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Cool bike lights

Postby yurtgirl » Tue Jun 26, 2012 7:44 pm

Thinking about getting these. Thought they were cool. Plus they're cheaper now.
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Re: Cool bike lights

Postby Bounce530 » Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:06 pm

half price here:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bike-Bicycle-Wheel-Spoke-14-LED-Blue-Light-Waterproof-/180914395188?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a1f569834#ht_3205wt_1396
I'm not sure if they will work that well on playa, you have to go pretty fast for the patterns to look right. I've never used them though, just what I've heard.
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Re: Cool bike lights

Postby Just_Joe » Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:40 pm

Get two.
One to shine to the left, one to shine to the right...
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Re: Cool bike lights

Postby jkisha » Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:44 pm

Those are a lot cheaper than Hokey Spokes.
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Re: Cool bike lights

Postby cordsally » Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:47 pm

Thanks for sharing this information and links.................... :roll:
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Re: Cool bike lights

Postby dragonpilot » Fri Jun 29, 2012 9:10 pm

This just came out on Jack Rabbit Speaks:

http://burningman.com/preparation/resou ... s2012.html

More than just for bikes, but....
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Re: Cool bike lights

Postby Bounce530 » Fri Jun 29, 2012 9:22 pm

That first link on the JRS is selling 10 feet (3meters) of El Wire for $14. You can get the same stuff here for $6
http://www.ebay.com/itm/3M-Flexible-Neon-Light-Glow-EL-Wire-Rope-Strip-Driver-/220817256127?pt=US_Car_Lighting&hash=item3369bbeebf#ht_3495wt_1163
minus the velcro... :roll:
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Re: Cool bike lights

Postby dragonpilot » Sat Jun 30, 2012 12:58 pm

Bounce530 wrote:That first link on the JRS is selling 10 feet (3meters) of El Wire for $14. You can get the same stuff here for $6
http://www.ebay.com/itm/3M-Flexible-Neon-Light-Glow-EL-Wire-Rope-Strip-Driver-/220817256127?pt=US_Car_Lighting&hash=item3369bbeebf#ht_3495wt_1163
minus the velcro... :roll:


No velcro? Forget it! :P
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Re: Cool bike lights

Postby Bexx » Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:42 am

I just ordered these on the 3rd and they got shipped super fast, showed up on the 6th.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003J9 ... 00_s00_i00
The averages to about 7 bucks each. Plus you can get free shipping I think.
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Re: Cool bike lights

Postby BBadger » Wed Jul 11, 2012 1:47 am

Bexx wrote:I just ordered these on the 3rd and they got shipped super fast, showed up on the 6th.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003J9 ... 00_s00_i00
The averages to about 7 bucks each. Plus you can get free shipping I think.


I got some Bikeglow EL-wire kits and they sure chewed through batteries and weren't all that bright. By the end of the burn they were just a taped up mess and I didn't even bother taking them off the bike after the burn since I was pretty disappointed. Needless to say, I'm sticking with LED-based lights instead.
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Re: Cool bike lights

Postby Bexx » Wed Jul 11, 2012 2:50 am

BBadger wrote:I got some Bikeglow EL-wire kits and they sure chewed through batteries and weren't all that bright. By the end of the burn they were just a taped up mess and I didn't even bother taking them off the bike after the burn since I was pretty disappointed. Needless to say, I'm sticking with LED-based lights instead.


I used last year - some ones I got from another place that offered a BM discount, I can't remember who. - they worked perfectly out there and are still going strong! Interesting enough, I actually ordered some bikeglow ones last year in well enough time for them to have been shipped to me before I left - and they ended up getting to the house I think on Monday - so I didn't have them out there. I've been using he BG ones on my bike at home - when I go out. I think its all YMMV with these things.

The ones I ordered up there are actually being used in shark fins that I'm making for my camp!
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Re: Cool bike lights

Postby delle » Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:42 am

yurtgirl wrote:Thinking about getting these. Thought they were cool. Plus they're cheaper now.
https://www.saveology.com/deals/nationa ... 20120626-A



I'm intrigued by how 14 little lights in a straight line can spell out words...... Thought maybe you'd need a bunch of them for that to work, but not a single site mentions this.

I guess I'll just go to work confused this morning.

Can anyone with experience with these enlighten me?
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Re: Cool bike lights

Postby BBadger » Wed Jul 11, 2012 5:02 am

They work kind of like these fans. By timing the lights so that they turn on at specific intervals that correspond to the position of the fan blades. Couple all that with with the persistence of light that your eyes see, it make them appear like words or other graphics. Check out image #2 on the above link. It shows the effect better.

CRT TVs (the old ones before flat screen LCD or plasma screen TVs) work on the same sort of principle. A scanning beam draws the image very quickly, causing the phosphors on your screen to remain bright long enough to look like a full image. It's so fast that it doesn't appear scanned.

For the tire lights, they're timed with the spinning of the tires, so they only need those 14. Whether someone will actually be moving fast enough on the playa to spell out something--especially this year--is to be determined.
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Re: Cool bike lights

Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:43 am

Bexx wrote:I think its all YMMV with these things.

Which makes them far too useless and unreliable for me. Especially for the price. I didn't get as much use from my two bike kits as BBadger did.
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