(use isopropyl alcohol instead of mineral oil--it does a better job at removing gluey gooey, for me)
I'm glad the extra light helps.
I imagine that while towing the trailer, those blinkies were even more effective, as they would light up the trailer itself, giving you side and forward lighting of it as well as the rearward direct lighting they provide.
I've seen more and more motorcycles that have some sort of lighting strips installed (aftermarket, probably) under their fairings and housings for things. They light up the sides of the bike quite a bit, and usually they're green, blue, or purple, but none of those colors is road legal for standard vehicles in at least some places.
Why they don't just use amber or yellow, I don't know--they'd still be very visible and no matter what angle the lights were visible from, still legal. Most especially, they could use the lights *directly* instead of redirecting the light from them off the bike parts, and they'd be even more effective at distance.
Anyway, I keep intending to add more marker lights to my own bikes, but never have gotten round to it. Best I have done so far is to add various reflective tape to the bike in strategic places to make it more visible from the side at night, just in case they don't see my lights for some reason. I dont' have any real side lighting, other than the side reflectors of the old Honda taillight, which are pretty obscured by the turn signals to either side. When those are on, they're very visible from the side, too, but only then.
Someday need to finish the LED side markers that go in the turn signal housings, amber front and red rear, whcih will blink off when the turn signals blink on. I had similar lighting on DayGlo Avenger when it was friction drive (and before motorization), but broke them over time, and haven't fixed or replaced them. Just too many things to do.
Someday maybe I should concentrate on one project at a time till it's all done.