Light & Motion Taz 1000 review£180.00

High power at a high price

BikeRadar score3/5

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:
Light & motion taz 1000 beam shot:

Light & Motion Taz 1000 beam shot

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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