LED Auxiliary Lighting - Kawasaki Versys Forum
Like Tree4Likes
  • 2 Post By twowheels
  • 1 Post By bcalan
  • 1 Post By bcalan
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-11-2016, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
twowheels's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Ottawa, ON
Posts: 3,373
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Garage
LED Auxiliary Lighting

A while back I purchased a pair of aux LED driving lights online. This design (shown below) is available from most online stores like Amazon, Ebay, AliExpress, etc. and the price was fantastically cheap. The issue was when they arrived. The bar clamp design prevented me from installing these on my Denali light mounts and they were about as bright as a flashlight which is to say none too bright for auxiliary driving headlights.

My original light purchase, not recommended


I subsequently purchased a a pair of the LED lights (shown below) and installed recently. Despite being physically smaller and sightly lighter than the original LED lights they manage to be much brighter. Holy crap are they bright. They lights up a dimly lit landscape like a UFO just landed. 4000 lumens/each! The beam projects a high intensity narrow focused distance beam. Note I don't think they actually draws 40 watts/each as that would be ridiculously high for an LED lights. I am powering this direct from the high beam circuit without issue.


4 X U2 Cree 4T6 40W 4000 lumen




Got it from AliExpress. They have several identical looking lights on their site at varying price points. I suspect they are all using the same Aluminum housing but different LEDs which provide different amounts of brightness and different price points. Would recommend something that puts out at least 3000 lumens per light.

The construction seems very solid, aluminum casting with a stainless steel mount. With a ~$80 set of these lights I don't really really see the point of forking out huge bucks for a set of Clearwater or Denali lights. LED diodes seem to be like computers and TVs with performance increasing every year with a corresponding decrease in cost.
Jaes1 and 1968Jeepr like this.

Last edited by twowheels; 07-04-2017 at 01:05 AM.
twowheels is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-12-2016, 12:26 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Vancouver Island BC
Posts: 96
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
I have a set of those; yes BRIGHT. I use them with a Skene Design "IQ-170, Intelligent Lighting Controller". The controller allows them to be daylight running lights at 20% power and 100% on high beams. Along with a headlight modulator I am VISIBLE. Skene Design
twowheels likes this.

....ride like the one-eyed Jack of Diamonds with the Devil close behind...
"The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn't any other test. If the machine produces tranquility, it's right. If it disturbs you, it's wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed."
-Robert M. Pirsig
bcalan is offline  
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-12-2016, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
twowheels's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Ottawa, ON
Posts: 3,373
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by bcalan View Post
I have a set of those; yes BRIGHT. I use them with a Skene Design "IQ-170, Intelligent Lighting Controller". The controller allows them to be daylight running lights at 20% power and 100% on high beams. Along with a headlight modulator I am VISIBLE. Skene Design
Checked out Skene design from your link. Their Photon Blaster conspicuity system is impressive.

The one thing about the above mentioned aux lights is they are way too bright on full power to not switch off for oncoming traffic so they need to be switched with the high beam.

Last edited by twowheels; 08-19-2016 at 06:36 PM.
twowheels is offline  
 
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-19-2016, 10:47 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Vancouver Island BC
Posts: 96
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Read carefully. The IQ controller allows the lights to run at 20% power on low beams and the switch to high beams allows 100%. My lights are arranged in the triangular "locomotive" pattern the railroads use.
Jaes1 likes this.

....ride like the one-eyed Jack of Diamonds with the Devil close behind...
"The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn't any other test. If the machine produces tranquility, it's right. If it disturbs you, it's wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed."
-Robert M. Pirsig
bcalan is offline  
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-24-2016, 10:54 PM
Member
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 267
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Garage
I have that same red led. I plan to replace my rear reflector with it also. How does it look? When I tried it on my bench it didn't seem that bright. Can't expect much for $2.50.
zirconx is offline  
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-25-2016, 08:56 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Wisconsin, 25 miles north of Milwaukee
Posts: 1,567
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by twowheels View Post
These are the other parts I used in my light install

Extra brake light
Direct bolt on replacement for rear fender reflector. Same size and shape. Wires to rear brake light. Cost $2.38US. [ http://www.aliexpress.com/item/E93-2...602893785.html ] I used a few dabs of glue from a hot glue gun on the inside of the rear fender to secure the wires which lead up the inside of the fender to connect to the rear brake light wires.



Connectors
I connected my aux lights with these connectors so they could be removed during maintenace when the fairing and mounts are removed. Cost $2.88US. [ http://www.aliexpress.com/item/New-a...523527699.html ]



Relay
Although not necessary with low draw LED lights, I this relay to power the lights direct from the battery and but switch on and off with the high beam. You could also use this relay as the basis of your own switched power supply by connecting relay trigger to the low beam of headlight. Cost $2.14US [ http://www.aliexpress.com/item/1-pie...617801577.html ]
Cool stuff! Excellent photos, prices and sources.

One question - will the new auxiliary brake light still act as a reflector in the event of a loss of power to the electric light or a failure of the light element itself?

Last edited by trialsguy; 08-25-2016 at 08:57 AM. Reason: typo
trialsguy is offline  
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-25-2016, 09:53 AM
Member
 
BayouVersys's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Eros, Louisiana
Posts: 286
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Garage
So many good aux lighting mods going on! Sorry if I didn't read, but did you wind up going with two? The route I chose was about the same except I used a pre-fabbed harness that was matched to the lights I used. The lights and harness in link below.
https://www.superbrightleds.com/more...rk-light/1699/

They are very bright and well built. I need to tweak my mounting method a little but satisfied none the less. I think both the lights, harness and connectors were around $115. The only modification was putting smaller ring lugs on the battery leads. Next tweak will be to use a power source only hot with ignition on to pull in my relay.

My new escape, 16' Gen3 Versys 650ABS
BayouVersys is offline  
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-25-2016, 11:51 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Vancouver Island BC
Posts: 96
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
All good stuff. So many ways to add aux lighting. I especially like the connectors.

....ride like the one-eyed Jack of Diamonds with the Devil close behind...
"The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn't any other test. If the machine produces tranquility, it's right. If it disturbs you, it's wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed."
-Robert M. Pirsig
bcalan is offline  
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-25-2016, 08:33 PM
Member
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 267
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by trialsguy View Post
Cool stuff! Excellent photos, prices and sources.

One question - will the new auxiliary brake light still act as a reflector in the event of a loss of power to the electric light or a failure of the light element itself?
Yes it does. Here's mine that I haven't installed yet.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 2016-08-25 20.23.21.jpg (31.9 KB, 172 views)
zirconx is offline  
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-04-2017, 03:38 AM
Super Moderator
 
Fastoman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Ipoh.Perak.Malaysia
Posts: 7,346
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
. LED diodes seem to be like computers and TVs with performance increasing every year with a corresponding decrease in cost.[/QUOTE]

Fastoman is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki Versys Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome