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PrintError
01-19-2011, 12:53 PM
Just wanted to share my absolute-overkill lighting setup. This picture was taken by a coworker who happen to catch me at a light on the way home one night. The whole assembly was roughly $30, consists of two 9" LED strips and an 8AA battery pack. Since 10 miles of my 18 mile commute are on-road, I prefer to be overly visible.

Naturally, click to expand.

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gregbilling
01-19-2011, 12:55 PM
That's sweet. It's like a aftermarket light set-up for a tuner car. Do you have a link to a website to buy such lights?

Thanks,
Greg

Riley Casey
01-19-2011, 01:06 PM
Very slick looking rig. Great color too, not a color that is normally part of the background noise of car lights and hopefully more noticeable. Do these stay on your bike all the time or are they attached as needed for night time riding?

Tim Kelley
01-19-2011, 01:14 PM
You didn't happen to run into a bunch of people giving away free bike lights to people who didn't have them at the Custis/Mt. Vernon/Key Bridge back in December, did you?

There can't be two of you out there? Can there?

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PrintError
01-19-2011, 02:23 PM
Greg: http://www.oznium.com/led-flex-strips
I'm using two 9.5" ones. VERY inexpensive.

Riley: I actually picked green because it's the color your eye responds to fastest. You'll almost sub-consciously see me before you actually SEE me see me. Make sense?
The strips live on the bike full-time via. zip ties since it's my every-day commuter. I've attached pictures of version 1.0 of the setup. This was the test-fitting, and after a trial run, I replaced the tacky green zip ties with matching blues and tucked everything away nicely. The setup is clean and stealth now.

Tim: No, but that would be awesome. I've told some people at work about my setup, so I wouldn't be surprised if there are others out there. I think someone also sells a $100+ kit to do this, but I built it for about $30 with shipping.

Riley Casey
01-19-2011, 02:43 PM
Thanks for the detailed pics PrintError, I'm inspired! I also need to clean my bike :-(

eminva
01-19-2011, 03:22 PM
Hello Tim --

That was probably me. I will take a picture tonight when the sun goes down so you can get the full effect. My light is amber (I read, perhaps accurately or not, that amber is the one color that is legal in every jurisdiction, and I figured I am riding in so many jurisdictions, better to be safe than sorry and/or do a major research project on vehicle lighting regulations).

I got mine here: http://rockthebike.com/lights/downlowglow

It has a rechargeable battery and fastens on with zip ties, too. It was such a nuisance to get it on I think it would have been easier to build it from scratch, but your mileage may vary depending on your frame.

Liz

eminva
01-19-2011, 03:26 PM
Oops, I stand corrected, I didn't notice your photo Tim. That's not me, but I think I've seen that guy, too.

I will send you a picture of my bike later.

Liz

DaveK
01-19-2011, 03:40 PM
Very cool. I think I'm going to steal this idea for my night-time riding. Was it someone in this thread I saw riding down 15th St towards the 14th St Bridge? Or else there's yet another slammed Honda Civic of a bike out there (and I mean that in the nicest way).

Joe Chapline
01-19-2011, 03:58 PM
Love the LED stips. These bikes are practically parade-ready. I also mean that in the nicest way.

CCrew
01-19-2011, 04:37 PM
definitely different - in a good way.

I thought these were interesting, seem to get mixed reviews. Have seen them in person, are really cool. http://www.monkeylectric.com/

eminva
01-19-2011, 08:38 PM
Sorry for my humble photography skills -- here is the bike with the glow tube (mine is actually florescent, not LED). I also took some closeups so you can see what it looks like installed and where the battery goes.

Liz

Mariner
01-31-2011, 10:13 AM
Greg: http://www.oznium.com/led-flex-strips
Riley: I actually picked green because it's the color your eye responds to fastest. You'll almost sub-consciously see me before you actually SEE me see me. Make sense?

Very cool. I like lights.

Wondering about green, though... awhile back, police vehicles switched to blue because it distinguishes them from other emergency vehicles, and the frequency is shorter than red (and green too). In low-light conditions when your eyes are responding to low-frequency wave lengths, it seems a high frequency input would prompt an even faster response. LEDs are effective for the same reason due to their light propagation properties. Looking at the flex-LED website, maybe I'll order a few strings of greens and blues.

Mariner
01-31-2011, 10:17 AM
You didn't happen to run into a bunch of people giving away free bike lights to people who didn't have them at the Custis/Mt. Vernon/Key Bridge back in December, did you?

There can't be two of you out there? Can there?

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How do you power that?

acc
01-31-2011, 08:36 PM
Wow, I have serious LED envy. I love the look, it is interesting and practical. Let me preface this statement to be sure you all know I am not being sarcastic, I really love the glow. It has a sort of super-hero meets Power Ranger attitude going on. But in a very cool way. Wonder if they come in pink?

Dan_ator
08-18-2011, 02:58 PM
Greg: http://www.oznium.com/led-flex-strips
I'm using two 9.5" ones. VERY inexpensive.

About how many hours do you tend to get on one set of 8 AA batteries? Do these things have an easy on/off switch?

vvill
11-01-2011, 08:54 PM
Ok so I have to admit I stole the idea of using these light strips for my halloween costume. :D
And ended up winning best costume in my neighbourhood block party. The prize was an automotive emergency kit _pokerface_ (I drive my car to work about twice a month.) but it'll be handy for the family van.

I used 8 AAs as well (rechargeable NiMHs), although I was powering more than 2 strips. I calculated a minimum of 4.5hrs battery life based on the tech specs listed on the oznium site. Got closer to 5 or 6 hrs. The orange and red strips can run on lower voltages than the green and blue.

DaveK
11-02-2011, 10:55 AM
Ok so I have to admit I stole the idea of using these light strips for my halloween costume. :D
And ended up winning best costume in my neighbourhood block party. The prize was an automotive emergency kit _pokerface_ (I drive my car to work about twice a month.) but it'll be handy for the family van.

I used 8 AAs as well (rechargeable NiMHs), although I was powering more than 2 strips. I calculated a minimum of 4.5hrs battery life based on the tech specs listed on the oznium site. Got closer to 5 or 6 hrs. The orange and red strips can run on lower voltages than the green and blue.

Well, now we need pictures.

vvill
11-02-2011, 10:07 PM
Haha, okay. Unfortunately I don't have any "action" shots (i.e. being out of the house walking around in this) but my wife did get a couple before I went out. The first one is taken at night, second one was the next day after i added a couple of ast minute things.
451 <= you can see the lights really well here. The green ones are "backlighting" the lightning bolt. The blue light strip is facing down and is still doing a lot.
452 <= not so much here. You can see the on-off switch, it's above my left shoulder. Attached with a spare clamp I had laying around and twist ties.



...one of these weekends I will probably end up putting some of these [lights] on my MTB commuter :D

PotomacCyclist
11-03-2011, 08:34 AM
So Sam Waterston was correct all those years ago? About robots existing and attacking? I think I need to go buy some SNL Insurance pronto.

PrintError
11-03-2011, 11:29 AM
Haha, okay. Unfortunately I don't have any "action" shots (i.e. being out of the house walking around in this) but my wife did get a couple before I went out. The first one is taken at night, second one was the next day after i added a couple of ast minute things.
451 <= you can see the lights really well here. The green ones are "backlighting" the lightning bolt. The blue light strip is facing down and is still doing a lot.
452 <= not so much here. You can see the on-off switch, it's above my left shoulder. Attached with a spare clamp I had laying around and twist ties.

...one of these weekends I will probably end up putting some of these [lights] on my MTB commuter :D

You are my hero, HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

DaveK
11-03-2011, 02:48 PM
Haha, okay. Unfortunately I don't have any "action" shots (i.e. being out of the house walking around in this) but my wife did get a couple before I went out. The first one is taken at night, second one was the next day after i added a couple of ast minute things.
451 <= you can see the lights really well here. The green ones are "backlighting" the lightning bolt. The blue light strip is facing down and is still doing a lot.
452 <= not so much here. You can see the on-off switch, it's above my left shoulder. Attached with a spare clamp I had laying around and twist ties.



...one of these weekends I will probably end up putting some of these [lights] on my MTB commuter :D

Amazing.

yung40
11-07-2011, 02:09 AM
er..i just know a little about it.And there are something different.
how about this site? http://www.ctledlights.com/lighting/led-strip/