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I wear several safety lights on my clothing when I travel at night. The lights dangle off my jacket and off my guide-dog’s leash and collar. The lights turn on and off with a toggle switch that cycles through three settings: solid light, flashing light and off. The toggle switch is very sensitive and I have occasionally drained the battery because I thought the light was off when it was actually on. Can you help me?
Switch Glitch in Saanich
Dear Switch Glitch in Saanich,
This problem is easily solved with a light detector. A light detector will emit a tone when it detects light. The higher the pitch of the tone, the greater the intensity of light. Some light detectors will also indicate a percentage level of light. For example, 80% is a brighter light than 2%.
You can purchase a light detector app for your smartphone or buy a standalone unit like the Cobalt Talking Colour Detector Speechmaster from Shop CNIB. If you would like to learn additional tips for safe and independent travel, please contact your local CNIB office. Travel Safely!
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