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Old 07-26-07, 10:36 AM   #1
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Rear Light Recommendations

I'm piecing together my headlight right now (20W halogen, 7Ahr SLA), and I need to figure out the rear light. At the moment, I have an old 5 LED red flasher, which is kinda dim today given where LED's have become. I'm tempted to run say a solid 2W halogen rear light, and some sort of LED flasher. My thought is, I don't need a high end flasher if I have the bright rear facing solid light--the flasher gets attention, and the solid light points out where I really am. Any suggestions?
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I'm piecing together my headlight right now (20W halogen, 7Ahr SLA), and I need to figure out the rear light. At the moment, I have an old 5 LED red flasher, which is kinda dim today given where LED's have become. I'm tempted to run say a solid 2W halogen rear light, and some sort of LED flasher. My thought is, I don't need a high end flasher if I have the bright rear facing solid light--the flasher gets attention, and the solid light points out where I really am. Any suggestions?
I got this thing called the Superflash by Planetbike, and it is phenomenal.

I put three of them together on my bike and cars give me tons of room. They slow down and move aside a lane! I was shocked to see that happen!

Anyways, it draws a ton of attention from motorists.

If you want something killer bright, get a Fenix Cree Edition from fenix-store and add some red translucent plastic
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I concur the super flash is nice!

mountain biker do you flash all 3?

and do you know where to do the red plastic? i have a cat eye 410 (that has a flash mode that i can attach to the seat post as well!)
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I concur the super flash is nice!

mountain biker do you flash all 3?

and do you know where to do the red plastic? i have a cat eye 410 (that has a flash mode that i can attach to the seat post as well!)
When I flash one, it gets attention, cars avoid. I have three setup all on flash, and I look like an emergency vehicle or road beacon, like an accident happened, so the cars slow down and give me lots of room. After they have cleared successfully they speed up ahead.

Red plastic the clear stuff, probably at a hardware store, or craft store. If not, then get a cheap light from the dollar store and take off the red part and cut it to the right size.
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The fenix Cree is scary bright, the new one is brighter than the 5W Dinotte, and it only costs like $60, but you can find something comparable (2X RCR123) for $20 at dealextreme that is also the Cree!
patch in a crappy plastic red piece like this and you have an ultra bright light!

but a good combination is to have two superflashes on the seatpost, and two together on your backpack, or helmet

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Cool. I'll keep an eye out for that light. Thanks.
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I run a home brew lighting system with a 12volt battery and the best thing about it is you can run any light you want from the auto-parts store. If you are going to haul around a SLA battery you may as well get some big marker lights and roll in style! http://www.superbrightleds.com/truck_lights.htm
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I have a home-brew 12v set up - my rear light is an orange xenon strobe - the kind used in home security systems. Got it from an electronics shop for $20. You can see it a kilometre off - brilliant in foggy weather. The other day a car pulled over and the driver, a keen cyclist he said, asked where I got the fantastic light from.

A good alternative if you're in the US is http://www.swps.com/ligcombikstr.html - a Lightman Commuter Strobe.
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I'm using 9-LED beehive marker lights http://www.led-r-us.com/fmlights.shtml, both in the front and back. They are blindingly bright, so much so, that I tilt them down a bit so they don't blind people behind me. They are bright enough to be visible during full sunlight.

Additionally, the beehives add side visibility both front and rear.
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