Brake Lamp Flasher for Motorcycle

Bryan Cockfield of Hackaday writes:

Brake Light Blinker Does It with Three Fives

Sometimes you use a Raspberry Pi when you really could have gotten by with an Arudino. Sometimes you use an Arduino when maybe an ATtiny45 would have been better. And sometimes, like [Bill]’s motorcycle tail light project, you use exactly the right tool for the job: a 555 timer.

boardsMore details on William F. Dudley’s project page:

Brake Lamp Flasher for Motorcycle

The 555 is a clever chip; not only will it supply the oscillator for the flashing effect, it has a reset pin that can be used to force the output to a known state (low) when (other circuitry tells it that) it’s time to stop flashing. Thus the brake light will be steady “on” after a few flashes every time the brake is applied.

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The 555 is happy to run directly off the nominal 12 volt vehicle electrical system, so no voltage regulator is needed. The 555 is almost immune to electrical system noise, so no worries about your Arduino code going off into the weeds if there’s a spike from the electrical system.

 

Brake Lamp Flasher for Motorcycle

Trailer Brake Light Controller

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Kevin H. Patterson designed this solution for trailer light wiring after installing a towing hitch on his vehicle:

Custom Brake Light Controller Expands your Trailer’s Capabilities

This is a power module designed to control trailer lights based on signals from your vehicle’s lighting circuits. Most vehicles have at least 4 separate circuits: Running (Tail) Lights, Brake, Left Turn, and Right Turn. Most basic trailers have a 4-wire connector with only 3 signals: Running (Tail) Lights, Left Turn, and Right Turn. The trailer does not have a separate circuit for Brake lights; applying the Brake is supposed to light up both the Left and Right Turn signals together.

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The board can be purchased on Tindie:

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Creltek 3-Line Trailer Light Converter

4-Line to 3-Line Combining Tail Light Power Module for 12V Systems

 
Trailer Brake Light Controller