Posted by **Billiez** on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 11:59am.

Question related to a bicycle dynamo and a wheel.

Why a current flows through the bicycle lamp when the wheel of the bicycle turns?

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**drwls**, Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 4:49pm
The wheel turns a generator that produces a voltage. The voltahe lights uop the bulb.

Generator-run bike headlights are less commonly used these days. The higher efficiency of LED headlamps with alkaline or lithium ion batteries makes them a better choice; the lamps are smaller, and need no generator. I have not had to replace my LED light batteries for two years. The wheel drag resistance due to the generator also slows down the bike a lot. It is like pedaling with the brakes on.

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