What do you see? More importantly, while cranking along a trail in the middle of the night at 20 miles per hour, what do you not see? Find out, and in doing so, speed up, with the outrageously bright Light & Motion Taz 1500 Headlight. Let all 1500 lumens neutralize the factor of night so you can focus on your lines. Few cycling lights come with the pedigree of those from Light & Motion — a company that has been designing lights for more than 20 years.
But, not always bicycle lights. In fact, the small Monterey, Calif., 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 incredible pieces of engineering like the Taz 1500. For the sake of comparison, a traditional car headlamp puts out around 700 or 800 lumens.
Do the math for the Taz 1500, and then realize that it weighs a mere 216 grams in an entirely self-contained, handlebar-mounted unit. In case you haven’t checked in with light technology in a year or so, that means no more battery pack in your jersey pocket or swinging to and fro on your top tube. The Taz’s beam illuminates not only what lies ahead on the trail, but everything in a wide 45-degree arc relative to your movement. This puts in clear view any major direction changes of the trail, obstacles, or any wildlife considering crossing in your path.
The Taz 1500 sits at the top of Light & Motion’s “crossover” range, meaning it’s also designed for touring or commuting use, and as 1200 lumens might blind an oncoming driver or cyclist, you can dial the light’s output with the medium or low flash settings, reducing its output to 750 (medium) and 350 lumens (low), respectively. The Light & Motion Taz 1500 Light will run for a full hour and a half on the highest, full 1500 lumen setting and for 3 hours on medium.