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keithwwalker
05-03-2011, 11:55 PM
Usually I think these things are junk, but PIAA is a quality lighting company, so I am inclined to think different about these:
WheeLED's (http://www.shopatron.com/products/category/353.0.1.1.81140.0.0.0.0?)
http://images.gizmag.com/gallery_lrg/ferris-wheeled-2.png
http://images.gizmag.com/gallery_lrg/ferris-wheeled-8.png

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/__0abyIbLM64/S12J2_5mmyI/AAAAAAAAGWA/rND_VTgSghA/s400/PIAA+FERRIS.jpg
http://carview-img02.bmcdn.jp/minkara/parts/000/002/667/088/2667088/p1.jpg

http://youtu.be/rrnqa2vFAaM

The only disadvantage is that they seem motion activated with no ambient light sensor to tell when it is night....but then again, you can always put them on when you want, they are tiny.

Would also be nice if they were available in red.

wsbob
05-04-2011, 08:54 AM
Looks good! Except that it's another thing that needs a battery. For them to work optimally, the owner has to be checking on them, changing them out for new batteries. Seems like something most people would rather quickly get tired of doing.

keithwwalker
05-04-2011, 11:33 AM
Would be nice to have them powered by a dyno, but again, I think I would keep them in my pocket and use them sparingly for when I do ride at night/winter. I don't know what the battery life is.

Looks good! Except that it's another thing that needs a battery. For them to work optimally, the owner has to be checking on them, changing them out for new batteries. Seems like something most people would rather quickly get tired of doing.

Simple Nature
05-04-2011, 01:24 PM
I have used many a valve stem blinkies and love them. They're cheap and the batteries too are dirt cheap. All from HongKong and out of 10 units, 10 worked. perfectly. I remove the 3 batteries after each ride and they seem to last - f o r e v e r -.

My new favorite is the NiteIze SpokLit... Available in a variety of colors and they really add side visibility. I bought spare batteries at Amazon for <$5/25 lot (cr2016).

http://ec5.images-amazon.com/images/I/61EAOExihPL.jpg

K'Tesh
05-18-2011, 10:33 PM
Project Aura lighting system (http://vimeo.com/23544972).

I like the effect. :cool:

Alan
05-18-2011, 11:30 PM
Project Aura lighting system (http://vimeo.com/23544972).

Yeah, cool! More on their project at surg2011.tumblr.com (http://surg2011.tumblr.com/).

I saw another flashy wheel light the other day called MonkeyLectric (http://www.monkeylectric.com/) over at Bike Tires Direct (http://www.biketiresdirect.com/product/monkeylectric-monkey-light). Gaudy, pricey and battery powered instead of dynamo but still very hi-viz and actually on the market. Video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLtbeU8FJW0 includes some good freestyle.

Those PIAA's that keithwwalker spotted are more appealing to me for both price and appearance, but I wish they came in amber as the standard side-marker color.

q`Tzal
05-19-2011, 06:49 PM
Project Aura lighting system (http://vimeo.com/23544972).

Great if you have a dyno hub.

Could achieve the same affect with a few small aftermarket Tire-Flys like products.
Remove the part that attaches to the valve stem and you lose ~40% of the size and ~25% of the weight.
Replace the three watch batteries with loops of 40 gauge wire for inductive pickup and you lose ~50% of the original weight.
Add very small super capacitor to provide short term carryover of blinking while stopped. These are light and current draw is low enough that the cap size can be kept small.

Place high grade Neodymium N45 magnets (http://unitednuclear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=70_79&zenid=e976473d0ccec761e0f3b5e1eb146939)on the frame to provide the field for the individual light's pickup coils.

Ta-da, a feasible product that anyone can implement without a large financial outlay.
Increase your lights and magnets and you could rival markallyn.

wsbob
05-19-2011, 09:44 PM
Great if you have a dyno hub.

Could achieve the same affect with a few small aftermarket Tire-Flys like products.
Remove the part that attaches to the valve stem and you lose ~40% of the size and ~25% of the weight.
Replace the three watch batteries with loops of 40 gauge wire for inductive pickup and you lose ~50% of the original weight.
Add very small super capacitor to provide short term carryover of blinking while stopped. These are light and current draw is low enough that the cap size can be kept small.

Place high grade Neodymium N45 magnets (http://unitednuclear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=70_79&zenid=e976473d0ccec761e0f3b5e1eb146939)on the frame to provide the field for the individual light's pickup coils.

Ta-da, a feasible product that anyone can implement without a large financial outlay.
Increase your lights and magnets and you could rival markallyn.

So simple, a caveman could do it...right? Just joking. I wouldn't know where to start "... with loops of 40 gauge wire for inductive pickup ... ...Add very small super capacitor...Place high grade Neodymium N45 magnets on the frame to provide the field for the individual light's pickup coils. ". Interesting idea for light nerds though!

q`Tzal
05-23-2011, 01:30 PM
So simple, a caveman could do it...right? Just joking. I wouldn't know where to start "

Not implying it is simple, just very possible.
Now to me it is simple but I have no manufacturing equipment, but I can visualize the entire process, and I have no capital.

I come up with lots of invention type ideas and when one is possible, like my prior post, I like to toss them out in to the world to see if some will steal my idea and make the durn thing. Not so I can sue but for the simple vindication that it might have been a good idea.

Now, I really like the idea of a Star Trek mobile emitter that a cyclist can wear that projects the image of a large, old, dirty city dump truck. No one would think anything of something that large lumbering around town slowly and no one in their right mind will attempt to intimidate it.:D

wsbob
05-23-2011, 02:30 PM
Not implying it is simple, just very possible.
Now to me it is simple but I have no manufacturing equipment, but I can visualize the entire process, and I have no capital.

I come up with lots of invention type ideas and when one is possible, like my prior post, I like to toss them out in to the world to see if some will steal my idea and make the durn thing. Not so I can sue but for the simple vindication that it might have been a good idea.

Now, I really like the idea of a Star Trek mobile emitter that a cyclist can wear that projects the image of a large, old, dirty city dump truck. No one would think anything of something that large lumbering around town slowly and no one in their right mind will attempt to intimidate it.:D

The idea is the first step. Then a prototype. Manufacturing facilities might be important later.

I've been reading a fantasy series that involves magic, so ideas related to being able to project at will, an intimidating, convincing illusion that has the potential of being able to counter inherent limitations of humble reality has some definite appeal.

keithwwalker
06-06-2011, 04:21 PM
I agree Alan, I would of liked amber and red but they just have white, pink and blue.....

I got one of the lights, it really does work, but there is no 'off' switch! Which means that the motion activation will always light up if the batteries are in. Wish PIAA would refine the product just a little bit and they would have a winner on their hands.

Also, the PIAA lamp is a bit cheaper in person than in photos. Not a big complaint, but I was expecting Japanese quality from a Japanese company, but didn't quite get that.

The worse part is that the lights are only on one side, the light bleeds through to the other side, but clearly a gimmick light, not a safety light; which may enhance your existing bike safety lights.

kww

Yeah, cool! More on their project at surg2011.tumblr.com (http://surg2011.tumblr.com/).

I saw another flashy wheel light the other day called MonkeyLectric (http://www.monkeylectric.com/) over at Bike Tires Direct (http://www.biketiresdirect.com/product/monkeylectric-monkey-light). Gaudy, pricey and battery powered instead of dynamo but still very hi-viz and actually on the market. Video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLtbeU8FJW0 includes some good freestyle.

Those PIAA's that keithwwalker spotted are more appealing to me for both price and appearance, but I wish they came in amber as the standard side-marker color.