Very true. Ideally, we would like to do something like that, but operationally that's not possible for us. We beat the snot out of our batteries so we try to do what we can to make them last. Our lives depend on it!
Anyways, the lights are working great! Visibility is good, and that means both ways. I can see, and also be seen.
Any further recommendations are always welcome. I do love constructive criticism. It makes things better!
Oh, and don't forget to vote on a color scheme for the Skyhawk bike. http://motorbicycling.com/showthread.php?t=58889