Gone will be the two light bars and the multi-tiered system [I’ll still have pairs of lights and backup batteries]. This is to reduce the total weight of the quadricycle system. In their place will be two added features [brake lights & turn signals] I’ve wanted, but did not have the time to implement. In my Fargo ~ 07/09, rear-end delivery, to UTC article, I mention my work on brake lights and the fact that I had not found a good turn signal solution.
I touched base with Duncan Watson [BROL Member DuncanJames] [a new mango Sport Velomobile owner], who offered promising suggestions. I’m currently awaiting a reply from David Hembrow of Ligfietsgarage Groningen, producer of the Mango and dealer of Sinner Recumbents. Today, Is Masin [also a BROL Member], offered a suggestion I am prepared to implement [depending of cost comparison]. He says:
If you still have some of your old DiNotte 140 amber lights, you could set four of them up as turn signals. Run each side’s front and rear lights into a wye connecter, and then into an in-line switch. Leave the lights in strobe mode and use the switches to cut them on and off.
Earlier in the week, I fashioned a combination DiNotte 400L and brake light, using the two 140L AA lights from my trailer. [They started as replacement flagpole lights and evolved to brake lights as more practical and only need power when the brakes are applied.
Today, after Is Masin’s suggestion, I modified the light bracket to take an additional 140L light—amber for turn signals. I am pleased with the result and do not know if I can arrive at a better look for me.
The bracket [same ICE brackets used for my mirrors] was on the quad before as the mount for my tier two SON Hub. Now, it is a convenient mount for my DiNotte Lights. To it, I attached a 4 1/2″ piece of 1/2″ PVC tubing that is covered with black heat-shrink tubing. Into the ends, I placed a rubber mount like those used to mount fairings and, in my case, Lexan that was used on Fargo. I then used thumb screws for a more finished look. I think the light attachment is obvious.
The top left 140L light will be the amber left turn signal, on the slow-flash mode when energized. The top right 140L light is the brake light. I have a special switch that will be actuated by the brake cable pull and a 3-wire system to ensure the light come on regardless of which brake lever is pulled. I plan to use both lights in their brightest setting since they are momentary on. For turn signal switching, I plan to use a DPDT NO Momentary Switch. I may change this to individual switches for each handlebar.
Related link: Lighting 2 [front lighting]