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

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

  1. genka

    genka SUV hater

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    I installed 30W LEDs from China almost 2 years ago. They have a flood pattern- not o good for distance, but great for visibility. Because the light is so spread out, thy don't blind the oncoming traffic that much, but are very noticeable under any lighting conditions, including bright sunlight.
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    H7 High Beam

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    Aftermarket HID low beam

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    LED lights

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    LEDs + HID low

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    LEDs + High

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    LEDs +High + HID Low.

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    High + HID Low

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  2. ElMartillo

    ElMartillo I See Faces...

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    Looks like a duplicate of the light I have, right down to the mounting accys/tools provided. Great price if the quality is there. Two differences: it lists 30 deg beam only, whereas mine had the option of 20 deg, 60 deg or 120 deg. I know the specs list doesn't guarantee any amount of accuracy of the info, but I opted for the 20 & 60. Also, listed 6000K to my 5000k color temp, which is insignifigant as I wouldn't know the difference by looking at them anyway. Although mine are made in China, I bought from a reputable stateside company. Might make returns easier, should I need to do so.

    Good find! :thumb
  3. genka

    genka SUV hater

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    ElMartillo, did you lights come with 3 different lenses or you had to pick one at the time of the purchase? I agree that buing form a local source often makes sense taking into account potential warranty issues. If anything bought in China fails, the only option would be to trash it. Although my lights work fine for almost 2 years in any kind of weather.
  4. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Nice! I didn't even know those existed!

    Jim :brow
  5. ElMartillo

    ElMartillo I See Faces...

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    Lights came with one lens, installed. No option to get additional lenses only. The 120 degree light appeared to have no reflector at all and a clear lens, all the internals visible. I didn't care for the look and I wanted the driving lights with a diffused lens so I opted for the 60 degs. The 20 degree lens has a reflector and really focus the light in a spot. Great for augmenting the high beam. I'm happy with my decision.

    Many different prefab tabs available. These were the right gauge, shape. I could have made them out of some scrap tube but I just wanted to get the job done. Making them myself I'd have saved $9.75 but spent an hour doing it!

    Cheers! :thumbup
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  7. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fotografist

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    Great original post.

    I am the first KLR pilot here? :puke1

    I went with Sanjoh's ADV Monster lights. The single beam version, I keep em pointed downward slightly.
    Could not believe how pale and yellow my stock headlight is in comparison (even on high beam).

    When I am watching for deer, wolves or MOOSE in my state, I want all the bonus points I can have access to.

    No dimmer, just went with my favorite ten dollar handlebar mounted switch that is GREAT.

    Pay the extra for the heavy duty bracket that Sanjoh sells, it's great.

    Link to switch below.

    On a second gen KLR, there is a sweet spot just inside the lower fairings, right where it comes to sort of a point in the plastic, right INSIDE or behind that area. I took my lowers off and scuffed the area with sandpaper and degreased it. I had lathe access then, and I turned some aluminum "discs" and tapped them 1/4 = 20 (material just under 1/2 inch thick).

    I used JB Weld and "stuck" the discs into that sweet spot. I put the bike back together and used a Allen head stainless bolt through Sanjoh's bracket into my aluminum round discs. I had custom ground the bolts so they could not pop out the sides of my lower shrouds.... you could replicate this with some square material as well, as long as it's thick enough to drill and tap. Make sure your bolts ain't too long!

    Worked for me. They are tucked out of the way, and it's hard to see how they are mounted :evil. Lots of people ask how I mounted them when they see the bike.

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    Tusk Universal On/Off HANDLEBAR mounted Switch | ATV | Rocky Mountain ATV/MC
    http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/43/53/160/956/-/25858/Tusk-Universal-On-Off-Switch/switch
  8. SilveradoTX

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    This has answered a question I've had for a while, and I have to admit, several of these photos sure make the case for adding aux lighting.


    I do have a couple more, though. Do most of you alread have an aux light circuit? If not, where/what are you wiring into?
  9. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fotografist

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    I tapped into a known "keyed" wire behind my gauges.
    On and off with the key if I forget the switch. It's also fused. On a 2nd gen KLR, it's the infamous "brown wire" behind the gauge pack. :evil
  10. ElMartillo

    ElMartillo I See Faces...

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    I wanted my driving lights to come on with my low beams, and to have the option of turning these off via a switch on the controls. I wanted my spots to come on with the high beams only.

    The way to do this is to power a couple of relays from the battery with an inline fuse. The relay is switched with the power from the respective headlamp, but the aux lights are powered directly from the battery via the relay. For my driving lights, I interrupted the power from the headlamp to the relay with a lit rocker switch installed in the left switchgear housing.

    I installed two sets of lights that I wanted to control independently, so that's why I used two relays. One set of lights, one relay.

    Hope this helps! :thumbup
  11. Unstable Rider

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  12. Joetool

    Joetool Been here awhile

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    I'm thinking of getting these:

    http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Free...ght-Truck-Trailer-SUV-Off-road/618144116.html

    If you search around Aliexpess, you can find all kinds of led's.

    search for ' led work lights', or 'led tractor lights' ; serches for led car or truck turned up primarily decorative stuff.

    Make sure you click the 'free shipping' box.

    You can get the lights like ElMartillo has at: http://www.superbrightleds.com/cat/spotflood-worklights/

    searching Aliexpress I found 20-60-120 patterns for the same lights...

    and these look like sanjhs or whatever 's lights: http://www.aliexpress.com/item/DHL-...Motorcycle-Headlight-10pcs-Lot/748682490.html
  13. Xeraux

    Xeraux Archvillain

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    Yeah. I have a feeling there's probably only a couple of different manufacturers of these lights and the same lights are being sold by a dozen different vendors.
  14. worwig

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    They claim 16 watts from 4 LEDs. 4 watts each. Then near the bottom, they claim 3 watt LEDs. I suspect the system is closer to 12 watt total.
    $69 for about 12 watts. And they are hopefully running them a bit conservatively at closer to 10 watts. 8 degree pattern. Mediocre IMHO.



    Or you can get this:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/310568041747?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649
    $23 for 15 watts (I found that they are actually closer to 10 watts). 10 degree pattern. Good light. Not built real well. You should spend time sealing this housing around the mounting screw and wire entry point. But I'll bet this light output is very close to the one you point out.

    Or for serious light, this:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007ZGBLNW/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00
    $25, 27 watts (I found to be closer to 21 watts). 30 degree pattern. A bit wide, but I prefer that to too narrow. Awesome amount of light from these. I can see dark objects ahead at night about 21 seconds at 45 MPH. These are built very well. For less than half the $69, you get a LOT more light.
  15. Joetool

    Joetool Been here awhile

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    Although it says 3 watts, it also says 4 watt crees. The bottom text was on a lot of similar lights. Chinglish. If the're driving 4 watt crees at 80-90% efficiency, that would put them close to 2000 (combined) lumens which is plenty for me...
  16. andrewhtf

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    Sharing my lights. I believe it is the same ones from this Sanjoh guy all of you are talking about, although i bought it from another seller in eBay. Came across these lights after reading farklemyride blog.

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    With low beam. Can only see about 5-6 meters ahead
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    With high beam. Further throw.
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    Low beam with led lights on.
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    High beam with led lights on.
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    High beams.
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    A comparison with Rigid Industries's Dually that i had for a short while few months ago.

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  17. Joetool

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    HOLY GIANT PHOTOS BATMAN!!:eek1
  18. andrewhtf

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    My bad, must've left out resizing 'em since i was posting using ipad. Will rectify it once i get meself a pc. :D
  19. genka

    genka SUV hater

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    I should've keep quiet and ride. A pair or LEDs on one of my lights went out.:pissed Fortunately the other 5 are still OK.
  20. genka

    genka SUV hater

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    I really wanted to quote your post with all supersized pictures :evil
    Thanks for shaping. Did you manually set you camera to the same values of exposure, aperture and ISO when shooting output of both lights?