2010 winners > 13 to 14 years > Green Light Bike Lights
Green Light Bike Lights
Homeschool, Hawkes Bay
Compact and beautifully designed, Green Light Bike Lights fit inside handle bars. Bright white light shines forward as headlights, red flashing lights serve as a rear light, and flashing amber lights as indicators. The Green Light Bike Lights are so named because they automatically refuse disposable batteries in order to be more environmentally friendly.
The inspiration for my project came from the fact that it costs about $40 to purchase good quality, bright LED bike lights. Also, I’ve encountered some problems with commercially available bike lights because they are easily removable and relatively high-value - they are an easy target for theft. Also, they don’t tend to be very durable. My brother often crashes when he takes a sharp corner, damaging the mounts for his bike lights. Commercial lights run on higher voltages, so require disposable batteries to get full brightness. As a greenie I object to this, and I dislike the high long-term cost.
The best part of my project is yet to come. My entry is still only a prototype – I am looking forward to having the final product in my bike handle bars. The hardest part was miniaturising the circuit.