Light & Motion Taz 1000 £180

High power at a high price

BikeRadar score 3/5

Diving and bike light specialist L&M have packed a lot of power into this self-contained unit. The split personality beam can be distracting though, and it's pretty expensive.

The broad rubber strap is secure and stable, so long as you loop it through the buckle and hook the right way. It's lower and lighter than most self-contained sets, so with the extra helmet mount (£4), it sits happily on your head. 

Low weight means short battery life of course, and the medium setting is half the power of full – it's pretty dim. At least there's an indicator light.

The unique lamp pattern – two spot lights for distance, and a flood below for broad, close-up coverage – is a good idea in theory, and works well with more LEDs than this, such as on the bigger Seca light. Here there's an obvious split between the two parts of the beam, which can be distracting and is tiring on the eyes. 

Reach isn't that good considering the price either, though the flashing amber sidelights are a neat touch for road use, and while micro-USB is versatile, the lack of a proper charger seems tight at £180.

Light & Motion Taz 1000 beam shot

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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