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post #1 of 15 Old 11-05-2018, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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Clearwater lights

Rode with several BMW owners yesterday, and noticed Clearwater brand accessory lights being popular in this group.

Anyone here have any first hand experience?

They are expensive, USA made lights, and from what I saw definitely too bright if used at 100%. But they can be dimmed, and a guy riding behind me had them at 10% and with yellow lens covers, which looked great in daylight conditions.

Clearwater has a new line, Glendina, which is smaller and less powerful (10W/1A), but only has two brightness settings, low and high beam. They also cost only half of their other lights. Since I don't want anything too bright I might consider getting these. They mount either to the crash bars or to the fork.
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Any chinese light with an american rebrand will be much more expensive than a chinese brand.

My chinese lights can scare a moose off the road.

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Any chinese light with an american rebrand will be much more expensive than a chinese brand.

My chinese lights can scare a moose off the road.

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Are you saying the Clearwater lights are made in China?
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Their website says they are made in Cali & I am sure they are great lights, but I will not pay $600 for any lights on any veh I own. Yes I am cheap, but there are many lower priced alternatives & the one's on my bike cost about $25 and have been 'on' every time the key comes on for 20K miles with no issues.

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We have a set up for each V-Strom that includes lights, light bar, and wiring harness for between $150 to $165. The lights are made for us and extremely bright (seriously bright, 1100 Lumen each, 1.5 amp total) and our custom harness has evolved over the years to be as easy to install as red to battery positive, black to battery negative, and white to a switched source.

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Are you saying the Clearwater lights are made in China?
They are cree leds, which are made in huizhou, last i checked?

I could be wrong.

I checked their homepage, it baffles me how much people are willing to pay for lights

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Their website says they are made in Cali & I am sure they are great lights, but I will not pay $600 for any lights on any veh I own. Yes I am cheap, but there are many lower priced alternatives & the one's on my bike cost about $25 and have been 'on' every time the key comes on for 20K miles with no issues.
They have a new line, Glendina, for $279. Compared to the other companies I see out there who sell $20 Chinese lights for $300 (Cyclops, Denali?, ...) I think the Clearwaters look like a better way to spend money, on a truly US made and supported product.

I looked for inexpensive options on all the usual sites, Aliexpress, EBay, Amazon etc. but can’t find what I am looking for:

- yellow lens (not amber)
- current draw not to exceed 1A per light
- available crash bar mounting brackets and decent looking hardware
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I have a set of $25 leds from China. Extremely bright and if you are looking for low cost conspicuity the Banggood offerings may be a good choice.
The BMW set has an image to maintain and they will spend huge sums to get the presumed best.
Mind how you mount them. Mine are in a poor location and have suffered a bit in fall overs in the dirt. They are still working though badly treated.
One BMW fellow had his destroyed when mounted under the beak and he hadn't allowed for full fork travel. A good dip shoved the fender into his expensive lights and bashed them to death.
Mine are mounted to the outside of the crash bars so they hit first.
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They have a new line, Glendina, for $279. Compared to the other companies I see out there who sell $20 Chinese lights for $300 (Cyclops, Denali?, ...) I think the Clearwaters look like a better way to spend money, on a truly US made and supported product.

I looked for inexpensive options on all the usual sites, Aliexpress, EBay, Amazon etc. but canít find what I am looking for:

- yellow lens (not amber)
- current draw not to exceed 1A per light
- available crash bar mounting brackets and decent looking hardware

If you're wanting lights more for conspicuity then illumination the light install I did is working well for me. They are bright but the beam pattern is not focused enough to not annoy oncoming drivers IMO. I have them pointed down quite a bit.

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We have a set up for each V-Strom that includes lights, light bar, and wiring harness for between $150 to $165. The lights are made for us and extremely bright (seriously bright, 1100 Lumen each, 1.5 amp total) and our custom harness has evolved over the years to be as easy to install as red to battery positive, black to battery negative, and white to a switched source.

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Hi Rick,
Fully aware of your excellent products, and you are selling them for a fair price as a complete fitted package, compared to other "manufactured to our US specs in China" vendors. If you could source some yellow lens covers I would be your customer. Yellow is super visible without being annoying, to my perception anyway, so this is what I want for my bike.
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