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post #1 of 10 Old 12-13-2012, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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Voltmeter

I am looking at all the waterproof digital display voltmeters on fleabay. Anyone know which color is the most sunlight readable? The choices are red, green and blue.
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Red LEDs are the brightest in daylight and don't hurt night vision after dark.

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I just took a red and a blue outside in the sun, powered by a 9V battery. Neither is anything to write home about, but I'd give the nod to the blue, just because the lighted segments blend less into the unlighted segments than the red.

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Not sure how much effort you want to invest in it, but I always put a kill-switch on my lighted stuff so that I can shut it off if I want/need to.

Either way though, I'd go with red as well. Blue and green can sometimes be a pain at night, little too bright for me.

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Blue and green can sometimes be a pain at night, little too bright for me.
Agreed, though I don't think I've ridden at night for 3 or 4 years, and the red can be just as annoying.

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Red LEDs are the brightest in daylight and don't hurt night vision after dark.
Not to be a moron, which probably means I am about to be a moron, why is it that Blue hurts night vision????
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post #8 of 10 Old 12-31-2012, 03:40 AM
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Wow, I found that quite an educational read. Thanks for sharing Pat.

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I agree with greywolf. As a pilot I'm used to red in the cockpit at night. Or, at least I used to be....haven't flown in a long time due to the expense of flying.

I would suggest that you put whatever color you want on and then rig some type of cover with tint for night riding....just a thought.

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Kuryakyn has an LED voltmeter that adjusts intensity for night time riding. It has a really strong adhesive strip on the back that loves sticking to metal or a smooth finish. The wife and I have had them on our other rides for 5+ years with no issues. We mounted ours so they were hidden a bit by the bar center. Bright LEDs at night drive me nuts but this one doesn't at all. I got use to it after a few rides and now its invisible to me unless I purposely glance at it or it's flashing a low volt warning (key on, bike off). It will flash to get your attention when below 12v IIRC. Roughly $30-$40 depending on where you shop.

I'm considering doing the same for my Wee after it arrives next week.

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