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I want to add a nice pair of spot lights to the bottom sides of my Burgman 650's wheel fender. Has anyone done this or have any suggestions as to which brand you have used or recommend?
 

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It depends what you are looking for. Do you have a preference? LEDs, HIDs, Halogen etc.
This company has the top of the line LEDs ranging from $499 to $849. from 2,000+ to 6,000+ lumens.
http://clearwaterlights.com/products2_pp.html
You can also get some reasonable lights from auto parts shops or Walmart for around $20 and up. There's so many different kinds and prices that you could spend days or even weeks looking on the web. And wright a book on the pros and cons of the different lights and mounting options.

The lights Gbjbany posted a link to look interesting too. Gbjbany can they be used for driving lights if your headlights gave out, just to get home?
 

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Of course eBay has a wide selection of driving lights but beware of the cheapo models.
 

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I purchased 4 of these for my 2 bikes. They are heavy. I mounted them to my reflector brackets and all four brackets cracked from the weight. One broke clear off and bounced on the road till I got stopped. Over 5k more miles and still working. I have prolly 30k total bike miles on these. I have them successfully pipe clamped to the front fork/shock assy. for several k miles now. Search on ebay etc. for 2X 10W Cree LED Work Light Spot Lamp Driving Fog 12V Car 4x4 Motorcycle Boat ATV. They have seemingly eliminated drivers pulling out in front of me. I am sold on them for daytime driving. I had to buy fuse holder and wire to install. Still very inexpensive in MHO.
 

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Gbjbany can they be used for driving lights if your headlights gave out, just to get home?
they dont project very far , so i would say no - they are pretty bright, i run them in the day at 30% , 100% and high beam (thats what the skene dimmer does) but imho all that candle power is too bright for daytime even , unless the road was deserted

Here's a off and on (ignition only hence no headlights and sorry about the rotation not sure what happened there) and low and high beam view ( fjrs standard headlights are actually pretty good so juts concentrate on the "white" light close to the bike
 

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Thank you Jeff for the pictures. I asked because we have escorted riders home in the group I ride with more than a few times because their headlights weren't working right. Four of us have conspicuously LEDs and some of us are adding or changing to lights that can also be used to get home if we have a headlight problem.

iamlegend please let us know how your lights work, and how you like them when you get them installed.
 

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I finally installed the Denali DM lights on my scooter. They are pretty bright, but don't seem like they project very far. That's ok, I bought them more to be seen rather than to see.. LOL

I'm going to install the Skene dimmer next weekend...

 

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looks good - the bright lower lighting (make a triangle) definitely make a difference imho
 

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Dave I have a set of what I believe to be the same lights. I haven't mounted them yet but I didn't even think of using a dimmer on them. Have you mounted and tried your lights yet? I have hooked mine up to a 12 volt battery and they seemed bright but it was daytime so I really don't know what they are like outside at night.
 

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<<<SNIP>>>Have you mounted and tried your lights yet? I have hooked mine up to a 12 volt battery and they seemed bright but it was daytime so I really don't know what they are like outside at night.
No I have not mounted them yet. Others have said that the 15 degree spot Cree 10 Watts lights are really too bright for night time in traffic. So putting a dimmer on will allow me to tone it down some. Putting a relay in with the highbeam being the trigger, it will go full on high till you go back to lowbeam.

Even dimmed down, the triangle look is well worth it.
 

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I will be mounting my driving lights in the next few days. For the splice of the wires I will use a good crimp butt connector and encase them in some AMP RG6 coax covers like these: http://www.ebay.com/itm/TE-CONNECTIVITY-CPGI-569224-1-Coax-Splice-Kit-RG6-RG5-59-60V-Black-/221577714000?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item33970f9950

You can get them locally at some electrical stores, or ask your local Comcast tech for two. Grainger has them for $14.96 each. WOW! I got a 10 pack 8 years ago for $32 when I cut my coax in the side yard. Used 2, lost 5 but have 3 on hand.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/TE-CONNECTIVITY-CPGI-569224-1-Coax-Splice-Kit-RG6-RG5-59-60V-Black-/221577714000?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item33970f9950
 

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Here is a quick diagram for wiring in a dimmer and relay (click for bigger pic):

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The red wire is tapped with one wire going to the dimmer and the other to the relays pin 87.

Then out of the dimmer (green) is tapped with one to the relays pin 30 and the other to the lights +.

The relays pin 86 (Yellow) goes to your headlights Highbeams + wire and triggers the relay to allow un-dimmed 12 V to bypass the dimmer (from pin 87 to pin 30).

Relay pin 85 goes to a good ground source.

4 Pin Relay made simple.
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Great diagram Dave and thanks. Can you give a little more info on what type of dimmer you use? Relays are easy but what dimmer would you suggest to use with the diagram you posted?
Thanks in advance.
Steve
 

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Great diagram Dave and thanks. Can you give a little more info on what type of dimmer you use? Relays are easy but what dimmer would you suggest to use with the diagram you posted?
Thanks in advance.
Steve



I have three of these ^^^ dimmers but have not wired one up yet. There are a few dimmers out there with remotes. Ebay has a lot of them. Some are 1 wire in and out.
 

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While I am wiring in my driving lights I decided to run a hot lead from the battery up to the dash area and rewire my turnsignal and heated grips thru a relay. I have been running the turnsignals and grips thru the power plugs wiring and that puts a heavy load on the ignition switchs contacts.

So using two Single Pole Double Throw (SPDT) 5 pin relays and about 5 feet of 16 gauge heavy jacketed wire (16/3) I will wire it up. I will place an inline 20 Amp fuse at the battery's end of the positive lead. So I did another MS Paint diagram for ya all. Click on picture for larger size. Copy and print if ya want, its free. Use what ever color wires ya want, my power leads are white for Pos and black for neg. I also included a drawing of a SPDT relay so you can see how the 5 pin relay operates. These relays are non-directional, meaning you can push power ether way or trigger from and ground ether way too.

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<<<SNIP>>> and about 5 feet of 16 gauge heavy jacketed wire (16/3) I will wire it up. I will place an inline 20 Amp fuse at the battery's end of the positive lead. <<<SNIP>>>
OHH, 5 feet of 16 gauge will handle 19 amps, not to over fuse I will put a 15 amp fuse in. I got to far ahead of myself and forgot to do the math. :rolleyes: But 15 amps will work up to 180 Watts @ 12 volts DC, so even a 10 amp fuse would work. I'll see what I have in my electrical service box. :D

( the 5 feet is really 10 feet in the math due to both positive and negitive being the same length in this cuircut. )

Confused, me too! :twisted:
 

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Just thought I'd add to this great post here. This is my go-to shopper for LED lighting.
https://www.superbrightleds.com/cat/mini-auxiliary-lights/

This site is unique in that it shows lumen output as well as optional beam angles, so you can choose between focus and spread distributions. I've bought LED lights from them before, and they have a live person you can call, order over the phone, and check status and file damage/warrantyy claims.
 
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