Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Solar Safety

This bike has its own solar panel!

I was inspecting it and taking pictures of the "trunk" when the owner arrived, wondering what I was doing messing with his bike.  

He explained that the solar panel lights up the DC powered LED christmas lights that were strung along the frame.
I think it's a very clever hack,and I'm a big fan of safety lighting that makes the shape of the bike instantly recognizable,  but I wonder if it has some kind of giant capacitor or battery so that it works at night?  I didn't think to ask him, unfortunately.

1 comment:

  1. my guess is that any reasonable capacitor would only be capable of storing enough energy to keep the LEDs on for a couple of minutes.