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Hey all, I am looking into getting driving lights for my 04 and mounting them to my crash bars.

I have found so many LED light threads that I don't know which ones to get. Since I am a collage student, I am looking for a pair that is a little less expensive but still put out a decent amount of light. I was hoping that someone would know of a set that are reliable, bright, and relatively cheap.

I found a video of a guy that mounted a pair but cannot find it for some reason. I can't remember if it was here or on VSRI. If anyone knows of the lights I'm talking about, could you post the link? Thanks
 

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Hey all, I am looking into getting driving lights for my 04 and mounting them to my crash bars.
I am looking for a pair that is a little less expensive but still put out a decent amount of light.
I have a pair of white Whelen LIN-3's mounted on a homemade aluminum bracket hanging off the crash bar. I made the bracket in 2 pieces: a short mounting section bolted to the crashbar, and a long L-cross-section piece to hold the lights. The two pieces are separated by 3/4 inch nylon barrel spacers and joined with 3 nylon bolts, so that the whole assembly should break off easily at the nylon bolts in a tipover. I carry spare nylon bolts on forest roads. :)

The whole project probably cost me about $150 in parts and lights -- less than half the cost of Motolights, and far less drain on the stator. I got the lights at fleetsafety.com, and the aluminum bits at Lowe's.

I originally had them mounted low on my forks using painted shelf brackets, but I never was comfortable with that. I used the threaded reflector mounting lug, which takes a really flimsy bolt, so the mounting wasn't terribly secure. I was concerned about the damage they might do to the forks or brake hoses in a tipover; and I was never willing to use nylon bolts there because if the bolt were to fail, the light might swing into my moving wheel. That would ruin my day.
 

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I have found so many LED light threads that I don't know which ones to get... I am looking for a pair that is a little less expensive but still put out a decent amount of light....
I hope your intention of the LEDs is to be seen better. You'll find that LED lights are much better for helping you in being seen rather than seeing. They just don't cast enough light on the road. That said, the stock headlights alone are pretty darn good for light down the road. The options, if you're looking for lighting to help you see, are nominally 35 watt halogen accessory lights of some sort. If you're looking for LEDs, just to be more visible, there are plenty of options. Look for janiceclanfield's post, she bought a set of, relatively, inexpensive LED bulbs and put them into a set of inexpensive driving light housings.


....I am a collage student...
hmmmm...studying to make collages...how long is the course? :p
 

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hmmmm...studying to make collages...how long is the course? :p
not as long as the decoupage course


but for the OP, i have a thread on some great visibility lights i picked up at the auto store, they dont really cast light on teh ride like someone mentioned earlier, any 'reasonable' leds wont do that, even semi expensive setups wont put much light on the road, but if you want to be seen i'm happy with my optronics 12 led rigs

there's also some pretty bright leds that are weather sealed (that mine unfortunately are not and i have to remedy that situation once i get one of the pods replaced under warranty)
 

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I hope your intention of the LEDs is to be seen better. You'll find that LED lights are much better for helping you in being seen rather than seeing.
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That said, the stock headlights alone are pretty darn good for light down the road.
+1 on this comment, btw. The Wee is the first bike I've owned whose headlights did not need augmentation just so I could see at night. The reflectors are outstanding.

And yes, my LEDs were for being seen, not for casting useful light. The Whelens are actually police lights, and are very powerful attention-getters. (Obviously, mine are not set to flash.) In keeping with empirical studies done by railroads, I want my lights to form a triangle, with the top-center light (the stock headlights) modulating. That's why I mount the auxiliary lights as low and wide as possible.
 

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Thanks for the input. Yeah, I am looking to be seen. I am getting tired of having cars start to move into me on my commute. I have a whole list of modifications I plan to do to my bike to make it very visible. I am planning on headlight and taillight modulators, making a led brake lightbar from superbright leds, connecting the givi topcase brake light set I have in my V46, adding driving lights to add a "triangle effect," and get reflective tape and apply that in strategic locations. All this is in addition to a relayed power source, headed grips, and power outlet. If you guys know of any products that are really great or ones to absolutely stay away from, I would love to hear about them. Thanks
 

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If you guys know of any products that are really great or ones to absolutely stay away from, I would love to hear about them. Thanks
Don't forget to ice the cake with a set of Fiamm Freeway Blasters, or a Stebel airhorn.
 

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...I am getting tired of having cars start to move into me on my commute...
Are you talking about cars, travelling in the same direction as you, moving into your lane? No amount of lighting or reflectors will cure that. To avoid that you have to modify where you ride in relation to the vehicles around you. Stay out of their blind spot (which for some drivers covers a very large area). Try to position yourself ahead of their front wheel, where they can see you, or behind their rear bumper, where they can't effect you, in your own lane, of course.
 

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i have the visionx lights and man they blow the PIAA's i have away. i wish i never bought the PIAA's, but they were 150.00 for the pair verses 100.00 for (1) visionx solstice.
this is where i bought my lights. great place great service
the vision x solstice euro pattern is the best.
price is 100.00 plus 10.00 shipping. usps fast shipping

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The VisionX are the best I've found. Maybe a little pricey BUT they put out good light, are of excellent build quality and don't tax the charging system leaving room for other farkles!
 

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I have the Pat Walsh Bar, and got from Checkers a pair of 55Watt driving lights, about $20.00 - $25.00, . Yeah they use energy, but I'll be replacing the bulbs with LED's, still looking and have to take measurements to make sure I have the right LED's. I went to lunch last weekend, and my friend in front of me said he sould really see me good in his mirror. So the extra lights do help me to be seen, at night they are bright - but the Wee has a really nice bright as well :mrgreen:
Once I'm happy with the performance, I hope to be replacing all signal bulbs with LED's, and a resistor. Should make the bvlinkers brighter, wife really can't see my signal, even with the clear lens ( oh I have the amber bulb )
 

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check these out

http://www.visionxoffroad.com/led/s1100/

found info on this fourm including a video someone posted and impressive the extra light they give considering they are LED hope this helps
This is what I'm gonna get. The ones with either 4 or 8 LEDs. These babies WILL throw some serious light down the road, not just conspicuity lights.. I like to refer to them as deer melters :yesnod:

They're $$$ but I don't care. I'll save up for something like this.
 

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This is what I'm gonna get. The ones with either 4 or 8 LEDs. These babies WILL throw some serious light down the road, not just conspicuity lights.. I like to refer to them as deer melters :yesnod:

They're $$$ but I don't care. I'll save up for something like this.
Installing these as we speak. They are very bright. Actual current draw is higher than stated on the package.
 

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problem I have is price. They are relay nice toys, but wow they wnat way to much for them considering the ones I got can be had for 12$. Even if those visionX ones wehre 50$ per light I would get them but 120 each, sorry thats a lot of gas cash. Also bet you if they droped price to 50$ they would sell 3x or more as many. Bulk sales in end mean more cash overall
 

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Man we need a lighting area in this forum..

Anyway i put the VisionX solstice on last night (ordered from AMAZON.COM)

I had 35 watt driving lights on before and thought i was doing pretty good with them but holy :jawdrop: sh!t are these little things bright. It looks like 2 people welding :yikes: in the front of my bike now. They are the euro version and quite literally wash out the factory lights. Unbelievable to say the least..

I was actually coming on to post something about them but found this post.

Sorry to the OP as this wont help in a low cost option but should be a light that everyone see's as an option.


Very cool...:thumbup::hurray::yesnod:
 
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