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
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Sounds great...how are the headlights from this brand? Any recommendations...don't want to cut corners. Any one hear/had any experience with "Lupine Lighting", if so, how do they compare quality-wise?
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!
great light ~ worth the extra $$
... 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.
Sure to do some eye damage if you stare into that beam!
It's super bright, so bright in fact you can see it in the day time.
Very easy to take on and off and I love the side lights.
Great llight. Works perfectly as discribed. AS I ride cars obviously ride more left (away) and around me. Inspires confidence....
How long should it take the light to be fully charged?
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.