Installation of the lights can absolutely be a pain. If you're already comfortable with crimping or soldering wires together and suchlike, then it's probably easy peasy.
In terms of getting the wheel itself built, no harder than any other hub.
@t54r4n1 Once you've got things set up, it should all be pretty maintenance free.
The main likely point of failure is the wiring and connectors, from physical wear or accidental mechanical abuse. But those bits aren't expensive.
@kukkurovaca augh. okay no, then. too scared to build any hubs.
@t54r4n1 I would say that unless you're perverse about doing all your own maintenance (it me), it's 1000% worth having a shop do the installation.
But once the installation is done, it's largely worry free. No need to worry about batteries in your lights, and if you spring for a setup with a USB charger, you can also keep your other devices topped up.
@t54r4n1 @kukkurovaca last night I squelched out in the rain to the firepit on the hillside I made with my mother ~15 years ago, over the hillside we got married on (that seems to be washing away slightly; some meditation on impermanence there!), to wodge dad's old beefpapers folder down into the pile out there, so the next person to light a bonfire will burn them for us all unawares. So it's an auspicious weekend for that sort of hoarded-tension dispersal, it seems
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