Refinements for the trike lights.

With the prototype finished and getting a good work out most nights I find my self adding to an increasing long list of improvements to be made for the next one.

This is what I have so far:

  • Add a battery level meter.
  • Use smaller gauge black sheathed cabling.
  • Use black zip ties instead of the current white ones.
  • Use Velcro to attach battery box.
  • Use a normal bike light mounts for attaching the handle bar lights.
  • Use a 6 core cable up until the axle bar before splitting off to each light.
  • Heat shrink the (now) twin 6 core cable from the box to the axle.
  • Use a 4 position knob for brightness adjustment rather than a pot.
  • Use low self discharge (LSD) NiMh batters instead of current type.
  • Make light assembly and battery box more water resistant.
  • Use a single driver and only 3 LEDs
  • Use only 1 LED light assembly for the front wide beam (as above).
  • Use Cree XP-G LED and respective Lidil square optics.
  • Include a extra socket on the box for external battery attachment and a switch to change between the two.
  • Remove heat sinks.
  • Heat sink the drivers inductance coil to the heat spreading bar in the battery box.
  • Reposition the switches so both the low and high beam are adjustable with your thumb.

Note that  these are not in order of importance.

As you can see this list is has gotten to the point that if and when I make another light, it will be just as much a prototype as the first.

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About Richard

I am a Materials Engineering working in the field of Magnetic Materials in Melbourne, Australia. This blog covers my personal interest in all things CNC.
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