i commute all year and have always used battery powered lights so when it comes to dynamos i'm a newbie, but i always liked the idea of less waste, no more lights going on in my bag by mistake, and not having to worry about batteries dying on the ride home. so for this winter i built up a new commuter wheel set based on a shimano 3n80 generator hub and SA SRF-3.
since this bike is a classic (1967 Peugeot PA10) I want to maintain the look, I wired in a Cibie front light mounted to a Mafac rack and a nice tail light mounted to the rear brake bridge. Front light is a 2.4W bulb and back is 0.6W. i have one wire running from the hub connector to the front light and the rear light wire runs off the front. everything is metal, so i didn't think a ground wire was necessary.
Everything works fine for a day, and then one bulb dies. The filaments are still intact, but they don't work. I swap one out, ride, and then another goes. I suspect that they are getting too much juice or the vibrations from cobblestone roads, etc are causing an issue. The dynohub came with voltage regulator, but it is a hideous piece of hardware and for the life of me, i don't even know where i would mount this thing.
so here's my question: does anyone successfully run a new school dynohub with old school lights? is there a trick to it?
i investigated some options and i know my current lights aren't the brightest anyway, so i could upgrade.
if i should update my lighting, what would you recommend? obviously the B&M Lumotec Classic would be a good choice, but what about the rear? I can't see to find simple rear lights. Most are meant to be mounted on racks or fenders.
ideally though i'd like to get this setup just working. is that too much to ask?