Step 3: Set up the buckle-swtich

I am forgetful. I have drained the batteries on my bike lights many times because I forget to turn them off. Also, I wanted to make sure I don't forget to turn the lights on in the daytime to be seen better in traffic.
So, I decided to wire the switch right into the buckle. If the buckle is closed,
the lights will be on.

I added metal tape to the female end of the buckle, and put the "switch" and "+" wires each on one prong on the male side. All of it needs to line up so that the metal tape completes the circuit.

To finish things nicely, I stitched the wires onto the helmet strap.
What helmet did you start with?
It's made by Bell. I don't know which model it is. I don't think it should matter too much.
Is this a safe helmet I ask? Those added modifications stick out, and in the case of ,hopefully unlikely, accident or even hitting a tree with your helmet, it will get caught causing your head to twist? The primary purpose of any helmet is to protect the wearer from shocks and reduce the possible injury and any modification added into helmets may compromise these.
Interesting thought. To be honest, I have wondered that about helmets <strong>themself</strong> in the past. A head is relatively smooth, but here you string something around your neck that adds another 5cm of lever/hook for anything to catch on to. <br/>I am not even totally convinced that wearing a helmet is worth it. Analyzing the risk of me falling of my bike and hurting my head, I think that there are many daily hazards that are riskier where no one suggests I should wear a helmet. Take climbing stairs, or worse, having a shower. But I digress :-)<br/>As for the modifications, I did not change the structure of the helmet at all, and I doubt that double-sided mounting tape would even stay put if someone fell on it. For the concern of any of the attachments acting as a &quot;point&quot; to help penetration by concentrating the impact, I would hope that the helmet could handle that; if not, it might not be worth wearing in the first place. <br/>To me, having the helmet make me more visible in traffic makes it a bit more worthwhile to wear it at all.<br/>Maybe between calebjc's helmet (I see he got a similar comment) and my helmet, someone will pick this up and produce it commercially with nothing sticking out. :-)<br/>
Congrats! Glad I could help inspire.
I can't believe I never thought of stealing the solar panels from lawn lights. I also like how you executed the strap switch. Not that I am biased or anything. Congrats on the prize!

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