I have had really good experience with the Blackburn Quadrant/Mars combo.
I've used a few different brands and these seem better than lots others, they seem to take a bit of a beating, don't drain batteries too terribly quickly (yet are bright) and the taillight has great side indicators.
I'd give you a link but I haven't been a user for more than one full day, so I can't put up links yet. A search for "blackburn" should turn it up.
I've tried so many different lights that I'm getting headlight poor. Most of them don't throw out enough light for me and if they do the batteries don't last, but the reviews on this one look pretty good. I know LED's are getting better...maybe this one is bright enough. The combo (tail light/headlight) is only $17 at Amazon so I might give it a try. Do you think it's bright enough for speeds of around 20-25 mph?
I just buy a pair of driving lights at your local auto parts store keep one as 12volt and run it off a rechargeable battery. The other I modify with a $1.59 E10 lamp socket from Radio Shack. Stick in the bulb from the Schwinn generator light set and you have a high and a low beam in matching housings. You can do the same with tail lights too, but you can put both in the same housing since taillights don't require specific placement in relationship to a reflector.
Has anyone rigged a tail light slash brake light, Im in Las Vegas and they treat it as a Moped as far as I can tell. They want a tail light that will illuminate while breaking visible for 200 ft in daylight. I can probably get away with no turn signals but I have to rig something for the front and back
have a look at this...i know it seems hokey, but it's only hokey until it's been installed the way you want & it's doing the job. i'd think the brakelight "switch" could be used in a diy system if that's the way you'd rather go.
I used a brake light like that when I was living in toronto (big city, CRAZY drivers !)
that spring looking thing is the switch, brake cable goes thru it, the screw on side tightens it to cable,
pulling brake closes switch (against frame where cable is bare before brake assembly), turning light on...
releasing the brake opens switch, turning light off
switch was more rugged than light LOL, but it's sitting in my cousins shed in Niagara Falls, in a big box with all my mtn bike parts
Nice, I am thinking the moped brake handels that have the microswitch in them might work with a regular LED, Just rig that above my tail light. If that doesnt work maybe a simple on of switch while breaking when the man is behind me. thanks for the ideas, what a headache
I found this little tail light combo, it signals left and right with a steady tail light plus a break light. Its a little on the cheese side but it will keep those who have to have them, out of trouble. As a bonus it comes with the most annoying horn made with several different sounds. The solid part of this $20 system is that the break light works through a pressure switch that just links into brake cable by the caliper. To me the switch alone is worth the price even if the Lights cant handle the vibration, I will snip the switch and use it on a better system. Here is the link http://www.bikeworldusa.com/product_info.php/cPath/25_51/products_id/990
still getting my bike up and running, have the turn signals sorted out but using cheap led sets from hongkong for brake lights, have you found anything better. I have been riding mostly early morning on my days off so not drawing too much attention to myself yet,
took the bike up to mount chareston last weekend (in the back of the pick up)had a blast and so pretty funny looks, will probably try and ride the red rock canyon loop one of these days before it gets too hot....