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Light & Motion Taz 800 Light

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  • The Taz features side lighting to maximize visibility on roadways and has a dedicated button to toggle the side lights on/off Battery charge level indicator
  • Cruise mode cycles through High, Medium, Low and Flash sequentially. When it's time to get your speed on, switch to Race mode using a two-second push and hold (starting with the light powered off).
  • Race mode skips the Medium and Flash modes, allowing you to conserve battery power on the climbs while keeping the High setting just a click away for the descents
  • Runtime: High-2:00 Med-4:00 Low-8:00 Pulse-12:00 Flash-24:00
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Product Description

The Taz series from Monterey-based Light & Motion is billed as the company's 'crossover' lights. From the rigors of a darkened return commute, to illuminating potential trail hazards, the Taz 800 delivers enough concentrated light power for the darkest trails, while softening up and conserving battery with a 200-lumen output for your ride home. For comparison's sake, a single car headlamp tends to run around 700 lumens, give or take. So rest assured that the Taz 800 will be providing more than enough light no matter where you choose to ride. Few cycling lights come with the pedigree of those from Light & Motion -- a company who has been designing lights for over 20 years. But not always bicycle lights. In fact, the small Monterey, California company cut its teeth making ocean-proof diving lights that adhered to some of the most stringent safety standards in consumer products. The DNA for safe, highly visible and weatherproof lights for cycling was already in place, and thus, we have the Taz 800. The Light and Motion Taz 800 Light will run for 2 hours on the highest 800 lumens setting and for 4 hours on medium. Both of these settings should be more than enough to get you through your leg on a 24-hour relay, or a long, darkened stretch of your commute. One of the coolest features of the Taz 800 is its Race Mode, which cycles between only the high and medium brightness modes, letting you quickly change modes as the trail opens up without demanding too much of your hands' attention. The lowest flash setting stretches the battery life out to an impressive 24 hours, and once it's dead a complete charge by means of the included USB-Micro charge cable requires around 5 hours. It's designed to be mounted onto your handlebars and comes with a rubberized, tool-free strap that secures the light in an instant.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B009RXGQKY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,158 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

Customer Reviews

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Size: One SizeColor: Silver Verified Purchase
I'm an urban commuter, not a singletrack off-roader. Have been using this light since Nov. 2012.

Excellent build quality. Very good light output, uniform beam pattern, battery life as-expected according to the manufacturer's claims. On the brightest setting this light competes with the headlight of a 150cc motor scooter. Point it DOWN towards the road at or after dusk to avoid blinding oncoming traffic.

Things I don't like:

- Light & Motion's decision to go with a rubberized-strap mounting method.
- For city/urban use, it would be nice to have a proper beam cut-off, i.e. the way car headlights are "focused downward" to avoid glare. Even when tilting this light well down (throwing the main beam about 7 to 10 feet in front of the bike,) there's still more glare than necessary into the eyes of oncoming traffic.

The rubberized mounting strap on the Taz 800 (and 1200) is a step down in convenience, esp. for an urban cyclist who needs to stop & lock up a bike multiple times on an errand run through the city at night. It's early yet, but I have my doubts about the long-term durability of the strap, also.

I had L&M's original "Vega" light for >6 years, in fact I still use it as a backup light. The Vega had the best mounting system I've ever seen in a bike headlight. Rock-solid, but also easy to take on & off in less than a second, with one hand. Extremely durable, too.

---Updated: 2013-09-12 ---

While the main light continued to work fine, the secondary button activating the side-lights failed, so the side-lights could no longer be activated.

Submitted a warranty RMA-request through Light & Motion, they responded within a week and send out a brand-new replacement Taz 1000 at no cost. Excellent service.
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Size: One SizeColor: Silver
Sadly, my light worked for only one month, exactly 30 days.
Now it acts very weirdly. First light got very weak, but it did not complain about low battery. Now it won't charge, and gives barely any light. It has a 2 year warranty, so I'll update with my warranty experience with the Light & Motion company.
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Size: One SizeColor: Silver
I got this light as a birthday present because I had decided I wanted to get back on my bike after years of being out of the loop. What amazed me most was the light that this little thing puts out. When I stopped riding about ten years ago I had a halogen headlight with a massive external battery pack. It was top of the line at the time but this, even on the low setting, blows it out of the water and is sufficient for most urban environments.

If you find the two-hour battery life on 'high' a bit disappointing, don't worry because low and medium offer enough output that you'll only need to use the highest setting on pitch-black dark trails, back roads, or in heavy city traffic if you NEED to be seen. While riding along the riverfront in my city, I managed to get the attention of everybody coming towards me and even scared a guy into thinking I was a car. And this was with the light on low! As others have said, keep the light pointed down otherwise you'll be angering those jogging, biking, or driving towards you. My advice is to save the discotheque flash mode for the road or risk inducing seizures. I personally find it distracting and don't use it but will say having the amber side lights (like those on a car) is very nice. Another nice touch is the power button doubling as a battery charge level gauge. Green means you're a-okay, orange means 50% or less is remaining and when it goes red, you've got less than 25%. When it starts flashing red, you better plug it in soon but even before it dies completely, it warns you with a rapid-fire red flash.

My only gripes about the 800 are the lengthy charge times (best to do it overnight) and the rubber strap. So far it's held up but my experience with these in the past has not always been positive so I'll refrain from a 5-star rating until we see how that holds up.
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Size: One SizeColor: Silver Verified Purchase
The light throws an awesome beam and the straps holds the light perfectly, no tilting down on bumpy roads. Check out the beam comparison on the Light and Motion site as it is very helpful in determining which one to buy.
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