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

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

  1. 1200gsceej

    1200gsceej Long timer

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    I'm still working my way through this thread, but I have not seen any mention of AdvMonster lights (inmate sanjoh). Any comments? --- Ahhh, "search this thread" helps.

    Also, I've seen different viewpoints on two basic locations: (i) low/fork lights and (ii) crash bar / under-beak light bar. Items of interest are: (a) seeing vs being seen, and (b) long distance vs short distance. What goes in the boxes in the matrix below? Is there any general wisdom, or is it again just personal preference?


    _____Light Position ___|_See vs Be Seen_|__Distance vs Close/Wide__|
    High (under-beak level__|_____?_______|________?___________|
    Low (bottom of forks)__|_____?_______|________?____________|
  2. dietDrThunder

    dietDrThunder Why so serious, son?

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    My experience with ADVMonster lights was awful. I bought a pair of Model 55 lights, and while they were bright, the very first time they were exposed to rain, one of them leaked and failed. After many back-and-forth emails wherein I had to prove that the light was faulty despite volunteering to simply return it, I was finally sent another light. The replacement lasted about 35 minutes into the first time it was exposed to rain, and it failed. After much gnashing of teeth and a long annoying thread here, Sanjoh finally refused to even try to get me working lights, but did offer me a refund, which I gladly took. The wires leading into the lights were 'sealed' by a badly applied blob of silicone, and the mounting brackets were cheesy.

    I replaced these lights with a pair if Vision X Optimus lights, which work great, and are reliable. Note that these are being used exclusively as driving lights. I have small DRL LEDs mounted as well.

    As for the location, you want driving lights to be high, because the higher they are the more range they have. Regarding the location of DRLs, this is a matter for debate (I absolutely hate fork mounted lights for many reasons, but many people love them), but it is safe to say that you want the DRLs to be separated from the headlights such that they provide more 'coverage' for visibility.

    Note that there is absolutely no reason to spend a large amount of money on DRLs. To wit, I bought a pair of the lights linked below for $11 including shipping, and they are nearly too bright to be DRLs...right on the edge. I hope this helps some; at least you have a few data points.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/2PC-Bright-...ash=item2a7c0745e3:g:HZAAAOSwr~lYs5NK&vxp=mtr
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  3. PapaWolf

    PapaWolf Been here awhile

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    Well, after reading through almost all of this thread, I have decided to finally pull the trigger on my first test of an aux lighting setup for my DR650. I have ordered the following:

    Auxbeam LED Light Bar 2Pcs 4" 18W CREE LED Pods Flood Beam

    IQ-275 Intelligent Dimmer

    I am going to order either the JNS Engineering two-light mount, or some other similar mounting system.

    What I am hoping y'all can help me out with is my wiring harness that I need for all of this. Yes, I could build one, but really I would just like to order something pre-made, or close to pre-made. Does anyone have anything they recommend, preferably on Amazon or eBay?

    I was looking at this one: Auxbeam LED Light Bar Wiring Harness Kit 12V 40Amp Fuse Relay ON/OFF Switch for $9. Worried that since it is built for a vehicle, I will have WAY too much extra wire to cut down and such. Any thoughts?

    And I will post here when I am done with the setup!
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  4. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    PapaWolf:
    That sounds like a good setup...

    After reading the description of the IQ-275 two things:

    1) "Note that the IQ-275 serves as a relay, so no separate relay is required."
    so maybe you don't need the harness kit with the relay...???
    If you don't want to "fiddle" with settings while riding it seems like (unless I missed something)
    The lights will come on when you fire up the bike at a preset dimmed level with low-beam on
    and go to 100% brightness with high beam on ... ?
    So no switch needed at all? Just "ride"?

    2) Or if you do want to "fiddle" ... the trailtech switch they mention here on right side of page: http://www.skenelights.com/installation-iq-275
    would work ???

    I'm trying to figure out what to pull the trigger on as well ... have big ride coming up SOON!
  5. dietDrThunder

    dietDrThunder Why so serious, son?

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    The problem with a harness is that it will be waaay too long to neatly fit any bike application. You'll end up cutting and splicing it anyway, so you might as well just wire it yourself. One thing I'd recommend (even though I didn't do it on my current install, because I'm dumb like that) is to get one of those pre-fab plugs that plugs onto the relay, and wire that, as opposed to using individual spade connectors on the relay.
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  6. mouthfulloflake

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  7. dietDrThunder

    dietDrThunder Why so serious, son?

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    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    I have actually had ONE relay fail, it was installed with the terminals UP, so water got in it, but didnt drain out. ( it was rusty inside)
    I replaced it with another cheap chinese relay and made sure it was pointing down, so water could drain out.

    That has been fine for years.
  9. dietDrThunder

    dietDrThunder Why so serious, son?

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    I had 2 fail, both installed pointing down, this year. One I had to replace in the hotel parking lot the night before starting the Rock 'n Ride Rally...super annoying.
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    It is possible that maybe I got lucky, I bought a dozen chinese relays for like $8 a few years back, still working through that box haha
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  11. OneLifeADV

    OneLifeADV Adventurer

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    heres my setup, all 4 light for under $100, and i can light up the tops of trees and see about 1/4 on flat ground with them..cant go wrong

  12. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    I bought some of these per your recommendation. (thanks!) I'll update this thread how they work out for me.


    edit:

    wow. I spent eleven dollars and I think I'm going to have to put a diffuser on them. they really are too bright.

    think I'm going to try a mild frost on one of the light and leave the other spot. they're insane.
  13. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    Can someone tell me a relay is actually required when using the Skene IQ-275?

    On the Skene product page it says: ""Note that the IQ-275 serves as a relay, so no separate relay is required."
  14. PapaWolf

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