Piaa 1100 LED reviews?

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  1. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/accessoriesandgear/1208_crup_piaa_1100_led_spotlights/viewall.html
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  2. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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  3. Wickedadv

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    Im running the 530 PIAA driving lamps on my klx250. They are bright and clean cutoff. They are bright white and make the main light look real yellow however



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  4. andrewhtf

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    I have a pair of aux lights similar to advmonster m60 (well they're the same actually, but i just didnt happen to buy it from advmonster), and in agreement with twinrider this pair does put out massive amount of light, scattered everywhere but far ahead.

    This light works very well if you're riding offroad or trail at night, as it throws a wide flood to the sides up to a 100 yards ahead. however for on-road riding the wide flood is certainly cause annoying glare (similar to a bad hid mod job in a halogen housing). i think this light falls short and i still had to rely on the headlamp's high beam to actually see straight ahead.

    If the claims in the review of piaa 1100 led is to be believed i need to see it for myself. A quick google search fail to turn up anything with photographical evidence that it can shine up to a mile ahead. None. Zilch. Except pictures of the piaa on the bike with the lights turned on. Nothing to show how far ahead the piaa lights up the road. Anyone can show me the light? (pun intended)

    Actually i am looking into achieving something like this, but of course the lights ource of this photo is different, a 55w hid in a hella 500 housing, not for bikes.

    [​IMG]*photo credit to kojack*
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  5. Wickedadv

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    I can take a pic tomorrow night. Wifey would have my hide if i did it now. Lol. They throw a lot of light for sure and only require 8watts i believe


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  6. twinrider

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    I have both the Piaa 1100 leds and the Piaa 530 leds on my Super Tenere.

    The 530s are excellent for supplementing the low beam as they produce a very sharply focused beam that can be aimed so it won't blind oncoming traffic and there is no need for a dimmer. I have them set this way and leave them all the time. They also produce quite a bit of distance if you aim them to work with the high beams. These are an absolute bargain on amazon for just $191.

    The 1100 leds are more conventional in design, producing a bright conical beam, so they need to either be dimmed or wired to go on with the high beam. I'm running a pair and have them wired up with a Skene dimmer running at 10% with my low beam, 100% high beam. They produce a decent amount of light for their small size and the build quality is very good. They are quite heavy relative to their size and they have large cooling fins. I got mine on sale for $265. I think they're a good deal at <$300 (they're on Amazon for $297). If I was going to spend $350 or so, I would buy the Rigid Industries Dually D2s instead.

    Not the best picture in the world for showing the lights, but that's all I can post at the moment.

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  7. Wickedadv

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    Im set up the same way re: the 530's. i also picked them up on amazon for $191 which was a good deal. I did purchase a waterproof piaa switch and a metal mounting plate that mounts to my left mirror bolt from twisted throttle which works great. Just created a photo account so here are a few pics. Will take the driver view tonight to show light output on the road. Pardon my overstuffed fender bag. Needed to bring an extra pair of goggles. :)

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  8. twinrider

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    Looking good. :thumb

    Mine came with a waterproof switch, yours didn't?
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  9. Wickedadv

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    Mine came with a surface mount style toggle which i didn't have a place to mount. I went to the on off pushbutton instead and it works great.

    Back to my morning ride. Just hit a turkey and had to clean the poop out of my pants from that experience.


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  10. zachbrowning

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    Almost all LEDs are wired like this, the drivers are much more efficient when they're driving multiple LEDs in series. In parallel the driver's are having to dump a huge amount of voltage (LEDs usually run somewhere around 3V, and you're generally going to be inputting 14ish), meaning they're generating heat instead of light.
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  11. twinrider

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    The seller now says his lights are wired in parallel. What you're saying about the heat output probably accounts for the large cooling fins on the better brands.
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  12. andrewhtf

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    Much appreciated
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    Heres a few with stock low, high then piaa 530s and low

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    Highs

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    530s
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    Still need to make adjustments but really bright
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  14. andrewhtf

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    I'm guessing the main spot is just 15 to 20 feet ahead, pretty narrow beam. Yeah, do get it adjusted , would really love to see how far can this light goes.
    And i agree that for just 10watt consumption this is quite bright and focused compared to some cheaper china-made 10-watters sold on ebay.
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  15. Wickedadv

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    Its much more than 15ft ahead. I had my wife ride the bike (100lbs lighter) and the main headlight was more effective, so i need to stiffen up my sag or lose lbs. i will try to do a quick video next time to show distances better.


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  16. ChrisK7

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    Any new info or pictures about these LED aux. lights?
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  17. twinrider

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    What do you want to know? I've been using mine for months without a hitch: bright, very high quality and reliable. Good pricing on Amazon now....
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  19. twinrider

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    I put a Skene dimmer on mine, 20% on low beam going to 100% when I hit the high beams.

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  20. JimVonBaden

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    I've used the Skene stuff for years. How does the dimmer work?

    I have the Kristas with a dimmer and like it, but am curious about the Skene dimmer. Is it easy to hook up and use?

    Jim :brow
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