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Light & Motion Vega 120 & 200 Light Review : Intro

by Bike Shop Girl

There are more “commuter lights” coming to the market.  Two of these that hit last year are are the Light & Motion Vega lights.  These two different lights come with two different lumen powers, and different battery charge times.

Light & Motion Vega Lights

Details from Light & Motion

Vega 120

Lumens : 120
Run Time : 2 hours
Charge Time : 10 hours
Weight : 240g
Modes : Steady
Charger : Trickle

Vega 200

Lumens : 200, 100, 50
Run Time : 2 hours, 4 hours, 8 hours, 24+
Charge Time : 2 hours
Weight : 240g
Modes : High, Med, Low, Flashing
Charger : Smart

Personal Overview

These lights are two very different lights though they are from the same light company and even share the same model names.

Vega 120 $129.99

The first one, and the moderate priced one, is the Vega 120.  This light is for the moderate commuter that commutes 2 hours in the dark or dusk tops.  They will use the steady stream of 120 lumens and not need a full blast or flashing features.  Maybe your top speed is 15 mph tops, or you ride mostly in suburban areas.

Vega 200 $189.99

The second, is the Vega 200 is a do-all light.  The 200 lumens will get you going on fast early morning road rides, dark back roads or basic off road adventures.  If your morning ride is 2 hours in the dark the charging time is fast enough you could charge during work you can ride 2 hours back home in the dark.

Some Finer Details

The 120 only runs for 2 hours, has only one light output and has a trickle charger that takes 10 hours to fully charge.  The 200 has 4 different light settings, high, medium, low and flash.  With a smart charger the 200 charges up in 2 hours.  Both these lights are great durable lights for the price, and Light & Motion is a great company backing their product.

The only catch is they aren’t cheap.  you can get various lights from Planet Bike or NiteRider for a bit cheaper.  Light & Motion claims their lights speak for themselves.

They are submerged up to 2 feet for testing, the light beams are specially cut for you to have optimal light on the road and no light wasted towards the sky.

I’ll continue my testing on these lights to see how they hold up.  Having used either high end mountain bike oriented lights, or cheaper <$60 commuter lights it will be exciting what makes a “commuter light” special.

This product was given to me at no charge for reviewing.  I was not paid or bribed to give this review and it will have my honest opinion or thoughts through out.  The bicycle shop I manage, Cool Breeze Cyclery, is selling these which I will receive affiliate sales off of.  This does not change my review or view of the lights.  But I believe in Light & Motion so selling them through my store makes sense and also will benefit commutebybike.com to run properly.

Through the end of the year the bike shop I manage is offering these lights at a significant deduction.
Vega 120 at $79.9.  or Vega 200 at $129.99

 
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3 Responses to “Light & Motion Vega 120 & 200 Light Review : Intro”

  1. Paul says:

    $130 for a 200 lumen light, assuming it is well made and lasts, is not expensive at all. My DiNotte 200L was around $100 more than that, although it does have twice the run time with the 2-cell battery and double that with the 4-cell. I’ve only ever handled L&M products in the shop, I’ve never used one, but they always seemed to be well made to me.

    My girlfriend uses the NR Minwet Mini-USB which runs about $100 and puts out 100 lumens, with a runtime similar to these L&M lights.

  2. Owen says:

    Based partly on this review, I am a new owner of the Vega 200 and I was initially amazed with this product. Light, bright, incredibly compact, and apparently well built — it is a wonder. But I am also amazed that L&M decided to pair this $150 light with a 25 cent elastic mounting strap. It would be much better if it mounted onto a mounting bracket that could be bolted to the bike (like my Niterider headlamp does). As it is, it is always slipping around, even when I have the elastic strap as tight as possible, and I have to constantly readjust the beam every time I hit a bump. The strap might support a lightweight $20 headlamp, but it is clearly a design failure for this otherwise good product.

  3. Tom says:

    I’ve had this light for just under a year. While the light itself is bright and casts a wide arc, there is quite a bit wrong with this product. As mentioned, unit is too heavy for the mounting. My first mount broke after about 65 miles of city riding and had to be replaced. The light slips on the handle bars during rides too easily. Recently a little rubber gasket that waterproofs the charging socket fell out during a ride. According to the company, this isn’t a simple replacement and I’ll have to ship the unit to the company to have it repaired. I’ll most likely use some tape to keep the charging socket dry, and then replace the light when a sturdier model when it eventually stops working.

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