BLINDED BY THE LIGHT

They got the title right …

I came across this video and immediately had to agree with the title … Blinded By The Light. There is definitely a whole bunch of lights there. I assume they own a battery manufacturing company. That top light must be to warn low flying aircraft. 🙂 If I were a car or truck driver coming up behind this I wouldn’t know what to do … probably need to find another route. 🙂 I believe in good lighting, but this is definitely an overkill to the point I would think it would upset others who have to deal with it. I don’t know what their purpose is in having all these lights, but hopefully they don’t ride this around other people at night with these lights turned on .

I won’t even use my bright flashing taillight at nighttime around other people as it would be blinding and offensive to those behind me. Defensive is the goal … not offensive. This next video is of my trike after dark where there is total darkness and no one else around. I have 4 taillights flashing, but one of them is so much brighter than the other three. The other three are plenty bright to be seen quite well at night. The extremely bright one is just too much. As bright as the other 3 taillights are this super bright one prevents the other three from being seen. It is great in the day time, but at night time I would never use it around other people. I would use 2 or 3 of the others turned on steady (no blinking).

Our headlights can also be “too much” Here is my trike with  maximum lumens in use. I would not think of riding around like this in the daytime much less at night. I would only use it when by myself and in need of good lighting to see where I am going (at night time, of course.) Too bright of a headlight can quite literally blind those in front of you so that they can’t see some of what is in front of them. This could easily result in an accident and even someone’s death.

 

People are often quick to say “just point the light down lower”. One would think that this would resolve any issue of the light shining upwards and being blinding to others. However, it is not that simple. Only a very few headlight are made which offer optics which prevent the light from shining out  and up where it can be blinding to anyone out in front. In the picture below it is obvious that this headlight lacks such optics. I only have one headlight in my collection that has such optics. It has mirror like pieces  above the LED light source and at the sides of it which reflect the light and aim it only where it needs to go. Thus one does not see a bright light shining in their face. They would have to be out in front down very low as that is where the light is directed.

In the picture below the headlight is on properly aimed just a few feet out in front of me and yet is blinding to those out in front. And that is only 350 lumen. There are people out there with several thousand lumen lighting. I have been blinded by their lights and can’t hardly see much of anything until they get by me.

Let’s all be safe but respectful of others. We need to be defensive but not offensive. We all want to …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

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Author: Steve Newbauer

I have a few current blogs (tadpolerider1, navysight, truthtoponder and stevesmixedbag) so I am keeping busy. I hope you the reader will find these blogs interesting and enjoy your time here. Feel free to email me at tadpolerider2 at gmail dot com (@gmail.com)

4 thoughts on “BLINDED BY THE LIGHT”

  1. II feel as you do, I don’t want to blind the traffic coming in my direction, But I am very worried when the traffic is coming from behind me, that I pour on the lights.. I have a bunch of flashing lights that don’t blind the driver coming from behind me, But he or she sure the hell can not say that he didn’t see me in front of them…! I have 2 what is called Arizona whips for my flags during the day, but at night it lights up red, white, and blue and is what they call chasing lights where they run in a pattern blinking red, white and blue… I also have marker lights, and more chasing red, white and blue lights independent to my flashing whip.. I was asked by a Sheriff’s Deputy once if I felt I had enough lights on the back, I said I was getting there, and his answer was good , and that he didn’t have to worry about me going down the road at night… LoL…! I don’t know if I will ever have enough lights on my rear when riding at night, but at least I’m am not as worried any more….

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