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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-04-2011, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
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Green Light Triggers

I found 2 models of Green Light Triggers in the J.C.Whitney catalog.
They are 1" X 2" X 1/2" No wiring needed to hook up.
Original is 25% more effective than the compretition,
and the HP model is 95% more effective.
Original is $14.99 and HP is $21.99

Has anyone used these types, and if they have are they very effective?
All the small towns around here have crap for lights. I have set at some till another car comes along.
They have passed a law locally this last year that we are allowed to go through a red light if it doesn't turn after a specific time, and there is no other opposing traffic.
Sounds dangerous to me. I plan another route, or wait till another car comes along, unless it's 4:30 AM when I get off work.
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All you need is a rare earth magnet or two. There's a better way to trigger lights, at least the ones where you see cracks in the road where the sensor is. If you pull up to the sensor on either the left or the right - directly over the crack, you will trigger the light as well. It's different for the new style that are under poured concrete and no cracks. I haven't figured out how to trigger those yet.

The stoplight sensors are supposed to detect mass. Since most cars are a ton or more in weight, it's not too difficult to detect that mass. But, since bikes are much smaller in mass - and lighter - they don't trigger it. Rare earth magnets are supposed to fool the sensor into thinking there's a vehicle with more mass over it.

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All you need is a rare earth magnet or two. There's a better way to trigger lights, at least the ones where you see cracks in the road where the sensor is. If you pull up to the sensor on either the left or the right - directly over the crack, you will trigger the light as well. It's different for the new style that are under poured concrete and no cracks. I haven't figured out how to trigger those yet.

The stoplight sensors are supposed to detect mass. Since most cars are a ton or more in weight, it's not too difficult to detect that mass. But, since bikes are much smaller in mass - and lighter - they don't trigger it. Rare earth magnets are supposed to fool the sensor into thinking there's a vehicle with more mass over it.
I would add that it is "conductive mass"........
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I have a box of very strong hard disk magnets. PM me with address and numbers, I'll send you one. I put one on my kick stand, get to a light, roll over the crease, put your kick stand down on the crease put it back up and it will trigger the light timers, never failed.

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I have a box of very strong hard disk magnets. PM me with address and numbers, I'll send you one. I put one on my kick stand, get to a light, roll over the crease, put your kick stand down on the crease put it back up and it will trigger the light timers, never failed.
And I have done that too, but without any magnets and it has worked for me. (The kickstand is solid metal...the sensors are basicly just metal detectors)

The idea of putting powerfull magnets under my bike sounds like a problem waiting to happen....like "standing up" a steel screw or nail so it punctures your tire.


I'd rather just run the light if possible......

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I too am a sucker. I bought one of those "green light" things and stuck it up under my right floorboard. It has done absolutely nothing. I have a light at the end of my street that is long enough to watch grass grow. I wait what I think is a reasonable period of time and if the light hasn't turned green I just go through the red. One of these days I'll get stopped by a cop and I'll just have to deal with it.

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Here in Tennessee, I couldn't care less about a red light. I don't even wait 2 seconds anymore if there is no one else approaching the intersection. I go. Why wait to see if the system detects or not? I get the being safe part, but I think I can tell when its ok to just go.

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Yup, just stop with your front wheel over the the cut in the pavement where the sensor coils are buried. The metal wheel should be enough to disrupt the electro-magnetic field which triggers the signal switch.

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I'd rather just run the light if possible......

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...I can tell when its ok to just go.
This is where my old man would have said, "the graveyard is full of people who said that."
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