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Offline Big C

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Wal-Mart LED's
« on: August 26, 2014, 12:22:16 am »
  Found these at wally world for 24 bucks, don't think they are going to help me see at night, but should make me more visible to the cager's. I fabbed up some mounts out of a left over tag mount I had and wired a relay so they go off with the headlight and put a switch in line to shut lights off if wanted. I will warn that the area I put the switch interferes  with the fairing lid opening, but I don't use that very often anyway.










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Re: Wal-Mart LED's
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2014, 03:30:29 pm »
Ha, too funny.  I just mine up yesterday at Walmart as well!

A home made version on my Suzuki Bandit broke the other day and I found these at Walmart.
I was psyched as previously they only had halogen lights which used 55 watts (each).

I plan to get a pair for my C10 as well, but haven't figured out where to mount them yet.
I hadn't considered what you had done but would like to try and get them lower down.

I was thinking mount  either to my highway pegs or somehow on the front fork.  There is a bolt that is used to
a hose guide for the brakes.  Maybe I can use that somehow.

BTW I commute over 100 miles per day.  I have found lights like these to be the most effective as far as being visible to cagers.
This includes white helmet, reflective gear, etc.  Thus I highly recommend them!

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Re: Wal-Mart LED's
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2014, 01:05:43 am »
Great idea and cheap.

My concern would be vibration and bouncing possible alleviated by inserting a brace to go between the anchor point on the body and the outboard adjuster screw on the lamp.

Then were the main anchor bolt penetrates the lip on fairing insert a piece of steel into the channel to spread the load and prevent stress fractures.

Dupli-Color MC202 Yellow Metal Cast Anodized Color - 11 oz. several light coats on the lenses will increase your chances of being noticed.

A couple years ago I purchased a set of amber driving lamps for my Dads HD he has since had only one cager pull out in front of him.

I use a Nokya Hyper Yellow headlight bulb myself, but this is certainly a more viable solution and perfectly legal.

For those of us on two wheels visibility is a matter of life or death on a day to day basis.

I am definitely doing this mod this weekend.

Oh and regarding fork mounts I believe I posted pics of my caliper mounted PIAA 5370's, if not let me now and I will attempt to add them this article.

If its okay with everyone, once we get some feedback and I perform this mod myself, I would like to do a Tech article noting all who contributed especially Big C

As most of you are aware lighting is one of my big pet peavs.

Thank You Big C for letting everyone know about this. ;) :motonoises:
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Re: Wal-Mart LED's
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2014, 01:21:04 am »
 I wanted to mount mine to the caliper bolt Steve, but I had no loom to run the wires in at the time and didn't want bright red wires running up the fork tubes. This method would be real easy to do as a simple L bracket would work for mounting them. Interested to see what you come up with.
 
 Redbarron, I do have a bracket that runs all the way across the inner fairing that supports the lights and the radar detector pickup. As far as vibration there is not much going on, the lights weigh very little and due to the bends in the brackets it's pretty sturdy. I am still considering putting them on the forks eventually, may just leave them until I can afford some PIAA's. :great:
 

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Re: Wal-Mart LED's
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2014, 09:43:11 am »
Big C:

Any pair of decent quality caliper mounted white spot lights in conjunction with a pair of yellow fog lamps mounted higher up would be ideal.

I realize that the PIAA lamps I have are expensive, you might want to look at Ridged Industries line up.
They offer a ton of different set ups and wont break the bank either like Clearwaters.
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Re: Wal-Mart LED's
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2014, 09:41:31 pm »
My biggest problem with those cheap Wally World lights is that they are not sealed very well which leads to corroded interiors. Depending on the environment and how often you ride in the rain, it won't take long either. You are probably better spending a bit more to get good lights that will last and not blind oncoming drivers. I like the LED fog lights at advmonster.com. I don't think you can beat them for $110. When funds free up a bit this winter I plan on getting a pair for my Connie Mae.
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Re: Wal-Mart LED's
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2014, 10:01:52 pm »
My biggest problem with those cheap Wally World lights is that they are not sealed very well which leads to corroded interiors. Depending on the environment and how often you ride in the rain, it won't take long either. You are probably better spending a bit more to get good lights that will last and not blind oncoming drivers. I like the LED fog lights at advmonster.com. I don't think you can beat them for $110. When funds free up a bit this winter I plan on getting a pair for my Connie Mae.

That's a fair point. I have a pair of cheap Wally World halogens (it was a temporary solution that's become permanent). No serios corrosion after 2 years now (but they are halogens-which are already sealed). With the LED's, I can make up the $100 difference with 15 minutes of work and 30 cents of silicone.

But I'm sure the LED's from ADV are a much better light, which I can't fix with time and silicone!

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Re: Wal-Mart LED's
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2014, 10:44:32 pm »
 Going to check out the ridged industries lights, find it hard to spend more than $50 on auxillary lights considering we only pay about $1.00 a piece for the cree type LED's we use at work.
  I do get caught in the rain a lot as I do ride this thing every day, we'll see how they hold up to the elements and I will give reports as that was one concern I had with them.
 Lights are aimed down and towards the edge of the road and have not been flashed by on coming drivers, wife also mentioned they didn't blind her while following her home the other night.
 So far I am pleased with the results and will keep you guys updated on longevity and problems I run across. Thanks for all the input.

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Re: Wal-Mart LED's
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2014, 03:42:50 pm »
Just before I found the Walmart LED,  I picked up a pair of LED lights at Autozone for $20 or so.
Each light is only one bulb so not nearly as bright.  I'll try and take a pic of both for comparison.
The Autozone lights are suppose to be waterproof where as the Walmart ones just say water resistant.

BigC:  I used an L bracket for my Bandit lights.  They worked for about a year (12,000 miles) before breaking.
I replaced them and painted them before installing in hopes it will protect it a bit more from the elements.
I may end up doing the same thing for the Connie if I can't come up with anything better.

Paul:  I've been using LED aux driving lights mounted on the fork of my Bandit for 40,000 miles or so.
Never seems to bother other drivers (best I could tell). 

Redbarron: Why paint yellow?  Does that make it more visible to other drivers?  If you have any links I'd love to read up on it.
Also, I tried to search for you caliper mounted lights but couldn't find anything.

All:  Get yourself some lights, it really (really) helps!  (And yes, I know there will still be some folks that don't see you no matter what you do)


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Re: Wal-Mart LED's
« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2014, 04:23:00 pm »
Big C I hope that switch is waterproof  :-[
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Re: Wal-Mart LED's
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2014, 04:34:25 pm »
Heat shrink does wonders for looks when you have individual exposed wires. Slip it over the wires and heat.

Nice lights. My P.O. had used a screw on side of cowl. Didn't like the look.  Like the idea of mounting off brake or like you did.
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Re: Wal-Mart LED's
« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2014, 04:44:32 pm »
Am I missing something? Pics, or links, to said LEDs would be most helpful.
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Re: Wal-Mart LED's
« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2014, 10:58:35 pm »
LessPaul
You are kidding about the pics right? My computer is showing the biggest pics I have ever seen on the forum.
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Re: Wal-Mart LED's
« Reply #13 on: August 28, 2014, 11:08:50 pm »
Just recently bought a set of lights from SuperbrightLEDs.com and they are BRIGHT. I bought htem to install on my wife's Shadow 600, which has a pretty anemic alternator, and I didn't want to add much current draw.
As I said, very bright for one 10W Cree LED each, I think brighter than 55W halogen. They come in black, red, and chrome; I got her the chrome ones. Not cheap at $50 each, but so far, I'm impressed.
I can't comment on durability as I just got them, but they look pretty well made, and are weathertight.

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Re: Wal-Mart LED's
« Reply #14 on: August 29, 2014, 01:26:33 am »
Big C I hope that switch is waterproof  :-[

 It is waterproof, cost almost as much as the lights!

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Re: Wal-Mart LED's
« Reply #15 on: August 29, 2014, 01:30:14 am »
 Forgot to mention that I started machining some aluminum mounts at work today, hope to finish Monday.
 I'll post some pictures as soon as I finish them. :great:

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Re: Wal-Mart LED's
« Reply #16 on: August 29, 2014, 02:16:14 am »
I've had the same led wally world lights mounted to my KB hywy pegs for almost a year now. As stated before, they don't put out a LOT of light but they are very bright. I installed them to help with cage recognition..... They have been through a lot of abuse and still work just fine.
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Re: Wal-Mart LED's
« Reply #17 on: August 29, 2014, 02:20:10 am »
I've had the same led wally world lights mounted to my KB hywy pegs for almost a year now. As stated before, they don't put out a LOT of light but they are very bright. I installed them to help with cage recognition..... They have been through a lot of abuse and still work just fine.

 That is good to hear, thanks for the input. :great:

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Re: Wal-Mart LED's
« Reply #18 on: August 29, 2014, 01:30:14 pm »
"You are kidding about the pics right? My computer is showing the biggest pics I have ever seen on the forum."

Noop. Not seeing any pics at all. Tried 2 different browsers. Might be a viewing-from-work thing. NSFW?  :-\ ;D

I'll look again from my home computer.....but I see other posted pix from work. Not getting it.....

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« Reply #19 on: August 29, 2014, 01:37:38 pm »
"You are kidding about the pics right? My computer is showing the biggest pics I have ever seen on the forum."

Noop. Not seeing any pics at all. Tried 2 different browsers. Might be a viewing-from-work thing. NSFW?  :-\ ;D

I'll look again from my home computer.....but I see other posted pix from work. Not getting it.....
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Re: Wal-Mart LED's
« Reply #20 on: August 30, 2014, 02:23:00 pm »
Looking from home....ahhh, the pics be thar!
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Re: Wal-Mart LED's
« Reply #21 on: August 30, 2014, 08:34:42 pm »
Just wanted to let you know Super bright led is having a 10% off sale through Sept. 1st, just use LABOR14 promo code

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« Reply #22 on: August 30, 2014, 11:07:41 pm »
Just wanted to let you know Super bright led is having a 10% off sale through Sept. 1st, just use LABOR14 promo code

                                                                Roger

 Thanks, I'll check it out.

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« Reply #23 on: September 01, 2014, 09:33:32 pm »
Hey LessPaul, So they are blocking photo downloads at work....then they are probably logging the sites you go to. Hope they like you there at work...too much time on those dirty forums can get you in trouble with the boss.
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Re: Wal-Mart LED's
« Reply #24 on: September 02, 2014, 01:52:20 pm »
Yeah, I know. As long as I don't abuse the priv, they're fine with it.
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