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Offline SVonhof

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Adding LED's as forward conspicuity lights?
« on: July 28, 2017, 03:24:37 pm »
I have been thinking of adding LED's to the front of the bike, away from the headlights to make the bike more visible. I don't want to have laser beam style lights that blind everyone, so I don't want super high power (lumens) or anything.

I found these little guys on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C0SQ9IW/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A298YGRJF3C3AU&psc=1



3 watts each, 60 degree spot size. I would have them pointed slightly down as to not annoy oncoming traffic. I was thinking they could be mounted to small holes in the side of each fairing and use quick-disconnect wiring so I could still remove the fairings. Or maybe have them mount to where the reflectors are on the side of the front wheel?

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Re: Adding LED's as forward conspicuity lights?
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2017, 11:31:32 pm »
I didn't get any responses, so I decided to get some.

Installed them today and I like them. They are not made to be headlight replacements, but I wanted to spread the light around to add to the front image and change the color to make sure people notice me.

They are small, if they fail, I only have a 3/8" hole in the fairing that they are mounted in.






I have to wait until it's dark to see if I need to modify the pointing. The listing says a 60° degree beam, which is pretty wide, so I am thinking pointing won't do much! I will also try to get a comparison of the lights on their own against the garage door when it gets dark and then the headlights as well. I know the phone's camera will adjust the lighting, but it's better than nothing.

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Re: Adding LED's as forward conspicuity lights?
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2017, 12:37:02 am »
I keep looking at new vehicles coming at me on the road. When I see one that I think will fit down under the front I will browse the local junkyards or a parts house and see how much. Wife's KiA had great led s coming at you and the new Chevy trucks are interesting but neither would fit our bikes.

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Re: Adding LED's as forward conspicuity lights?
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2017, 09:09:17 am »
You'[ll be glad you added lights. Not for night but daytime use. It is much better to be seen by other cages. I only have anecdotal evidence but have had fewer cars turn in front of me and fewer incidents of vehicles pulling out from side roads to create a hazardous situation. Good lucl!














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Re: Adding LED's as forward conspicuity lights?
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2017, 01:13:09 pm »
You need to check how they show up in sun light.
That's the time when drivers will say they did not
see you, that's the time you want to be seen.

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Re: Adding LED's as forward conspicuity lights?
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2017, 05:48:07 pm »
You need to check how they show up in sun light.
That's the time when drivers will say they did not
see you, that's the time you want to be seen.

I would have ridden to work today (dark when I ride in, early afternoon ride home), but when I saw it was supposed to be 98 at my house (that means a few places I go through would be 103 or more) I decided against it.

I will check to see how they do in the daylight compared to the high beams (during the day, I have high beams on).

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Re: Adding LED's as forward conspicuity lights?
« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2017, 09:03:42 pm »
I have years of experience running amber spot lamps on my V-Twin motorcycles.
I believe it to be the best insurance you can buy, very effective at grabbing motorists attention.

Amber running lights will be on my Connie as soon as I learn of the options available.

I like your addition, very creative.....and bound to be effective.
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Re: Adding LED's as forward conspicuity lights?
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2017, 11:24:06 pm »
I have not grabbed a picture during the day yet, but will do that when I am on my way home the next time I ride to work.

Here are pictures from after they were installed, in my driveway.

Here, just the running lights and LED's:

LED's and low beams:

Blurry, but the high beams:

Blurry, but low beams:



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Re: Adding LED's as forward conspicuity lights?
« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2017, 01:29:57 pm »
If you want to get serious about conspicuousness then
research lighting safety triangle. And if you life is worth
it look into a head light modulator.
Other than that if you just want to look cool you have
lots of options.

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Re: Adding LED's as forward conspicuity lights?
« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2017, 01:06:40 am »
I agree with adding lights, and I've had them on all our bikes for the last few years.
I added them to my C14 using the Top Kick sliders as mounts, and they look great, and work just as well. Here are some photos.

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Re: Adding LED's as forward conspicuity lights?
« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2017, 10:02:20 pm »
I agree with adding lights, and I've had them on all our bikes for the last few years.
I added them to my C14 using the Top Kick sliders as mounts, and they look great, and work just as well. Here are some photos.

Great!  :great:
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Re: Adding LED's as forward conspicuity lights?
« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2017, 10:30:10 pm »
I like them may have to do that to both the C 10 and the 14.
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Re: Adding LED's as forward conspicuity lights?
« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2017, 12:25:49 am »
I'm way behind the times, was going to post a pic of my auxillary LEDs and just discovered the Photobucket Ransom hijacking of my photos. Guess I'll be figuring out another way, why can't we load directly to this site?
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Re: Adding LED's as forward conspicuity lights?
« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2017, 12:49:59 pm »
I'm way behind the times, was going to post a pic of my auxillary LEDs and just discovered the Photobucket Ransom hijacking of my photos. Guess I'll be figuring out another way, why can't we load directly to this site?
You can, just currently a size limit.  350k I think.  Not hard to resize but many feel it is just to much of an effort on their part.

I just did this one in a minute along with attaching it.
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