What kind of lights are you using?

Discussion in 'Motorized Bicycle General Discussion' started by rgvkid, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. ran49

    ran49 New Member

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    I recommend this site for anyone looking for bike lighting.Probably more than you'll ever want to know.Bicycle Lighting Systems

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    Except they forgot to include Norman's light,Ron
     
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  2. Nomad

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    I have the exact same setup on my bike, but the lights stopped working, and I haven't been able to figure out why... the engine runs fine but when I connect the lights they "kill" the engine.... how long have you been using yours?...
     
  3. sofasurferlinux

    sofasurferlinux New Member

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    When the law requires lighting, does that lighting need to operate day and night for the head light and tail light?
    Does lighting need to operate even when bike is stopped? In other words, can I use a bicycle generator that stops energizing when the bike is not in motion?
     
  4. Cabinfever1977

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    if the law requires lighting on bike, its to be on at all times, so you would need it to be hooked up to a battery or the white wire.
     
  5. happycheapskate

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    If you drive a vehicle at work or have access to a large vehicle, you can just put the battery in the floorboard and plug it in the cig lighter with a 30amp fuse inline. I do this to 7ah SLA batteries for a night helmet light.

     
  6. Sparks66

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    I had a cateye led head light that cost about 30 bucks. Unsatisfied, I purchased a cygolite milion 200 for about 100 bucks. I know it costs a bit more but the amount of light it puts out is well worth is especially since avoiding things like potholes and such is a lot easier. I purchased mine at REI. REI - Gear, Equipment and Clothing for a Lifetime of Outdoor Adventure and Stewardship.
    There are many lights like this that put out the same amount of light for 300 bucks. This one can be rechared through your laptop via the usb port. Personally, I think it is a great purchase.
     
  7. xlite

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    After trying them all I'm convinced running off the white wire, lead acid batteries, or tire generators are impractical long term solutions. A 50-100 LED Dealextreme headlight powered by NiMh AAs gives more light and 6-7 hours between recharge. NiZn cells provide significantly brighter output but shorter LED life. For the rear I use standard 3-4 LED red bike safety light.
     
  8. Norman

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    bring the gaps on your plugs closer to 0.18 it should fix your problem
     
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  12. bairdco

    bairdco a guy who makes cool bikes

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    i just ordered one of these Maxxon brake lights: Wireless Bicycle Brake Light for Mountain Bikes, City Bike Carriers, and Dynamo Bicycles

    an inertia sensored, Nintendo/Wii technology, 2007 Taiwan Innovative Prize Winner, burble burble burble...

    looks like a really cool tail/brakelight with no external wires whatsoever. looks small enough to hide under my seat, or in the duck-tail of my fender.

    i don't want wires or sensors or any extra crap anywhere on my bike, and since i ride in the road with traffic at 40+, i figured this would be the hot set-up.

    for the front, i dunno, i gotta make something...

    (edit: it was only $30 total on ebay, not the 50 on the website...)
     
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  13. Venice Motor Bikes

    Venice Motor Bikes Custom Builder / Dealer/Los Angeles

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    I got one of Normans f & r light set ups... I can't wait to hook it up!
     
  14. happycheapskate

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    I am waiting for a Normans Light kit too.

    You tinkerers ought to figure out how to use cheap pressure switches (like for laser sights etc) on the v brake levers, for brake lights.

    I am using a Schwinn/Walmart 3LED flasher/light right now, with a 12v light also. It was $15 and is surprisingly bright! It saved my ride to work when the other battery went dead/brown. Buy one of these. Its good and doubles as a hand held flashlight or ground "flare".
     
  15. Prof Fate

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    Bairdco- I'm guessing that you would have the Maxxon by now. So what do you think? The youtube videos look pretty cool.
     

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