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Old 08-30-2014, 07:24 PM   #1
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Small LED Light Bars for roos/sheep?

Gday.
I do a fair bit of night riding, usually between 0130 and 0300 to get to work, but also in the hour before sunrise to get to the in-laws farm. Roos are usually OK (they TRY not to get striped), sheep are a bloody nuisance though, and although I have always upgraded my lights on my bikes I thought this time I would go for something closer to the mark, maybe, possibly?

I'm asking here because if I asked in the Gear or Equipment forum I'd get heaps of referrals for US parts from vendors that can't seem to use their own Post Office (USPS).

Most of my bikes end up with a 7" round headlight, with a 5" spot over the top. Usually 55W "Plus 50" in each. The scoot has twin lights on it, so I wired them to come on together, low is 55W plus, hi is HID kit. The HID has a heap of scatter, but I can dip it to stop blinding trucks, and I really only see one or two other vehicles anyway. Both options work fine for distance, but the sides are still below par.

Sssooooooo............ (finally! they say )

I'm thinking keeping the plus50 for the headlight to give me enough distance (I usually only do 100kph at night/morning), but then fit up a light bar, or 4 individual 10W LED spotters, to give me more spread and "infill".
I'm hoping to achieve daylight with a really intense light spread about 5m each side out to 50m, then in total for about 100m distance. I ride in the centre of the road along the line (just to the left actually) to give me the best space and vision, the lanes are only narrow about 3m wide, and the thick scrub is only 1m off the edge.

Light bars do good? 4 x 10W bloody expensive little things gooderer?
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Old 08-30-2014, 07:35 PM   #2
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I have a 6" Aurora lightbar, it has 6x5w LED's. in a spread pattern.
It's good for 100-150m and a reasonably broad pattern. Cost was $120, I've seen these for up to $180 but they come with two different brackets, and the loom/relay/switch. All you have to do is mount them and run the cabling to the battery, earth, and high beam switch.

Previously I ran 2x Rigid Industries Dually D2 LED's in driving light pattern ( they come in driving and spot configurations). They are two independent lights, each with 6x3w LED's so you can point the two lights slightly to the side. Similar distance to the single 6" unit, way more spread. These don't come with any wiring., cost was about $350.

Note when I say they are good for....... Whatever distance, that means what you can see reasonably clearly. the reflective range is up to three times that.

There are heaps of options out there.... There's a lot of cheap junk, mid range ok stuff, and then higher quality units. I've run LED lights on bikes and 4wds for about 5 years now, and I'd only stay with known brands:Rigid Industries, Aurora or VisionX are three really good ones.
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Old 08-30-2014, 08:43 PM   #3
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I have a pair of Aurora spots with 6 LEDs each. They have a great side spread but very little distance; maybe 150 metres. I am thinking of changing one to one of these. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/281285923...84.m1423.l2649

They are the same physical size but with 4 higher output LEDs. They might give a bit more distance.

I think if I was Richie Rich I would look at these.

http://www.clearwaterlights.com/infopg_erica.html but at $1000 they are out of my league.
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Old 08-30-2014, 09:05 PM   #4
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I've got these on the Tiger, very impressed. Vendor is a member here.

http://stores.advmonster.com/model-6...d-flood-light/
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Old 08-30-2014, 10:07 PM   #5
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I've had a lok at all of them so far, thanks guys.
The Aurora light bars look good, and I've looked at the ADVmonster stuff before too. Good to know they all work as advertised.
Because I only do 100kph at night anyway, I really don't need long distance, just a really bright braking distance area, that's why I thought of LEDs.

I know it's an Ebay seller, and they're cheap, but I wonder how good these are?
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/7inch-40W...item4d1f52b4b2
100% feedback with 50000 sales, you'd think if they were shite someone would have complained by now!

Thanks for the replies so far, much appreciated.
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Old 08-30-2014, 10:35 PM   #6
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Like you I do lots of night riding and use LED's.

Not sure what your budget is but seeing as your doing this as a commute then the $ will return quicksmart.

One lot that are very very good value are VizionX. 4.5"lightcannons and they do light bars.
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Erica or Krista are the lights I would aim for.

Not lightbars I know but these things pay for themselves if your doing heaps on night time commutes.

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Old 08-30-2014, 11:23 PM   #7
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Example of the Aurora 6"

As the title suggests, I have fitted the aurora 6" to my Tenere and the light is amazing in comparison to the highbeam alone. Took some pics for comparison...

http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....1&postcount=14

Hope it's useful ,

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Old 08-30-2014, 11:35 PM   #8
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bloody lovely!
perfect, gives me a good indication, thanks man.
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Old 08-31-2014, 12:15 AM   #9
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I know it's an Ebay seller, and they're cheap, but I wonder how good these are?
100% feedback with 50000 sales, you'd think if they were shite someone would have complained by now!

Thanks for the replies so far, much appreciated.
That seller is apparently good with warrenty too. I don't think they are genuine Cree but light out is great
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Old 08-31-2014, 12:26 AM   #10
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There is only one light bar worth getting, it is the Snake racing, Rigid industries 6" light bar with the 9 LEDs, 6 LED's are for spread and 3 LED's are for spot. they drain stuff all power and light weight but well made.
They can handle the corrugations. They are down to about $250 now.
ThunderDan just put one on his TransAlp and can't believe that he has been riding around all these years with such shit lights.





Remember 6" with 9 LED's cause most have 6 LED's for that length.

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Old 08-31-2014, 01:23 AM   #11
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Aurora do the 9 led 45w version for around the same price I paid for the 6led 30w... $160

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Old 08-31-2014, 04:02 AM   #12
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There is only one light bar worth getting, it is the Snake racing, Rigid industries 6" light bar with the 9 LEDs, 6 LED's are for spread and 3 LED's are for spot. they drain stuff all power and light weight but well made.
They can handle the corrugations. They are down to about $250 now.
ThunderDan just put one on his TransAlp and can't believe that he has been riding around all these years with such shit lights.





Remember 6" with 9 LED's cause most have 6 LED's for that length.

Cheers Fogo...
After totalling my 1st GTR1000 in a skippy incident I got the same light for GTR mk2. Great spread but distance was a bit ordinary. Set it up with a pair of hella FF50 halogens & very good
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Old 08-31-2014, 04:34 AM   #13
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Aurora do the 9 led 45w version for around the same price I paid for the 6led 30w... $160

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Old 08-31-2014, 05:05 AM   #14
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We'll made high performance LEDs, bit exxy though.


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Old 08-31-2014, 06:15 AM   #15
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I run Clearwater Ericas on the Tiger. Light up the night like day. Didn't help when a roo jumped out of impenetrable scrub south of dubbo a few months back. Mind you, nothing short of midday sun would have stopped that prick (unless he was stupid enough not to be resting at lunch time).

But, for light for navigating dark roads at night, the Erica's are the shizzle. Dont kid yourself and think they a roo stoppers. There are no roo stoppers, those animals are just too stupid.
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