Are these fog lights supposed to leak?

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  1. millican

    millican Been here awhile

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    I just ordered one of these JW Speaker 6050 series lights to see if it's not crap regarding the light color and lens. In those regards, it's good, so I ordered the second one. I rode to work and back today after installing the light. When I got home, it had water in it. I didn't actually find anything in the retailer's description saying it's waterproof. So maybe I spent $200 (per light) on what will end up as lighting in the chicken coop. Does anyone have these lights? I'd expect a light that expensive to last more than one day on the scooter. The second light should arrive in a couple of days.
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  2. 9Realms

    9Realms Drawn in by the complex plot

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    Never seen that kind before.

    I have run a pair of these the last 4 years and can't seem to kill them from normal use or weather, they just keep on going. Less than $25 a PAIR with brackets, ebay, Amazon.


    About actual size, they are metal construction:

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    They work nice on crash bars with PIA rings.
    Pretty well infinitely adjustable between the two mounts.

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  3. shovelstrokeed

    shovelstrokeed Long timer

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    Sorry for your loss, the chickens should be very happy.
    Next time buy lights from a lighting company, not a speaker company.
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  4. millican

    millican Been here awhile

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    Lol. I think "Speaker" is a guy's name.
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  5. millican

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  6. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    yeah leave them on or out in the sun and see if the heat clears them

    if not return them.
    How is the beam distance and pattern from them?
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    Schnurbart Adventurer

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    More info please.
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  8. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    One of my Fords headlights would fill with water (it looked like a fish bowl) so I drilled a hole in the bottom to let the water out. It’s probably still working....get out your drill if there’s no warrenty.
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  9. millican

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    The beam and pattern are good. There's a definite cut-off on the top of the pattern. The color is decent as well - not on the blue end - which helps me see. Once aligned, it's not as obnoxious to look at as even the stock headlamp, yet puts out light where I need it. (I want to see things like tire treads left in the interstate at night.) My goal is to see without being a dick blinding everyone. In that regard, they work well.
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  10. Beezer

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    that, my friend is the shit of bulls. I'd send them back just on GP
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    this...….
    . and at the same time open it up and check the gaskets
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  12. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    I've had one in the BMW for a couple years now, and have had no problems with it. It has a nice sharp cutoff in low beam. For those who have never seen or used one, it uses 2 projector units in a 7 inch round shell along with clear prisms that provide close in illumination.

    It costs more because it's better than the $25 China junk that dazzles everyone in both directions. They are very popular with the Jeep community and are DOT certified 50 state legal.
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  13. millican

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    I think you have a different model ttpete. These are only 4.5 inches in diameter. Still, they are lights worth keeping. The output and beam pattern is great. They just can't handle moisture of any sort. They're as waterproof as a $5 cotton T-shrit. They keep getting more water inside with any ride in rain or even fog. (i know, JW Speaker calls these "fog lights", but they can't handle fog.) I'll bring them in this weekend, dry them out, and seal them myself before re-installing them. With two leaky lights, I suspect my odds of getting a sealed unit by sending the old ones back are slim. With some epoxy, something useful can likely be made from these.
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  14. gmiguy

    gmiguy You rode a what to where?

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    Does the condensation on the lens go away once you turn the light on?
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    Another 'yes' vote for those lights, from me. About £20 off 'da bay', and have been brilliant. Both at home and on the US trip. They work as both nighttime lights and "I'm HERE" lights during the day. Not had a single pullout cager since I installed them. Just found a site that sells yellow lens covers for them, so I don't p*ss off the cagers now the days are getting shorter.

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  16. millican

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    No.
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  17. ttpete

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    Been there. See if you can find a way to attach a piece of small metal tubing to the vent hole and run a small Tygon hose up under the gas tank where it'll be dry. Once you get them dried out, you shouldn't have a problem.
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  18. millican

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    That sounds like a good idea. I was just going to bring the bike into the garage, and plug the lights into a 12V supply with a fan on them. Thanks for the tip.
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