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Aux tail lights

As winter moves in most of us will be commuting in the dark. I have the aux lighting up front covered as do some of you other guys but have any of you thought about adding more light out back, either on your topcase or side cases? The V taillight is small but its very bright. I cant help but think more lights might help though.

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After almost getting ran over from behind waiting to make a turn one evening. I bought the Admore Light Kit for my Givi E-55 and also an Admore Light Bar. Had the light bar mounted under the top case at first then move to the license plate area.








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Home made light kit using led strips. Panniers have the signal lights wired separately.


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After almost getting ran over from behind waiting to make a turn one evening..............
Thats a very nice setup!

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Thats a very nice setup!


Thanks, got it here.http://www.helmetheadcycle.com/brand...opularity_desc

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When I added the Trax cases, I didn't want to relocate the turn signals. Looked stupid and PITA.

After kicking around the idea of adding aux lights to the cases, I eventually went with the Skene P3 Lights mounted to the license plate. Very nice quality and very bright. They work as marker, signal and brake lights. Options for conspicuity flicker, emergency flasher and volt meter.

http://www.lights.skenedesign.com/P3_Features.shtml


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Here is mine:





and there is LED light in the Side case too. lights up when braking.



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These are slick and I had em mounted up in like 20 minutes. Which is impressive if you knew how un-mechanically inclined I was.

http://hyperlites.com/index.html

Its funny now to see how many people stop so far behind me at lights and stop signs! lol

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Just installed the BikeVis light with blinkers. This set is blue light for the front and they have red for the back too.

real good and visible from far.
BIkeVis below/side of spot light.




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Here are mine.

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Did mine last week

I fixed 4 off each of these LED SMD panels. 2 off each in each of the bags from http://www.energyspeed.com/servlet/t...-Panels/Detail Only place on the net I found doing this size

Got them for $2.99 each but P&P to UK was $30 by USPS International (First) but got them within 5 days




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and then wired the brake light Cct up to a SMIDSY LED Brake light flasher installed under the seat



as per this wiring diagram.




Then I only had to run one wire to each or the Amber LED arrays.
and use the common ground wire.


The BLMED-1FG when wired up in Mode "3", as per this link HERE will hold the Red LED's at a 30% brightness and then when triggered by the brake light switch, turn them up to 100% .

Also The SMiDSY contol box operates the lights as follows:

Upon applying the brakes, the brake LEDs are on at full power for 0.5 seconds. The LED's will then flash rapidly 15 times at 10hz and then remain on at full power until brakes are released.

If the brakes are re-applied within 8 seconds, the LED's will go on at full power until brakes are released again. This is to prevent distracting the vehicle behind in stop/go traffic.


See this Vid on how it turned out

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Total cost just under 55 for all the parts.


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TowerMan, those look great. How did you attach the LEDs to the cases?

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TowerMan, those look great. How did you attach the LEDs to the cases?
Just used the 3M double sided sticky pad that was already on the back of the LED SMD panel.


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I ride in the dark. I put the admorelighting kit in the V35 bags, and the Denali lights on SW Motech brackets up front.
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Thanks for the ideas. I ended up installing two wire marker lights on my bags and using a small circuit my wife made up to allow them to function as running lights and brake lights. Here is the video. The lights are from Superbrightleds.com The link is here.

http://www.superbrightleds.com/cgi-b...pecs%2Fmsm.htm

They are about $7 each with wiring harness. My wife will probably be selling the small circuit for $15 a pair (shipped) if there is any interest.

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Looks cool but blue is reserved for police and other emergency vehicles in the states. You would get a quick ticket here for sure. They are very visible though, the police bikes have them and you can see them for what seems like miles away.

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I'm a split shifter and have to ride at night. I've added the Admore Lighting to my V35 cases.





Easy install. Wish I had taken the time to add reflective tape to more than just the sides




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Same idea

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Home made light kit using led strips. Panniers have the signal lights wired separately.


I did the same idea as you... Went to wallyworld and picked up a strip of super white LEDs (approx $9) and some double sided foam tape, I put them in my top case's brake light location, I then wired both my tail light and top case light to a brake light modulator ($20 off ebay) so they would flash on braking. I the ran a strip of hi viz tape that changes color from red to yellow when light hits it around the case. I also used a 2 pin trailer hitch witing kit (approx $5) so I could quickly disconnect my top case when it isn't needed.

In the front I also have Acerbis dual road gaurds with the optional LED kit wired as turn signals,
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