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Taz 1200

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Taz 1200
$240

The all in one bar mounted light that is bright as a car headlamp in a compact size. Perfect for any type of cycling - from serious road or trail rides to daily commutes.

Featuring:
• 1200 Lumen output certified to the FL-1 Standard
• Engineered with a 3 LED array using the highest level CREE LEDs.
• Custom engineered reflector/optics diffuses the bottom LED to cover an ultra-wide spread down in front and focuses the top two LEDs to penetrate the darkness with a far-reaching beam, without wasting any light.
• Beam pattern was engineered to maximize visibility at high velocity with ample beam distance lead-time and the widest beam angle for the sharpest turns.
• Side lighting to maximize visibility on roadways with a dedicated button to toggle the side lights on/off.
• IP67 Rating - Tested to be fully waterproof in 1 meter of water for 30 minutes
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Specifications / Features

Specifications:

  • Lumens:

    Flood°

    • High – 1200
    • Med – 600
    • Low – 300
  • Run Time:

    • High – 1.5 hrs
    • Med – 3 hrs
    • Low – 6 hrs
  • Charge Time:

    4.0 hrs/8.0 hrs/14 hrs

  • System Weight:

    216 Gr.

  • Size:

    2" x 1.75" x 4.2"

Features:

  • 180 VISIBILITY

    Beam pattern designed to provide visibility and safety for a full 180 degrees.

  • DEPTH RATED

    Fl-1 Certification depth rating for waterproofness.

  • IMPACT RESISTANCE

    FL-1 Certification rating for impact resistance based on ANSI-NEMA testing.

  • SIDE LIGHTS

    Safety feature to provide side-lighting for increased visibility on roadways.

  • SMART FEATURES

    Advanced electronics design for optimizing the user experience.

  • USB RECHARGEABLE

    Micro-USB provides the most versatile and convenient options to charge up.

Reviews & Recommendations

Reviews and Recommendations

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A Brighter Bike Headlight

Men's Journal


The most versatile bike light we tested, the 7.6-oz waterproof Light and Motion Taz 1200 has the serious headlight power of 1,200 lumens for…

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The most versatile bike light we tested, the 7.6-oz waterproof Light and Motion Taz 1200 has the serious headlight power of 1,200 lumens for when your rides are at their darkest: Thick rainstorms, woodsy shortcuts, moonless nights on unlighted streets. But its 300-lumen low setting is ample for most runabouts too. The light pops on and off of its mount easily for security, and charges via USB.

A Brighter Bike Headlight

2014 Summer Essentials


Men's Journal

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A Brighter Headlight - the most versatile bike light we tested, the 7.6 oz, waterproof Light & Motion Taz 1200 has the serious headlight power of 1,200 lumens for when your rides are at their darkest: thick rainstorms, woodsy shortcuts, moonless nights on unlight streets. But its 300-lumen low setting is ample for most runabouts too.

The light pops on and off of its mount easily for security, and charges via USB.

2014 Summer Essentials

• Industry Review •

Designed to Play Double Duty

RoadBikeReview.com


RoadBikeReview Take: The Taz is the ultimate crossover light according to Light & Motion, and we can’t argue with that. They’ve created…

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RoadBikeReview Take: The Taz is the ultimate crossover light according to Light & Motion, and we can’t argue with that. They’ve created a light with the beam pattern of a Seca but with the form factor of an Urban self-contained light. The Taz weighs in at just slightly over 200 grams and is easily mounted to your handlebar with an attached tool less mount. Two buttons on top control the 5 different light modes and 2 amber side light settings. The Taz recharges conveniently via a micro usb port found on the underbelly of the light. Charging varies depending on where you plug in the usb cable.

Three CREE LEDs, one to flood the ground in front of you and two throw beams, make a light that has excels at both spread and throw. At a measured 1206 Lumens, this is an extremely bright light weighing in at only 217 grams. It is ideal for bar mount use but is light enough to be used for the helmet.

Designed to Play Double Duty

• Industry Review •

Light & Motion prides itself…

Bike Radar, Most Wanted 2013


The Light & Motion Taz 1200 is a class-leader bike light light equally at home on the trails or the commute home.

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The Light & Motion Taz 1200 is a class-leader bike light light equally at home on the trails or the commute home.

Light & Motion prides itself on quality beam patterns

• Industry Review •

The TAZ 1200 is ideal for a…

Bike Magazine


Light & Motion is one of the tow original player in the bike light game, along with NiteRider. The Taz series aims to be the best all-around…

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Light & Motion is one of the tow original player in the bike light game, along with NiteRider. The Taz series aims to be the best all-around high-lumen light on the market.

On the trail, the TAZ beam is exceptionally broad-the broadest tested - and equally consistent. On roads, the TAZ beam is exceptionally broad-the broadest tested and equally consistent. On reads, the side view lights are intelligently placed and the flash mode can be seen for several blocks. Similar to the Lezyne Mega Drive, this light is specific to handlebar mounts. As being a self-contained unit it's a bit too heavy for helmet use, though the mount will fit con certain helmets. The bar mount allows for tool-free installation and removal with easy pivot action. The TAZ 1200 is ideal for a one-to-two hour night-time trail rip with the beam on full blast or a longer ride on medium power (600 lumens). Burn times were accurate as claimed, sometimes lasing more than 10 percent longer.

The TAZ 1200 is ideal for a one-to-two hour night-time trail rip - burn times were accurate as claimed, sometimes lasing more than 10 percent longer.

Taz is Bad Enough!

Gritchelle, Roaring Mouse Cycling Club


Well, Good Evening Mt. Sutro I went on a Mouse (that’s Team Roaring Mouse from SF) night ride up Mt. Sutro. The guys said it was CX…

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Well, Good Evening Mt. Sutro

I went on a Mouse (that’s Team Roaring Mouse from SF) night ride up Mt. Sutro. The guys said it was CX friendly so I decided to check it out. Turns out I was the only one on a CX bike with skinny tires (everyone else was on a MTB). Eeeee! It’s pretty damn sketchy at night and even sketchier when it started to rain! My hands went numb from clinging on to my brakes during the wet descent. But I managed to keep up with everyone and had a blast. I’m so lucky to have teammates who are patient and who are willing to give me great advice on bike handling.

If you want to go, don’t forget your Taz!

Taz is Bad Enough!

• Industry Review •

A class leader in terms of…

Bike Radar


Light & Motion's Taz 1200 melds the latest in high-output LEDs with small but powerful lithium-ion batteries to create an extremely bright…

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Light & Motion's Taz 1200 melds the latest in high-output LEDs with small but powerful lithium-ion batteries to create an extremely bright light that weighs a scant 220g.

Light & Motion bills this as a 'crossover' light, meaning it can be used for commuting and trail riding. The breakdown of the high, medium and low outputs and run times are as follows: 1200 lumens/1hr 30mins, 600 lumens/3hrs, 300 lumens/6hrs.

In addition to these three steady modes, the light has flashing and pulsing options. According to Light & Motion, pulsing lights are less obnoxious to motorists than flashing ones.

On the highest setting, this US$299 / £249.99 light is brighter than many of the high-end lights we were riding a few short years ago. In fact, on its brightest setting, the Taz 1200 is overkill for commuting – low is sufficient for well-lit streets, and medium will take care of the rest.

By holding down the on/off button for two seconds when the light is turned off you enter Race mode, which can be used to maximize run time on trail rides. The Taz will cycle between the high and medium settings, allowing you to use the high beam where it's needed and conserve battery life when it's not.

But output is only half the story – it's the placement of the LEDs, along with the design of the light's reflectors, that creates a usable beam pattern.

The beam pattern (shown here on the highest setting) is clear with no artifacts to distract the rider: the beam pattern (shown here on the highest setting) is clear with no artifacts to distract the rider

Light & Motion prides itself on quality beam patterns

Both the Taz 1200 and the lower output Taz 800 use three Cree LEDs. The top two sit side by side, providing a focused beam to illuminate your path. The lower one has a wider spread, with an opaque lens to diffuse light for peripheral vision. The beam pattern is wide and nearly uniform, with no halos or hot or dark spots.

While we’re on the topic of peripheral vision, the Taz 1200 has two amber lights, one on either side of the body, to catch the eye of motorists looking perpendicular to the headlight. A smaller button located behind the main on/off/mode button is used to toggle these side lights between steady, pulsing and off.

The taz 1200 packs a lot of light into a compact package, (note the amber side lights for peripheral visibility):

Amber side lights ensure 180 degrees of visibility

One feature we quickly came to appreciate was the light’s integrated mount, which fastens much like a belt through a buckle. This makes swapping the light between bikes a breeze. Better yet, there are no brackets or handlebar shims to lose.

The Taz 1200 charges via a USB cable to a micro USB port located on the underside of the light. Charge times will vary depending on the device you're using. A USB wall charger took approximately four hours to fully charge the batteries.

The Taz 1200 ticks a lot of the right boxes – its run times are respectable, the beam pattern is outstanding, functionality and design are clean and simple, and the asking price is fair, given the quality of the product.

Serious commuters, as well as mountain bikers who don’t want to invest in a more expensive night riding setup or who might be looking for an auxiliary light, are likely to find their needs met by the Taz 1200.

A class leader in terms of beam pattern, design and value.

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Lumen Test

Lumen Test


FL1 Standard: Ready to Go: Light and Motion is the first lighting company to test and certify their lights in accordance with the ANSI/NEMA FL-1 Standard. Using an integrating sphere, the actual lumen or light output and run-time is precisely measured and certified. No more guessing.  See for yourself.

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BEYOND BRIGHT: See for yourself what the beam patten looks like and if it will provide the perfect light to enhance your favorite activities.

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Taz 1200

$240
  • Lumens:
  • [Flood°]
  • High – 1200
  • Med – 600
  • Low – 300
  • Run Time:
  • High – 1.5 hrs
  • Med – 3 hrs
  • Low – 6 hrs
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