Best LED Aux Driving Lights (at a reasonable price)?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by JimVonBaden, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Wow, spout garbage much?

    Jim :brow
  2. BrzGSAdv

    BrzGSAdv Adventurer

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    Hey Jim! Sorry to steal the thread this way... I need to get in touch with you on a different topic... do you mind reaching out to my personal e-mail? I have it on my Advrider profile. Tried to find yours but failed.

    I don't if you'll remember I got your DVD's earlier this year...

    Thx! Rafa Pinho
  3. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Mine is on my web site: www.jvbproductions.com Look under the Contacts tab.

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  4. smichel

    smichel n00b

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    say Twinrider - thanks for the advice on the PIAA 530s. They looked like a good alternative, so I ordered a set.

    Smichel
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  6. PFFOG

    PFFOG Richard Alps-aholic

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    X2 so your spending $125+, still need switches, wiring, fuse holders. You get a product with a breakable glass lens, looks like plastic housings, and its resistance to vibration and shock are questionable.

    vs

    American assembled and backed, tested, metal housing, polycarb lens, switches, wiring, fuses etc.

    All for about $60 more!

    http://www.amazon.com/RIGID-Industries-Dually-Flood-20211/dp/B004DEZTPU

    And for daytime visibility these things are great, put a set on the wife's bike too, and can say for someone to pull in front of you because they couldn't see you would be impossible, unless they are blind!
  7. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    I've been real happy with my lil 900lm DX lights for MTB use, those look interesting for the moto but how would you get around the push button to switch them with the bike lights?

    Cheers
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  8. PizzaHog

    PizzaHog Thought Criminal

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    These seem to fit the bill for me and my 2010 Griso: 20w each light @ <1 amp each, $120/pair. As I have bar-end mirrors, I had the perfect mounting points, only minor mods to the mounting brackets were needed to accommodate the fairly large metric bolt used with the OEM mirrors.

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    The whole setup, including lights, switched electrical harness, PWM dimmer, soldering and whatnot was probably $150 plus a few too many hours wrenching in the garage after work.
  9. smokeeater495

    smokeeater495 Been here awhile

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    Considering going with Rigid Industries 10221 D2 Dually light set. Do I want floods or spots?
  10. JimVonBaden

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    It depends on your intended use for them. Spots are great for distance, but are mostly useless in urban settings. Floods are great for urban and back roads that are twisty, but do not extend your sight distance at night. Some of us have both, either one of each, or two sets, one spot and one set fogs/floods.

    If you have to pick just one, you need to know where the light is needed most.

    Jim :brow
  11. smokeeater495

    smokeeater495 Been here awhile

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    Thanks Jim. I'm waiting on my HID headlight kit to arrive, which I think will handle the long distance light pretty well. I think floods will serve my need.
  12. Navy Chief

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    I am considering going with one of each, put the flood on the left side to light more of the road and the spot on the right aimed to light up any critters hanging around roadside...

    But I change my mind about every 10 minutes or so thinking I could go with both and set up the floods on my low beams (dimmed for conspicuity purposes) and the spots on my high beams to incinerate deer and other critters at night...
  13. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    If you're looking for that kind of lighting, check out the Piaa LP530s. Nice spread and no need for a dimmer like most LEDs as they produce a focused beam that can be aimed to supplement the low beam. $191.

    http://www.amazon.com/PIAA-5372-530-Driving-Lamp/dp/B0060ZB2MY/ref=pd_sim_sbs_auto_2
  14. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    I went with one of each. With two Rigid Dually Spots there was a real hot-spot in the center. Two floods didn't project far at all. One spot and one flood works better.

    One of the flood lights was broken. Rigid procrastinated then later said they'd send a replacement then didn't send a replacement then, eventually did send a replacement. The lights are OK even if each one weighs a pound and a half, but the warranty manager simply lied. (Did he think I wouldn't notice that no replacement arrived?)
  15. wibby

    wibby BrotherFromAnotherMother

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    Money has been kinda tight so I settled for a set of 10 watt 1000 lumen ebay lights. $53.90 for the pair with free shipping from china. Only took 9 days to get them :freaky

    I don't have a switch yet so I connected them to my heat troller :evil

    They are a nice looking light and very compact and seem well built on the outside

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    The Vstrom has very good lighting for far away but I've been wanting something that lights up the road closer to me and to the sides. My commute is under construction at the moment with lots of fresh asphalt and no fog lines yet. That new asphalt just sucks up the light

    Took a test ride tonite

    Camera does not quite show what I see but it sure shows what a difference the lights make

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    Very happy with them so far
  16. genka

    genka SUV hater

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    I want to give an update on the Chinese lights I discussed couple of pages back.

    I bought a lot of them. Currently have 5 on the bike and several for spares and experiments.
    Quality of the manufacture leaves a bit to be desired. All of them didn't have proper heat sinking compound application and threads for mount adapters were too short- had to use a couple of washers. Most of the lights were not calibrated to deliver the full power- the total consumption was between 6 and 8 Watts. I fixed it by installing different current sensing resistors. I tuned the total consumption to 10W. Allowing for the driver losses it would drive the LED with some safety margin.

    So far I have about 14000 miles with these lights and had no reliability issues.

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  17. genka

    genka SUV hater

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    Some pictures of the lights in action. The large lights you see in the previous post are off the bike now. I only had the little 10W LEDs for this session

    All lights are off
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    Stock high beam

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    5x10W LEDs

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    LEDs + High beam

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    As you can see they compare favorably to the Ridgit setup posted by secondofangle at full power. And they draw 50W total, while the Rigids are rated at 110 (2x20+2x35).
    The amount of light is huge, but the quality of it could be better. All the lights have spot beam optics, however the beam edge is not well defined. As the result there is too much light on the road right in front of the bike, and some light is wasted going to high. Note how the LED light up the whole wall of the building on the right, and compare it with the stock beam. This wall of light causes another problem- when turning it off for oncoming traffic, it feels almost like stepping in the dark from a well lit room.
    So there is such a thing as too much light.
  18. ohgood

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    Great post and pictures to compare!

    Thanks
  19. Wreckman

    Wreckman Been here awhile

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    http://www.mondomotos.com/

    Are the lights Mondomotos sells USA made or somewhere else? I am interested in installing these LEDs on my GS. They look good in the picture but so do the fleabay lights?????
  20. Hambonee

    Hambonee Been here awhile

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    curious on these too...anyone have experience with em?