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LED-Day-Drive-Light for your bicycle

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If you check the modern cars, driving on our streets, you will realize that they all have a Day-Drive-Light with LEDs.
The critics mean, if everyone drives with light during the day, we survey the cyclists, because they only turn on their light, if it gets dark!
Ok, nice point. We bikers need bright enviroment-friendly light, too Hm, we all like LEDs! (You do, i´m sure ^^ ) LEDs on our bikes! Great idea!
So, I thought "Why, don´t build a LED-Bike-Day-Drive-Light?".

I started "developing" 6 months ago and realized that it is relative easy to do!
I wanted a light, that is bright enough to be seen on daylight.
In addition it should be possible to turn on both "light-systems"  (the main-system: front-light, and rear-light, I hope you got them, but it is not necessary for this Instructable;  and the new day-light-system)
And the most important point: it have to use the dynamo and NO BATTERIES.
Here on instructables.com are a lot of these battery lights, but if you ask me we all should never use batteries for a bike light! We have only the one planet... And we all should realize that good (longlasting) batteries aren´t cheap on long time. So, hey! A (Hub-) Dynamo is the best way if you ride your bike often. In my opinion good Bikers make their light  in an environmentally friendly manner!

So, here are the advantages of the
Day-Drive-Light...
... makes biking safer
... looks great, everyone is looking at you!
... you can turn on your ordinary light and the Day-Drive-Light
... LED-light makes fun!

Ok i wrote to much. LED´s start!

PS: please read the complete Instructable before you start. Some informations are necessary for the complete LED-Light      :D



 
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Anooj.S.T2 years ago
it doesn't focus
sgomes32 years ago
This is very cool. Thank for sharing this project. I need to give this a try.
i use day lights but havent had the time to try and buld a dynamo type.one of my requirements would br to have goog lighting power when stoped , slowing and starting. 1 am not sure if a capacitator would store enough power
presently i use a deal extreme green output 700lum , solo lithium battery , 3.7 vdc LC 18650 2400 mah, they are sold green , wish they blinked to save batteries . I use tire tubing to lash it to my basket, with a piece of fast back? it is the double sided velcro, that sticks to itself and had multiple uses on bikes. I use a small piece to lock my brake handles closed on the grips, so it helps with balance and not walking and falling, and also another obstacle for the thief. It is really hard to see on black grips.
i like green since no one in the usa has a clue what it is , it also hits their side view mirrors, with a bright green glow.i am in nyc area so i have been using some kind of daytime light for a while, saw how many times someone who was opening the door , stopped,since they saw the earlier white led, but blinkys, forget the name but for the size they were great for being seen, not for seeing. i also had to make sure it was aimed at the side view mirrors, but the reflection back was easy to see. Air zound is the other survival tool, a 2 litter bottle wrapped in tape to make it stronger, was better than the original bottle. i only use it on vehicles, no pedestrians, that is what the bell and brakes are for. Very rude to use air zound on ped or other bicyclist unless they are really being a law breaking jerk. i still need to make a foolproof airzound horn button.
Nice lights, daytime lights are real life savers on bikes. being seen in the daytime keeps you around to ride again, well except for the cell phone / texting drivers who are killing daily in this area.
allaboutus3 years ago
Cool, i like that
etw3 years ago
lovely simple scheme.
Just in th elight of some questions: yes, the light will depend on the speed of cycling and may flicker a bit on low speed. For those interested to develop this schedule a bit further: check here
zeyshan3 years ago
it's awesome...thanks dude! :D
Centaur14 years ago
Interesting... but you forgot the power source. I figured those LED's that you use will use up a-lot of power if useing just a 9 volt battery.
Wiesi (author)  Centaur14 years ago
hey mate could be, that I did not understand your question.
The circuit is developed for a Hub-Dynamo, each modern bike should have.
I don´t like that battery-lights much, they are weak and expensive with the time.
sfsreporter4 years ago
great idea mate!

does the circuit ensure uniform lighting or is it my bike speed dependent?
if it does then how?

ps: i am a high schooler and not a pro 
Wiesi (author)  sfsreporter4 years ago
Hi,
no, the light-output depends on the speed. With my Hub-Dynamo I get 100% brightness on 15 km/h. Till 5 km/h the LEDs are flickering a bit.

Have a nice day!
Wiesi (author) 4 years ago
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 can we modify the circuit and drive the lights from an accumulator rather than from the generator itself? 
Wiesi (author)  sfsreporter4 years ago
Hey Sfsreporter,
hm, in my opinion, an buffering via accumulator is not the best idea...
First, if you want it cheap, it will be really ineffectiv and you need alot of space (means a housing etc.) The expenditure is high...
my LEDs have nice brightness for 10 km/h on. You cannot brighten the street but it is enough to be seen! (thats why I want a day-drive-light)
To have more light (and less flickering) on lower speeds, you can easily connect capacitors (perhaps 4700 µF and more) parallel to the LEDs. I don´t now if it is better to connect a capacitor parallel to each LED or one for all of them, try simply.
Greetings,
Wiesi

Wiesi (author) 4 years ago
Hey dino,
those "lenses" are the packing of the LEDs (they are delivered in plastic-pits; I cuted them halve).
It´s ordinary plastic so don´t have scruples to use each plastic-packing you can find ; )

See you on the road!
thanks for the instructable.  I didn't see exactly what you used for the two lenses that the LEDs are mounted.   I like how it dispersed the light.  Did you make these or are they a part that you were able to obtain from scavenging, etc?
rbland4 years ago
Hi there, Nice job. You should really have something to limit the current so that you don't over drive the LED's.  I may have missed this part, I couldn't find it in the article?

A good place to get cheap LED's and free shipping is dealextreme.com
Wiesi (author)  rbland4 years ago
Hey, thank you.
The circuit is a voltage-doubler. It doubles the voltage and halves the current. The voltage is not interesting for the LEDs, we drive them with current.

We have to know, that a Hub-Dynamo supplies approximately 500 mA. (it is not a voltage-supply but a current supply)
With the circuit you can halve that 500 mA now and you get at the most 250ma-320mA.
Your LEDs will not get more current; also not, if you ride your bike with 50 km/h (I tested it ;D)



javandyck4 years ago
Thank you.
This will likely be my next headlight.
Remember that a headlight should be pointed at car window level. Around here it might be an idea to make sure it angles up a bit for the SUVs (about 50% of cars here). The scatter from my 1 watt light lights the road to beyond my stopping distance. My first thought was to mount you idea to the fork but when I thought about it, handle bars are best especially in the day light. I ride through busy intersections a lot. Now I need turn signals with a quick connect to transfer the circuit to the trailer.
rimar20004 years ago
It seems a very good thing.
lemonie4 years ago
They look bright! (Check your hyperlink to led-trieber.de)

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