Full Lighting System.

Discussion in 'Electrical' started by JosephGarcia, Apr 27, 2007.

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  1. JosephGarcia

    JosephGarcia Guest

    What I had in mind was a small control box that can be handlebar mounted, power fed from an external battery mounted on frame, and it controls headlight, tailight, turn signals, anything else...

    Heres a pic of what I had in mind.

    That little bix could be handlebar mounted near the throttle, or in the middle, left side, wherever.

    I want to get this working in a few days, but I'm not good with wiring, I have the switches, box, wires, lights and everything. But how exactly would I wire up the inside of the box to allow everything to work? The turn signals would need some kind of circuit to flash at a steady rate, and I don't know how to do that. I have the headlight working, tailight should come in tomorrow.

    It would be neat if we could standardize these and sell them as kits.

    feedback please! Your opinion on what you think of it, or any help in wiring the turn signal circuit.

    I love little gadgets like these :grin:

  2. Guest

    Guest Guest

    One more thing joe, how about a brake light switch?
  3. dr_clabo

    dr_clabo Guest

    Joe - that is a great pic you posted.

    Here is a link/address of a place that has all kinds of circuts.
    If you are not good at wiring, have your tech take a look.
    Most are low current LED type schematics that should serve better.

    If you are looking for more traditional moto type, you can do a yahoo or google search for your hired tech....

    Hope this will help,
  4. JosephGarcia

    JosephGarcia Guest

    I was thinking the brake light was connected to the headlight switch, so it turns on both. But this idea is flexible.
  5. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    you could run a 2 filament bulb like a car with 1 filament for tail light and other running from a microswitch to activate as brake light
    ...I think thats what joe was referring to
  6. JosephGarcia

    JosephGarcia Guest

    How would I make it so the brakelight came on when I am braking? Otherwise having to press the switch while im trying to brake doesn't sound very safe.
  7. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    i'm not recommending one way or the other, just thought i'd show you this...ebay item # 190106783437

    surely, if you can find just the brake-light switch somewhere, or the whole kit isn't too expensive either, eh?
  8. JosephGarcia

    JosephGarcia Guest

    Ugh, no. I was tempted to buy that in Big 5 last week. But it's so small, it's really useless.

    Autozone has a nice rear motorcycle tail+breaklight, a rectangle, about 4 inches long by 1.5 tall. I'm using that. It also has a license plate illuminator light, not that I'll use it. Mounted on a rear fender like the Whizzer


    For about 14.99

    For the turn signals, I made them already, not too pretty. I ripped off the plastic reflectors, two white ones, painted them with clear orange, fit a small bulb behind them. The reflectors with a bulb behind them end up looking like the tailights on a car. Looks good when lit.
  9. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    well! :p

    i was talking about using the brake-light switch that comes with it, or finding just that part somewhere 8)
  10. azvinnie

    azvinnie Guest

    l think you idea is great, but did everyone forget that your riding a bike and not a motorcycle? l dont think turn signals will help you when that old lady runs you off the road..........
  11. JosephGarcia

    JosephGarcia Guest

    Mine feels like a motorcycle, haha

    But seriously. I was stopped by a cop for the first time the other day and he informed me that the bike was legal to ride without a license and that I was following the laws, but I have to have working lights (I know this to be false, i think...) mainly just the tailight, so I might as well go all out with it, right? haha
  12. JosephGarcia

    JosephGarcia Guest

    Update. I set up my rear light, Two 12Volt bulbs in one rectangular housing, powered by a single 9 volt battery, controlled by a rocker switch mounted under my light switch. It's actually very bright. I wish I got to make my "control box" idea, But I'll do that later.

    For now, other motorists treat me as a motorcycle and give me space now. Before they used to cut me off and yelled "GET OFF THE STREET!"

    Let this thread now exist for the discussion of battery powered light systems.
  13. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Joe, I was thinking of my type of coaster brake. A thumb switch would cover brake lights for me, but yeah, I can see where using a seperate switch while hand braking could be a bit much.

    How about the brake handle mount/ect. from a moped with the switch already in it? You may find one that has the turn signal switch in it as well.
  14. JosephGarcia

    JosephGarcia Guest

    That's a good idea, I'll look for one of those on craigslist. Thanks
  15. Chopper

    Chopper Guest

    How has this progressed Joe?
  16. JosephGarcia

    JosephGarcia Guest

    I forgot about this thread, thanks for bumping it.

    Well, I got that box installed on my latest bike with two flip style switches in it for front and rear lights, but I found that it took too much space on my handlebars and found another way to mount the buttons.

    I forgot to take a pic, sorry.
  17. Chopper

    Chopper Guest

    Any pics/tips on how you now have it set up would be great, I'm about to start collecting the bits to mount lights and turn signals on mine.
  18. OldPete

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  19. JosephGarcia

    JosephGarcia Guest

    Well I like them :grin:
  20. Where did you buy

    I was wandering where you bought the control box and all the supplies? Did they all come together as a package?