Ever been walking home on a dark rainy night only to have a car or cyclist almost run into you?
Pesky cyclists. How did he not see me there?!
An intersection later...
Pesky motorists! I was almost flattened!
After a hard day at work many of us are on a mission to get home and relax, sometimes forgetting to pay attention to the buzz of traffic around us. It's kinda ironic that we are all in such a rush to get home and relax.
Anyways, aside from being more vigilant during these long nights you can help out all the other commuters by indicating your position well before they roll up on you, by illuminating your umbrella!
Make your own by combining some common dollar store items with your existing umbrella and create your own umbrella illumination device, allowing motorists and cyclist to see you from a distance and slow down.
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Enough talk, let's build a better umbrella!
Step 1: Materials & tools
- LED flashlight
- vinyl poncho (or other translucent, light-weight plastic/nylon)
- umbrella (cavity handle a bonus)
- 2x CR2032 button batteries (1.5v)
I purposely chose cheap easily found materials.
I managed to obtain the flashlight and poncho at my local dollar store. On my bus-ride to the dollar store to shop for my materials I found this umbrella on an empty bus seat (thanks forgetful transit-user!).
Though I found the most expensive item, if you buy an umbrella you can expect to spend $20+.
- glue gun
- soldering iron
- drill (or rotary tool)
- needle nose pliers
- hobby knife
- measuring tape
- safety goggles
Step 2: Disassemble LED flashlight
light assembly half: