Helmet Mounted , High Intensity Lamp




Introduction: Helmet Mounted , High Intensity Lamp

I have been watching the evolution of the super bright LED's, I wanted to make a light weight, bright enough for commuting . I also wanted to make it use the light possible batteries with out sacraficing burn time. and the ability to get batteries from 7-11 if need be.

Step 1: Parts

The parts list

Cree LED Q5 emitter ( http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.2394 )
Current regulator ( http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.3256 )
Lens (http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.4626 )
4 AA batter y Holder ( www.bgmicro.com )
an old Pentium 90 with Heat sink
the slot cover from a PC
a SPST switch ,
2 old Coke Caps ( with the points redeamed )
some velcro.
speaker wire
some small screws

tools needed soldering iron, power drill, screw driver and a hot melt gun.

Step 2: LED and Regulator

taking the output lines from the current regulator and solde rthem to the LED star , also solder the power from the batteries to the back side (input ) of the current regulator

Step 3: Heatsink

Next take the Heatsink, remove the pentium and dispose of , and remove the fan too. all you need is the heat sink. Lineup and mak the holes form the mounting screws, make sure you alighn them with the pots from the Lens. next take the PC slot cover and mark the hole for the slot cover . then using a small drill bit ( best in a drill pres ) drill the holes

Step 4: Lens Mounted

put the LED against the back of the heat sink, put the lens ove the top of the LED making sure the posts line up with the drilled holes. once they are lined up screw the Len in to place securing the LED and LENs in place.

Step 5: Attach Slot Cover

take the slot cover and attach using screws. also take on of the coke caps and cut a small notch in it. next take the cap and use the hot melt and attach to the back of the heat sink.

Step 6: Place the Regulator

take the current regulator and put it in the coke cap, amking sure the wire go in the cut notch. Here I made a mistake and put the notch on the top, I should have put it on the bottom

Step 7: Seal the Reulator

I next take the 2nd cap and cut the top off of it and use the hot melt to seal the current regulator in the coke cap.

Step 8: Battery Pack

take the battery pack , and the one I got had a connetor wire , I cut that and put the toggle switch in place. then I used hot melt to hold it in place.

Step 9: Final Assembly

Attach the other end of the wire that is attached to the voltage regulator and attach it to the battery pack. next put a slight bend in the pc slot cover to match the curvature of your helmet. Take 2 pieces of Velcro and Put one stip on the bottom of the slot cover, and the other on your helmet. insert 4 batteries into the Battery holder. I use 2300 MaH NiMh rechargeable Batteries . ( Using recharables best to be greater than 2000Mah .)

Step 10: Place on Helmet

attach on helmet to desired postion and ride. the beuty of this in a pince you can use regular AA batteries .I have been using this for over 2 months commuting every day with out a problem. I even went over the Handle bars Mt biking and the only damage was to my helmet the light was fine.

Good luck

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    Very nice and "ghetto" light!

    One could also use the XP-G variety LED from CREE for even more light output
    (at the same consumption = more efficient)

    Yard Sale Dale
    Yard Sale Dale

    9 years ago on Step 6

    I really like your light, but duct tape is awful as electrical tape. Shrink wrap is the best.

    i actually got the same emmiters you got but my driver will be different. i got twins on my beach cruiser. i got this driver. im going to run it one on each LED.


    13 years ago on Introduction

    Good work splats - she's still working well. Next version you might want to try shorter wires, or ones that can unplug so it can be routed through helmet zip ties or whatnot. But I bet you are way ahead of me and have already thought of that.


    13 years ago on Introduction

    Good bike light. I like it being light weight so it won't affect turning your head. Also it won't interfere with the effectiveness of the helmet if you hit your head. Where does the battery assembly go?


    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    Where ever you want to put it , I personally carry in in my back jersey pocket so I can just reach back and turn it on and off easily