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Old 02-17-12, 09:25 AM   #1
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Rack mounted chrome flashlight

After much searching I found these flashlights:
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/UPD-C5013/
I've wanted to mount a shiney flashlight to my front rack for a while, but they're hard to find. These are all metal and glass so should take to an led conversion well. I picked up a couple 1" pipe hangers from the hardware store. I bent the bottom tab of the hanger to wrap around the flashlight, and screwed it to my VO front rack with a couple 5mm hex heads. It sit well and seems quit sturdy.


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Old 02-17-12, 12:37 PM   #2
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Velo-Orange has one on their site, but no brackets. Looks like theirs was stainless. Yours looks good and should work just fine.

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Old 02-17-12, 01:15 PM   #3
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Velo-Orange has one on their site, but no brackets. Looks like theirs was stainless. Yours looks good and should work just fine.

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Vo's pictures is where I got the idea, but they don't sell any of the mounts or light kits for it any more. They just have the pictures all over their web site, bunch of teases
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That's very retro.
I appreciate my small, light, plastic, bright LED lights.
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Old 02-18-12, 07:42 AM   #5
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Vo's pictures is where I got the idea, but they don't sell any of the mounts or light kits for it any more. They just have the pictures all over their web site, bunch of teases
Tell me about it! Plus the stuff they USED to carry but no longer do.

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This light holder has been around a long time. Works with most full size lights.

http://www.waldsports.com/index.cfm/...ghtholder.html
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Old 02-18-12, 01:33 PM   #7
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Brightest LED is the Cree XML-T6, but your going to have to order one from China. It might take some creative modification to fit one properly using the metal case as a heat sink. Two D batteries would run a LED for long time.
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I desoldered the incandescent and soldered on an led this afternoon. Works great. I did one light with blue and one with white. I had seen the wald mount, but it's for handlebars. A bit high to mount a light.
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I desoldered the incandescent and soldered on an led this afternoon. Works great. I did one light with blue and one with white. I had seen the wald mount, but it's for handlebars. A bit high to mount a light.
With the increased angle down the road I can't see what you mean. Please explain why you think it's "to high"?

Just curious...........
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You don't get the same sort of shadows cast on ground objects when its mounted higher. It's either pointed at a sharp angle to illuminate what's in front and near, or angle little and projected on objects far away.
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You don't get the same sort of shadows cast on ground objects when its mounted higher. It's either pointed at a sharp angle to illuminate what's in front and near, or angle little and projected on objects far away.
Well, Ok but I thought that lighting was supposed to illuminate the road ahead.............
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I guess it's sort of hard to explain what I mean . When it's up high it is projected out but not illuminating as much of the ground because it is at a steeper angle. When it's mounted lower, it may project out as far, but begin contact with the ground closer. Illuminating a longer segment of the ground ahead.
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It is hard to explain unless you try the different methods. FWIW I have found, within reason, the lower you mount the light the better the pattern down the road, and the less shadows you have.

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I think the issue is, you see stuff by not only the light that shines on it but by the shadow it throws. The closer to eye-level the light source gets, the less you see the shadowing.
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