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Tail and side light DIY using LEDs?

Old 12-07-11, 10:53 PM
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Tail and side light DIY using LEDs?

Maybe we could brainstorm ideas for what we think are the best ways to get super bright tail and side lights- CHEAP.

I know one thing that could work - retrofitting additional LEDs into existing LED or reflector lights.. - maybe in the same case but electrically separated from existing battery operated lights- (so they can be a backup) seems like a good way to go, as it saves space.. More LEDs in the same lamp housing seems to work well, within limits.. (heat could be a concern at higher wattage)

What do you all think?

Fairly high power LEDs can be had for very little these days.. (one example)
Sounds like it might be a fun experiment.

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I've found LED velcro pants bands @ the 99 cents stores. 9 red led's that glow on or flash and are mounted in a yellow reflective strip that you wrap around your pants or ankle. Dual function. Work great. I've bought lots of 99 cent rear led tail lights, but they are all cheap crap and die within a few days... I've had excellent results with the Planet Bike's 3 and 5 led tail light blinkies. The mounts are removable, some models have dual mounts for the frame tubes AND a rack mount and all are removable so you can put in your pocket or pack so no one can steal it when you leave your bike unattended. You can also clip it to your day pack. It's worth the $10 to buy good quality instead of having to ride home in the dark with a cheapo dead light in heavy traffic. I bought enough cheapo's to have bought 1-2 good lights to figure the false economics out.

There's tons of $1.00 led goodies you can retrofit as emergency tail/side lights. I like the ones that have a tiny/thin velcro strip so you can wrap it around a finger and I use it to look at my bike computer at night and in an emergency, I can use it as a tail/side light if desired.
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