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If anyone is interested, I made a custom LED array w/ flasher for my 2012 V-Strom 650 Adventure.

I just started documenting my projects! If you have any questions or comments on the project or what-have-ya, let me know. I've also been lurking for a while, this is my first post. The next project is going to be the Rostra Cruise Control, any tips would be nice, I've already read most people's installs!

I did this project mostly for the learnin'.

Here's the final result (at least for the brake light)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SA2qZyFIgIM

Here's my build:

LED Taillight Project | Phil's Pi

LED Taillight: More | Phil's Pi
 

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I was thinking of doing something similar but with more brighter leds, close to cree strength. I also like how the BM1200 and some Audi's have the leds mounting on the top facing down on the reflector.
 

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Watched the youtube video - I'd have that plumbing problem looked into.
 

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Looks like you put a lot of work into this. Did you consider having them all lit all the time, just brighter for the brake? Seems you could run the tail light wire through a single, appropriately sized resistor so they would all be proportionately dimmer. Just a thought, maybe for v.2.0.

I have a tailblazer plug-in light. Was very disappointed with the LED they sold for it to replace the incandescent - like you said, it was more of a single point of light and didn't completely fill the lens.
 

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Looks great! You didn't happen to keep a pattern for the LED board, did you? Also, how did you secure the boards inside the taillight housing? This looks like a great winter project.
 

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Did you consider having them all lit all the time, just brighter for the brake?
I did, but for some reason I didn't go with that method -- I liked knowing how many lumens I had? I'm not really sure why.

Each LED is 10 lumens. The running light is 20 LEDs (200 lumens). The brake light is 60 LEDs (600 lumens) + Flasher is 10 lumens (100 lumens).

The incandescents usually have anywhere from 12 - 20 lm/W, with lower wattage incandescents being less efficient. So I'm guessing the 5w running light put out no more than 100lm. The brake light (5w+21w) probably put out no more than 520lm. I've beat the incandescent. With all the LEDs on, I'm pulling <4w - this includes power dissipated by the resistors. With just the running light, I'm pulling ~1w.

You didn't happen to keep a pattern for the LED board, did you? Also, how did you secure the boards inside the taillight housing?
I did make a paper/card-stock pattern, but sadly, I threw it out after the project was done. :(

The board actually fit very snugly. I didn't have to secure it in any special way, save a bit of high-temp hot glue. The blinkers were the same way. The boards I made nested right into the black blinker housings, and needed no glue. That took a lot of trial and error and Dremel time.

I also swapped out the license plate light, saving another 4.5w.
 
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