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LED driving lights?


Looking through the catalogs I find PIAA LED driving lights.I'am sure there are other brands also.
Has anyone had any experiance with these? If so, do they light up as well as reg bulbs? Is the color of the light white or some other shade?
They would seem to be longer lasting.
Feel free to kick in your two cents worth. I have the winter blues already and find my self dreaming of farkles (among other things to).
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I have 2 x 50Watt fog lights on my bike, I tries to use LED bulbs to help reduce the voltage usage. Sofar I have not found leds equivilant to the H3 Bulbs. I was able to replace my signal bulbs with better LED's.
PIAA are very nice looking, but one laydown and the lights will cost you another 200 or more. Mine will cost me 19.00.

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Daytime Running Lights

Just came across your post for the PIAA Driving Lights- They look superb quality.
I market Daytime Running Lights in the UK ( and supply the US + ROW) at a fraction of the cost.
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Those are nice, But I don't want daytime running lights. I live in northern Indiana with one Deer for every two person. I work third shift and drive 30 miles of backroads to work and then home again in the twilight. Lately the countys idea of road repair is to put up signs stating, Rough Road. There is even one section stating, Travel at own risk.
I want a set of durable lights that will light my way like aircraft landing lights. They should melt the paint off stop signs at 50 yards.
What I need is lights that can be aimed just left and right of my standard lights that are the equal or better of my high beam so I can see these beasties in time to avoid them.


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Those are nice, But I don't want daytime running lights. I live in northern Indiana with one Deer for every two person. I work third shift and drive 30 miles of backroads to work and then home again in the twilight. Lately the countys idea of road repair is to put up signs stating, Rough Road. There is even one section stating, Travel at own risk.
I want a set of durable lights that will light my way like aircraft landing lights. They should melt the paint off stop signs at 50 yards.
What I need is lights that can be aimed just left and right of my standard lights that are the equal or better of my high beam so I can see these beasties in time to avoid them.
You're not going to exactly do that with LEDs, at least not for awhile yet. I'd suggest one really good 100 watt incandescent semi-spot light set up so you can control it from a handlebar switch. That would make it possible to shut it down easily to ease the load on the charging system.

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Looking through the catalogs I find PIAA LED driving lights.I'am sure there are other brands also. ...

VisionX has 2" LED driving lights with low current draw.

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...read.php?t=747

Picture of one in post 43 in the above thread

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I was out riding today and took a picture in the sun with my HID low beam and VisionX LED driving lights.

I rode around tonight, making aim adjustments on the LEDs. They fill the gap between the too close low beam and the too far high beam.

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I have a pair of fender-mount ClearWater 2 inch 55W LED called Glenda. They're working on 4 inch which will be much brighter. The Glendas are very nice. Show up great in the day time and really improve the overall view forward at night. A little pricey, but great quality.
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I also got HID low beam...

Very bright... My problem is that when I take a corner at night, I still can't see anything when the bike is leaned over... Even with the high bean (silverstar bulb) turn on...

Wondering if anyone has any suggestion???

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My problem is that when I take a corner at night, I still can't see anything when the bike is leaned over
I've heard some people who add LED driving lights keep the right one pointed off the to right a bit to look for forest rats. That might help in right corners.

I think I want to point my low beam higher. Info on how to do?

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Cheap / Simple set up.

This is the set up I use. Cheap, less than USD50 for the pair. Hot wired with switch. Helps during Night drive and well noticed in daytime ride.




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LED's

I've been playing with LED lights and bulbs. My wife said she couldn't really see my signals on the V-Strom, yet her signals on the V were really bright. So I changed my signals to LED's, needed a relay to adjust the Voltage for the bulbs, now she see's me signaling.
I had 2 x 55Watt auxiliary lights, tried replacing the bulbs with whatever i could find, the tri-angular lighting was not what I wanted. Found some othe LED lights and they really improved the visual. Granted these lights won't rplace the intensity for night riding ( distant brightness ) but my triangular effect has been achieved.

Here's a closer picture of my temporary testing bracket. The silver light is 3 watts, and has a wide effect, these were $20 each. The little black oval light has 6 led's and also a 3 wat rating ( I think ). I like the black one better, it's lighting effect is more forward than wide angled. I also bought some amber lights, a possible rear addition maybe.

I'll be making a bracket for the wifes V and mounting some extra lights on her bike, during the day she say I can be seen, and the bright lights do not blind her when she is leading.

I also mounted some led strips on my JCWhitnet cheap luggage............ Extra signals and brake lights, it's just great at night !!!!
Here's a short crappy video I took of my rear lights.
http://s675.photobucket.com/albums/v...rksworking.flv

BIG PS : Sorry it's pic's of my Vstrom, I'm working on things for the V . This will be posted in due time.

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I was out riding today and took a picture in the sun with my HID low beam and VisionX LED driving lights.

I rode around tonight, making aim adjustments on the LEDs. They fill the gap between the too close low beam and the too far high beam.

Tony
would you mind posting some pics of your mounts? I have a set of 45/15' still in the box waiting for me to install. I just have not gotten to it yet.

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I generally don't ride after dark, so I didn't care, but recently had to. Since then I've turned the 10mm adjuster SEVERAL turns (CW I believe...) and now I have a pretty reasonable low-beam which doesn't seem to bother on-coming vehicles, and I don't get the feeling that I'm 'over-driving' my headlight. Adjusting is easy - turn the bars left and you can get a socket onto the vertical adjuster on the mid-right of the rear of the lights.

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thanks,
I will sneak a peek tonight. Still getting to know the scoot!
Have A Great Day!

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would you mind posting some pics of your mounts? I have a set of 45/15' still in the box waiting for me to install. I just have not gotten to it yet. TIA
Here is a pic of my $3 mounts using Home Depot parts from random parts of the store.

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