Home Depot Lights

Discussion in 'Spare Parts, Tools & Product Developement' started by crabdance, Jun 8, 2008.

  1. crabdance

    crabdance Member

    Hi everyone, I don't know if you have seen this page before but I found it while doing some searching today and thought some people might enjoy taking a look at it. It shows a real cheap way of putting lights together for your bike with stuff from Home Depot. The url is:

    I'm going tomorrow and check it out!


  2. davidsis

    davidsis Guest

    Do those lights work?
  3. JohnnyLoves

    JohnnyLoves Member

    I've built a pair of these before, bit cheaper and simpler but let me tell ya, you can blind cars with these headlights. Search instructables for "Ultimate 18V Bike Light".

  4. crabdance

    crabdance Member

    Yea, these are great little headlights. I'm going to Home Depot today and buy the parts to make some. I'm not going to use the 50 watt bulb just 2 20 watt bulbs. The 50 watt gets too hot for the casing and melts everything after being on for about 10 minutes. Sooooo not good. But two 20's will look nice! Will post some pics when I get back from HD. Have a great morning everyone!
  5. crabdance

    crabdance Member

    Well, I'm not going to be able to go to Home Depot today. I'm having to wait until tomorrow. So I will let everyone know how my trip turned out tomorrow. I will take pictures then. Thanks all...
  6. crabdance

    crabdance Member

    Well, I just made me a big score on eBay. I got a 12v 7ah rechargeable battery for $3.13 plus $8.00 shipping. That's about the lowest I have been able to find one. So today I'm going to Home Depot and get setup for some lights. Can't decide if I'm going to use one or two 20 watt bulbs for the headlight setup. Obviously one will be less of a drain on the battery but two just looks cooler :cool: My engine kit should be here tomorrow and I can finally start working on all of this. I can't tell you all how bad I want to get on the road. I seems like it's taking forever for my kit to get here (but I know it isn't). Once I get going the only thing that's going to bring me back home from my first ride will be to get more gas, lol.
  7. SirJakesus

    SirJakesus Guest

    Cool lights. When thinking about the dual headlights and runtime concerns why dont you just use a couple of separate switches so you can run with just one light or both depending on how much available light there is and whether you just want to see or be seen.
  8. crabdance

    crabdance Member

    That sounds great but I don't know how to put a switch like that in. I guess it would not be too hard but I'm just so un-mechanical (and electrical) that I really don't don't know that much about it. Can you give me a few pointers about doing it? That was going to be the hardest part for me was putting in a switch. There's instructions for everything else.

    Never mind... there will probably be instructions with the switch that I buy. Sorry, but I have to ask for help for everything, duh.

    I will put me a switch on there. That's the way it should be and I will let you know how it turns out.
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  9. DetonatorTuning

    DetonatorTuning Active Member

    i'm going with the PVC units for my bike, i just don't like those metal couplers.

    if you use a 35w for each unit and use one for low beam and both for high you won't have the melting problem.

    or, you could use a 35w for low and a 50w for high on it's own and just vent the under and back side of the housing.

    i'm going to use this setup with red bulbs for brake lights and 2 more 25w lower on the fork legs in yellow for fog lights.

  10. crabdance

    crabdance Member

    I think the PVC ones would be good too. I just haven't seen any plans for those so I don't know anything about them. I'm not too swift on making things and need plans or instructions. The only problem that I worry about with the 35 watt is running the battery down. I don't know what the run-time would be for those.

    When you get yours done take some pics, I would love to see them. I bet they will turn out nice. I will have to think about the 35 watt bulbs some. I would like more watts, just don't know how the battery will like them. Someone had a formula for figuring out the runtime for bulbs. I can try and use that. I will let you know how things work out. Let me know about yours too!
  11. SirJakesus

    SirJakesus Guest

    switches for the most part are easy to install. most can just be run inline with the hot (positive) wire. so all u have to do is get dome tabbed auto switches and tab connectors, crimp the wires in the connectors and plug to the switch.
    PVC would be ideal because its relatively easy to cut and drill. and its CHEAP!
  12. crabdance

    crabdance Member

    Thanks man... I needed that extra help to picture what to do. I will look for some switches today when I go look at the lights and see what I can come up with. The one thing I like is when you said it was CHEAP! That we like! Will let you know what I find when I get back from Home Depot today later this afternoon.
  13. DetonatorTuning

    DetonatorTuning Active Member

    do a Google search for.........

    Monster quartz Halogen Bike Light

    that will take you straight there.

  14. crabdance

    crabdance Member

    Thanks for the link man... I'm there now
  15. crabdance

    crabdance Member

    turns out I can't get the lights 'cause money is tight. I did good just getting some oil for the bike today. If I end up doing the lights, I will post more but until then the project is off for a while... thanks everyone.
  16. Eco Speeder

    Eco Speeder Member

    It will cost more when you get to batteries big enough to power those lights. Not mention the extra weight.

    I got 2 of these 9 LED light for $7 a piece. Very bright with only two. You can mount them high on the handlebars or under-slung. The only thing I did to them was to internally silicon seal the LED reflector and the cap opposite where the batteries go in. It did not seem like they needed it but i did it anyway. The switch is a simple rubber sealed push button on top. The light detaches from it's mount. It had a nice positive lock action but a tiny bit of looseness so I epoxied it. Each light 3AA batteries ; $1 for 6 at the dollar store.

    They have a blinking mode so I got 2 more (came today) which I will make amber with some yellow film and mount on the bar ends as directionals.


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  17. crabdance

    crabdance Member

    Sounds like you got a nice set of lights. And yea, the Home Depot lights have silicon on them too. I already bought the battery for the lights and I waiting on it to get here. It's a 12v 7ah sla rechargeable. It will be a little added weight but I think it will be worth it. I haven't figured out what to do about a switch yet. I will have to check that out when I go to Home Depot and see what they have and what will work. I'm not the best mechanic/electrician in the world so that doesn't help. I think the blinking mode on your lights is neat. Good thing to use for directionals. Do you have yours mounted already?
  18. jared3377

    jared3377 Member

    NEAT! I'm thinkin' of doing something like this on my MB, but I think I'll go the Wall-World fog light route...any suggestions for batteries and also mounting the battery? I'm thinking it would go nicely on a rear-rack or something...
  19. crabdance

    crabdance Member

    Hi jared, Good luck with the lights. I think they are neat. I don't know if it's right for you but I'm going to use a 12v 7ah sla rechargeable battery. That will give me longer runtime on the lights than plain batteries will (I think)... There is a little added weight but I think it's worth it. As far as where the battery go, I don't know about mine yet. will have to wait until I get the battery (it's still in shipping) to know what's the best place. I would think a rear rack mount would be fine. That would be a nice place to put your batteries.

    Let me know how it turns out. I would really like to see what you get going!
  20. SirJakesus

    SirJakesus Guest

    You'll have to get a 12v power switch from an auto store or auto dept. Most of the switches at home depot are made for 120v. I did the fog light headlamp, works great but the beam isn't as focused as I would like.