Readers may remember I modified a vintage headlamp by inserting the guts of a modern LED light. I wanted better light with a vintage look that blended with my 1936 Raleigh. I wish I could leave well-enough alone, but that light just didn’t cut the darkness like I am used to. My other primary commuter bike has a modern very bright LED headlamp. I do believe it is my responsibility to be seen at night, but I want to do it while maintaining the look de jour I pulled from my wardrobe that day (read no hi-vis yellow), which means relying on the headlight and tall light, as cars and motorcycles do. I realized that I was not riding my Raleigh at night because I felt the light wasn’t bright enough.
My solution was to pull the modern guts out I had only recently transplanted and insert a 300 lumen, dynamo powered Supernova E3 headlamp, intact, inside the housing of the vintage headlamp. It worked pretty slick. This mean I no longer had access to the on-off switch, so I left the E3 switched on to function as a daytime running light as well. I left the glass off the front of the old light to allow air to cool the LED while riding. What do you think?
I have yet to decide on a vintage looking dynamo powered tail light for the venerable Raleigh. In the meantime I have been clipping a Planet Bike Superflash blinkie to the Carridice Lowsaddle Longflap that is my carry-all. Anyone have any suggestions for a BRIGHT vintage looking tail light or directions to a DIY project someone else did? Right now my only thought is to insert the very small, but very bright E3 LED tail light into some old housing. Should I put an E3 in an old Raleigh reflector housing?