Light & Motion Seca 1400 2012 Mountain Bike Review

Light & Motion Seca 1400 2012

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At A Glance

Light and Motion have been at the forefront of light design for some time now, they offer a large selection ranging from the popular Stella Light System to the top of the range Seca System. In the Seca line up there are three models, graded on their output. The 1400 is the middle of the pack, an 800 below it and a 1700 above. It features no less than 6 LED's pumping out 1400 Lumens for 2.5 hours, which is a very impressive output from the 6 cell Li-Ion battery pack. The actual light unit itself, while reasonably substantial is actually very light, utilising plastics as well as aluminium to keep the weight down. This makes it suitable for both helmet and handlebar mounting. Mounts for both are included in the package as well as chargers for various countries and a head strap too! Charging time is relatively short, just 5 hours to achieve full power, which isn't bad at all considering how much juice the light can pump out.

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On the Trail

The lead for the Seca is long enough to run the light as a helmet light, and the light is light and the helmet mount is very low profile. This makes it a great light for your helmet, meaning you can have all that power exactly where you want it. You might want to wrap the cable around the battery and fasten it with the Velcro strap if you run it on your bars as you won't want to catch it on anything you fly past. The light has two settings with 6 modes in total. Hold the on/off button down and High and Medium are available to chose from. Simply press the on/off button once and the light comes on in High, then cycles to Medium, Low and Flashing. In the woods the light is fantastic; very, very bright with an awesome spread of light out to the sides. Penetration down the trail is excellent and in medium mode the light is probably plenty for most people. I know some riders out there suffer with eyesight issues at night and are always looking for the brightest light available, well the Seca 1400 won't disappoint! The run times are perhaps what impressed us the most, running on medium for 5 hours this light would be perfect for the endurance racer who is looking for a light that will see them through the whole event!

If you are looking for a high power and great performance light then the Seca 1400 will fit the bill perfectly - well built, light weight and very, very, very bright!

Run Times: 2.5hrs on High

Lux Test
5m: 340
10m: 78
5m: 18

Weight: 320 Grams

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This review was in Issue 20 of IMB.

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By Rou Chater
Rou Chater is the Publishing Editor of IMB Magazine; he’s a jack-of-all-trades and master of none, but his passion for bikes knows no bounds. His first mountain bike was a Trek 820, which he bought in 1990. It didn’t take him long to earn himself a trip to the hospital on it, and he’s never looked back since. These days he’s keeping it rubber side down, riding locally and overseas as much as possible.

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