A while ago, I made these "strap-on" brake/running lights for my speedster. I could put them on if it was dark, or if I decided I wanted more visibility. They're just on a tie down strap that goes around the top of the trunk. They plug into a trailer connector inside the trunk and are easy to install or remove. Ugly, but effective.
I thought I could do better. I wanted something that was unobtrusive, but visible in traffic. I finally came across the type of LED strip that I was looking for and came up with this. Hardly even noticeable (they are actually there in the first picture), but very visible from behind.
I know LEDs aren't exactly period correct but, hey, it's a speedster. I'm pretty happy with the way it worked out. Right now they are only set up for brakes but, once I get the right diodes, I'll have them work for running lights as well.
Visibility is always good. Either method increases your chances of being seen by inattentive motorists.
True Gary, but only if they're not looking down at their cell phones!
Yes Dave but I did state "increases your chances" not eliminate them There's little defense against stupid behavior
I almost missed seeing this post as I was trying to read/type a response while driving and playing on my cell phone.
In all seriousness, that is the idea I was thinking of doing under the edge of my pickup bed. I too figure it is going to be better to be seen than be run over. Wether we like it or not, times are changing and we need to change a little bit if we want to be able to drive safely on the roadways. Good job and thanks for posting.
I've used a similar 6-volt LED strip on my '24 Speedster. It's mounted just below the license plate and is almost unnoticeable until lit up.
The two lights either side of the plate are bicycle LEDs. We are often still on the road at sundown.
I have looked for 6 volt LED's but can't find any. Where did you get your's? Don
My car is 12V. These are the strips I used: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005EQKOAG . I agree that 6V will be harder to find. I think the RC hobby people might have something, but I doubt if they'd be the waterproof ones. You might be better off trying to find a 6v-to-12v step-up converter. You need less than 1/2A of 12V to drive two strips.
Several 6-volt LEDs are available from LEDLight.com
Try this url for a selection: https://www.ledlight.com/6-volt-automotive-led-lights.aspx
I have no affiliation with this company, but ordered some lights and they were as advertised.