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LED Eyebrows/Halo lighting installation

Post by waituntilthebeep » Fri Aug 26, 2016 11:59 pm



As promised, a DIY guide to installing LED eyebrow (or also called halo effect) lighting to your 1800 Goldwing. There are a number of forum members that have installed these lights that inspired me to tag along and add the effect to my own 2012 Wing and I have to say.... I am impressed with the ease of installation. Special thanks to WingPilot96 and MikeB for the information necessary to acquire and install them. Like I said, this is an easy install but I took pictures for those like me that like to see it as you do it.

The link to the lights used is HERE:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/162060290493?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT
There are 2 prewired strips that fit the bill perfectly. They are white (actually kind of blueish white) and amber, side emitting LED's in a pretty compact pattern. The price is nice and they are really bright.

So.... to install them. Start by folding your mirrors forward and removing the side screw and rubber grommet that hold the upper corners of the front panel(aka "garnish") and pop the panel out of the retaining grommets. It will look like this-

Remove the windshield garnish panel first...
Remove the windshield garnish panel first...

Then remove the small panel between the headlamp fixture. It has an allen head bolt on the top center and 2 phillips head screws on the bottom.

...then remove the lower panel as well.
...then remove the lower panel as well.

You will need to use a cleaner like rubbing alcohol on a rag or premoistened alcohol swab pads to clean the outer edge of the headlamp lense to make sure that the adhesive on the LED strips sticks firmly. Make sure you know the orientation of the emitting surface of the LED before installation. You only get one shot with the adhesive provided. Start the end of the light strip on the bottom, on the outer edge of the flat where the outer panel touches the headlamp. I wish I had gotten a better picture of that but it will really make sense if you lay the light out on the lens starting at the top (without adhering it) and follow it around until you get to the bottom. These strips are PERFECT length for this application. Once you have the end of the strip adhered, continue your way around the lens until you run out of light strip.


You will have the shrink wrapped connection to deal with now. There is a retaining screw that holds the outer panel in place and you need to remove the screw and feed the wire under the tab and out the hole past the screw.


It is up to you to decide what method you use to attach the wiring to the mirror power harness - solder and shrink tube, watertight shrink butt connectors (the method I used) or to purchase the connector ends and make a 'plug and play' connection. The wiring diagram is unnecessary in this case - the green wire is the ground ( attach that to the black wire on the strip) and a couple seconds of snip and test will tell you which wire is for running light and which is for the turn indicator.Turn on the key and select one of the wires and snip it. Marker light goes out, it's a marker. If not, it's a turn. Connect the wires appropriately to your LED strip and seal them up. These strips didn't come with any kind of identification as to which wire is which so I just connected the ground and took a hot wire that I just snipped and used that to determine what was what for the LED's.


It is pretty important that you run the final connected wires around the grommet for the garnish. The wire will get pinched if you don't.

Get that wire out of the way of the grommet and windshield slide hardware!
Get that wire out of the way of the grommet and windshield slide hardware!

Now with it installed, you should have the following:

Finished product!
Finished product!

I was able to catch the turn signal in mid flash and it looks like this:


After removing the garnish panel and looking at the spaces in the shroud and surrounding areas... well, I need to do some Ebay parusing and see what other ideas I can come up with to add more lighting to the front!



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Re: LED Eyebrows/Halo lighting installation

Post by wingpilot08 » Sat Aug 27, 2016 9:03 am

Great Post! Thanks for the ID!! 8-)
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Re: LED Eyebrows/Halo lighting installation

Post by lorenzob » Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:51 am

hey wingpilot96
this is sweet ...thanks....terrific post simple install! watch ... now Honda will include this on the 20018 with Bluetooth!!!! lol :P

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Re: LED Eyebrows/Halo lighting installation

Post by wingpilot08 » Thu Sep 01, 2016 11:07 am

lorenzob wrote:hey wingpilot96
this is sweet ...thanks....terrific post simple install! watch ... now Honda will include this on the 20018 with Bluetooth!!!! lol :P
More thanks to waitforthebeep..for his outstanding writeup!!
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Re: LED Eyebrows/Halo lighting installation

Post by hopefullysoon » Fri Sep 02, 2016 1:51 pm

Nice, nice, nice presentation. Now I just need to work up the courage to attempt the installation.

Regards.

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Re: LED Eyebrows/Halo lighting installation

Post by waituntilthebeep » Fri Sep 02, 2016 2:02 pm

It is TRULY a simple installation. The lights are peel and stick and the wiring connection is super simple because the wire harnesses are plenty long enough to pull them out and make the proper splices.

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Re: LED Eyebrows/Halo lighting installation

Post by wingpilot08 » Fri Sep 02, 2016 4:24 pm

hopefullysoon wrote:Nice, nice, nice presentation. Now I just need to work up the courage to attempt the installation.

Regards.
Really one of the simpler installs to start with!
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Re: LED Eyebrows/Halo lighting installation

Post by ksdalet » Sun Sep 18, 2016 3:48 pm

The plain white I now have are beginning to burn out along the top left strip. I ordered these just now and hope to replace mine soon. Very good article and photos. thanx

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Re: LED Eyebrows/Halo lighting installation

Post by Fastfreddy » Mon Sep 26, 2016 11:48 am

Just wanted to say thank you for that write up. Be wanting to do something like that to my ride to get more attention/be seen on the road. Followed your instruction and they were fairly easy to install but theirs nothing like looking at pictures. Pictures helped a lot. Love the look, I hooked up lights same way you got yours. I soldered my wires then wrapped up with some good old electric tape. Cruise safety.

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Re: LED Eyebrows/Halo lighting installation

Post by waituntilthebeep » Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:17 pm

I am glad the instructions helped you out!

I added some more stuff this weekend using some more of the strip lighting that went around the headlights.
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Re: LED Eyebrows/Halo lighting installation

Post by MDSkupien » Wed Nov 23, 2016 2:00 am

Hi -Great instructions! I just completed the installation of the same eyebrow lights. One word of caution: When I put the lower panel back on, it appears that I somehow pinched 2 of the amber LEDs where it follows the corner of the light fixture, so they do not work now. Amazingly, all the white LEDs still work! Since the amber is only turn signals, I'm hoping the 2 missing lights will not be noticed. I used T-Taps to make connections. Had to re-do a couple of the spade connectors due to bad connections. This was after tinning the very small wires from the lights prior to making the crimp connection.



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Re: LED Eyebrows/Halo lighting installation

Post by wingpilot08 » Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:31 am

MDSkupien wrote:Hi -Great instructions! I just completed the installation of the same eyebrow lights. One word of caution: When I put the lower panel back on, it appears that I somehow pinched 2 of the amber LEDs where it follows the corner of the light fixture, so they do not work now. Amazingly, all the white LEDs still work! Since the amber is only turn signals, I'm hoping the 2 missing lights will not be noticed. I used T-Taps to make connections. Had to re-do a couple of the spade connectors due to bad connections. This was after tinning the very small wires from the lights prior to making the crimp connection.
Wouldn't have noticed if you didn't point it out! Nice Job!
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Re: LED Eyebrows/Halo lighting installation

Post by waituntilthebeep » Wed Nov 23, 2016 9:18 am

wingpilot08 wrote: Wouldn't have noticed if you didn't point it out! Nice Job!
Wingpilot - that is because he edited the pic of my bike in which all the lights work :D

MDS - Awesome!... I am going to guess that it is 3 led's that stopped working and it probably isn't because you pinched it. The led's are in groups of 3 with a resistor and more than likely it had a bad solder joint on the resistor and it popped off the rail. As long as the rest of them work, nobody is going to notice. That is unless they are the Flash and can keep up with you while you ride! I would send an email to the seller of the lights and tell them that some of them are not working and see if they can send you a replacement. If you got them from the E-bay link, they are really good about working with you.

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Re: LED Eyebrows/Halo lighting installation

Post by wingpilot08 » Mon Nov 28, 2016 8:31 am

HA! Really didn't look that closely!
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Re: LED Eyebrows/Halo lighting installation

Post by MiWinger51 » Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:22 am

waituntilthebeep wrote:
Fri Aug 26, 2016 11:59 pm
As promised, a DIY guide to installing LED eyebrow (or also called halo effect) lighting to your 1800 Goldwing. There are a number of forum members that have installed these lights that inspired me to tag along and add the effect to my own 2012 Wing and I have to say.... I am impressed with the ease of installation. Special thanks to WingPilot96 and MikeB for the information necessary to acquire and install them. Like I said, this is an easy install but I took pictures for those like me that like to see it as you do it.

The link to the lights used is HERE:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/162060290493?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT
There are 2 prewired strips that fit the bill perfectly. They are white (actually kind of blueish white) and amber, side emitting LED's in a pretty compact pattern. The price is nice and they are really bright.

So.... to install them. Start by folding your mirrors forward and removing the side screw and rubber grommet that hold the upper corners of the front panel(aka "garnish") and pop the panel out of the retaining grommets. It will look like this-
IMG_0746[1].JPG
Then remove the small panel between the headlamp fixture. It has an allen head bolt on the top center and 2 phillips head screws on the bottom.
IMG_0747[1].JPG
You will need to use a cleaner like rubbing alcohol on a rag or premoistened alcohol swab pads to clean the outer edge of the headlamp lense to make sure that the adhesive on the LED strips sticks firmly. Make sure you know the orientation of the emitting surface of the LED before installation. You only get one shot with the adhesive provided. Start the end of the light strip on the bottom, on the outer edge of the flat where the outer panel touches the headlamp. I wish I had gotten a better picture of that but it will really make sense if you lay the light out on the lens starting at the top (without adhering it) and follow it around until you get to the bottom. These strips are PERFECT length for this application. Once you have the end of the strip adhered, continue your way around the lens until you run out of light strip.
IMG_0751.JPG
You will have the shrink wrapped connection to deal with now. There is a retaining screw that holds the outer panel in place and you need to remove the screw and feed the wire under the tab and out the hole past the screw.
IMG_0750.JPG

It is up to you to decide what method you use to attach the wiring to the mirror power harness - solder and shrink tube, watertight shrink butt connectors (the method I used) or to purchase the connector ends and make a 'plug and play' connection. The wiring diagram is unnecessary in this case - the green wire is the ground ( attach that to the black wire on the strip) and a couple seconds of snip and test will tell you which wire is for running light and which is for the turn indicator.Turn on the key and select one of the wires and snip it. Marker light goes out, it's a marker. If not, it's a turn. Connect the wires appropriately to your LED strip and seal them up. These strips didn't come with any kind of identification as to which wire is which so I just connected the ground and took a hot wire that I just snipped and used that to determine what was what for the LED's.
IMG_0752.JPG
It is pretty important that you run the final connected wires around the grommet for the garnish. The wire will get pinched if you don't.
IMG_0753.JPG
Now with it installed, you should have the following:
IMG_0755.JPG
I was able to catch the turn signal in mid flash and it looks like this:
IMG_0756.JPG

After removing the garnish panel and looking at the spaces in the shroud and surrounding areas... well, I need to do some Ebay parusing and see what other ideas I can come up with to add more lighting to the front!
For anyone who has done this. As for the link provided, do I need to order 2 or does one package do both lights?
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Re: LED Eyebrows/Halo lighting installation

Post by waituntilthebeep » Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:34 am

You only need one. There come as a set and there is a left and right wired strip in the package. It is relatively obvious which is which. And if not, power up the strip to make sure you know which way the lighting faces.

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Re: LED Eyebrows/Halo lighting installation

Post by MiWinger51 » Mon Aug 28, 2017 11:12 am

waituntilthebeep wrote:
Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:34 am
You only need one. There come as a set and there is a left and right wired strip in the package. It is relatively obvious which is which. And if not, power up the strip to make sure you know which way the lighting faces.
Thank you. I ordered a set and will install soon. Thanks for the how to post. Great instructions!!
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Re: LED Eyebrows/Halo lighting installation

Post by lorenzob » Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:41 pm

You will luv the led lighting. Ride safe

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Re: LED Eyebrows/Halo lighting installation

Post by MiWinger51 » Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:44 pm

waituntilthebeep wrote:
Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:34 am
You only need one. There come as a set and there is a left and right wired strip in the package. It is relatively obvious which is which. And if not, power up the strip to make sure you know which way the lighting faces.
Well I got them and started the install. Checked the first strip and mounted it with the lights facing the front of the bike. Went to install second strip and it was exactly like the first, Arrrh. Have contacted the seller on ebay for resolution.
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Re: LED Eyebrows/Halo lighting installation

Post by MiWinger51 » Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:58 pm

wireguy51 wrote:
Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:44 pm
waituntilthebeep wrote:
Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:34 am
You only need one. There come as a set and there is a left and right wired strip in the package. It is relatively obvious which is which. And if not, power up the strip to make sure you know which way the lighting faces.
Well I got them and started the install. Checked the first strip and mounted it with the lights facing the front of the bike. Went to install second strip and it was exactly like the first, Arrrh. Have contacted the seller on ebay for resolution.
Kudos to Ledinfinity for their response. After determining that I did indeed have two LED strips that were both right hands, they contacted me and offered replacements for the cost of shipping. $4.00 payment thru PayPal and the replacements are on the way. I wish all customer service was that good.


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