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  • Cruise mode sequentially cycles through high (1200 lumens), medium (600 lumens), low (300 lumens), pulse and flash (both 300 lumens) light settings
  • Race mode conserves battery power by skipping medium and flash modes, offering just the medium setting for climbing and the high setting is just a click away for descents
  • Integrated lithium ion battery offers a 1.5 hr. run time on its highest output setting; drop to lower power settings to extend run time
  • Rechargeable via micro USB; depending on your USB charging rate, the Taz 1200 will fully charge in 4, 8, or 14 hrs. (2A, 1A, 0.5A respectively)
  • The Light & Motion Taz 1200 bike light is designed to be mounted on your handlebar (fits most handlebars)

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Specs

Best Use Cycling
Bulb Type LED
Number of Bulbs 2
Max Light Output (Lumens) 1200 lumens
Headlight Mounting Handlebar
Rechargeable Yes
Charge Time 4 hours
Batteries Lithium ion
Integrated Battery Yes
Battery Life On High 1.5 hours
Battery Life On Low 6 hours
Battery Life Flashing 18 hours
Weight 216 grams
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Smooth and State of the Art "Nit-picking is the pastime of pointing out minor flaws or mistakes." Not balanced: the Taz tilts down on hard bumps if mounted on top of handlebar; and tilts up on hard bumps if mounted underneath handlebar. Slow charging: it takes all 14 hours (from complete discharge to fully charged), using a feeble 0.5 amp cellphone charger. The Power/Indicator button and the Side Lights button are located too close together. The Power/Indicator button is not readily visible when the Taz is mounted underneath the handlebar. The USB charging port is crowded by the mounting strap buckle. The USB charging port cap is difficult to pry open.
Date published: 2013-03-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bright with flaws The light is very bright and unlike Gear Guy, I had no problem charging with different amperage micro usb adapters, just takes longer with less amperage. The unfortunate part of this light is the mount is integrated into the body of the light. And if you try to rotate the light on you handle bars you can easily snap the light off the mount. It also means fully removing the light when parking you bike in a public place and/or to charge it.
Date published: 2012-10-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good light but not for single track MTB I use both a helmet mounted light and a bar mounted light for aggressive single track MTB riding. My older Light and Motion wasn't holding a charge to get me through a night ride, so I purchased this light as my bar mount hoping I could get enough light to avoid having to strap an external battery to the frame (Yeti SB95c). It's a good light, but it just doesn't give out a broad and bright enough beam for my riding style on single track. This would be a great light for a road bike. Only other negative is the rubber strap provided. It just did not hold the light in place during descents (same with the Seca). I returned this and opted for the LnM Seca which is a much brighter light and has a broader beam (albeit with an external battery.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I'm Changing My Story I'm changing my story from "recommend" (MAR 19 2013). Not balanced: the Taz tilts down on hard bumps if mounted on top of handlebar; and tilts up on hard bumps if mounted underneath handlebar. Yanking the mounting belt really hard to stop this caused it to tear. (Light & Motion Customer Support sent a replacement belt for free.) Slow charging: it takes all 14 hours (from complete discharge to fully charged), using a feeble 0.5 amp cellphone charger. The Power/Indicator button and the Side Lights button are located close together and may be confused unless you look. The Side Lights button is difficult to turn on/off with a gloved finger. The Power/Indicator button is not readily visible when the Taz is mounted underneath the handlebar. The USB charging port is crowded by the mounting strap buckle. Make room by swivelling the buckle one quarter turn. (However, this eventually looseneded the pivot screw; I reassembled it with Loctite.) The USB charging port cap is difficult to pry open. Frequent use of High Beam (1200 lumen) mode "cooked" the plastic front lens; it appears all frosty like a diffuser.
Date published: 2014-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Produces a whole lot of bright light The Taz 1200 mounts nicely on my handlebars and produces 1200 lumens (a lot) of bright white light. The whole package is smaller, lighter, and far more powerful than any other light I've used. This is what I consider to be my 3rd generation of lighting system in the past 15 years. My first, in the late 90s, was a NiteRider 15W Halogen with a battery the size of a water bottle weighing several pounds with 1 hour run time. My 2nd, only 2 years ago, was a NiteRider 350 lumens LED with a separate battery that strapped to my stem. My road cycling lighting system is the Light and Motion Taz 1200 and Urban 400 (backup) and that produce a whopping combined 1600 lumens of bright white light. To put this in perspective, 1600 lumens is as much light as my cars low beams. The total package weighs ¾ pound with a 1.5 hour run time on high output, and up to 6 hours on low. My only note of caution is the Taz 1200 requires a Micro USB adaptor (charger) that outputs 2.0 Amps in order to charge sufficiently. The Taz 1200 Quick Start Guide and product website indicate that 0.5 to 1 Amp adaptors will charge the light, but for whatever reason didn't work with my light. The Light and Motion Support Center helped noting the Taz 1200 requires an output of 2.0A in order to charge sufficiently. The light doesn't come with a 2.0A adaptor requiring a separate purchase. Everything has worked terrific since. It's amazing how far LED lighting has come in the past few years. The Taz 1200 is the next step in LED lighting.
Date published: 2012-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great light for dark trails. I bought this light because of a very dark area on my commute. The best thing about the light is the light output. It changed the trail from barely visible to no problem. My round trip commute is about 90 minutes. 10 of that is the dark trail with the light on high, the remainder on flash mode. I can commute 3 times on a charge. Not battery life to brag about but considering it is self contained, I have no complaints. Light output and battery life is a trade off that I think is well balanced with this light. So much for the good. The reason I only gave it 4 stars is the mount, which bluntly stated, sucks. It is difficult to get on tight and the it tends to sag with vibration. I remove it from the bike for charging and so it is a struggle to keep it mounted tightly.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best light I've owned so far Best light I've owned so far. I would like it better if the light detached from the mount. I live up in the hills in a very dark area. Last year had to give up evening rides as the days grew shorter. I bough a couple other bright lights and they just did not get the job done. This year I now have no problem seeing wide and far. The wide part is especially nice. Past lights had good distance but were just spots.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Light failed in the woods on dangerous trails Bought 11/15/2016. Out of the box it was super bright with the partial battery charge from the factory. I Plugged it in for a full charge overnight and headed out solo on some trails at dusk the following evening. I Turned it on when it became too dark but this light was so weak I could stare at it in its highest setting. I had several close calls trying to get back safely. I plugged it in last night and now it won't turn on at all. Absolute rubbish.
Date published: 2016-11-27
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Smooth and State of the Art "Nit-picking is the pastime of pointing out minor flaws or mistakes." Not balanced: the Taz tilts down on hard bumps if mounted on top of handlebar; and tilts up on hard bumps if mounted underneath handlebar. Slow charging: it takes all 14 hours (from complete discharge to fully charged), using a feeble 0.5 amp cellphone charger. The Power/Indicator button and the Side Lights button are located too close together. The Power/Indicator button is not readily visible when the Taz is mounted underneath the handlebar. The USB charging port is crowded by the mounting strap buckle. The USB charging port cap is difficult to pry open.
Date published: 2013-03-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bright with flaws The light is very bright and unlike Gear Guy, I had no problem charging with different amperage micro usb adapters, just takes longer with less amperage. The unfortunate part of this light is the mount is integrated into the body of the light. And if you try to rotate the light on you handle bars you can easily snap the light off the mount. It also means fully removing the light when parking you bike in a public place and/or to charge it.
Date published: 2012-10-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good light but not for single track MTB I use both a helmet mounted light and a bar mounted light for aggressive single track MTB riding. My older Light and Motion wasn't holding a charge to get me through a night ride, so I purchased this light as my bar mount hoping I could get enough light to avoid having to strap an external battery to the frame (Yeti SB95c). It's a good light, but it just doesn't give out a broad and bright enough beam for my riding style on single track. This would be a great light for a road bike. Only other negative is the rubber strap provided. It just did not hold the light in place during descents (same with the Seca). I returned this and opted for the LnM Seca which is a much brighter light and has a broader beam (albeit with an external battery.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I'm Changing My Story I'm changing my story from "recommend" (MAR 19 2013). Not balanced: the Taz tilts down on hard bumps if mounted on top of handlebar; and tilts up on hard bumps if mounted underneath handlebar. Yanking the mounting belt really hard to stop this caused it to tear. (Light & Motion Customer Support sent a replacement belt for free.) Slow charging: it takes all 14 hours (from complete discharge to fully charged), using a feeble 0.5 amp cellphone charger. The Power/Indicator button and the Side Lights button are located close together and may be confused unless you look. The Side Lights button is difficult to turn on/off with a gloved finger. The Power/Indicator button is not readily visible when the Taz is mounted underneath the handlebar. The USB charging port is crowded by the mounting strap buckle. Make room by swivelling the buckle one quarter turn. (However, this eventually looseneded the pivot screw; I reassembled it with Loctite.) The USB charging port cap is difficult to pry open. Frequent use of High Beam (1200 lumen) mode "cooked" the plastic front lens; it appears all frosty like a diffuser.
Date published: 2014-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Produces a whole lot of bright light The Taz 1200 mounts nicely on my handlebars and produces 1200 lumens (a lot) of bright white light. The whole package is smaller, lighter, and far more powerful than any other light I've used. This is what I consider to be my 3rd generation of lighting system in the past 15 years. My first, in the late 90s, was a NiteRider 15W Halogen with a battery the size of a water bottle weighing several pounds with 1 hour run time. My 2nd, only 2 years ago, was a NiteRider 350 lumens LED with a separate battery that strapped to my stem. My road cycling lighting system is the Light and Motion Taz 1200 and Urban 400 (backup) and that produce a whopping combined 1600 lumens of bright white light. To put this in perspective, 1600 lumens is as much light as my cars low beams. The total package weighs ¾ pound with a 1.5 hour run time on high output, and up to 6 hours on low. My only note of caution is the Taz 1200 requires a Micro USB adaptor (charger) that outputs 2.0 Amps in order to charge sufficiently. The Taz 1200 Quick Start Guide and product website indicate that 0.5 to 1 Amp adaptors will charge the light, but for whatever reason didn't work with my light. The Light and Motion Support Center helped noting the Taz 1200 requires an output of 2.0A in order to charge sufficiently. The light doesn't come with a 2.0A adaptor requiring a separate purchase. Everything has worked terrific since. It's amazing how far LED lighting has come in the past few years. The Taz 1200 is the next step in LED lighting.
Date published: 2012-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great light for dark trails. I bought this light because of a very dark area on my commute. The best thing about the light is the light output. It changed the trail from barely visible to no problem. My round trip commute is about 90 minutes. 10 of that is the dark trail with the light on high, the remainder on flash mode. I can commute 3 times on a charge. Not battery life to brag about but considering it is self contained, I have no complaints. Light output and battery life is a trade off that I think is well balanced with this light. So much for the good. The reason I only gave it 4 stars is the mount, which bluntly stated, sucks. It is difficult to get on tight and the it tends to sag with vibration. I remove it from the bike for charging and so it is a struggle to keep it mounted tightly.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best light I've owned so far Best light I've owned so far. I would like it better if the light detached from the mount. I live up in the hills in a very dark area. Last year had to give up evening rides as the days grew shorter. I bough a couple other bright lights and they just did not get the job done. This year I now have no problem seeing wide and far. The wide part is especially nice. Past lights had good distance but were just spots.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Light failed in the woods on dangerous trails Bought 11/15/2016. Out of the box it was super bright with the partial battery charge from the factory. I Plugged it in for a full charge overnight and headed out solo on some trails at dusk the following evening. I Turned it on when it became too dark but this light was so weak I could stare at it in its highest setting. I had several close calls trying to get back safely. I plugged it in last night and now it won't turn on at all. Absolute rubbish.
Date published: 2016-11-27
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