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post #11 of 57 Old 11-01-2019, 12:13 AM
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I run 2 sets. 1 set clear fog and the second amber spots. Amber works better when wet or foggy.
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post #13 of 57 Old 11-01-2019, 12:15 AM
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Originally Posted by PerazziMx14 View Post
This is truly a case of more is more. More lights more visible.
That would be true when all the lights are not real bright. My LED headlights put out considerably more lumens than the stock headlights AND the accessory lights put together. I don't think I would want LED accessory lights though. that could be too much.


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post #14 of 57 Old 11-01-2019, 02:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Dubldee17 View Post
Thanks for all the input. I like the big triangle idea, I've read several sources that say that's the most visible to drivers. I don't ride at night unless I have to, but I'd still like more light when I do. I don't have LED headlamps yet. And my car's lights don't turn, but I guess some do. I think the Tucker did (great success there).

Do you guys run the yellow lenses? I see them better without being dazzled to death. I don't want to blind others, just be seen. Thanks for all the help. Best, DD
I do run amber (yellow) aux. LED lights mounted on lower forks legs. In my opinion they are more noticeable when they move together with wheel. Also I prefer lower position over the higher because when they are close to turn signal sometimes they might inerrapt function of turn signals. For now I still have a stock headlight bulb but going to replace it with LED very soon.
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I don't think fork mounted vs fairing mounted makes a lot of difference. Hard to get the lights very far apart on a V Strom as they are narrow. I do think the "V" pattern helps...but that is my opinion only.

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This is truly a case of more is more. More lights more visible.
Well there is such a thing as too much light. When you shine really bright lights in someone's eyes they may not be able to see you. You actually are camouflaging yourself.

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Just remember, if you mount the lights on the fork legs, they might be suspectable to getting "crunched" should the bike fall over.........which happens to almost everyone. If you install nice, expensive lights, this fall-over will cause gnashing of teeth.........and $$$. I mounted a set down low, inside the crash bars of my CB500X for protection. Carry on..........
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Originally Posted by blaustrom View Post
Yes they do and it makes a difference in tight turns.

But that was not the answer/ question the OP was looking for.

For conspicuity mount the aux lights as far apart and as far from the main light as possible, is the general consensus i think.
Right! That's how locomotive have their lights positioned. It makes for better conspicuity at a great distance, and also it helps the viewer determine range and approach speed.
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The difference between spots (25 degree) and floods (45 degree) is small, but spots are better at helping the headlights at night and can be "aimed" at a point on and down the road to avoid bothering oncoming drivers better than floods. The beams on these lights are conical. A flood will put as much light down and up as to the side. So tilting them down slightly does less to avoid bothering others.

The difference in day light depends on how bright the lights are. Once you get bright enough either will work in day light fine. It is more critical when using less efficient lower light output lights.

Fork leg mounting works OK. You can use the reflector mounts on a DL650. Or you can use one of our light bars for an easier installation and to achieve the triangular light shape.
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