Sea Otter Classic ’18: Light & Motion introduces the motion-activated Vya

The Vya range of commuter lights from Light & Motion uses a motion-activated sensor and plant-based materials to create a super compact, bright and eco-friendly headlight and series of taillights.

The Vya doesn’t have an on/off switch; instead, riders simply plug the USB end into the light mount and start riding. Once the Smart Sensor in the light senses motion, the light will turn on. Once you’re stopped for 20 seconds, the light will turn off. The USB in the light can also be used for charging – just plug it into a computer or any USB charger – no cord needed. The Vya is super compact, but bright. The Pro tail light offers 100 lumens while the regular version offers 50, and the Pro headlight offers 200 lumens (regular is 100).

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The Vya Pro headlight senses ambient light and auto adjusts the mode with a daytime pulsing light for better visibility and a solid beam for nighttime.

The Vya line also features Light & Motion’s SafePulse, which is a slowly pulsing light beam rather than a flashing one. Daniel from Light & Motion informed us that studies have been done that show that flashing lights destroy driver’s depth perception, making it hard for them to properly locate and safely pass a rider. A pulsing light with an occasional staccato flash lets drivers know that the cyclist is there without being too distracting or affecting depth perception.

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Light & Motion also has a mount for the Vya taillight that attaches the light to the seat rails, putting the light up high where it will be most visible but also allowing the rider to run a saddle bag.

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The Vya will be available in June. Here are the four different models:

  • Vya Pro Headlight
    • 200 lumens,
    • 2-6 hour runtime
    • MSRP: $49.99
  • Vya Headlight
    • 100 lumens
    • 10 hour runtime
    • MSRP: $39.99
  • Vya Pro Taillight
    • 100 lumens
    • 6 hour runtime
    • MSRP: $59.99
  • Vya Taillight
    • 50 lumens
    • 8 hour runtime
    • MSRP: $39.99

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