Light and Motion Vis360 and Vis180 Bike Tail Lights Review

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Light Price Claimed Lumens Measured Lux Run time Light head weight Battery Weight Installed Weight
Vis360 $169 110 7 2:30 135 0 135
Vis180 $99 25 na 20 hours 110 0 110

Light Meter charts and comparison table available here.

VIis360

Strengths:

  • 360 visibility with one of the few that offers good side visibility
  • light head is incredibly light
  • tail light  contains the battery
  • can be left on the helmet all the time since it only weighs 136 grams
  • excellent mounting system
  • USB charging

Weaknesses:

  • not good for trail riding

Bottom Line:

This is a commuter light at its best. It is simple light and a complete system. It’s best when complemented by a bar light but even by itself, it is quite useable. Even for non-commuters, just leave it on the helmet on those short days and never get caught in the dark unprepared again.

Beam Pattern Photos:

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Beam Pattern and side by side comparison page available here.

 

Value Rating:

4.75 out of 5 Stars

 

 

Overall Rating:

5 out of 5 Stars

 

 

 

 

VIis180

Strengths:

  • rechargeable tail light system
  • decent side visiblity
  • nice ‘peloton’ yellow mode when riding in a group
  • Excellent mounting option
  • USB charging

Weaknesses:

  • For the price, it’s not the brightest
  • it should have a flashing mode as an option. This is good for max visibility, day or fog use.

Bottom Line:

This is an an innovative tail light with a lot of thought and design put into it. It is very useable and is only held back by the lack of flash mode. It uses a glowing mode that is not as distracting but is also not as noticeable.

 

Value Rating:

4.5 out of 5 Stars

 

 

Overall Rating:

4.5 out of 5 Stars

 

 

 

 

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  • radirpok says:

    The problem with this light system is its price.
    Get an Exposure Diablo that is about 10 times as bright. Get a RedEye Micro (or if you are really concerned about rear visibility, you can get the separate RedEye module for a bit more). Notice that you paid a similar amount for the Exposure system than you paid for L&M…
    And what you get in addition: a light that has the best helmet mount ever. A light that is self-contained (no cables – can be used as a flashlight too) and CAN (and should) be used on the trail! And it has a 10 hour runtime on low, excellent beam pattern and still brighter than the L&M…
    Sorry L&M, but this system is a total miss.

    (I’ve just noticed that the Diablo’s price went up, to $330. I still believe it’s worth every cent, and should be bought instead of the L&M…)

  • radirpok says:

    Ugh, my bad, so the Vis360 for $169 includes the rear light… I have no complaints about the price then.
    I would still buy the Diablo anyway ;-)

  • Francois says:

    Light and Motion Diablo went up in price? Darn, I recommend that light all the time.

    The Vis360 is a much better deal than the 180. And these are really commuter lights.

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