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I am thinking of adding a Brake Light Flasher:
"Brake light flasher creates brake light flashing effect to catch attention of the drivers behind and avoid dangerous rear end collision"

I have been hit from the back at least 4 times in the past 8 years or so, with a couple of major near misses. I find myself always checking my rear view mirror before braking, just to make sure that I will not be hit again. With all the driving while texting, rear-end collision is an ever increasing risk.

I found a perfect solution,for $20 (made in the USA and with excellent reviews), which should work perfectly with the HRV LED brake lights :
https://www.amazon.com/Vehicle-Flasher-Module-Universal-Motorcycles/dp/B00FADDOL4/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8
http://www.3rdbrakeflasher.com/documentation/Unv3rdBrakeFlasherM1.pdf

An option is to connect it to either all 3 brake lights or just the 3rd middle brake light.
The pattern, flashing, duration, brightness, timeouts are easily configurable.
But I want to check if someone has installed such a part/feature.
 

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HI Coton,
I have seen this feature on several late model vehicles and think it's a great idea. As I recall it was the third lamp only that had a flash pattern. At the time I assumed it was OEM but perhaps it was an aftermarket module. Thanks for all your posts.
 

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I saw one mounted just below the rear bumper. I don't know if it was OEM or DYI? It gets your attention.
 

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HI Coton,
I have seen this feature on several late model vehicles...
I don't know what "late models" means here, but there were a few years, some time ago, when many cars had this as OEM equipment (although probably without all the adjustment possibilities). I see one, every now and then, and they definitely get my attention more than cars without the flashing.

My impression, from my own reactions, is that if all cars had this, we'd have so much blinking that it would just become routine and therefore our brains would just filter it out, like they do for so much else. But if it's an exception rather than the rule, we'll notice it. And that, I guess, is the point of this aftermarket product.

I think that a few blinks before coming on steadily would be more effective for the brake lights than continuous blinking, though. HPH
 

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Also it is programmable to only flash the first time the brakes are pressed and then just steady for subsequent braking within a configurable timeout period:
"Unique Re-Activation delay with selection of 3, 5, 10 or 20 seconds period to minimize annoyance of constantly blinking lights in heavy traffic."

Another version of the product (for $30) is also sensitive to the braking force, so the flashing pattern (or no flashing) is dependent on how quickly the car is slowing down:
http://www.3rdbrakeflasher.com/brake-light-flasher-c-65/vehicle-brake-light-flasher-module-with-brake-force-monitor-p-183.html
 

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I was looking at the 3rd brake light last night. Probably have to take off the spoiler to get to the wiring.
 

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I was looking at the 3rd brake light last night. Probably have to take off the spoiler to get to the wiring.
Actually I was thinking placing the device under the dash to control all 3 brake lights. After Connection N15 on the Under-Dash Fuse/Relay Box:
http://www.mediafire.com/file/o547x6vh1k4f04x/Brake_Light.pdf

But you are correct. Will need to take the spoiler to get to the 3rd Brake Light:
http://www.mediafire.com/file/batocbwecn1dvl1/High_Mount_Brake_Light_Removal_and_Installation_3142.pdf
http://www.mediafire.com/file/c2o17rrfgb46q4y/Tailgate_Spoiler_Trim_Removal_and_Installation_1320.pdf

Unless you can get to the 3rd Brake Light wire under some interior trim.
 

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Also it is programmable to only flash the first time the brakes are pressed and then just steady for subsequent braking within a configurable timeout period:
"Unique Re-Activation delay with selection of 3, 5, 10 or 20 seconds period to minimize annoyance of constantly blinking lights in heavy traffic."

Another version of the product (for $30) is also sensitive to the braking force, so the flashing pattern (or no flashing) is dependent on how quickly the car is slowing down:
http://www.3rdbrakeflasher.com/brake-light-flasher-c-65/vehicle-brake-light-flasher-module-with-brake-force-monitor-p-183.html
Watching Top Gear UK I see a lot of the European cars blink the tail lights under "hard stop" only, which really gets your attention. If it were me, a force sensitive option would be best, and least distracting.
 

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I just installed the brake light flasher.
http://www.3rdbrakeflasher.com/brake-light-flasher-c-65/universal-brake-light-flasherstrober-m1-model-p-181.html?zenid=4dca4c926f0ad7f4dcc5e83eef01242a

I decided to control all three brake lights (Left, right and center) by the module.
I ended up configuring for a timeout of 20 seconds: Brake lights flash rapidly for few times, the first time the pedal is pressed. Any subsequent braking within the next 20 seconds will result in regular non-flashing brake lights. This will not annoy the cars behind me when stuck in traffic.

I left the remaining settings as default setting. I might experiment later with different settings.
The installation was not bad at all (about 2 hours) once I figured out where to tap in the brake light wiring: Under the driver side front door sill trim. The tricky part was figuring out which 3 of the 4 red wires to use.

The flashing works perfectly with the HRV LED lights. Really really pleased with the result. Very nice and safe option for only $20.
 

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I just installed the brake light flasher.
http://www.3rdbrakeflasher.com/brake-light-flasher-c-65/universal-brake-light-flasherstrober-m1-model-p-181.html?zenid=4dca4c926f0ad7f4dcc5e83eef01242a

I decided to control all three brake lights (Left, right and center) by the module.
I ended up configuring for a timeout of 20 seconds: Brake lights flash rapidly for few times, the first time the pedal is pressed. Any subsequent braking within the next 20 seconds will result in regular non-flashing brake lights. This will not annoy the cars behind me when stuck in traffic.

I left the remaining settings as default setting. I might experiment later with different settings.
The installation was not bad at all (about 2 hours) once I figured out where to tap in the brake light wiring: Under the driver side front door sill trim. The tricky part was figuring out which 3 of the 4 red wires to use.

The flashing works perfectly with the HRV LED lights. Really really pleased with the result. Very nice and safe option for only $20.
This post is worthless without a vid.... Jk. A vid would be nice though. >:D
 

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I knew I should have posted a video, but was too lazy. :D
Any ways, here is the video showing the Brake Lights Flasher & the timeout feature. It also shows my LEDs Turn Signal:
My right break light no longer stays on when I break (left side works just fine). Instead it flickers one column of led lights at a time, moving from left to right. This is also the same if I have my car in parking mode when I have my headlights on. How do I know if its the fuse, module or the led lights that I would have to replace?
 

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I dont know or care, because most modern brake lights are quite bright, and I dont like the flasher anyway, but I have heard the flasher is illegal. some food for thought for those who might care. have not confirmed myself, just word of mouth.
 
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