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Old 01-05-2015, 04:12 PM   #1
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Winter project: safety lights

Hey guys,

I've got a winter project at hand, its something i've been wanting to do for a few years. Safety light the out of the bike.

Around sunset, ever seen a cop bike float past with its "glowing" red/blues? I'm wanting to do the same thing, just with amber lights. I checked with a motorcycle patrolman and he stated that, although red AND blue lights are reserved for emergency/police personnel, that red could potentially be used in the rear, and amber up front.

That being said, I have red reflectors in the rear and amber reflectors on the forks in the front.

I'd like to replace the reflectors (some broken) with tiny strips of flexible LED's set to their corresponding colors. With two modes: Solid and strobe.

Solid mode for when im doing every day/night riding
Strobe mode for when i see a pile up or accident ahead and want drivers to take notice.

Does anyone here have any sources for the flexible led strips? Or anyone who has been wiring LED's for sometime have any opinions against using these flexible strips?

Im looking for something as close to permanent as possible while also not being too ugly when they're off. Thats why the clear led flexible lights are so appealing to me because they can be ran along the forks or around the license plate etc. etc. to give it a stealth look while not looking ugly.

My Sv650 already has a dual LED strip as the tail light so the LED strip motif would coincide with the bikes look, somewhat.

Anyone have any opinons suggestions or reccomendations i would much appreciate it.
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Saw this on the ZX10r.net forum last night.He hooked up led's to the rear brake and rear blinkers.

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Old 01-05-2015, 08:21 PM   #3
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You can get strips at any auto parts store. Superbrightleds.com is a good source, too. As far as what lights where, amber can't go past the front 2/3 of the vehicle and red can't go past the rear 1/3. Cycle gear occasionally runs specials on integrated license plate frames. Personally, I'd just go with blue LEDs under the frame. It's the most visible color at night.
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Old 01-06-2015, 03:15 PM   #4
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I checked with a motorcycle patrolman and he stated that, although red AND blue lights are reserved for emergency/police personnel....
Oh, and it's alternating red and blues that are reserved for law enforcement. You can have blue accent lights, but they have to be steady-burning. No blinking allowed. Other things to keep in mind are that (in Texas), the bulb for the accent light cannot be visible and the beam can't hit the pavement more than 75' from the vehicle.

http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.u...47.htm#547.305

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Sec. 547.305. RESTRICTIONS ON USE OF LIGHTS. (a) A motor vehicle lamp or illuminating device, other than a headlamp, spotlamp, auxiliary lamp, turn signal lamp, or emergency vehicle, tow truck, or school bus warning lamp, that projects a beam with an intensity brighter than 300 candlepower shall be directed so that no part of the high-intensity portion of the beam strikes the roadway at a distance of more than 75 feet from the vehicle.

(b) Except as expressly authorized by law, a person may not operate or move equipment or a vehicle, other than a police vehicle, with a lamp or device that displays a red light visible from directly in front of the center of the equipment or vehicle.

(c) A person may not operate a motor vehicle equipped with a red, white, or blue beacon, flashing, or alternating light unless the equipment is:
(1) used as specifically authorized by this chapter; or
(2) a running lamp, headlamp, taillamp, backup lamp, or turn signal lamp that is used as authorized by law.
So...red can't be visible from the front. I know it says you can't have a blue beacon, but accent lights aren't a beacon unless the bulb is visible.

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a fire or light set up in a high or prominent position as a warning, signal, or celebration.
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