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    12 volt front light flasher

    trying to keep motorists "seeing' me as much as possible
    I was thinking of wiring a flasher relay to my light and activating it with a horn button
    I would just need this augment at intersections

    one of my colleagues got pretty banged up last week when a car turned into him
    while he was going thru the intersection


    anyone else done this?

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    I already have a 12V system, which is simple and cheap to put together. Since I have a rear flasher already hooked up, I might invest in another one for the front, maybe $10; a switch, $5.
    No worries

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    http://www.used-police-cars.com/whelen-tir3-leds.html
    here you go. though I would just leave them on if I were you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleBigMan
    I already have a 12V system, which is simple and cheap to put together. Since I have a rear flasher already hooked up, I might invest in another one for the front, maybe $10; a switch, $5.
    please tell me how to make one

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    Jab has a great thread going that includes a 12V flash circuit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PanPanX
    please tell me how to make one
    Also, check this out, PanPanX:

    http://nordicgroup.us/s78/

    This site describes how to build a high performance, rechargeable. lighting system without spending a lot of money. You can spend as little as $40 to construct a system, complete with a sealed beam headlamp, xenon strobe tail light, rechargeable battery, and charger.
    Last edited by LittleBigMan; 12-14-04 at 05:23 PM.
    No worries

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    Quote Originally Posted by nklatt
    Jab has a great thread going that includes a 12V flash circuit.
    Thanks. There are currently two 12V flasher circuits posted there; the second (more recent) one is a bit simpler.

    I use it for flashing 3-4W worth of LEDs, which can turn on and off quickly; if you use it for incandescents, you may want to slow the flashing down a bit (say, by increasing C1). I don't know if constant flashing will shorten bulb life, though.

    If your lights pull enough, you may be able to just use an automotive (or motorcycle) flasher module, available for a few bucks from your local auto parts store. They come in "thermal" and "electrical"(?) flavors, with the electrical one supposedly being more efficient and reliable. I tried a few, but none would make my LEDs flash since the power draw was too low.

    JAB
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    And don't forget this thread for horn, battery hook up and other goodies. Nobody's posted a LED cattle prod there yet...but give 'em time.

    Total Geekiness

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    just an update

    I tried my flashing lights this morning, using a standard 552 flasher, seems to works well
    control is with a push on off button,

    I used it on this morning commute, going thru several intersections controlled and uncontrolled

    I GOT the motorists attention with it for sure

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