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Here is how to make an LED brake light for your motorcycle. It doesn’t have detailed schematics, but there is a nice photo gallery of the build process. There are several advantages to using LED’s according to the author:

  • Instant-on – There is no filament to heat up, so the light comes on immediately. This should attract others drivers’ attention.
  • Uniform brightness – By using 80 LEDs, I can fill the taillight evenly with light, thereby making the most of the limited area I’ve got.
  • Higher brightness – I can make the brake light brighter than stock.
  • Lower power – At maximum brightness (which I won’t use), this light takes 20 Watts — less than the 35 Watts the normal taillight takes.

Make a LED Motorcycle Tail Light – Link

Marc de Vinck

I’m currently working full time as the Dexter F. Baker Professor of Practice in Creativity in the Masters of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship Program at Lehigh University. I’m also an avid product designer, kit maker, author, father, tinkerer, and member of the MAKE Technical Advisory board.


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