Rear lamp: Spanninga Vivo


StVZO approval no: K1293
Mass: 44 g (with nuts and washers).
Size: height 36.2 mm, width: 118.4 mm, thickness 18.0 mm
Light source: 1 red LED.
Mounting method: On the rear rack, fixed 50 mm or 80 mm bolt distance. Addition Jan. 2019: Sometime in 2018 or perhaps 2017 Spanninga decided to only supply their aftermarket lights that have a fixed mount distance, with 80mm bolt distance. As stocks of distributors dropped, some became unavailable in 50mm, which I first noticed early 2018 with the Vivo, later with the Elips. Why standardise on 80mm? I prefer 50mm as it allows mounting on narrow racks that only have 50mm hole distance.
Cabling/connectors: There are 2 connectors for 2.8 mm female plugs as used on standard double strand wires you can buy from a bike shop, and a plug in thingy to use bare wires.
Construction: Plastic, with 2 black steel bolts fixed in the housing, 2 black steel nuts/washers, bolt distance is fixed at 50 mm or at 80 mm.

Versions: XDS (dynamo/standlight), 50mm and 80mm bolt distance versions.
Price: ca. € 13,-



Tested from: 2017-1-26

Good but not better than other lamps by Spanninga. The light colour, as with the Elips, is a bit too much towards orange for my taste. The bottom transparent section is not lit up, contrary to what I half expected, and thus this is more a lamp made for a fashion, than for practical (new) qualities. And thus the choice of which of the good taillamps is best for you is mostly about which design you prefer...

The bolts and nuts and washers should be stainless steel...

Beam shots

See the camera settings page for more on the setup and settings to make pictures of the beams of taillamps.

Out of a corner (showing how much light is cast upwards, forwards and to the sides) [ F3.9 & F1.8 ]:

Wallshot (showing the beam pattern):

Visibility from various angles (0°, 45°, 90°, 135°) [ 0.5m, zoom x3, F3.5, ISO80, 1/250s & 1/60s ]:

Comparing taillamps

Design- and thus review considerations for taillamps

See Theory for taillamps.


Good optics, not sure yet about the design, loose it doesn't appeal to me, but I need to mount it on a few bikes and make some pictures, so more to come.

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