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Offline Riles

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brighter bulbs for signals and brake light
« on: April 04, 2013, 12:35:26 pm »
I was wondering if anyone knows  of a source for brighter bulbs for the signals and tail light?? I already put the reflective tape on my cases and am impressed with the visibility when lights hit it. But, I'd still like a brighter set of lights.
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Re: brighter bulbs for signals and brake light
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2013, 12:57:11 pm »
I don't know about the signal lights, but the tail/brake light is an LED array for which there is no replacement unless you want to try to adapt some completely different tail light.

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Re: brighter bulbs for signals and brake light
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2013, 02:09:37 pm »
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Re: brighter bulbs for signals and brake light
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2013, 03:14:22 pm »
Not so much a replacement but an add on.  They work great.

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

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Re: brighter bulbs for signals and brake light
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2013, 01:29:45 am »
I soldered in a "back-off" brake light flasher that I bought from Aerostich (I think).
It flashes 5 times fast then stays on solid. I've been told it's a real attention getter.
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Re: brighter bulbs for signals and brake light
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2013, 04:32:21 am »
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Re: brighter bulbs for signals and brake light
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2013, 07:22:36 pm »
I installed a  Back-Off module as well, but also put in a turn-run-turn module (front and rear) to make the signals double as running lights, then replaced the stock bulbs with LED's (amber in front, red in rear).  It's much brighter than stock.  No way to really tell, but I gotta believe it helps with visibility.  I can look up all the info if you're interested, but there's been many posts over the past year or so, so you could search here on the forum too.
I've been thinking of installing some running lights on the saddlebags as well, just to get some "width" to the lighting profile and hopefully even more visibility from the rear.  (I almost got rear-ended last summer and I've been really paranoid about all the numbnuts out there on cell phones.).
There's a company out of Canada named Watsen Design.  They make some really nice LED signals with bodies made from billet aluminum.  I emailed them recently and they said they can make them in red (so they can be used in the rear) and they'll "derate" them so they can be used as running lights (the normal application is as signals only).  A little pricey but at least they're not the plastic junk you typically see sold everywhere.

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Re: brighter bulbs for signals and brake light
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2013, 03:30:40 am »
I installed a  Back-Off module as well, but also put in a turn-run-turn module (front and rear) to make the signals double as running lights, then replaced the stock bulbs with LED's (amber in front, red in rear).  It's much brighter than stock.  No way to really tell, but I gotta believe it helps with visibility.  I can look up all the info if you're interested, but there's been many posts over the past year or so, so you could search here on the forum too.
I've been thinking of installing some running lights on the saddlebags as well, just to get some "width" to the lighting profile and hopefully even more visibility from the rear.  (I almost got rear-ended last summer and I've been really paranoid about all the numbnuts out there on cell phones.).
There's a company out of Canada named Watsen Design.  They make some really nice LED signals with bodies made from billet aluminum.  I emailed them recently and they said they can make them in red (so they can be used in the rear) and they'll "derate" them so they can be used as running lights (the normal application is as signals only).  A little pricey but at least they're not the plastic junk you typically see sold everywhere.

Can you post a video if you decide to go with the lights from Watsen Design.  I've been searching for a solution for the rear for sometime and haven't quite found the right fix yet.

 
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I installed a set of hyperlights in the rear and was pretty impressed with them at night but during the day I've been told they are not really noticeable by other drivers who were following me.   ???
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Re: brighter bulbs for signals and brake light
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2013, 01:15:43 am »
The Watsen units are so small I don't think they'd be nearly as visible as Hyperlites or the like.  I can certainly post pics and/or vid when I get 'em though.

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Re: brighter bulbs for signals and brake light
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2013, 01:21:22 pm »
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Re: brighter bulbs for signals and brake light
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2013, 01:01:22 am »
I may get one of these to add more to the signals in the rear.
http://www.customdynamics.com/Light_bars.htm
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Re: brighter bulbs for signals and brake light
« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2013, 01:48:55 am »
I may get one of these to add more to the signals in the rear.
http://www.customdynamics.com/Light_bars.htm


I've used their LEDs, seem to be about the brightest around. Added a couple of Custom Dynamics Truflex LEDs as
aux. Brake lights to my Givi support rack.

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Re: brighter bulbs for signals and brake light
« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2013, 02:09:43 am »
Not quite correct- you can get a direct replacement for the OEM taillight that is brighter (both brake and tail light) as well as having an included amber directional lighting function. I bought one on Ebay for something like $30.

This is either the same one or similar to the one I bought: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Kawasaki-07-08-ZX-6R-08-11-ZG1400-Chrome-LED-Tail-Light-II-Turn-Signal-Clear-/221016011872?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item337594b460&vxp=mtr

I am not familiar with that seller and not recommending them, just pointing out what the product looks like. I think I bought mine from someplace in the US but I am sure it was a Chinese mfg'd product.

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I was wondering if anyone knows  of a source for brighter bulbs for the signals and tail light?? I already put the reflective tape on my cases and am impressed with the visibility when lights hit it. But, I'd still like a brighter set of lights.
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Re: brighter bulbs for signals and brake light
« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2013, 03:16:15 am »
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Re: brighter bulbs for signals and brake light
« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2013, 05:36:51 pm »
I was behind my 14 on another motorcycle last year. I was impressed with the brightness of the tail brake light, it was the turn signals which I found hard to see. So I'm interested in finding brighter turn signals. Tim
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Re: brighter bulbs for signals and brake light
« Reply #15 on: April 14, 2013, 12:29:53 am »
This is either the same one or similar to the one I bought: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Kawasaki-07-08-ZX-6R-08-11-ZG1400-Chrome-LED-Tail-Light-II-Turn-Signal-Clear-/221016011872?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item337594b460&vxp=mtr


I have this one too, I've had it for a couple years now and no issues!  :great:


In case anyone is interested, I forgot I did take pics back when I got this tail/brake light, here they are...


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Brake light





The ebay tail/brake light.

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Brake light


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Re: brighter bulbs for signals and brake light
« Reply #16 on: April 14, 2013, 12:52:21 am »
- my eyes !!

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Re: brighter bulbs for signals and brake light
« Reply #17 on: April 15, 2013, 06:35:09 pm »
Just go for the tail light that has the indicators built in. Check that ebay link in the previous post.
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Re: brighter bulbs for signals and brake light
« Reply #18 on: April 15, 2013, 07:09:01 pm »
Yes and remember, to wire the turnsignal lights, you will have to connect the yellow wire to the right side turnsignal wire, and the yellow wire to the left side turnsignal wire. Let me say that again:

Yellow wire to Right side turnsignal (+) wire.
Yellow wire to Left side turnsignal (+) wire.

Do not mix these up or the directional signals in the taillight will be backwards from the rest of the bike!

Seriously, you would think they had enough different colors in China to distinguish these two signals but I guess they ran out. You have to power up one or the other to see which is which 'cause they both really are the same color yellow.

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Just go for the tail light that has the indicators built in. Check that ebay link in the previous post.
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Re: brighter bulbs for signals and brake light
« Reply #19 on: April 16, 2013, 04:30:07 pm »
This is either the same one or similar to the one I bought: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Kawasaki-07-08-ZX-6R-08-11-ZG1400-Chrome-LED-Tail-Light-II-Turn-Signal-Clear-/221016011872?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item337594b460&vxp=mtr


I have this one too, I've had it for a couple years now and no issues!  :great:


I bought this one too, it works well and the turn signals work with it too!
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Re: brighter bulbs for signals and brake light
« Reply #20 on: April 17, 2013, 03:47:57 am »
This is either the same one or similar to the one I bought: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Kawasaki-07-08-ZX-6R-08-11-ZG1400-Chrome-LED-Tail-Light-II-Turn-Signal-Clear-/221016011872?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item337594b460&vxp=mtr


I have this one too, I've had it for a couple years now and no issues!  :great:


Are their any differences between the 08-11 and the 2012?  It says only through 08-11 but I am assuming that was just because the 2012 had not come out at this point?  ???
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Re: brighter bulbs for signals and brake light
« Reply #21 on: April 17, 2013, 12:54:42 pm »
No difference.
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Re: brighter bulbs for signals and brake light
« Reply #22 on: April 17, 2013, 06:08:36 pm »
No difference.

That's what I thought, Thank you. ;)
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Re: brighter bulbs for signals and brake light
« Reply #23 on: May 11, 2013, 06:30:48 pm »
This is either the same one or similar to the one I bought: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Kawasaki-07-08-ZX-6R-08-11-ZG1400-Chrome-LED-Tail-Light-II-Turn-Signal-Clear-/221016011872?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item337594b460&vxp=mtr


I have this one too, I've had it for a couple years now and no issues!  :great:


I just bought this and, although it comes from China, delivery is faster than for many items I bought in the USA!! Go figure!! Decent finish and fits in perfect. Just make sure not to mix up the yellow left signal wire and the yellow right signal wire and you're good to go!!    :)

Brightness just like in ZG's pics above. 

Are their any differences between the 08-11 and the 2012?  It says only through 08-11 but I am assuming that was just because the 2012 had not come out at this point?  ???
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Re: brighter bulbs for signals and brake light
« Reply #24 on: May 11, 2013, 06:42:30 pm »
I just bought this and, although it comes from China, delivery is faster than for many items I bought in the USA!! Go figure!! Decent finish and fits in perfect. Just make sure not to mix up the yellow left signal wire and the yellow right signal wire and you're good to go!!    :)

Brightness just like in ZG's pics above. 

Are their any differences between the 08-11 and the 2012?  It says only through 08-11 but I am assuming that was just because the 2012 had not come out at this point?  ???

Congrats LB!  :beerchug:

No diff between 11 and 12, they probably just haven't updated their description.
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