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Light & Motion Vega

Light & Motion Vega

Light & Motion VegaI’ve been running the Light & Motion Vega for a hell of a long time now. At least as far as bike lights go. We’re talking years. I got this off my friend Paperjam, who reviewed it for some other bike magazine years ago. At $175 retail, it’s a serious commuter light. Its light output measures up to an impressive 85 lumens from a single 4w Luxeon LED. The self-contained, rechargeable NiMH battery lasts for 2 to 24 hours of riding time.

Light & Motion VegaPerhaps my only complaint about the Vega is one that’s attributable to user error. I always forget to charge the damn thing. It seems to last forever sometimes, and I sometimes wind up finishing my ride home in the dark. Otherwise, the light has performed just about flawlessly. I did manage to crack the plastic mount, but the light still stayed put. Light & Motion offers a lifetime warranty on their plastic parts, so I contacted them for a replacement. I got a new mount in the mail less than a week later, no questions asked.

Light & Motion VegaThe Vega is designed for seeing, not just being seen. It’s bright enough to ride unlit country roads at night, and even pitch-black trails through the park. The Vega’s not nearly as bright as the lights designed for nighttime mountain biking, but you’re probably not dodging trees on your way home from work. At 15 to 20mph, you generally have enough light to see potholes and curbs with plenty of time to react. If you do find yourself going extremely fast, you may want more lumens. But for most urban riding, the Vega’s bluish-white light is more than bright enough to see and be seen. In fact, it seems to be as visible as a car’s headlight.

Of course more light is almost always better. And with that in mind, Light & Motion has redesigned the Vega. Click here to read about the redesigned Vega.

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7 Comments

  1. MatthewMay 18, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    I cracked the mount on my Vega as well – actually both the handlebar mount and the light bracket. Light and Motion did not offer a free replacement to me but sold me both for $20. After having used it daily for the last 3 years I can’t complain.

    I always found it hard to slide the light out and I’m sure that repeated yanking on the light eventually cracked the mounts. I’ve rigged the charger next to where I park the bike so, in the future, I’ll just charge it on the bike.

    Hopefully I’ll get another couple of years out of it. Its a great light and doesn’t look nearly as dorky as the new blue finned Vega.

  2. AliceMay 27, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Hey Matthew I leave my light on the bike and charge it while it’s still on, too.

    I found it difficult to remove from the mount, but that would make it hard to steal, huh? A good thing!

  3. phoAugust 10, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Great light.

    My only complaint is also regarding how difficult it is to slide off the mount.

  4. hpscottSeptember 18, 2009 at 8:10 am

    Has anyone tried using the bracket from the newer-model Vega 120 with the older Vega pictured here? Looks like you can get them for about $20 (with shipping) from a few places online.

    Rather than sliding the light on and off of the mount, the entire bracket stays with the light and has an elastic band to secure it to wherever you mount it. This is attractive to me because I use my older Vega on multiple bikes, with widely varying handlebar diameters– I need to use different spacers for each bike.

  5. hpscottSeptember 24, 2009 at 5:15 am

    Just a follow-up to my previous post: I went ahead and ordered the new bracket and, sure enough, it works great.

    If you do this, however, note that you need to keep the screw and washer from the old bracket because the newer Vega 120 uses a smaller-diameter screw to secure it in place. Not a big deal, but I thought I’d mention it.

  6. Alice StrongNovember 7, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    A follow-up from me, too.

    Sadly my Vega was stolen. The thief tore the mount apart to get the light off…:(

    So…I guess don’t leave the Vega mounted? Take it with you.

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