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Old May 13th, 2011, 06:59 PM   #1
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I was browsing through the sky mall while on my flight to Denver last night and stumbled onto something that I thought might work well for a homemade lighted whip. The product is called a Bicycle safety light. It runs on 2 AA batteries and is basically a 10 ft flexible LED rope that is meant to be wrapped around the frame of your bike to be seen at night.

It comes in a bunch of colors and I am just going to wrap it around my dune flag and tape it up in a few spots. I found them on eBay for $23 shipped. I don't know how long it last, but I would think it would last all night on the 2 batteries. I already have a bunch of rechargeable AA's that I plan on using. This way I dont have to run a bunch of wires and It should not break since it bends so well.

I will post photos when I get it and see how bright it really is. I will also do a test and see how long the batteries last on it. I would think rechargeable batteries is the way to go since it would be cheaper to buy a Tribal whip by the time you replace batteries about 20 times. I figure it was a cheap alternative for me already having the rechargeable batteries.

I will let everyone know how it works out.
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Old May 15th, 2011, 12:11 AM   #2
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Re: Making my own lighted whip

Looking foward to seeing the results. I had the same idea a few months back. I was going to use a 12v rope though. Never did do it. Hope it works out for you.

I think you might be surprised at how long that rope will run on a couple of batteries. LEDs are really energy efficient.
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try some stuff called EL wire
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Re: Making my own lighted whip

Yeah looks like the same stuff just cheaper. Wish I would of found that instead.
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Re: Making my own lighted whip

Quote: Originally Posted by natas01 View Post
try some stuff called EL wire
I made some for myself a coupel years ago, going to make another couple this season, none of them have quit working either. Wrap them with clear heat shrink when done.

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Re: Making my own lighted whip

Rechargable batteries don't generlay last as long as regular batteries but with the LED's they might work well.
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Re: Making my own lighted whip

Quote: Originally Posted by natas01 View Post
try some stuff called EL wire
That's some really cool stuff.
For that price I may do something myself.
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Re: Making my own lighted whip

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try some stuff called EL wire
I made some for myself a coupel years ago, going to make another couple this season, none of them have quit working either. Wrap them with clear heat shrink when done.

Subcategory Items - ThatsCoolWire.com

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Where do you find the clear heat shrink thats a good idea.
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Re: Making my own lighted whip

This place has clear heat shrink tubing in 4' lengths.

How bright are those EL lights? This DIY project just may be back on my list of to-do's.
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Re: Making my own lighted whip

I got the light today and for the price I think it will work well. I will post pics tomorrow.
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Interested in how they turn out! good luck
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Re: Making my own lighted whip

Are you going to use a 5/16 flag pole or what?
This is an interesting project, I am waiting to see how it turns out.
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Re: Making my own lighted whip

Ok here is a few pics. It isn't as bright as I would like, but people should have no problem seeing it.

Here is how it came.

Attachment 30856

Here it is lighted up.

Attachment 30857

Here it is attatched to whip.
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Re: Making my own lighted whip

Do you know what diameter your rope is? Looking at the el lighting, they have several sizes.
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Do you know what diameter your rope is? Looking at the el lighting, they have several sizes.
I would get at least the 2.6, but 5.0 would be my preference now.

I think the wire that I got is like 2.1 or close to that.
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