LED Auxiliary Lights

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by sanjoh, Aug 5, 2010.

  1. GB

    GB . Administrator

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2002
    Oddometer:
    61,699
    Let's keep this thread about the LED lights.. not about what tires do you have on your bike and what bike is that.. use PM for that.. off topic posts punted.
  2. rides2little

    rides2little Braaaaaap

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2007
    Oddometer:
    696
    Location:
    Lost in Utardia
    Would it be possible to run one of these lights from a battery alone? What is the max input voltage these can handle? Thinking of a Li-Po (14.8v) or LiFePo4 (13.2v) battery packs.

    What is the minimum voltage they will work at?

    I am thinking specifically of either of the two base units without dimmer setup.


    Thanks in advance.
    Chris
  3. AustinJake

    AustinJake DR650 - Versys

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2010
    Oddometer:
    4,432
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    That pic generated an off-topic post which spawned another off-topic post, which were not related to the LED thread topic, so the only thing to do was crop the offending picture and show only what is related to the thread topic: the LED and the on/off button, everything else in the pic really is off-topic so why include it. These 2 posts as well are off-topic and I probably should have PM'd you, but I'm sure they will be "punted" soon enough and all will be right with the world once again.
  4. Callahan

    Callahan Long timer

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,210
    Location:
    Pacific Rim
    Please do re post the photo/s.

    I am referencing that bike, to my bike shop, in a modification I am doing to my bike. The modification is also to do with the lights and that is why I asked that question of make and model.

    Many thanks.
  5. AustinJake

    AustinJake DR650 - Versys

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2010
    Oddometer:
    4,432
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    If anyone has any questions than DO NOT pertain to the LED, please PM me, we don't wanna waste any bandwidth or anything.....


    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
  6. pyrate

    pyrate Walking the plank

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,241
    Location:
    SoCal
    Great way to show the difference. It doesn't show the distance they reach but definitely illustrates the increased light. Thanks!
  7. Optimus Prime

    Optimus Prime Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2006
    Oddometer:
    196
    Location:
    San Francisco, CA
    FYI -I sent you and e-mail concerning the lights. Let me know if you didn't get it.
  8. Snelwagen

    Snelwagen Adventurer

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2010
    Oddometer:
    27
    Location:
    Netherlands
    Doubting between the spot light or the 3 mode version. Is it possible to have the 3 mode version switched on a way that I put my low beam on the LED's are on spot and when I swith on my high beam the LED are on flood mode? Or am i making it too complicated :rofl
  9. jchristian79

    jchristian79 n00b

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2010
    Oddometer:
    6
    I've got the same bike as JakeKV above, but set up for commuting rather than adventure riding. Thought I'd give you guys a run down of my install of these lights and my thoughts so far.

    I'd been watching this thread for over a month after deciding to pick up a set of the lights. I had to wait a couple weeks till the stock came back in, but finally ordered my 24w 3 level dimming floods last Saturday. Received them via USPS on Wednesday in California. Came with no instructions and in a small well packed box. No worries on the instructions since I have some level of experience with this stuff. The only thing was, I decided to ditch the amp connectors. They look great, but I'm not great at soldering and didn't feel like learning.

    I had been using a cheap ($20) set of driving lights from Wally World but after several months of using them sparingly, I knew I needed something that wouldn't kill my charging system as those lights pulled 110w (as opposed to the LED's 48w). These lights fit the bill perfectly and were SO much cheaper than any other options I saw out there. The build quality is great, nice and solid.

    I had already wired in my previous lights to either side of my front fender. I decided to keep them in that location and keep the same wiring and switch and not mess working something else up. The lights are wired through a relay that is triggered when my low-beam comes on. Then on my dash, I had already installed a simple toggle on/off switch from Kragen which I'm still using. I am using these on my Kawi Versys strictly as driving lights/running lights so the mount height shouldn't be an issue.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    I decided to flip the mount that comes pre-installed so that the lights are "over" the mount not ahead of it. For my install this looked the cleanest I think. I also swapped out the dual nuts on the inside of the bracket for an aluminum spacer. This just seemed like an easier way to mount them to me. I think it will be easier to make adjustments on the bike this way. I ran the wires up my brake line hoses just as my previous lights and tied them into the previous harness behind the rightside fairing.

    I mounted them to the fender using a 10mm (30mm long) bolt. I also used blue loctite on everything to keep them in place.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    The hardest part about mounting these were getting the aim right. On my previous lights, I only had the up/down adjustment to worry about. Adding in the side/side made it a little tricky, but I think I've got it.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Another note: I have the dimming model. As previously mentioned, it's a good idea to check the "sync" of the two lights before you button everything up. I did and I'm glad I did, cause the lights were out of sync the first time I fired up the bike. No biggie though, I just unplugged one and cycled the other to match the one that was plugged in. The only problem with this was on my test ride when I accidentally killed the bike by putting the kickstand down. Somehow, by doing this and starting it back up right away, one of the lights got out of sync again, which required me to unbutton everything and reset them. Again, no biggie, but another 15 minutes I didn't want to spend on it.

    Now for the fun stuff...THESE THINGS ARE BRIGHT!!! Holy crap they're bright. I live on a dead end street. The end of the street is about 75 yards away so I had my wife stand in the street as I rode to the end and turned around. With the lights on the brightest setting, I drove towards here. As I reached about 40 yards away, I could see here like daylight and she covered her face until I got up to her. She looked at me and said "Holy crap!" The lights were aimed just slightly lower than level so I cycled them down to medium and did it again. She said they were perfect.

    This pic doesn't show it justice, but just to give you an idea of where they're aimed. The wood on the right has a dark spot which is why the light on the right looks different.
    [​IMG]

    Again, doesn't do it justice, but they're on high here.
    [​IMG]

    Just for fun, I decided to adjust the aim way down so that they acted more like fog lights. The beam on the LED's reached just a tad farther than my stock headlight, but filled in everything. With the lights on high, she said they were again perfect. She wasn't blinded, but couldn't miss me! I then took the bike for a test ride in traffic. I didn't get flashed at all and also noticed that i could see a TON more detail in the road at night than I did before.

    All in all, as long as these things last, I will remain 110% satisfied. Only time will tell if these will indeed last but right now I have no reason to believe they won't. Props to John for getting this product at this price!
  10. AustinJake

    AustinJake DR650 - Versys

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2010
    Oddometer:
    4,432
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    Great install, great results, great bike (oops, I can't really say that last one....it's off topic.)
  11. jchristian79

    jchristian79 n00b

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2010
    Oddometer:
    6
    :rofl :rofl :rofl
  12. cccbarkbuster

    cccbarkbuster Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2009
    Oddometer:
    215
    Location:
    Ill.
    Well I registered and tried to place an order but everything seems to be out of stock and the website would not take my order. When`s the next batch due in?:huh
  13. Duster19

    Duster19 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2009
    Oddometer:
    122
    Got an email today saying 2 weeks. These LED's are going fast. :)

    Dave
  14. Dastard

    Dastard Just another guy

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2004
    Oddometer:
    597
    Location:
    wherever I am told to be
    I love my lights, pictures to come soon. I ordered the spots becasue I didn't want to have to worry about too much light. I ordered on a Friday morning and they were delivered on Tuesday (not bad considering a national holiday. Wiring was simple but I have to warn you. MEASURE TWICE, CUT ONCE. WHEN IS DOUBT GO LONG. Wasnt a real problem but I had to re-solder some of the wiring harness I made to run it off a relay. Very bright, very white.

    Thanks for a great product.
  15. JamesK

    JamesK Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2005
    Oddometer:
    113
    Location:
    Tokyo, Japan
    patobravo, a most excellent teardown report - thank you.

    I am not sure if you've seen the eBay dimmer switch I'll be using which will give a 0-100% adjustment. I'm also going to wire up the LED lights in a way that some other, far more expensive lights are designed. Namely the dimmer lets you set whatever brightness level you desire at the time, however, flicking on the Hi Beams will bypass the the dimmer, switching the LED lights to full brightness. I believe this can be done with a simple/standard 5 pin relay. The functionality of turning the LEDs on from an On/Off switch or together with the Hi Beams will be done via a SPST switch (mode selector).

    Anyway, here is the dimmer switch from eBay ($16), all I've done to make it easier to mount on my bike is "split" the POT from the PCB (as you'd expect the heat sink part of the IC is the output -Ve, so no issues about it shorting out on the frame).

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
  16. dirt_diggler

    dirt_diggler Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2010
    Oddometer:
    39
    Location:
    Tucson, AZ
    I tried to order, but it seems there's nothing left to buy. I hope I don't miss out on the next batch of these- look like great lights at a good price.
  17. Slosey

    Slosey n00b

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2010
    Oddometer:
    3
    Received my LEDs. Took a test ride last night. They put out the light. Good Job!

    [​IMG][/IMG]
    [​IMG][/IMG]
  18. GeckoRider

    GeckoRider Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2002
    Oddometer:
    449
    Location:
    Oakland, CA, USA, Thrid Rock from the Star Sol
    To help judge production number I am looking at a pair of the spots and a pair of the three ways. Just need to work a little over time. Maybe I will be ready to buy at you second run, or shortly after the New Year for me.

    Looks like just what I want.
  19. cwadej

    cwadej Keeper of the truth

    Joined:
    May 20, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,006
    Location:
    Arlington, TX
    In line for a pair of 24W dimmers. I took so long to read the thread I missed them last week.
  20. richarddacat

    richarddacat Rollin' and Tumblin'

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2006
    Oddometer:
    4,175
    Location:
    Heart of Tennessee
    Slosey, whose light brackets are those?


    :lurk