But you know what REALLY annoys me? My Incandescent dynamo taillights and the amount of tiny little bulbs I've been through over the years! If there's one thing that everyone here on Instructables knows "If it can be made better with an LED, then what the HELL are you waiting for?"
This instructable was created for the 2013 bike competition, It basically substitutes the dynamo system with a closed unit LED system that is triggered using a magnetic switch so to completely maintain the original look, integrity and beauty of the taillight while providing the convenience of a long-life lithium-LED set-up.
I had been thinking about doing the conversion for a few months but the competition gave me the kick in the butt I needed, so here it is!
Strap in Retrophiles, your 1960 stylings are about to meet 21st century reliability!
Step 1: To Begin
Parts & Tools You'll Need
- Your original bike taillight
- 1 cheap LED bike light - One of the small ones, preferably red with a flashing function.
- 1 small Reed Switch - A type of magnetic switch, I salvaged one from an old cycle computer sensor, but any electronics store will have one.
- A small Neodymium Magnet.
- Some thin insulated wire - Again I salvaged some from the cycle computer, you don't need much, 30cm or so.
- Some decent Electrical or Gaffer Tape.
- A Soldering Iron, Solder and a Solder Sucker (If that's the way you roll).
- Willingness to part with tradition.
Find a comfortable place to work with your bike close at hand, Let's get started.