New Long Range LED Aux Lights

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by Off Road Ryder, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. paulvandenbogaard

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    have been looking at Sanjohs offerings till now. Was betting on the M60s. Now I am not so sure ...

    My KTM SMT990 will be equipped with a single Mori Moto D2S 35W HID that will replace the standard halogen light.
    The standard light is just "crap". Some folks report that it can also do 50W HID, however my local reseller advises against this.
    I travel on paved roads for 99+% of the time, although the pavement is not always of good quality. Expect the Xenon D2S to take care of the area up till 25 to 30 or so meters.
    I am looking for more information of what is ahead. On the road itself but also on the side of the roads.
    Traveling at 120 km/hour (approx 80 miles/hour) means I do 33.33 meters a second. I want to see at least 2 seconds ahead, which means the area 65 meters away needs to be clearly visible. Also taken into account the "light blinding" due to a closer area being lit by the same light source.

    A single spot that would give me the info but the beam is very focussed. I fear this will make a tunnel where the boundaries between unlit and lit are too strong for comfortable riding. The first picture (dual long range 40W) seems to be a good candidate. Not sure about the title, I have the feeling this should be "two dual long range 40W" understanding a single spot takes 10W. Also comparing it to the "Single long range dual 20W" picture which really does show that "tunnel" thing.

    I also believe the first two pictures where taken with a telelens compared to the others: the trees/bushes are much closer in there.

    The M60 shown seems to kind of overlight the nearby area. However this can also be due to the camera settings. Would it be possible to tell the camera settings (F stop, speed and ISO) This would enable me to try a couple of pictures myself with the D2S to compare this to the ones presented here. I can post that picture overhere ones I have it.

    The probable best solution could be D2S for nearbu, Sonjoh's M60 for the next part (still wide) and a dual LR for further away. However I am having a hard time to see how this all can be attached to the bike. With symmetry in mind, I would prefer two single spot LR instead of one double spot LR. Is the only difference between these two approaches that with two singles there is more flexibility for positioning the beams?
    With that same thought, two dual spot LRs might both look very acceptable and give a good reasonable wide beam.

    Finally I plan to hook al this up with a dimmer and separate on/off switch. . In the Netherlands these lights are far from legal I fear. Have to reduce the amount strongly when driving in areas where more folks are using the road.

    Hope you folks can share your ideas on this all.

    Thanks
    Paul
  2. Off Road Ryder

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    I have them listed above the photos. The BD is the driving light
  3. Off Road Ryder

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    ALL photos where taken at the same time with the same camera at the same settings. No BS here.
    I'm no pro photographer by any mean. the only camera setting was to slow the shutter speed to 3 on ALL photos.
    This is a risk for a vendor putting up photos, No doubt that someone will claim that things are not equal.. They defiantly are:deal I'm a bit taken back by the accusation.:cry
    Perhaps more light makes the trees look closer.
    What you can not see here is that the Long Range will go quite a bit farther than the size of the field.and easily beat out all the other lights in distance.

    Ill take another look and attempt to rename the photos for clarity.

    Your HID will not compare to any of these lights, well maybe one.


    You can aim single lights to get the fill and distance you desire.These are all 10 deg Long Range, You could always go with a 10 and 20 as well
    again here are two single 10 deg Long Range lights offering a fill and distance. Same Camera settings as above.

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  4. sanjoh

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    I do not normally post in other vendors thread, however you do not have your facts straight about the model 60. It does not use 40watts, this is a common mistake, especially by marketing folks. I am an engineer, the light uses 28watts@12v, measured with a calibrated amp meter. Not the 40 watts you stated.

    The light picture of the model 60 looks ridiculous, looks like the light is pointed at the ground, very obvious as you see the top of the main beam is over exposed on the lower part of the picture.

    I invite any comparison but seriously it needs to be done by a third party that is not biased, any volunteers?
  5. Off Road Ryder

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    Fair enough Sanjoh. Actually I see you comment on others threads quite often,bashing good companies. I have held my tongue about your cheap lights for some time.
    .I thought I did our best to represent all lights as they are. Note the BD photo??

    .If only the ADV rider community knew what you paid for the junk Chinese made lights. I do.
    Lets get others to do some photos. Nothing to hide here. The Chinese made model 60 is not very comparable in quality or distance. It does put out a good amount of light close to the bike. But made very cheaply.Certainly an good engineer would recognize the difference in quality,
    And for the engineer side if things.. you cant advertise 3600 lumen's and then turn around and say you only have a 28 watt draw. which is it?? it cant be both.
  6. bastimentos

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  7. sanjoh

    sanjoh Purveyor of Light

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    You should pay attention, I do not post in other vendor threads unless in this case the facts have been grossly misrepresented.

    Having been in manufacturing most of my 25yr career. I do recognize quality which why I offer these lights for reasonable prices compared to some other companies who choose take advantage of the customer with hype, lack of technical information, and other misleading information as you have presented here.
  8. paulvandenbogaard

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    Oh dear, I fear something I said made you feel "attacked". I can assure you that was absolutely NOT my intent!! My first reaction when reading your previous posting (the one showing the pictures of different led solutions) was "Wow super some lights actually compared"
    If you can tell me what it was that triggered the feeling of attack I might be able to improve my knowledge of the English language. Could also be a cultural thing. Dutch folks have a tendency to be seen as "blunt", although in general there is absolutely no intent to mean harm.

    My hope was to get the data (ISO, F-stop, shutterspeed) to also compare this to something I can see with my eyes. Just to compare for the real impression. To complete the mental picture I am trying to build in my head of too many different (led) lighting solutions available.
    Most likely the HID will not come close to most of these LED solutions at all. I just hoped to get a better impression on the "to what extent".

    However I now understand due to the camera used this is not really possible. A pitty, but hee so be it. I still do like your led solution. And I love the info you present too.
    I mentioned my impression of a telelens. Could it be that your camera kind of adjusts its focal lens automatically? I looked closely again but, for example if I compare the first picture called NS-dualdbl01... to the one called NS-Singledual.... (number 1 and 3 in the earlier picture list) I do get this impression.

    The picture you just showed is very promissing. However can you tell what the distance was between the light and the area on the picture closest to you? Or is the full area lit already shown? I just try to get a mental picture here.
    And to complete this mental picture: two single spot lights were used. How far apart were they? Like on each side of the front wheel; one on the left and the other on the right crash bar; or one on the left and the other on the right end of the handle bar?

    Some more questions. With respect to the LR light which has two spots in a single housing, can this one be attached vertically with the attachment point on top?
    Can one single spot led lamp be attached to another: just a wild idea but with two singles alligned vertically I can have one pointed in front, while the other just shifted a tiny bit to the outside spreading the overall "beam" I fear I have to allign vertically in order to get them attached to my bike which kind of mandates attaching them together vertically.

    Hope I did not trigger any negative feelings with this posting. Once more your solutions look more then great, I just want to have a good understanding. In the end $500 is a respectable sum if I would go for two doubles + dimmer.

    Thanks
    Paul
  9. WindSailor

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    Yep.

    As a consumer of these products blatant misrepresentation is a VERY BIG heads up on a company. Most people are internet savvy and really do their research on items such as this.

    Here's a vendor comparison of photo's for the advmonster 60:
    Yours
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    Sanjo's
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    Notice any difference on the beam pattern?

    Maybe a sparsely tree lined road would be a better example for a photo so everyone could see the aiming point and the down range light availability. Then do a comparison.

    Now the real comparison of your Dually should have been on this one:

    M62 on advmonster:
    [​IMG]

    Now - both of you better put up - or shut up.

    Don't waste 'our' time on this forum.
  10. Off Road Ryder

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    You advertise a 3600 lumen light yet claim it only draws 28 watts. It can't be both, so who's giving out false and misleading info? Check yourself as you appear to be the pot calling the kettle black.
    All the technical aspects of the long range are laid out in this thread, maybe you should try being honest with your customers and do the same in your own thread.How many customers have you cut off after haveing them return bad lights 4 or 5 times? Ive spoken to at least 3. We would never treat a customer like that. For starters our products will not fail.

    I'm not misrepresenting anything in any thread. Fact is there is no need to go down this ugly road. you have chosen to do that. If there was an issue with something I posted, I'm more than reasonable and would have fixed it, Instead you have chosen to take a low road and act much like the crap you are selling.

    If a light or mount fails is it really less expensive to the consumer? If the wires break because they are thin and cheap is that saving the customer $ ? If a light fails when you need it most, did the customer save anything? The answer is NO now they just pay more to fix a turd or buy what they should have in the first place. Quality always wins over cost.
    I will look again at photos and see if we can do a better comp.with distance markers But all was equal in every way.
    I wish you luck, but don't crap in my thread. and I wont do the same in yours.
  11. Off Road Ryder

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    I dont get how you can take a photo from a different view point and compare it to another.
    The last thing I want to do is waste your time.
    I stand by what photos we have taken and say there is no prejudice in any direction. In this thread you can see the BD photo does it look faked or manipulated also??
    If I was to discriminate against a particular light, don't you think it would be the next best preforming light in the lineup?
    That sure isn't the Chinese made Model 60


    I'm willing to listen to what you the consumer feels they want in the way of photos and try to oblige
    there is no BS here, other than whats coming out of other posters.
    Ill look for another photo of the model 60 that might have been taken that night.

    Ive been putting up for 10 years. some of the top racers in the world use our lights. Companies like Tesla and others use our products in OEM applications.
    We would not have that if we sold Chinese crap and misrepresented our products.
  12. Off Road Ryder

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    Nothing here is grossly misrepresented other than the distance of the Long Range LEDs .Its much farther than the photos show. Time will tell what is what.
    I did find a better photo of the model 60. I hope you can agree that it is legit.
    photos are one thing, build quality and lasting products are something else.
  13. WindSailor

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    True.

    I might be up for an 'outsider' comparison if both of you are up to it.

    I'll try and get at least three people involved for the comparison. PM me if your interested...
  14. Off Road Ryder

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    No Worries Paul
    We can try our hardest and still piss some people off. It kind of goes with the territory I guess.
    I placed another photo of the Model 60 into the comparison shots. Take a look at the clump of grass that is evident in all photos. All lights where mounted on a board that we had to rotate 180 to get the different lights in the shots. The aim was slightly different in a few photos.
    What isn't told in the photos is the build quality of the individual lights. Some are much better than others.

    I have a Nikon d60 to get all these shots we took the setting off auto and only changed the shutter speed to 3 all setting are the same in all shots.

    The photos are taken approx 350 ft from the tree line.

    I would say the distance where you start seeing the bottom edges of the light beams is probably 50 ft.
    I went back and renamed some photos. If it was a photo of dual lights they where at max 2 ft apart, a bit closer than what they would normally be on a bike.

    The attachment point of the light is on the top or bottom, if mounted vertically that would be on the side
    The lights do not attach together like our NXG pods do.
    I hope I answered all your questions. I just want to give the ADV rider community a real comparison and understanding of what they may be purchasing. That will ocasianally backfire with supporters of other products who feel we are underchanging someone. I'll do my best to make sure that is not the case.
    If we make a mistake we will own it not hide behind a wall of BS.
    I'm disappointed in the direction this thread has turned and will do better to make it clearer for all.
    I can guaranty you the best service, products and after sales support. We are not still around after more than 10 years by offering junk and calling it the best thing since sliced bread.
  15. pfdskipper

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    Thanks for the reply. I surely do not want to add to the tension that has taken place here in the last couple of pages of posts. I am hoping to get just a bit more reach out of my newest configuration mounted to my 950 Super Enduro. I am currently running a pair of Sanjohs model 60's, a Baja designs squadron in the spot (10degree) version, as well as the Baja Designs onx, also set up in the 10 degree spot. I am quite pleased with all of the lights except that I find a need for a bit more reach on the beams when I am traveling at Super Enduro warp speeds.

    I was hoping to see a comparison between the dual optimus and a 10 degree squadron, I believe this comparison will give me a better feel for the actual differance of beam throw.

    I have the in-close area covered nicely with the Sanjoe model 60's, which I use as my low beam light. I keep them at 40% of capacity with another vendors dimmer. All the lights come on to 100% with my high beam switch. AS stated, I need just a bit more length of light throw to find my happy spot. I hope to make my next light addition the perfect "icing on the cake.

    Soooo,
    Is there any chance you could do a comparison with the lights all being in the 10 degree versions, with the same number of lights for each brand used in the comparisons?
    My current set-up
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    Thanks again
    Here is a link to a thread on my set-up.. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=857680
  16. Off Road Ryder

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    Ya this hasn't been good for anyone.

    Thats a nice setup. BD makes great products.
    The Long Ranges will shoot out significantly farther, They are designed for Long Range, thats not just a sales term its a description. A quick look at the reflector size/ depth and the knowledge that the LEDs are the same and driven at nearly the same current tells the story.

    What I am calling a driving light is the Dirt Bike Squadron headlight That should be the same light that is on your bike The photo is a single light . Other photos are marked as to how many lights where on.

    I threw up a quick comp on a request from an ADV Member. Something I wish I had taken more time on. That will teach me. Do it right or don't do it at all...not that I feel it wasn't really right, just not as clean as it should have been.
    Hopefully any thoughts of wrong doing have been put to rest:ear
    In the future any photos will be done much more carefully with markers and a longer field.
    Thats coming fairly soon due to this mess, as is a dissection of a few lights:eek1

    What matters to me in a light is 1st quality. Are the mounts strong? Is the light going to take a hit and survive?
    Is the wiring robust and quality? Will this light burn at full blast and not have a thermal melt down.
    Then lastly how well does the light illuminate. I like to ride fast and live in deer country, so I need a set of lights that throw a long beam, I also need fill for the slower trails or roads. A good headlight does most of that. Only the Long Range can obtain the distance I want in a set of Aux lights.plus you can always aim them down.
    I rarely talk to a rider who says I have enough distance.
    headlight
    I guess salesman comes along with owning a business like this, However I'm an enthusiast first and will never over sale or misrepresent our products or a competitors lights to others. Thats one main reason we have been successful in the dirt bike market. Also a reason that most of the big players are willing to work with us.
  17. Ned Kelly

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    I hope the tensions get sorted out. I just wanted to peep in with my previous request of having some object in the pics that we consumers can relate to. Something not too small, like a motorcycle or human, etc..:thumb
  18. michigan400

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    Now that's a lighting package!! Looks good.
  19. pfdskipper

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    In keeping with the advrider standard : which I see as the normal, good intentioned, everyday info sharing that is predominately found at this site, I sure hope "stuff" does chill down a bit. Obviously, there is a lot of competition and a lot at stake for the LED vendors.
    As far as I can tell, you seem to be a stand up fella. I say the same for Sanjoh, who I have done business with. I do like the lights I bought from him. Having experienced the difficulties associated with taking realistic night shots of LED lights, I believe you when you said that you were not doing any monkey business with the shots. I applaud your attempt at showing us consumers a side by side comparison. Just a few suggestions if you make another stab at side by side comparisons. Smaller pics that show each manufacturers light, side by side on the web page, would be best, with particular attention being given to matching the models with the nearest specs, then having them shown ,side by side, same exact field of view and mounting points, And the same number of lights.

    As for the squadron vs. the optimus 2 pic, and your reply; There are actually several different variations of the squadron light. The one you used in the comparison is the driving light version, and only one squadron was used if I understand your reply correctly. A fair comparison would be if you used two squadron lights, and in the spot configuration, not the driving light version. That is the light I currently have, and the reason I was hoping for an "apples to apples" comparison.

    As you can see by my set-up, I am an equal opportunity consumer. As I said earlier, I am happy with what the Sanjoe lights provide for me, as I am happy with the BD lights. Maybe I have an led "addiction" similar to hollywood stars addictions to plastic surgery, shit, who knows. Once I started down this road of LED purchases, I just keep buying up the latest an greatest. I really need some more distance out of my set up to be satisfied completely.

    Your optimus dual has definitely piqued my interest. Without seeing this lights preformance live and in person, and without a fair amount of feedback from folks who have seen and compared all the different lights, side by side, I just dont believe I will really know its capabillities. So box me one up, I am going to pull the trigger on purchasing your optimus 2, (10 degree model).

    I will report back here when I get it up and running. If it does as you say, I will be back for more. :deal

    Send me a pm for direction with the purchase details.

    Thanks,
    Bob
  20. WindSailor

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    When you first started putting photo's up, this shot wasn't too bad. It shows a lot of things at once. It doesn't have that -long- field look, but it is enclosed so you could see the beam pattern and the distance. You can tell by this photo the lights are generally aimed down the middle of the road and you can see almost the same amount of light on the road as in the trees above.

    If had seen a photo that had shown most of the light on the road and none or very little in the trees - then I think most of us would naturally be skeptical of the shot.

    A broader beam like a flood would have shown the immediate area lit up top to bottom and not as much further down the road.

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