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post #1 of 27 Old 06-03-2019, 06:20 AM Thread Starter
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Question Aux lights placement: higer or lower?

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I was wondering about the best placement for auxiliary lights. I know that a triangle of light increases the visibility by enlarging the shape but is it better to put two lights lower that the main headlight or higher?

I saw that some riders put some lights on the hand guard thus widening the shape but this configuration is more or less in line with the headlight, I was thinking on going higer by putting some led strip on the mirrors. Bad idea? Good idea?

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post #2 of 27 Old 06-03-2019, 07:52 AM
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Here is a picture of mine which are mounted to the crash bars. I get a lot of compliments and questions about them since mounting them this spring. I was fed up with people switching lanes into me. Hard to measure if it helps with the kinds of people doing this sort of stuff but it does make the bike more visible for sure.

Avoid mounting lights too close to the directional signals otherwise these will be hard to see.

If you try the mirror idea, let us know how it works out and share pictures, please.
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There is an excellent thread around here soemwhere reminding people about a study done on motorcycle lighting and making sure cars don't turn in front of you. The bottom line is tat drivers are much more likely to not turn in front of you if they see you, and can judge how fast you are moving. A single headlight helps make sur ethey see you, but is not particualry good and communicating distance and speed. The study found that triangle of lights is best.

The yellowish headlight above center and two very brght lights beneth (hot white) do a good job of this.

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Mine went high, only because I have no mount points low. These are Baja Designs at 10% with yellow covers.
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Thank you all for your feedback.

Yes I'm aware of the positive effect in visbility of a triangle of light. I was pondering on wheter there is a difference between having it pointed up or down.

I'm currently waiting on the delivery of waterproof led strip to stick on the mirrors and will report back with pictures and comment.

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I went with crash bar mounted lights as well. The guy at Clearwater said the Yellow slip on lense covers increase your visibility. I have a feeling this is accurate.

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I prefer to high mount them and aimed downward to flood the tarmac with light and not blind oncoming drivers.
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Check to see if there are any regulations on placement. In Pa. USA, driving or fog lights cannot be located above the level of the headlight if they are being used in normal driving on the street.

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Generally the laws I've looked up for light placement give you a minimum and maximum distance from the road.
For instance in Ohio, Fog lights have to be between 12"-30". Aux lights between 16"-42".

PA is similar with 12"-42" for either Fog or Aux lights.
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I went with crash bar mounted lights as well. The guy at Clearwater said the Yellow slip on lense covers increase your visibility. I have a feeling this is accurate.
I met a GS driver this weekend who was in Alaska and had oil workers tell him they saw him coming down a hill several miles away, said they only saw two yellow dots but not his headlight. I bought my yellow lights because I saw another BMW bike in traffic and it really stood out. I don’t need more light just want to be seen.
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