Side lighting for front headlight new law in some states.
I'm a newbie here at Bike Forums so forgive me if I screw up a bit. Just reading all the great posts about bicycle lighting and some of the great ideas for using flashlights as head lights. Just wanted to throw in my 2 cents about some of the states changing their laws about bicycle lighting apparently because more people are riding at night. In Ohio we now must have a head light that also distributes light to the sides at 180 degrees, visible for 300 feet. That would eliminate using a flashlight set up here ( unless you figure the police won't bother you for such a trivial jab at the law ). I know there are reflectors on the bicycle wheels that reflect light at night, but the new light laws are supposedly because of a motorist being parked at night, ready to exit their car, being able to see a bicyclist to their immediate left before opening the door into the bicyclist's path. I guess that sounds like a good reason, but I've not heard of any instances of that occuring in our area. So just a heads up so you can check to see if your lighting idea conforms to possible new lighting laws in your state. My old light didn't...my new light does.