strobe lights


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strobe lights

Postby 3285jeff » Sat Oct 12, 2013 3:58 pm



anyone know of how I can get strobe brake lights on my gl1800,,i believe there is a circuit block you add to the lights,,i want to say its brand name is magic,,but im not sure,,can anyone help me out,,,i seen 1 video on you tube,,but it doesn't list where you can buy it at,,thank you,,,any response would be helpful,,



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Re: strobe lights

Postby HALBUDD » Sat Oct 12, 2013 5:22 pm

I bought some led lights on e-bay that will replace the break lights all you need to due is swap the lights out plug and play. When you hit your breaks they start flashing on there own,only about $20.00 bucks.
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Re: strobe lights

Postby RoadRogue » Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:22 am

You can add a brake light modulator to the bike like one produce by Signal Dynamics, it will flash all your brake lights at the same time. Very noticeable. I wired mine in between the brake light switches and the relays. I find that cars and trucks stop farther back from me when at stop lights and have had several drivers comment to me how eye catching it was. 8-)
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Re: strobe lights

Postby dingdong » Sun Oct 13, 2013 6:26 am

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Re: strobe lights

Postby silverado6x6 » Sun Oct 13, 2013 6:59 am

Speaking of strobe lights I have on my Silverado dually high intensity Tomar strobes, these are hidden in the front headlights, lower fog lights and inside the amber TS lens in the rear, they can be independently controlled or all activated when I hit the horn. On my 95 Aspencade I may very well install a pair on the front, I have a small amber led strobe light bar from ShowMe industries left over from another project, it may go up front under the windshield cowl and wired to work when I hit the horn, for times when a cager gets that blank look on their face.
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Re: strobe lights

Postby RoadRogue » Sun Oct 13, 2013 5:17 pm

I also run a headlight modulator that does just that. It can run on either hi or lo beam, I can shut it off and just have regular steady headlight if I want . When on steady if I hit the horn the modulator automatically kicks in for about 3 seconds . The bonus is that the whole thing is a simple plug and play install and is completely legal . While the idea strobing lights to get someones attention before they run you over is a good idea, I think that you are asking for a ticket. Here in Canada it is illegal to have a flashing light facig forward period, doesn't matter what colour or for what reason unless you are an
" emergency" vehical . Headlight modulators dont flash the light they just dim them 4 times a second. Since I put one on my 1500 in the spring, I have not had one person try to turn in front of me or cut me off because they didnt see me.
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Re: strobe lights

Postby wjnfirearms » Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:10 am

I would caution you guys using lights that were designed for emergency vehicles on your bikes. I'm not talking about headlight modulators and brake flashers that were designed to do just that for bikes. Check your state's vehicle codes before installing, and more importantly using, them. Even though they may be amber or white, they may be reserved for use by certain classifications of vehicles and could potentially get you in hot water with the local law. Just because you see service vehicles using white headlight strobes and amber warning lights doesn't necessarily mean that anyone can use them for whatever they wish on whatever they want.

People see flashing lights and don't always relate color to use. The LAST thing any of you want to do is to get popped and accused of impersonation. It could cost you dearly just to prove that you weren't. Intent doesn't always mean much when you end up paying for impound fees and lawyer bills.
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Re: strobe lights

Postby silverado6x6 » Thu Oct 17, 2013 6:10 am

Concealed strobes withing say the position lamp housing in amber should not be a problem, I have a wig wag flasher and would actually connect it to blue on one one side and amber on the other and that may be just some Cree LED 7 watt lamps., ONLY time it comes on is when horn is used.

I say better to be judged by 6 than carried by six. Its just up to the rider to not over use the horn blatantly in front of the troopers.

Whole idea is to make a lot of flashy light that is "nearly" like an emergency vehicle, because cagers won't hear your horn.
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Re: strobe lights

Postby wjnfirearms » Thu Oct 17, 2013 8:13 am

I completely understand your reasoning, silverado, and don't disagree. Visibility is real important. The only point I was making is that in some states, the laws regarding vehicle lighting are more strict than others and they should be checked before making modifications. It would seem that your regulations up there in the Great White North are more lenient, so you can do what you did. Other states aren't that way. It varies from state to state. Just like some states have mandatory yearly inspections, some don't. One would think that clear and amber lighting wouldn't necessarily fall into regulated areas, but it isn't always the case.

The absolute last thing I'd want to see is one of our guys and gals here get into hot water because they did the wrong thing for the right reason. One constant everywhere is that ignorance of the law is never an excuse allowed in court. Intent is not necessarily a valid defense.
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Re: strobe lights

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Re: strobe lights

Postby erikwillke » Wed May 07, 2014 9:04 am

***moved to new thread*** don't want to thread jack.


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