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post #1 of 22 Old 12-27-2014, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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Cree 10W flood versus spot ??

I am going to add the Adventuretech LED 10W cree lights to the front of my 09 wee. I am having trouble deciding between spot and flood. The purpose of these lights is to be seen more than to see. I plan on running them all the time and do not want to blind folks. I rarely ride at night and will have them switched using the ADV tech switched wiring harness so I could turn them off if they are offensive at night! I have seen a video comparing 15W crees but they are facing forward thus not showing what the "oncoming" person will see!

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I vote for spot, that is what I have and like.

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I've used spots mounted on lower fork for about 10,000 miles now. No one has flashed me and they make sure I get seen.
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I've been using 10w Cree lights on my '12 ADV model for about a year and a half with them mounted on my forks. They are 30* lights. The same lights are offered in 10* and 60*. I get a little more enhanced night vision especially when using low beams, but they really help with lighting up the ditches/shoulders/etc. Very useful when riding anywhere that may have active wildlife at night. I just ordered a new set of the same lights for my '14 ADV Vee2. I would think the 10* lights would be too narrow and would need to be mounted high, the 60* lights might be nice for fog and widespread, but they appear to use a diffuser to get the 60* beam pattern which would most likely dim the lights. When I first mounted the 30*'s on my forks, they were mounted straight ahead and level... they were too bright! I angled them down approx 5* and out about 5*... made a HUGE difference. Very effective and I have never been brighted by oncoming traffic. I hope this helps.
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A spot will appear bright within a narrower range than a flood (maybe even too bright if looking into the center line of the beam, esp at night). Since your main reason is to be seen, I would vote for flood as those would be more visible off to the side and not just directly in front of you. Exact aiming would be much less of an issue.

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I'm not sure you really want to be using a 10W cree for what amounts to running lights. They really are bright and you can't aim them at drivers (to be seen) without blinding them and causing yourself way more problems (a blinded driver can't gauge your speed or location even remotely accurately, only that you're "there" somewhere).
IMHO, if you want to be seen use proper running lights and if you want to see THEN use lights designed in spot or spread configuration.

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I've been using 10w Cree lights on my '12 ADV model for about a year and a half with them mounted on my forks. They are 30* lights. The same lights are offered in 10* and 60*. I get a little more enhanced night vision especially when using low beams, but they really help with lighting up the ditches/shoulders/etc. Very useful when riding anywhere that may have active wildlife at night. I just ordered a new set of the same lights for my '14 ADV Vee2. I would think the 10* lights would be too narrow and would need to be mounted high, the 60* lights might be nice for fog and widespread, but they appear to use a diffuser to get the 60* beam pattern which would most likely dim the lights. When I first mounted the 30*'s on my forks, they were mounted straight ahead and level... they were too bright! I angled them down approx 5* and out about 5*... made a HUGE difference. Very effective and I have never been brighted by oncoming traffic. I hope this helps.
Could you share what brand lights you are using ?
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I'm not sure you really want to be using a 10W cree for what amounts to running lights. They really are bright and you can't aim them at drivers (to be seen) without blinding them and causing yourself way more problems (a blinded driver can't gauge your speed or location even remotely accurately, only that you're "there" somewhere).
IMHO, if you want to be seen use proper running lights and if you want to see THEN use lights designed in spot or spread configuration.
So this is the point of the question!!! I want to be seen but and not crazy about Hyperlight style lighting. I want something I can attach to lower crash bar that will make me conspicuous!!!! What to use??

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