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Old 08-12-2014, 09:28 PM   #1
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Motorcycle L.E.D. radar alert light I made for under $10

Not sure if this is the correct place to post this but I made an led alert light for my radar detector and unlike the retail versions of the alert lights mine is well under $150, more like under $10!

If there is enough interest here I will post up an easy DIY on how to make one. you can see it great in broad daylight and of course at night you simply turn it off by pressing the off button or by turning down the volume on your detector. Night is not a problem since you can see your regular radar detector lights after dark.

My setup has already saved my butt a few times and it has worked flawlessly.


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Old 08-13-2014, 01:00 AM   #2
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Yes, please post the build.
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Old 08-13-2014, 04:46 AM   #3
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Please post the DIY on the radar light, I am almost readt to pull he trigger on a Rador Detector and I know from previous life that I miss the sound a few times and paid for it...
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Old 08-13-2014, 09:31 AM   #4
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Yup, let's see what ya did. I need to make one as well.
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Old 08-13-2014, 10:15 AM   #5
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Definitely. Post plans. What detector?

Anybody know how to interface to a Valentine One, what the signals out are, pins, voltages for alerts?
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Old 08-13-2014, 12:19 PM   #6
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Yes Please. I have a commercial equivalent already but it is not bright enough. Works OK at night but in bright sunlight I miss it going off.
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Old 08-13-2014, 04:42 PM   #7
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I have an attention getting display similar to that of mrphotoman.



Mine has 4 super bright red LEDs (they aren't lit up in this pic). They are mounted on a little bracket that hangs on the bottom of the detector display head. The detector antenna is remotely mounted.

The LEDs are driven by the detector speaker output and flash in cadence with the output. The LEDs dim automatically with lowering light conditions. The item in the center of the display is a photo transistor which detects the ambient light level.

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I have an attention getting display similar to that of mrphotoman......
Wanna share a wiring diagram or any info on how ya made it?
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Old 08-13-2014, 06:55 PM   #9
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I just mounted a radar today so I would love to know how to "easily" do it


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Old 08-14-2014, 08:54 AM   #10
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Wanna share a wiring diagram or any info on how ya made it?
It's done with a PIC micro-controller.

The output from the photo transistor is applied to an A/D (analog to digital) converter. That result modifies a PWM (pulse width modulation) output that drives the LEDs to the appropriate brightness. The PWM output is only turned on when the radar detector speaker is on.

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Old 08-14-2014, 05:59 PM   #11
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It's done with a PIC micro-controller.

The output from the photo transistor is applied to an A/D (analog to digital) converter. That result modifies a PWM (pulse width modulation) output that drives the LEDs to the appropriate brightness. The PWM output is only turned on when the radar detector speaker is on.

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ummm sure, sounds great
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Old 08-14-2014, 06:06 PM   #12
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Here ebay this. it seems to work for this purpose under $14. Plugs into the external ear plug port. I bought one so i will let you know.

Midland strobe led
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Old 08-14-2014, 07:10 PM   #13
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Here ebay this. it seems to work for this purpose under $14. Plugs into the external ear plug port. I bought one so i will let you know.
Midland strobe led

Thanks!
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Old 08-14-2014, 07:26 PM   #14
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Here ebay this. it seems to work for this purpose under $14. Plugs into the external ear plug port. I bought one so i will let you know.

Midland strobe led
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Sweetness!
If it's bright enough, that might just be the shit right there!
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Old 08-14-2014, 10:32 PM   #15
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Midland strobes does not work with the escort 8500x50 or my bro 's cobra detector Look @ marc parnes led alert
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