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Old 01-24-2013, 06:19 PM   #1
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Piaa 1100 LED reviews?

Has anyone installed the Piaa 1100 leds? Wondering how well they perform as high speed driving lights.







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Old 01-25-2013, 05:58 PM   #2
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12 watts each.
$400 dollars.
Now that is funny.
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:02 PM   #3
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Sorry, should have specified that I want feedback from people who know WTF they're talking about.

$299 on Ebay and 12 watts is plenty if the led light is well designed. The output of the 6-watt LP530 Piaa leds on my S10 is impressive.
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:15 AM   #4
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$300, makes it SO much better.

The problem with the uber expensive lights (anything for that matter) is that you really need an independent review from someone that hasn't paid for them and has a pile of them to compare.
Almost anyone that has shelled out that much money for something that you can get for 1/3 the cost, isn't going to announce to the world that they got ripped off. They are going to claim that they bought the best thing since sliced bread. I've seen owners of ultra expensive lighting give glowing reviews of lights, that in reality perform no better then the $20 WallyWorld stuff.

I just bought two sets of cheap LED lights. One 27 watt set for one bike, and a 15 watt set for another. About $100 for all four lights. I'll be comparing them to the 55 watt incandescent (and 35 watt HID headlight). Even if the light is only good as a marker light to make me more visible, I'll be happy. But initial testing of the 27 watt set is OH MY GOD bright. I'll need a dimmer to run them.
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I just bought two sets of cheap LED lights. One 27 watt set for one bike, and a 15 watt set for another. About $100 for all four lights. I'll be comparing them to the 55 watt incandescent (and 35 watt HID headlight). Even if the light is only good as a marker light to make me more visible, I'll be happy. But initial testing of the 27 watt set is OH MY GOD bright. I'll need a dimmer to run them.
Good luck. I've been down that route. Went through about five of the advmonster led lights on my TDM and Dakar. For me they proved to be false economy and a pita. I switched to Piaa LP530 led lights and have had zero issues.
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Good luck. I've been down that route. Went through about five of the advmonster led lights on my TDM and Dakar. For me they proved to be false economy and a pita. I switched to Piaa LP530 led lights and have had zero issues.
Was it a reliability issue?
These look like they are going to work perfectly so far. time will tell.
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Was it a reliability issue?
These look like they are going to work perfectly so far. time will tell.
They just would suddenly die on me, was never told what broke when I'd send them back for repair. They were wired to go on with the high beams so were used infrequently. The leds on those lights are wired in series so if one stops working they all go out.
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$300?

That 70 for the light, and the $230 for the right to rock that brand emblem on one's bike
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$300?

That 70 for the light, and the $230 for the right to rock that brand emblem on one's bike
If you feel that way about established brands why not sell your Kawi and buy a Chinese no name POS. Then bank the difference.
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Old 01-27-2013, 04:34 AM   #10
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Been using PIAA stuff for years. Never a problem-ever. Cannot say that for the riding buds who put the latest and greatest e-bay stuff on their bikes every 6 months.
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If you feel that way about established brands why not sell your Kawi and buy a Chinese no name POS. Then bank the difference.
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12 watts each.
$400 dollars.
Now that is funny.
12 watt LEDs are damn substantial lights. If you had 12 watts of halogen you would understand the difference.

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12 watt LEDs are damn substantial lights. If you had 12 watts of halogen you would understand the difference.

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Just comparing it to the 20+ watt LED units that I got for under $30 each. Now those have some serious light.
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Just comparing it to the 20+ watt LED units that I got for under $30 each. Now those have some serious light.
More is "usually" better. Post a link. I am curious about 20+ (they don't know how much?) watt lights. I have not seen them on MC mounts.

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Outright wattage doesn't matter as much as reflector optics.

A good analogy would be the much-hyped megapixel rating on digital cameras. My smartphone has an 8 megapixel camera but it still takes crap pics compared to my old 3.5 megapixel Olympus, which has a much better CCD image sensor.

I've still got a set of these 30-watt 3000 lumen leds on my Road King.



Yes, they throw out a lot of light. BUT the light is scattered everywhere, from the road to the tops of the trees, and the reach is not that great. Otoh, my 6 watt Piaas put the light on the road where I need it and can still outshine my high beams. And because they can be aimed they don't require a dimmer switch to be used with oncoming traffic.
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