Hey, I had a cool idea while riding home tonight. My manager mentioned to me a few days ago that I was still very hard to see at night, despite my tail blinkies and my orange reflective vest. He especially mentioned from the side. So I was thinking, what I need is some lights that can be seen from the side. Kind of like a bike version of the lights that some semi's have all along their trailers. I could have two or three lights on each side of my crossbar, maybe a few on my fork, all strung together off a battery and with a single switch. Maybe you could even package a light, a AA or AAA battery, and a small switch, and install it between spokes to have spinning wheel lights!
I wonder if anyone's done this? I have some questions along two lines. First, how effective would this be? What I have in mind is something like flashlight bulbs running off small household batteries like AA or maybe C or D, but would those be bright enough? I'm obviously not aiming to light my path, simply to make me more visible to drivers in my immediate vicinity.
My second group of questions is about the electronics, with which I have limited experience. I'm imagining I can buy things like plastic battery holders with terminals to attach wires to, bulb holders with same, etc. Would Radio Shack have everything I need, or if not, what are good online outlets? What about making it waterproof? Even more basic, where can I learn about matching bulbs and batteries, in terms of voltage and amperage?
If I end up doing this, I'll post a picture and let you know how it turns out!