tattoogoddess wrote:I have one set of solar LED's that I am going to use on my bike along with these little led sticks that screw onto your air thingy on your bike. They light up only when the bike is moving ( I use them now and rock)
You'll want them to be lit all the time, not just while you're moving, and even when you're not there
so that when you wander back to your bike you can find it.
And solar... don't use solar lights. They don't last very long and they're expensive and finicky.
I have a set off Blue LED Christmas lights but they are plug in. I have 4 strings of normal lights with 2 c's battery packs on them. Can I chop it off and soder it to the LED strand? Like I said I don't get it.
I have 2 orange ones in the set of 4 that look like this but are solid and the box is a little bit differat. How do you tell if they are LED's? This pic is LED and say "Runs approximately 72 hours on a set of batteries"
For the Christmas lights, honestly, just ditch them. You don't need them.
I brought some LED AA-battery Christmas lights the first year. They were cute at first, but quickly got tossed aside because they weren't needed. Your thinking is probably that you can make your tent easier to see, and/or make the camp look better. Well, it's rarely the case. Your camp will be in one of two states: brightly lit, or extremely dark. In the former case, your Christmas lights don't add anything; in the latter, you're not even in camp, and that's why it's dark. You have your headlamp; don't bother with Christmas lights. It's just another disused thing to haul back home.
My head lamp is a Rayovac SPHLTLED-B Sportsman LED Headlight. It is my sisters she used in Belize. I just looked it up and it said 200 hours?
"Two red led?s in this Sportsman headlight gives improved night vision and one white led for close up use and a long range krypton for distance
This headlight has a battery life up to 200 hours when used on led setting
Beam brightness, 2900 peak beam candlepower"
So looks like I should be ok at night for sure with one set of batteries?
The rated "200 hours" is only for the annoying, blinking red LEDs that do not illuminate much and will be no use other than to not be a darktard. They don't last quite that long on the other batteries, and I've found that model of headlamp too bright and unnecessary. It's more like a bike light than a headlamp.
I'd leave your sister's headlamp at home, and get some cheap crappy LED headlamp. You don't want to bring something you're going to worry about breaking, ruining, or losing. What more, you don't need fancy features like krypton bulbs for long distance viewing. You'll need the most light when you're in the deep playa, and even then you'll only need to illuminate about 5-10ft in front of you. It's very bright and flat, and you're not going to get lost. Your head lights are just so you don't trip or run over things, and so you can see what you're doing when you're taking a shit.
Hell, I'd concentrate on buying lights so that people can see you,
not the other way around. It's very bright and busy out there. Spend your time and money on making your bike and yourself easily identifiable so when you get detached from whomever you're following they can wait for you to catch up.
I do have 2 LED sticks. Yay for Halloween clearance! They are the life gear ones.
You'll want more than that: some for your bike, some for both sides of your body (front and back), lighting up tents, other people, etc. They're like a buck each, and they break too, so you'll want spares.