. Also, the color quality is excellent. It looks like white light (not some strange blue or green). The unit feels high quality and it looks the part, too. In over a year, it has held up very well. The only negatives for me are the mounting system and potentially the battery life. The handle bars on both of my bikes (a road bike and a cyclocross/commuter bike) required the included grip tape so the lamp does not swivel around the handlebar. However, it only includes one piece of this grip tape. I had to scavenge an extra piece of similar tape to use this lamp on my commuter bike. The piece of grip tape I put on my road bike is falling apart and I’m not sure how I’m going to replace it once it fails. I wish this lamp had a more secure mounting system to avoid this issue. Also, while the battery life is sufficient for my needs, it may not be for everyone. If I needed full brightness all the time, this lamp would not work for me. And since the battery is not interchangeable like my old Stella 500, you are stuck with the battery life of the unit.
December 3, 2018
Extend your riding season
- I've put it through the wringer
The Taz 2000 is ultra bright and great for an all in one light that will let you blast your favorite trails at full tilt. If you are looking to get a couple hours of riding after the sun has set, this is a solid option. I like the 1 piece design and the relatively light weight is also a huge plus. I will toss it in my bag if there is the slightest chance that I won't be finished riding before the sun sets, and it is perfect for dawn patrol rides as well. I will say this; if you are planning to do long night rides, I would suggest moving up to the Seca light. It isn't as convenient as the Taz but will last longer on a charge. But the Taz is simple and convenient and puts out more than enough light. Climbing in the low setting and cranking it up to high for the descents, I have never had an issue finishing a 2-hour ride on a charge.
November 27, 2018
Very bright; short battery life.
- I've put it through the wringer
This a powerful light for those wanting to see easily in the dark and avoid being run over, but it has some obvious flaws. It is very well made and unbelievably bright. It’s ‘car headlight’ bright, so if that’s what you’re looking for this is a great option. I notice that the claim is made for quite a bit longer runtime on full blast than I’m getting. Within 20 minutes the battery is already into the ‘red’ zone, which is disappointing. Even at the second tier, 1000 lumens of brightness, it lasts only about an hour before hitting red - about 60% of the lifespan of the Knog PWR Trail. Despite claims made elsewhere, battery life is quite poor. The mounting mechanism is not that great when mounted on a modern cross bike’s 31.4 mm handlebar. It’s not craptastically shabby like the Knog PWR’s, but it simply does not keep the light from inevitably pointing downward in just a few minutes of riding on typically rough American roads. I can't imagine it doing well on trails. I got around this by cutting a small section of old inner tube and wrapping it around the provided rubbery grip section that I had already stuck on the handlebar. This made it stay put but now it is extremely hard to pull the belt-buckle-like strap of fastening-mechanism rubber far enough to catch on the first hole. Usable, but no one will ever say ‘hooray’ when it comes time to put it on the bike.
February 1, 2019
Good Afternoon Ron, Sorry to hear your first experience wasn't so stellar! Sounds like the light is not running to spec and we would like to help resolve that for you. Please take a moment to send us a message to our customer support team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to hear from you soon. Ride on and safe travels!
September 11, 2018
Reference light for MTB
There are a handful of companies that make really good bike lights, but Light & Motion is universally regarded as one of the best by bike shop employees and experienced riders. There is a reason for this. L&M is a cool independently owned company that specializes in cycling. Their lights are engineered, assembled, and serviced in the USA (near MTB epicenter Santa Cruz, CA). Great design, performance, experience, and quality. Pros: For self-contained MTB lights, the Taz (great name) is one of the best looking and best performing lights available. I have found that a multi-bulb (wide throw) 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. 3 hours of light at 1000 lumens will get you through most night trail rides. By the way, 1000 lumens is a lot of light! Cons: None. Price? You get what you pay for. A great light.
January 12, 2018
Arrives in Lock Out Mode
It may seem like the light does not work when you first get it, it does, it's just in lock out mode. Per L&M Instructions: "Travel lockout mode is a way to lock your light off so that it will not accidentally turn on in your bag. This will help to preserve battery life. The lockout mode is crucial with the Taz because of the high lumen output. If the light accidentally turns on in your bag, it can generate enough heat to melt the lens. To unlock press and hold the power button and secondary button down at the same time until the indicator light blinks green 3 times. Now your light is ready to be powered on. The indicator light is located in the power button."