Revolution in lighting.
Cycling has no doubt seen a massive amount of progress in safety standards in the past century, moving from 3-panels caps to helmets, reflective clothing, and hi-viz fluorescent fabrics, and decking out our steeds with lights to illuminate our ways and boost visibility to motorists bumbling along on their way. Light & Motion takes progression to a new level this year, with their new Vibe Tail Light — a smart tail light illuminates when you're in motion, and takes a rest when you've parked your bike away.
The Vibe tail light offers you 50-lumens of pulsing red light that illuminates and dims in a pattern with sporadic pulsing, to catch the eye of drivers without distracting them from the road, to keep both yourself and motorists safe on your commute to class or home from work. The light senses when it's been plugged in and automatically illuminates, and turns off if left parked. Two side located amber lights work to also increase your visibility to cars in intersections, by lighting the zones where motorists are most likely to look when making turns.
The light its self is compact and is easy to store in your pants pocket during the day at work, and simply inserts and twists to attach to the mount, creating a waterproof seal that repels water down to 1 meter (when in the mount). The Vibe is USB-rechargeable, and easily inserts into a port in your computer, or a wall charger to get the juices flowing, and in just 2 hours it's loaded with enough power for 12 hours of riding.
- A compact, budget friendly smart light
- Illuminates when you start moving to keep you safe
- Automatically turns off when you park your bike
- Easily plugs into a USB port for charging
- Increased intersection visibility with amber side lights
- Q & A
So far, so good
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I haven't used this extensively but it seems like a great little light. It's quite bright and the flash pattern seems well thought out to get drivers' attention. It fits into the mount on your bike like a key, so it's quick and easy to pull off if you live in a high theft area where people will steal your bike lights outside the grocery store... not that I have any experience with that. I also like that it doesn't need a charge cable and you can just plug it right in to any USB port to charge.