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Interesting accessory brake light - VoloLights
« on: March 15, 2014, 03:23:45 pm »
I want to add some additional brake and rear running lights (perhaps turn as well) visibility to my rear end... in researching I ran across this. Very interesting. Only now starting to ship.

The idea of a accelerometer controlled indicator is intriguing... and a great point. Warn motorists that we are deccelerating even when not (yet) braking.

Thoughts all?

http://vololights.com/
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Re: Interesting accessory brake light - VoloLights
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2014, 09:56:07 pm »
Hi RickH,

I looked at those myself but I don't think they are legal for the UK
as the only flashing lights you're allowed over here are the Indicators.
( Other than amber beacon in certain cases, or blue for Emergency services ! )

Whatever you decide to fit, have a look at the write up I did for the LED Stalk lights I fiited to mine ....
HOW TO : Add Rear LED Stalk Lights where you might pick up on some useful information  :028:


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Re: Interesting accessory brake light - VoloLights
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2014, 10:44:07 pm »
Thanks Coconut, I have your post bookmark already, very, very handy and much appreciated!

Very likely adding both front lights (probably PIAA) and rear lights maybe this AND replacing the reflectors with red running.

I'm going to run everything outside the bikes electrical, have a PDM60 ready to go, though may need to tap electrical for additional brake lights.

I wonder if the system will be software programmable so it isn't flashing and thus available for Europe. The idea is certainly an interesting one... light whenever there is deceleration. Then more when there is actual breaking.

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Re: Interesting accessory brake light - VoloLights
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2014, 07:51:48 am »
*Originally Posted by Coconut [+]


I looked at those myself but I don't think they are legal for the UK
as the only flashing lights you're allowed over here are the Indicators.




Can you tell that to the UK cyclist !! If not riding on pavements, going through red lights they have those  :172: flashing white and red lights fitted  :451: :233:

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Re: Interesting accessory brake light - VoloLights
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2014, 08:07:33 am »
Can you tell that to the UK cyclist !!

... Well I could, but it wouldn't make a scrap of difference !

The ( UK ) Law relating to flashing lights is for MOTOR vehicles,
specifically those Registered under the Vehicles Excise Act, 1971,
and therefore does not apply to ( Pedal ) Cyclists.
( Regulation 13 of the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations, 1979 )

Cyclists riding on the footpath or running red lights ARE breaking the law,
but who's going to do anything about that ? 

The Government's enforced spending cut backs mean that the Police have barely enough time on their hands
to persecute the law abiding motorist ( who it is assumed can afford to pay the extortionate fines ),
without them trying to deal with the relatively minor digressions by our two wheeled freewheeling "friends" !

Best thing you can do is blast your horn at them to register your annoyance .....   :233:

Oh - It's not very loud is it ?     :164:

... and Oh - That would also be illegal !    :157:




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Re: Interesting accessory brake light - VoloLights
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2014, 11:37:09 am »
I agree,  unfortunately you're unlikely to get away with it in the UK, Other than the statistical chance of getting pulled,  with that being a separate unit.

If it was integrated into the factory unit or as an add on that worked in parallel with the original,  then it could be argued that the effect was no different from cadence braking.

I'm in the habit of touching either one of my brake levers while slowing off the throttle or on down changes if I have traffic behind me,  a tip I had from an IAM instructor. Does it work, I think so but difficult to say for sure.

In short, I like the concept / convenience but not in its current form, if they're savy they will make a plug in unit.

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Re: Interesting accessory brake light - VoloLights
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2014, 11:20:54 pm »
I've gone ahead and order a set. I'll re[port how it turns out and post pictures.
Sounds like it couldn't be any simpler and a nice way to increase vis.

There just shipping now, backorder to 4/10 so a few weeks, Just in time for real riding season ;-)

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Re: Interesting accessory brake light - VoloLights
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2014, 11:51:56 pm »
Good for you. Might keep those SUV's off your tail on the mountain roads.

Fond memories of skiing in your part of the world, lovely back bowls  :062: