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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-25-2010, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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LED Brake light

Was looking for a good BRIGHT LED light for my tail/brake light... can't seem to find any. Dad had a light that swirled around and flashed when you applied the brakes, but it was dim, and honestly, I didn't like the swirling around when you were just cruising around...

Anyone have any suggestions?

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-26-2010, 05:20 AM
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I've been thinking about adding the Clear Alternatives tail LED. There's a simple direct replacement board, and also an integrated one with turn signals that I'd really like... but I'm just not sure yet if they'll work with the Küry Triple Whammy that I already have.

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Sylvania 2357 LL bulb............... much brighter with brake applied than stock. Walmart, etc........
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Sylvania makes these claims:

Product Features:
Up to 100% longer life
Same wattage and voltage as standard bulb
Same light output as standard bulb
Legal for on-road use

So the LL is long Life, but it doesn't claim to be any brighter
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Are you looking for LED lights just for the sake of LED lights, or is your goal to be more visible and let the soccer moms, texting teens, etc behind you let you know what you are doing without question?
If it's the latter, my suggestion is "hyperlites" flashing brake lights. Google it and there are videos on there, but all in all, it's a set of LED's that pulse on and off for several seconds when you apply the brake, then go to steady burn. It really catches your eye!
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I just bought a pair of the flashing red brakelight LED's from Electropods. The instructions say that installation is simple; just wire it directly to (or, on the brakelight side of) the brakelight switch. Uh..... where is that?

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Not certain on your specific bike, but more than likely the switches are right on the pedal/lever. I wouldn't bother tapping the wire into either of the switches since you will have to run the hot wire all the way to the back. Just find the hot wire back by the tail light and splice in there.
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How do we know which is the 'hot wire' and which is the 'brake wire' ? They're not the same wire.... are they?

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Ok, get a $2 test light at walmart that you just clip to a good ground. Pull your seat, try your best to trace the wires back from your brake light so you have a good idea of which couple of wires you're working with. Then find a point, preferably positioned under your seat somewhere to poke into the wires to test for current, the test light will light up if it's there. Then pull your brake lever and test again to find the wire that wasn't hot before but is now. That's the hot feed to your brake light. That's the wire you want to cut and splice your device into. I'm just trying to make it simple here for you. Hope this helps.
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Ok, get a $2 test light at walmart that you just clip to a good ground. Pull your seat, try your best to trace the wires back from your brake light so you have a good idea of which couple of wires you're working with. Then find a point, preferably positioned under your seat somewhere to poke into the wires to test for current, the test light will light up if it's there. Then pull your brake lever and test again to find the wire that wasn't hot before but is now. That's the hot feed to your brake light. That's the wire you want to cut and splice your device into. I'm just trying to make it simple here for you. Hope this helps.
Hey, BD Man !!! Thanks for your advice! I'm all about simple.... the simpler it is, the less likely I am to screw it up... LOL !!! I'll have to give that a shot!

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