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post #1 of 9 Old 06-20-2019, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
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My trunk LED video

Sorry about the video quality! I'm adding this addressable LED's to one of our bikes. Not sure which bike yet. Probably on my trunk. They will wrap around the side of the trunk and serve as markers, brake and turn lights. My questions is about the turn signals. I have them programmed differently (when the brake is on) left and right. The left side is programmed so that when the turn signal comes on, the brake on that side dims down. The right side is programmed so the brake lights stay on full. Which side do you think is better?

I can't install them yet because I'm waiting on voltage regulators to step the 12 volt down to 3.3 from the brake and turn signal inputs. It needs three inputs from the bike and 12 volts will fry it. I'm using a NodeMCU and Arduino to program it.

I think I'll add some strips as turns and markers that are amber to the handguards too. OH! and the red and blues were just for fun. I don't want to end up in court!!! You may have to watch it on YouTube, it seems to freeze up here.


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post #2 of 9 Old 06-20-2019, 04:12 PM
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I like the right-side programming. To me, it seems as if, with the left side programming, the brake light is being turned off.

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........To me, it seems as if, with the left side programming, the brake light is being turned off.

It is. It's switching to tail only on the left when the signal it lit. I'm leaning right too but I almost think that the "amber" LED turns could be just black (off) when that sides brake is on. The turns would just look red then. Like the older cars did before these amber lights were added. My only thought on that is, I would end up with red turns and the factory amber turns as well. I'd like to leave the factory light operational as well. That's why I used amber. One way or the other, it ought to be a light show. The Goldwing guys will be envious and if someone rear-ends me, I'll have every right to shoot them!

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From a following vehicle perspective, I prefer the RH programing also.

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From a following vehicle perspective, I prefer the RH programing also.
Well it's a done deal then! Bright it is!!!

Now I think I'll program it to keep the brake lights on as long as the transmission is in neutral. Sometimes sitting at a long light, I shift into neutral. It would just be one more input, a Mosfet and a few more lines of code. That's an easy one.

I'm really pondering doing "auto canceling" turn signals. I've been known to ride for miles with one flashing. I think they should stay on as long as the bike is not moving and/or the brake light is on, then "delay" turning off when moving. Maybe the time till "turn off" should depend upon vehicle speed. I can probably get a motion/speed input off my Versys 1000 someplace. I'm sure it uses an electronic speed sensor. I'll have to do some research, I might be able to "tap into" that.

I'm going to take a break on it though, we're off to Elk Park, NC Sunday morning for a week or so. Highs there in the 70's and only 50's at night! Campfire time!!! The Motorhome is already loaded and full off gas. I still have to go get some steaks, other grub and a nice big bottle of wine. OH!!! And a box of Fruitloops for my dog! There's lots of good roads out there to ride.

PS: All this might seem silly but retirement is a wonderful thing. I have all this time now to screw around with stupid crap in the garage and no employees anymore!!! I now have some brain cells left over I can use for stuff I want to do and my mind is not thinking about some buttwipe, turdball, dumbshit, brainless idiot at the shop anymore and what they'll screw up, why they're not at work or catch on fire today, steal or break AGAIN! All I have to do now is stop watching the news and life will be good.


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Well it's a done deal then! Bright it is!!!

I'm really pondering doing "auto canceling" turn signals. I've been known to ride for miles with one flashing. I think they should stay on as long as the bike is not moving and/or the brake light is on, then "delay" turning off when moving. Maybe the time till "turn off" should depend upon vehicle speed. I can probably get a motion/speed input off my Versys 1000 someplace. I'm sure it uses an electronic speed sensor. I'll have to do some research, I might be able to "tap into" that.

All I have to do now is stop watching the news and life will be good.

The speed sensor on the Versys 1000 is probably at the engine sprocket. Have fun!

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I prefer the left side as the contrast on the right isn’t enough when the turn signal is on. However, I don’t like the traveling turn signals at all. I much prefer the simple flashing of the entire light.

And you need to fix the autofocus on your camera. It is terrible.
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I prefer the left side as the contrast on the right isn’t enough when the turn signal is on. However, I don’t like the traveling turn signals at all. I much prefer the simple flashing of the entire light.

And you need to fix the autofocus on your camera. It is terrible.
I'm going to take another look at it when I get it on the bike. I can always reprogram it even after it's installed.

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I'm going to take another look at it when I get it on the bike. I can always reprogram it even after it's installed.
Since many highway departments use the traveling flash sequence to indicate that you need to move to one side and go around something, that is my first reaction when I see that flash style. When I am in my Chevy 2500 HD riding behind you and you slow down to turn left and I see a sign that my brain initially interprets as telling me to move left and go past you, is that what you really want to tell me?
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