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Accent Lighting for Mae?
« on: November 20, 2013, 11:09:21 pm »
Was thinking about this on ebay...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/10-pcs-White-Tiny-Frame-SMD-LED-5050-12V-Accent-Lights-for-Kawasaki-Motorcycle-/190976852550?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&fits=Model%3AConcours%7CSubmodel%3A1000&hash=item2c771b8246&vxp=mtr

I like the accent lighting look on a bike. How would I even wire this up? Figured I'd wire say 5 of them together then have one line connect to the accessory power. I'd put a switch in the mix so I could turn them off if need be.

Thoughts on the best way to wire this up? Thoughts on the accent lighting look?
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Re: Accent Lighting for Mae?
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2013, 12:17:06 am »
I for one,,,  am not a fan of the accent lighting.
But, if you wire it up, take the power from the accessory plug, and just do it.
Just don't leave the lights on, will drain yer battery.

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Re: Accent Lighting for Mae?
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2013, 02:40:40 pm »
I too am not fond of it, but perhaps the examples I've seen have been overdone.  Thinking about it though, if you ride at night, something like that would increase your chances of being seen by a factor of ten.  Maybe a couple white lights; one shining down onto the front fender and another shining down onto the carbs?  This would be a great excuse to pickup the accessory fuse panel kit from Murph's; guarantees you won't leave the lights on with the bike off.   :great:
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Re: Accent Lighting for Mae?
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2013, 02:54:41 pm »
yeah...was thinking around the front wheel, both sides of the fairing where I have my tip bars. Maybe somewhere back around the rear tire.

the carb area would be cool but won't work for me because I have heat shields. I'm thinking about it.  ;D
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Re: Accent Lighting for Mae?
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2013, 03:08:03 pm »
Just make sure you get the ones for Kawasaki, any other brand won't fit  :)
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Re: Accent Lighting for Mae?
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2013, 03:19:47 pm »
I said forget overall lighting and just put everything up front which does light up the entire front wheel as well:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009SAAK7G/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B009SAAK7G&linkCode=as2&tag=theborkeduniv-20

I made sure to get the generic part specifically for Kawasaki  :) :rotflmao:
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Re: Accent Lighting for Mae?
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2013, 07:17:38 pm »
I said forget overall lighting and just put everything up front which does light up the entire front wheel as well:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009SAAK7G/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B009SAAK7G&linkCode=as2&tag=theborkeduniv-20

I made sure to get the generic part specifically for Kawasaki  :) :rotflmao:


That's a really good point.  My driving lights are mounted maybe around where tipover bars would be and I'd imagine they do a good job of lighting up the front wheel.
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Re: Accent Lighting for Mae?
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2013, 11:06:29 pm »
I like the accent lighting look on a bike. How would I even wire this up? Figured I'd wire say 5 of them together then have one line connect to the accessory power. I'd put a switch in the mix so I could turn them off if need be.
I'm thinking of doing it to my 06, with some really bright blue LED strips I picked up.  Just planning to wire them together, and use a relay that is only powered when the bike is on.  Otherwise I'll forget about them and kill my battery.

I'm planning to light the carbs, rear tire, and maybe the sides of the motor where it can be seen through the vents.

I think it is a silly thing to do, but I'm planning to do it anyway.
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Re: Accent Lighting for Mae?
« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2013, 10:36:59 am »
Check with a local LEO, some states do not allow colored lights other than the yellow and red fore and aft lights while your underway.
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Re: Accent Lighting for Mae?
« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2013, 01:06:07 pm »
Some states don't allow even white lights illuminating the ground under the car. And bike, presumably.

Since you asked for opinions on accent lighting... I will say, done right, it looks cool, but I think most people don't know when enough is enough.

As to wiring them, I would mount a waterproof switch somewhere... doesn't have to be visible, maybe under the dash so you reach under and turn them off if need be, but run the switch off a switched circuit. That way you don't have to turn them off, they'll turn on and off with the key. I don't think you need a relay for a few leds, they don't draw much power, probably less than the relay.
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Re: Accent Lighting for Mae?
« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2013, 04:08:52 pm »
I had led lights on my 05. I ran blue strips in the rear wheel well and along the bottom of the belly pan, as well as red strips inside the engine area in an attempt to light the engine. Everything looked great up close but from a distance the engine area was too dark. More blue lights instead of red would have probably worked better. When wiring them up I just used a switch hidden under the dash running off of the accesory circuit there. My biggest problem with the light was wiring them up so that I could disconnect the different groups of light for the valve maintanence. The wires for the lights were extremely small gauge (pink connectors were too large!)  and would break often. I finally got frustrated one day and ripped them all out. Wish I hadn't :'(  :-[ 

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Re: Accent Lighting for Mae?
« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2013, 04:48:01 pm »
I've helped a few friends set their bikes up with accent lights.  Things That we found
made the process easier:

1 ) Start with the bike upright (stand/centerstand) in the garage.
2 ) Just connect (don't route) wires to the battery.
3 ) Use twistie ties or painters tape to temporarily place lights on the bike.
4 ) Close the garage door, shut off the lights, and see where you need to readjust lights.
5 ) Light up the garage, and make your modifications as needed.
6 ) Repeat steps 3 thru 5 as needed.  It took us a few tries...
7 ) After you're sure of light placement, route/hide wires for permanent connections.
8 ) Solder connections, as (at least on Harleys) crimp connectors vibrate loose.  (BTDT)

Sport (or sport touring) bikes have little chrome to reflect light, more lights are needed to create
a decent lighting effect.  Using a slow 'pulsing' light behind the side gills makes a really cool
"mean" effect on Sport bikes. 

Try NOT to attach lights to panels you frequently remove for regular service.   :-[

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rotating the lights a little made a big difference in how it looked.   Definitely a fun (yet tedious) project.



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Re: Accent Lighting for Mae?
« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2013, 07:41:36 pm »
I don't think you need a relay for a few leds, they don't draw much power, probably less than the relay.

No, you don't need a relay unless you're using a LOT of LEDs, but it is useful for powering the LEDs only when the ignition is on.  I tap off the front marker lights to trigger the relay for my driving lights.


If you're going to use enough LEDs to require a relay, I'd suggest a Wing...   :rotflmao:
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Re: Accent Lighting for Mae?
« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2013, 10:47:21 pm »
Jon, the purpose in using a relay, in the case of tapping off the marker lights, is if the load is substantial you might overload the marker light circuit. Using a relay you are adding only the load of the relay coil to the circuit. I don't know how much those little LED lights draw, or how many he planned on using, but if the total of the LED load, plus the existing lights on the circuit, is less than the load the circut is capable of safely handling, then you should consider just connecting them directly to the marker circuit. Relay coils of the type used in this application typically draw 300 to 500ma, which I would think draw more than a handful of LED circuits. He's not talking about halogen driving lights, which, I agree, would need a relay.
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Re: Accent Lighting for Mae?
« Reply #14 on: November 26, 2013, 07:47:11 pm »
I don't think you need a relay for a few leds, they don't draw much power, probably less than the relay.

No, you don't need a relay unless you're using a LOT of LEDs, but it is useful for powering the LEDs only when the ignition is on.  I tap off the front marker lights to trigger the relay for my driving lights.


If you're going to use enough LEDs to require a relay, I'd suggest a Wing...   :rotflmao:



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Re: Accent Lighting for Mae?
« Reply #15 on: November 26, 2013, 08:31:16 pm »
My Honda has had some yellow LED strip lights on it for years. They double as marker lights and turn signal



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Re: Accent Lighting for Mae?
« Reply #16 on: November 27, 2013, 06:37:09 am »
Whoa...Just found this kit on EBay. Does more cool stuff and has a remote. How cool is that?!?!?!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/151172953383

Price aint to bad either. :)
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Re: Accent Lighting for Mae?
« Reply #17 on: December 09, 2013, 01:19:46 am »
my '06 had some (too many) on when I bought it. I rearranged a few and cleaned up the P.O.'s wiring, added a single switch on the dash from the 2 he had stuck to the antlers. I like them, they are just amber in the fairing area and some red on the tail, with strips under each side cover. I added Molex style connectors so I could remove panels, and powered them off my switched accessory fuse panel. A few are due for replacement, which I will do, maybe change colors while I'm at it. I use them at night and in foggy conditions for added visibility.
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Re: Accent Lighting for Mae?
« Reply #18 on: December 10, 2013, 12:28:01 pm »
my '06 had some (too many) on when I bought it.
Yeah, and it had a snazzy vest, too.   :nananana:
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Re: Accent Lighting for Mae?
« Reply #19 on: December 10, 2013, 02:11:22 pm »
I think I'm gonna chuck this idea for now. I took the money I had set aside for this and put toward Quiet Ride Ear Muffs for my helmet. Figure hearing protection was a better use of the money.  :motonoises:
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Re: Accent Lighting for Mae?
« Reply #20 on: December 14, 2013, 12:32:44 am »
my '06 had some (too many) on when I bought it.
Yeah, and it had a snazzy vest, too.   :nananana:

Pretty sure that got "lost" in the move  ;)
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