Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: 4 miles from Flight 93 crash site
A Cheap & Lazy way to have bright turn signals
The following is a cheap & lazy method to achieve brighter & more noticeable turn signals.
When I broke a 21 watt (OEM) turn signal bulb in my K7 650, I replaced it with a 26.7 watt Sylvania 1156 LL bulb which was markedly brighter relative to the 21 watt. However, one member read my short thread on the improvement and put 26.7 watt bulbs in all his turn signals. The result was that his flasher unit over heated and temporarily stopped working. After cooling, it functioned normally. So he ended up putting the 26.7 watts bulbs in the rear signals and OEM bulbs in the front. With that arrangement, everything worked for him.
But, I wanted brighter turn signals all around. So, after 2 minutes of hard thinking (I had to rest for ½ day after that exertion), I decided to purchase two 1156 – 24 LED bulbs from Superbrightleds.com for a total of $19.54 which includes shipping.
I next installed 26.7 watt bulbs in both rear turn signals and the 24 LED bulbs in the front signals. The result, as I theorized, was that the blink rate is now about double relative to using all OEM bulbs AND the 24 LED bulbs are, perhaps, 20% brighter than the 26.7 watt bulbs. And, as advertised, these LEDs should last until the sun becomes a red giant (you need at least 12 sun masses for a supernova).
I now have brighter turn signals that blink about 2 times per second which I believe is more noticeable. Yes, it cost considerably more than OEM bulbs but my motto is, "He who never experiments, never learns." As such, I shall label this a success unless one of you members tell me that my bike is going to blow up soon or that the police will toss me in prison for violating some vehicle code.
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