2015 Lights Shootout

Light & Motion Vis 180 On

The Light & Motion Vis 180 is one of the lights that started the enthusiast tail light category. This is the category of tail lights that are rechargeable, durable and full-featured. After all, most of the tail lights five years ago were throwaway $20 lights, while all the headlights got all the technology and funding.

The Vis 180 still competes with a glowing red light and a separate glowing yellow light. There is some side visibility built in and different modes are available. The light mount also introduces an adjustable angle, so the light can always be mounted perpendicular to the ground.

But this light is getting a little long in the tooth with its $100 price tag, no flash mode and 'vertical only' profile. The price should be lower now since this is essentially the same light as many years ago. But to this end, Light & Motion has a lower cost alternative called the Vis 180 Micro. It doesn't give up much, so for half the price, we prefer the Micro.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_7gBSfs84k&list=UUSOYbSsGkNJdUfVG-0AnTSgVideo: Test with the Light & Motion Vis 180 Tail Light. Tail Light was shot from 20 yards away with a camera at fixed exposure. The light was pointed at the camera then turned to the side. Different flash modes were activated.

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  • Price: $100
  • Claimed Lumens: 70 Lumens
  • Mounted Weight: 102 grams
  • Category: Tail Light

Overall Rating

4 Stars
4 out of 5 Stars

It was the king of tail lights, but the competition is stiff now especially at this price point.

For more information visit www.lightandmotion.com.

This article is part of Mtbr and RoadBikeReview's 2015 Lights Shootout. To see all the bike lights tested CLICK HERE.