- flashing bike lights & epilepsy
These people seem to have the answer.
But really, just use steady lights and make the world a nicer place.Posted 1 year agodeadkennyMember
With my driving hat on (not flat cap), I have an issue with too slow flash rear lights if I’m driving. Blink or glance away for a second and I can (and have) miss them. Been suddenly surprised a few times by a bike I didn’t notice with slow flash lights (1 a second). Faster and I notice even out of the corner of my eye.
I prefer a nice bright static red light to follow though in unlit areas. Reflects off things and can be seen a mile away. Though in a congested lit or twilight area, flashing helps.
But how that effects epilepsy I don’t know. I have come across the odd few with crazy rapid flashing like a strobe light and felt that was very distracting myself and did think anyone with epilepsy might have a problem with it.
Front lights I’d go with static. I don’t see how people can see the road ahead with only a flashing front light. As a driver the rear view shows a light and that’s good enough to know someone’s there.
With my riding helmet on, static front and a flashing rear due to urban areas I ride and it’s about 3 or 4 flashes a second I guess.Posted 1 year agoTomthebombholeSubscriber
I have epilepsy but luckily not light sensitive. My understanding though is that the flashing frequency has to be very high, more strobe like but seizure triggers are different for everyone.
Side note: I’ve only once had a seizure on the bike and luckily it only made for a comedy off road stack in to some thick nettles/brambles ! Tend to avoid busy roads and meds have me mostly under control. Have no choice but to bike everywhere as obviously can’t get a driving licence.Posted 1 year ago
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