Denali LED Review
I mounted a pair of Twisted Throttle Denali LED lights a few weeks ago and felt the need to write a review of my experience with them. They were mounted on a TT light bar next to the factory lights.
Quality appears excellent. The wiring harness is basically plug and play. I wish they would include the switch mounting plate or at least make the recommendation you purchase it. I did not know it was needed or even existed until after I received the lights. It only costs $ 6 so if you order the lights get one.
As for the light output:
I ran them with the spot lens, not the fog. They have a 15* beam on the spot lenses. I tested them on darker roads with little or no street lighting.
When mounted and adjusted at an angle under the stock low beam, they still blinded oncoming drivers at night. I figure this was due to the 15* beam, but I could be wrong, it may be due to the brightness. They are bright!
The light emitted is very white and renders the roadway very clear at closer distances. The Denali's fill in all the gaps from the stock lights (on low beam) and the light travels a bit past the low beams.
I adjusted them a little further up and they performed just about the same. At an angle similar to the high beams, you really do not get any further down-road lighting. They still illuminate the road clearly (at closer range), but their distance does not reach the distance of the stock high beam. At any angle of adjustment, I was not able to match the distance of the stock high beams with the Denali's.
I was disappointed with the throw of the lights. I wanted them to illuminate the road at longer range, but they did not do that.
No matter what angle of adjustment, I felt I was over-driving my lights at 55 + MPH. I needed the stock hi-beams to make up for this.
For off-road driving or illuminating the roadway at lower speeds they work great. They also give you more peripheral lighting and light up street signs, but again at closer ranges.
The main reason I added the lights was to illuminate further down the road for those times you get caught out after dark and want to see far ahead. The Denali's were not up to this task.
I wonder if a narrower lens beam, say 8 - 10* would correct this issue or is it that an LED just isn't going to give you the down road lighting of an incandescent light.
I hope this review helps anyone looking for auxiliary lighting.
2011 Bullet SXR1100