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PostPosted: April 11th, 2009, 2:54 pm 
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A while back, I posted on how I had added an auxiliary LED brake light and flasher circuit to my TA to help prevent my being struck from behind while stopped or stopping.  While I felt I was successful in the original results, using new components, I have recently greatly improved the effectiveness of my safety-enhancement solution.

The new components are a Whelen LIN3 Hi-Output LED Module that I purchased from www.vlsusa.com and installed in combination with a 36 Mode Brake Flasher Circuit. The Whelen LIN3 is incredibly bright both day and night and I feel it along with the flasher circuit now make every ride I take a lot safer. The 36 Mode Flasher Circuit is tiny (smaller than a US Quarter), waterproof (encased in epoxy resin), and amazingly inexpensive at only $19.95 with free shipping.

I have the flasher circuit programmed so that every time I apply my brakes, it pulses the Whelen LED module four times quickly (1 second approx) then goes to steady on as long as the brakes are applied. The nice thing is, if I'm being followed too closely by a Cager, I can squeeze just enough to activate the Whelen without slowing and the intense pulse of light almost always gets the driver to back off. It also works great to alert drivers approaching me from the rear to the fact that I'm sitting there stopped when I'm stuck at a stop light.

Whelen LIN3 LED Module installed with aluminum bracket that I fabricated
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Here are some crappy videos I took with my Digicam of the Whelen and Flasher Circuit in operation. The light output by the Whelen LIN3 is easily double or triple that of my stock brake light :crazy:.

From a distance of about 30 feet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eL87Sq6SK-0

Same distance but zoomed in a bit closer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBFxFLZra74

From 30 feet at night
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSua6D_jZ2U

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Wow that's Awesome
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Anyone have any idea how bright the Walmart LED marker lights are. I don't know that I have $60 to spend on the Whelen(It is awesome though).


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mtnbikeboy79 wrote:
Anyone have any idea how bright the Walmart LED marker lights are. I don't know that I have $60 to spend on the Whelen(It is awesome though).


To be honest LED's are so bright now days My bet is anything you buy that is a light and LED is Bright enough to make a difference.

This summer this is a must do on my bike
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I wonder if this would work for 3rd light?
(too bad it doesn't have 3m tape on the back :(

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PostPosted: January 18th, 2011, 9:28 am 
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This might even work better

Ebay Car Motorcycle Third Brake Light 12-LED Black Casing
9.99 USD Free Ship US

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Car-Moto ... ccessories

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While the additional light that one of these cheaper LED's provide will help somewhat in making your rides safer, they will not produce anywhere near the Retina-Dazzling effect of the Whelen High Output LED's. The whole point of adding a supplemental Brake light is to prevent that texting Teenager or stressed-out Soccer Mom from squashing you like a bug.

If $60 seems like too much money to spend to make every ride one takes a whole lot safer, I'd suggest you think that over real hard. I guess for me, the more I can reduce my chances of getting killed or permanently crippled makes this mod a No Brainer.

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Here's an alternative to the Whelan, http://www.galls.com/goid/style.html?assort=general_catalog&cat=0&style=GR309], sold by Galls.com - it's made for Galls by Whelen but uses the previous generation of LED's which are slightly less bright and it has less flashing modes than the newer/brighter Whelen LIN3/TIR3 series of lights.

It throws the light like the TIR series meaning it is more directional whereas the LIN series throws the light in a wider angle. As long as you mount these lights at the right angle to following traffic, they WILL notice them. Having less flashing modes is a non-issue as you should only set one of these to either stay steady-on when activated or steady-on using the flashing circuit listed in my first post above. Using any of the special flashing modes intended for Police or Emergency Services would most likely see you being pulled over and quite possibly ticketed.

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PostPosted: January 18th, 2011, 1:35 pm 
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try to take smd led type plc5050, maximum light and life.

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PostPosted: January 18th, 2011, 2:03 pm 
How about a LED replacement for the stock bulb. Does such a thing exist?


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Previous to finding this thread, I had found this website. I don't know how bright these LEDs are though.

http://www.superbrightleds.com/cgi-bin/ ... -turn.html

Maybe I will try some of their products and post a review.


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If u wanna really replace the normal lamp take led lamps like that :

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red leds obviusly.
look on ebay for lower prices...

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Additional led tail lights : http://www.ruggedroads.co.uk/shop/artic ... %3D3000%26

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PostPosted: January 19th, 2011, 1:22 pm 
Great, thanks guys! I already have 4 LED strips installed on my bike - they are set up to always stay on when the bike is runing but also flash for a few seconds and then turn bright red every time I hit the breaks. It makes a huge difference here in NYC where most drivers only pay attention to vehicles bigger than their own. I'm a lot more visible at night and with lights flashing most drivers keep their distance when stopping behind me. The only "problem" is that the LEDs make my stock light look faint, that's why the next step is to install one of those LED bulbs you guys suggested :)

An interesting trend I spotted recently is guys installing white blinking LEDs in the front, which in the city makes drivers confuse them with police bikes so that everyone gets out of their way. Seems to be working well in heavy traffic...  :D


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happy to see that many Transalp owners have improved their Stop light with Led's.
I've done the same, bought a strip of 12 white led's and glue them on the reflector inside the rear light just above the stop bulb. From the outside nothing changed but when you press the brakes you have the 12v/21W and 12 led's that flash.


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I down with this thread. I just hooked up a red LED strip on my rear lock box and I'd like to install a strobe that flashes when brakes applied. NorCal, can you elborate on this set up? Looks like the circut board has a bunch of wires? How are these units purchases and wired?


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I don't mind helping you out with info but a lot of it is right before your eyes. There are installation videos on the Flasher manufacturers website along with a link to the circuit's Owner/Instruction Manual. Just click on the links in my first post in this thread.

The thing is really simple to install & use.

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I bought two of them. One for me and one for my buddy. They are so easy to hook up. Took longer to get the side covers and the seat off. I know it says 36 mode but I left it on the default setting. Works great. Thanks!!


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this is mu answer??? two lights, and it is a cheap solution,,


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