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Title: Need auxiliary lighting
Post by: debugjaws on August 09, 2016, 07:52:09 pm
COG-ers, I am looking to put a set of running lights on my 05 Connie with Murphs Tip Over bars.  I live in Northwest Oregon where we often have inclement weather, and we're coming into the "dark months" of the year. I'd like to know what lights and Mounts folks are using and recommend. These are needed especially for cornering in dark and fog. I need to purchase and install soon.
Title: Re: Need auxiliary lighting
Post by: who me? on August 11, 2016, 12:48:48 am
https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/mini-auxiliary-lights/2-round-10-watt-led-mini-auxiliary-work-light/1386/ (https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/mini-auxiliary-lights/2-round-10-watt-led-mini-auxiliary-work-light/1386/)
Ive got these on mine Ive got the narrow beam on Larry Bucks light bar
You will need to get some bar clamp mounts for the tip over bars
Here is a picture with them
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn33/dwlah774/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-08/DC8DF194-5BBD-40FB-B1F0-7560F9891379_zpsniaq9z4d.jpg) (http://s300.photobucket.com/user/dwlah774/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-08/DC8DF194-5BBD-40FB-B1F0-7560F9891379_zpsniaq9z4d.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Need auxiliary lighting
Post by: RWulf on August 11, 2016, 01:00:13 pm
Yes you want the "narrow beam" lights. I see so many with
very bright wide beam lights on Harleys. Yes they get you
noticed but in low light conditions, you speak of, your
blinding on coming traffic. If you involved in an accident
all the other drive has to say is your lights distracted them.
Title: Re: Need auxiliary lighting
Post by: goatmar on August 12, 2016, 04:02:45 pm
While you're at it go HID, that makes a big difference  :great:
Title: Re: Need auxiliary lighting
Post by: Mcfly on August 14, 2016, 12:41:42 pm
I'm using ADVMonster 10w spots on a 'typical' tube clamp.  These lights were mostly intended for conspicuity, but
do a great job with added lighting at night.  LEDs have come a looong way, and can produce a good deal of light.
My 'less than perfect' experience with HIDs led me to LED lighting, and I'm quite pleased with them.

(http://i435.photobucket.com/albums/qq76/Mcfly013/COG-Connie/20160814_085400_zpsryvmmai2.jpg)
Title: Re: Need auxiliary lighting
Post by: mr t on August 14, 2016, 07:29:36 pm
Marty- Time to wash your bike.

  Tom Taylor COG#7173

  p.s. see you in Dec.
Title: Re: Need auxiliary lighting
Post by: Mcfly on August 17, 2016, 09:54:06 pm
Marty- Time to wash your bike.

  Tom Taylor COG#7173

  p.s. see you in Dec.

Tom... that's NATIONALS dirt!!!  I'm having problems 'letting go' !
Title: Re: Need auxiliary lighting
Post by: mr t on August 17, 2016, 11:55:37 pm
 It was a great though wasn't it?

   Tom Taylor COG#7173
Title: Re: Need auxiliary lighting
Post by: mr t on August 18, 2016, 02:43:59 pm
I believe I meant to say "great week!".

  Tom Taylor
Title: Re: Need auxiliary lighting
Post by: Mcfly on August 19, 2016, 08:30:19 pm
I believe I meant to say "great week!".

  Tom Taylor

Yes, it was...  From what they tell me, I had a great time!  ;)
Title: Re: Need auxiliary lighting
Post by: Jorge on August 19, 2016, 09:23:09 pm
gerry,
Are you looking for more light on the road to see where you're going, more lights to make the "light triangle" for other to see you better, or both?

If more light for you to see, have you thought of using a brighter bulb in the current headlamp?   there are a number of bulbs out there, including some really bright, and high quality with good pattern, LED replacement bulbs. I know Freebird6 put two on his C10 and they're fantastic.

If looking for improved conspicuity, there are lots of options, many good ones starting at less than $20 for both lights (10W LED lamps), plus the mountings.

Jorge
Title: Re: Need auxiliary lighting
Post by: Herb on August 20, 2016, 11:28:29 am
Jorge,
What is the model of the LED headlight bulb that you say is fantastic?
Title: Re: Need auxiliary lighting
Post by: Jorge on August 20, 2016, 11:51:15 am
Herb,
I have used two types of LEDs.
I have these on my C10now, mounted to the Tip-Over bars:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IY3YLCI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IY3YLCI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)

They do NOT have a good beam pattern, they are flood lights and I bought them to be seen, and they are very good for that. I have not had anyone flash their lights at me at night, so I think they are right between annoying and bright, rather than blinding to oncoming drivers. At 18W each, they are way more visible than my previous 35W halogens, and I think more than 55W.

I put a chrome set of these on my wife's old Shadow 600, and a set of black ones on her new Vulcan S. They are very well made, and very nice looking. They are also a floodlight pattern and I put them on for her to be seen. They are pricier, but appper to be quality product:
https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/off-road-driving-lights/led-auxiliary-light-2-round-10w-heavy-duty-off-road-driving-light/3075/ (https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/off-road-driving-lights/led-auxiliary-light-2-round-10w-heavy-duty-off-road-driving-light/3075/)

I kind of wish i'd gotten these for my C10 becasue I think they would have looked nicer. We got the 45 degree pattern, maybe the 25 would have been better and lit the road better.

Jorge
Title: Re: Need auxiliary lighting
Post by: Herb on August 20, 2016, 04:06:45 pm
Thanks Jorge, but I thought that you were referring to a H4 LED headlight bulb that was fantastic and not auxiliary lights. I could really use a better than stock H4 bulb and I don't wish to go HID.
Title: Re: Need auxiliary lighting
Post by: Outback Jon on August 20, 2016, 04:49:10 pm
Thanks Jorge, but I thought that you were referring to a H4 LED headlight bulb that was fantastic and not auxiliary lights. I could really use a better than stock H4 bulb and I don't wish to go HID.
I've found "very good" H4 LED replacements, but nothing I consider "fantastic", yet.  I put some that looked like this into my bike and I'm quite happy. 

(https://d114hh0cykhyb0.cloudfront.net/images/uploads/led-headlight-conversion-kit-flexible-tinned-copper-braid-h4.jpg)

But I'm always looking for the next design improvement.  In fact, in looking for the above pic, I came across some similar ones that use a COB (Chip On Board) design that I might have to try out. 
Title: Re: Need auxiliary lighting
Post by: Herb on August 20, 2016, 07:02:16 pm
Thanks, Outback Jon, I'll check out that design.
Title: Re: Need auxiliary lighting
Post by: Outback Jon on August 21, 2016, 12:23:12 am
These are the COB ones I was thinking of trying next.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/252295580117?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT (http://www.ebay.com/itm/252295580117?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)

Title: Re: Need auxiliary lighting
Post by: Jorge on August 21, 2016, 02:51:42 am
Sorry Herb... Frerbird6 (Tom from Indiana)has some really good LEDs headlight bulbs on his C14.
Send him a PM