We have a child trailer (like this--link has better side/rear view but requires flash) and want to be seen by cars when biking at night. The little red blinking bike lights available in our area are terrible: even the expensive ones break very easily, turn off after going over the slightest bump, etc. I am having a very hard time finding a product, by a company that ships to Canada, meeting all of the following requirements:
- has amber/yellow/orange-coloured lights (apparently the only legal all-direction light colour with which to decorate your vehicle)
- made of LEDs or other low-power lights, preferable in a strip or rope of some kind, minimum 2ft long (must stretch at least across the back of the trailer)
- meant for outdoors--lights and at least part of the wire going to the battery pack must be rain-proof
- operable down to, if not below, -10 degrees C
- powered by rechargeable batteries (e.g., one that uses AA batteries is not a bad choice)
- bright (we prefer to be seen from afar for 8 hours over being weakly lit for 80--so most battery-powered Christmas lights don't seem to fit this)
Also, the following would be very nice:
- already put-together (I found many sources of LED strip lighting but then we'd have to borrow a soldering iron and get our own battery pack and seal it ourselves)
- not cost-prohibitive (there are lots of places that have nice lights but even for a DIY solution, it's either 2 overpriced half-metres or the next level up is buying 5m which is way too much)...$40 plus shipping would be nice. I guess we could spend up to $80 after shipping but really...we're replacing dollar-store lights here.
I came so close to finding something, but the few options that fit all criteria were made by companies that did not ship to Canada (thanks for telling me only once I reached the checkout, and not allowing this as a search criterion even when logged in, Amazon...)
There's also the one product "exclusively licensed to Chariot", StrideLite:
...but apparently it's terrible, which you can pretty much tell just by looking at it. It doesn't light up the back at all, which is often the part you'll need to make more visible.
Any suggestions? This is getting frustrating, and I'm surprised at the lack of solid options I've come across so far.