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post #1 of 24 Old 10-01-2009, 01:00 AM Thread Starter
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Good LED Driving Lights?

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.


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

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hmmmm...studying to make collages...how long is the course?
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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...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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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
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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
yikes, those look pricey

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