Saturday, February 10, 2007


I recently did a post about converting a vintage bike headlight with a white LED. My feeble attempt at electrical work was just that, feeble. I guess I should never talk again about wiring stuff together since my knowlege of anything electrical is not that great. You are reading a guy who once long ago put a Swiss Army knife to a live electrical panel to unscrew some wires...POW! The fact that I'm writing these lines proves that I am alive and well in spite of this incident and that there is a God for idiots.

Fast forward to a couple of days ago. I am browsing inside my favorite Dollar store and came across some LED reading lamps. I figure, as we all do, man for a buck what do I have to lose. So I bought one to see if this set up would be easier to incorporate inside a vintage headlight. It was even easier than I tought. The diameter of the lamp is almost the same as the socket inside the headlight. Here's how I did it:

1- Get all the stuff you need together:
Vintage Headlight
LED reading lamp
Tape (In this case hockey tape, I'm from Canada what do you expect?)
a pair of cutters

2- Remove the light and holder from the headlight socket, remove the clip and cut the holding arm off the LED

3- If necessary, put some tape around the LED to have a perfect fit in the socket.

4- Insert the LED lamp in the socket

5- Secure the LED lamp by taping it to the prongs of the headlight.

6- Push away or remove any brackets inside the headlight to make space for the LED. Click the LED on and close the assembly and your done.

The only disadvantage about this set up is that you have to open and close the light assembly to get access to the switch, but the price is right. These LED lamps could probably be used on there own or for position lights. If any of you make something special with these, don't hesitate to let me know.

Til then, ride safe and Godspeed.


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