Join Date: Feb 2013
Bikes: 1983 Raleigh Royal
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Electricity 101 for dynamo lighting
I have a dynamo-powered incandescent front light for my bike, and I have no idea how to connect it, and I am amazed that after hours of searching, it seems no one on teh Internets has ever thought to explain how to connect a bike light beyond "take some insulation off the wires and stick the metal stuff inside the light, then screw it on". I have no idea what any of these parts are called, so I just took a picture of the insides:
So basically electricity has to get to the middle part, where the light bulb sits. On my old light, there was simply a small hole in the plastic sleeve for the bulb which you stuck the wire into, and voila
! Magical light! Unfortunately, it doesn't seem so simple with this model. I tried sticking the bare wire into that clamp on the right side, and then letting the clamp pinch the wires, but it didn't light up that way. So how do I place the wire so that current actually reaches the filament??? Thanks.
P.S. I'm also no longer sure if the bulb housing is "in" correctly-- it fits in both with the clamp on the right side and on the left side, and I can't remember how it was when I got it...