I only found one around where I live so far that does not sense a bike...
I have tried both, and no luck on that light. I have called and sent e-mail and a letter to the police, dept. of signs (local) and everyone else I could think of about that light, but so far (2 months) nothing yet. I am pretty lucky in the fact that most of the lights in my area will detect a bike and I don't have to wait.They're like $10-$20, was considering it.
Someone just told me 2 other "tricks" that may or may not work. Goliath I'd be interested to see if it works for you....
1. put the sidestand down - apparently it may sense the metal and trigger it
2. press your starter - something about the magnetic field that surrounds your bike when you do this
Ok, for the non-engineers, what does capacitance mean?The Green Light Trigger is just a WAAY overpriced magnet. If you want something along those lines, just go find a big magnet to slap under your bike. There are people who point out, however, that the traffic light triggers are based on capacitance, NOT MAGNETISM, meaning a magnet won't do you any good.
The traffic light sensors in the ground react to the amount of metal (iron, steel, etc) in it's range. Some bikes are too small to detect, or have too much plastic, not enough metal, etc. That's what is meant by capacitance.
I've come across a handful of lights that seemed to react to the side stand. Can't say for sure whether that was it or not though.
Supposedly, magnetism is not supposed to work, or so my MSF instructor says so.
From what I remember, I think my instructor was saying that aluminum is becoming a problem because so many companies use it because it's so light weight, and the sensors are having problems picking it up. He quickly touched on this subject and this is going back over a month ago. Maybe look it up on google.How about aluminum?
What you are refering to is a M.I.R.T. (google will explain further). Opticom is one of the major brand names of these devices. In the "good old days" you could get these on ebay before the legal loop-holes where closed.... the good old days have passed.Are these illegal anywhere? I'd think the cops wouldn't be too happy with someone running around and just changing the lights to suit their convenience (although I very much understand why motorcyclists would want/need them on occasion)
From what I remember, I think my instructor was saying that aluminum is becoming a problem because so many companies use it because it's so light weight, and the sensors are having problems picking it up. He quickly touched on this subject and this is going back over a month ago. Maybe look it up on google.