Join Date: Jan 2006
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So, today in Michigan it's snowing fairly quickly, and I test-ran my first commute; I plan to start commuting by bike on Monday in earnest.
I bought a Nitehawk Raptor - 10 W - and it seems to be pretty good in terms of light. I'm about halfway through the Geek thread, and I'm already thinking of replacing it with some sort of Luxeon LED M16 setup.
However, I was hoping to power it with only 6 volts. What's the easiest/best solution? My first thought (as a mere *mechanical* engineer) was that there would be a simple resistor in there (which slvoid seems to say is the case with some Cateye products) - and I could reduce the resistance, pop everything back together, and be off and running.
I should mention that I was hoping not to pay the $130 for a whole 3W LED system from Cygolite - and I don't even know if that system is 6V.
Should I disect a flashlight? Some other solution?
BTW, thanks to everyone for making the commuting forum such a success - the lightchart Excel spreadsheet, the beginning commuters, and the geek threads were invaluable.