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post #1 of 15 Old 11-10-2013, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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Don't use LED tail light bulbs

I failed on my latest attempt to save Watts. I used the 1157 LED bulbs and as you can see in the pictures below, they suck. If you're going to do it, get the whole LED replacement.ImageUploadedByMO Free1384125514.277592.jpg
The bulb on the bottom left is the LED.
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A lot of that is direction. LEDs like that point to the rear so don't light up the reflector in the tail light. This is an LED on the right tail light.



Hit the brake lights though and enough light bounces off the lens to light the reflector. This is the same setup with the brakes on.


I like the obvious difference between tail and brake lights.
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I have never understood why brake lights & turn signals are one of the first places people go to save watts, their draw is only momentary

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Superbrightleds.com has 1157 compatible taillights that have a full 180 degree coverage, utilizing the entire refelector. They are extremely efficient and very bright.

This is not an ad for those guys. I have been using the product for a few years now and they work great.

May I also suggest a brake light flasher. Custom Dynamics sells the one I use. It gets attention better than a regular taillight.

Good stuff. May keep you alive, the cagers are blind.
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I have never understood why brake lights & turn signals are one of the first places people go to save watts, their draw is only momentary
It was something to do one boring winter. I wouldn't do it again.

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Superbrightleds.com has 1157 compatible taillights that have a full 180 degree coverage, utilizing the entire refelector. They are extremely efficient and very bright.

This is not an ad for those guys. I have been using the product for a few years now and they work great.

May I also suggest a brake light flasher. Custom Dynamics sells the one I use. It gets attention better than a regular taillight.

Good stuff. May keep you alive, the cagers are blind.
Nope, most are just too busy doing things other than driving.

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I did the exercise

Best LEDs of 2 years ago

They were like 1/2 as bright as stock

tried 2 50 watt halogen 1157 but didn't have the power. Went to discharge when I stepped on the brake

so 1 halogen then it burned out

back to stock
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I changed my oem bulb to led not to save power but to get a better signal to other motorist behind me.
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Honestly, it's a crap shoot when it comes to picking out LED bulbs. I think that sometimes you need higher quality stuff. I have LED wedge type bulbs in my tail and it shines as bright as can be.
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Honestly, it's a crap shoot when it comes to picking out LED bulbs. I think that sometimes you need higher quality stuff. I have LED wedge type bulbs in my tail and it shines as bright as can be.
Definitely, and directional. In that you could have some very impressively bright LED brake lights when viewed from directly behind the motorcycle that are very dim if the person is one lane over. There are good LED out there. But I'm not aware of any good way to rule out the good vs. the bad based on specs/data sheets. You can go off pictures but run into the directional concerns. You can go off reviews and hope. At the end of the day the question will be is it even worth trying to find a good LED bulb for the little power savings?

I do run aux LED bulbs (skene) myself, but in addition to standard bulbs.
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