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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-01-2016, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
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DIY LED lights for cheapskates like me

I'm a cheapskate, I do admit to that, if I can do something myself, I will. On my Versys I haven't done everything yet. I changed my own tires, I replaced the stator, the regulator and I saw that my license plate bulb had blown. I was just about to head to the store when I had second thoughts, instead of buying a bulb, I could buy a LED replacement... before I could put my shoes on, I changed my mind and decided to make my own.

I do have access to a few tools and a lathe so I broke the bulb and gouged out the shell, unsoldered the wires and made a bulb sized plastic plug with a center hole. Then I glued two sections of 3 LED from a strip and this is what I came up with for next to nothing





This picture is a bit misleading, the light is brighter than the old bulb it replaces



For what it's worth, I did a few other LED conversions on my old bikes and a few others too look here DIY LED lights cheap : Motorcycle Related Discussions

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Holy cow! That's creative! Where do you get the LED strips?
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LED strips can be bought on eBay or any well stocked electronics store. The ones I buy are 5M in lenght (~15 feet) and have 300 LEDs for 20$. They are available in either cool white (bluish) or warm white (reddish) For home applications, the warm white is more pleasing it also works well for most of the stuff I did on motorcycles. These strips are also available in different colors (blue, red...)

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I'm a cheapskate, I do admit to that, if I can do something myself, I will. On my Versys I haven't done everything yet. I changed my own tires, I replaced the stator, the regulator and I saw that my license plate bulb had blown. I was just about to head to the store when I had second thoughts, instead of buying a bulb, I could buy a LED replacement... before I could put my shoes on, I changed my mind and decided to make my own.

I do have access to a few tools and a lathe so I broke the bulb and gouged out the shell, unsoldered the wires and made a bulb sized plastic plug with a center hole. Then I glued two sections of 3 LED from a strip and this is what I came up with for next to nothing





This picture is a bit misleading, the light is brighter than the old bulb it replaces



For what it's worth, I did a few other LED conversions on my old bikes and a few others too look here DIY LED lights cheap : Motorcycle Related Discussions

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Where does that go? Installed picture? Night time even better.

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Where does that go? Installed picture? Night time even better.
It's the license plate light bulb.


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Very creative indeed! I'm a superbrightleds.com fan myself

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