Vacationing in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA now. I'm 2 houses away from the street that runs parallel to the beach and a crosswalk (no light) that sees thousands of people a day heading to the sand. It's remarkable to watch.
The right of way for pedestrians is strong here. Cars will come to a halt the moment anyone even looks like they're going to cross the street. It's taken very seriously by the drivers. What makes the pedestrian aspect interesting is the mix of tourists and locals and how they act when approaching the crosswalk. The locals will walk out with the utmost confidence that approaching vehicles will stop. They're the ones that don't bother with much of a glance in either direction. I've had several gut reactions to reach out and grab one by the arm the first the day I was here and yell "There's a car coming!" lol. The tourists (me) still hesitate at the curb, establish eye contact, and proceed cautiously, perhaps feeling a bit guilty at holding up the usually heavy traffic.
I've also been noticing a few of these crosswalks have many little lights embedded into the road as well. When the crosswalk button is pressed at night, the entire crosswalk lights up immediately and traffic will come to a stop for the peds.
Grabbed some cheap LEDs off ebay and finally got around to installing them.
They looked fantastic for about 58 seconds and then things started to go downhill fast!
The color and brightness start off excellent. Perhaps just slightly dimmer than the original incandescent bulbs but the color was nice and warm. About a minute after being on, I notice the color starting to look cooler and they appeared to be dimmer too. 5 minutes later and it looks like a completely different light! Very dim and an awful blue hue.
And then - they got so hot that they literally started smoking.
I put together a few time lapses which span about 7 minutes or so. Camera is a DSLR locked at f/2.8, 1/30, and ISO 400 for every exposure.
Smoke! These are supposed to run cooler!
http://i966.photobucket.com/albums/ae147/bps34/Web/fire.jpg height=400 width=600
What's going on here? Is this typical of the ebay LEDs? Anyone else notice the color/brightness shifts?
These are the LEDs