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Light & Motion Vega 200 – First Impressions

Light & Motion Vega 200

The Light & Motion Vega 200 is the next generation of the 85-lumen original. Scheduled for release later this summer, the Vega 200 pumps out a brilliant white, 200 lumen beam. (There’s also a scaled down Vega 120 that’s capable of a 120 lumen output.) The Vega 200 features a 4w LED bulb, a self-contained NiMH battery and a tool-free elastomer mounting system, which simplifies installation, but doesn’t really inspire confidence. At 240 grams, the Vega 200 is 15g lighter than its predecessor.

Light & Motion Vega 200The Vega 200 charges in just two hours and features integrated smart charging technology. In contrast to a trickle charger, which continues to feed electricity to a battery that’s completely full, a smart charger senses how much power is stored and only replaces what’s necessary. This helps maintain the battery’s lifetime and maximum capacity. The battery is designed to run for two hours at 200 lumens, and up to 8 hours at its lowest setting. And conveniently for me, the Vega 200 is backwards compatible with the old Vega’s charger.

Light & Motion Vega 200The light shown here is a pre-production sample, personally delivered by Light & Motion sales rep Jon Shell. Unfortunately, the prototype’s mounting strap isn’t up to snuff, so we’ll have to wait for the improved version before we can begin test riding the new Vega. The production light will be slightly different in color, but otherwise structurally the same for all intents and purposes.

The Vega 200 retails for $190, and the Vega 120 goes for $130. Look for an updated review down the road. For more information, visit www.bikelights.com.

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9 Comments

  1. Aqua DublaveeJuly 15, 2008 at 9:01 am

    This is a bit of a dumb question but, is this light able to be removed with its strap still attached to the handlebars (sort of like an older cateye)?

  2. Urban JeffJuly 15, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    No, the strap stays attached to the light.

  3. BunnyhopperSeptember 15, 2008 at 6:20 am

    Your review s being used here (with permission, I hope):

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=29551

  4. Urban JeffSeptember 15, 2008 at 7:23 amAuthor

    No, they didn’t ask. I don’t really mind, but I’ll drop them a note and see if they’ll credit Urban Velo.

  5. LJPSeptember 28, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Hi, do you know, are these lights waterproof or water-resistent? Living in the PacNorthWest water is a big issue.

    Thanks

  6. Urban JeffSeptember 28, 2009 at 7:31 pmAuthor

    Light & Motion’s primary business is making diving lights for underwater photography. So yes, they’re water resistant.

  7. OwenNovember 19, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    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.

  8. Bruno LucidarmeJanuary 19, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Came across this website and wanted to quickly add my input as well. I agree with the above. Great light but very poor mounting option. Mine falls down as well hitting any type of bump. I actually attach it to the inside of my bar ends now, which is a non-friction material and it stays put there.

  9. KerruFebruary 26, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Owen and Bruno are correct. This is possibly the worst bike light I can imagine for any CX bike. Well, it even is bad for a road bike. I am CONSTANTLY readjusting the strap. Stupid $3.00 part and then they try tacking on $9.00 in shipping if you go online.

    The old design was 100 times better but very fragile. Go with another brand like DeNoite. LM have serious design flaws, at least with the Vega.

    I am selling mine as soon as I get a replacement strap.

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