Flashing LED Brake Light


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Ken Styles
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Flashing LED Brake Light

Postby Ken Styles » Sun Aug 02, 2015 6:29 pm



Hi All,
Can anyone recommend a brake light i can put on the back of my Goldwing that I can also attached the flashing attention getting brake module?

Can I splice these into my regular brake lights?

Also I'm thinking about getting the LED Cree 10W small spot lights for the front. Any tips or tricks on installing these? I'm thinking securing them to my engine guard/crash bar. Anything I should be aware of with splicing these into the headlight wires?



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Re: Flashing LED Brake Light

Postby HALBUDD » Sun Aug 02, 2015 8:45 pm

I have a 96 also and I ordered a set of led lights that replaced the ones in the upper trunk. They just plug and play when you hitt your breaks they start flashing ,no having to cut wires or splice any thing. I found them on e-bay for about 20.00 bucks. As far as the front spot lights there is a plug behind your spot where you would put the lower turn lights you will need to look at how tos to have them stay one all the time.---------------------Hal
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Re: Flashing LED Brake Light

Postby Redwinger8 » Mon Aug 03, 2015 8:43 am

I did the fog/running lights will post more info and pics for you when I get home

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Andy Cote
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Re: Flashing LED Brake Light

Postby Andy Cote » Sun Aug 09, 2015 9:03 am

A couple options.

If you have a rear spoiler with a light already, you can replace with one that includes a flashing brake light.

You can install a Back-Off brake light modulator. Although if you have replaced the GL1500 lower fender reflector with the tail/brake combination, and have six 1157 bulbs which is over the amperage spec for Back-Off.

I have two bikes with Hyper-Lite brake lights. They are LED and flash several times before staying solid. They are small and simple to install. They do help.

Several retailers sell the above including Cyclemax.

Then there are the emergency vehicle designed lights. Several folks have used the Whelen 3 LED TIR3. This is a perfect size to replace the lower reflector on the GL1800. There are numerous brands that are exact copies of the TIR3. These lights have selectable flash patterns but none are flash then solid.

The emergency vehicle lights are also available in a bigger 6 LED model. Only one of the manufacturers, Sound Off Signal, sells a 6 LED model made specifically as a tail/brake light. It flashes several times quickly then goes solid similar to the Hyper-Light. I have this mounted on my GL1500. I made a bracket behind the passenger backrest so this is at the high point and eye level just like post-85 autos have. This light is extremely bright. This light always gets a reaction. http://www.soundoffsignal.com/product/ghost-rock-light/

There are a number of emergency light suppliers on the web.
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Re: Flashing LED Brake Light

Postby newday777 » Sun Aug 09, 2015 10:12 am

P3 brake lights come with are flash controller and are the best add on to get cagers attention. They are bright! Better than just changing stock bulbs for led bulbs in stock lights. The mount to a bracket on the license plate.

http://www.skenedesign.com/lights/P3_Features.shtml?

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Re: Flashing LED Brake Light

Postby newday777 » Sun Aug 09, 2015 10:18 am

Don't splice into your headlight wiring at all. Wire the cree up separate with their own fuse and switch. Protect your stock harness so you don't burn out your lights when you need them. If you splice into your headlight and a short developes you could burn a fuse/wiring while going down the road at night. No headlight is not a good ride.

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Re: Flashing LED Brake Light

Postby Ken Styles » Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:38 am

Thank you all for the great advice.

I just bought a license plate led light that zig zags back and forth (like knight rider) during regular riding. The blinks 5 times (.5 seconds per blink), when the brakes are applied and then steady red after that.

I'm going to try it out and see how it looks.

So the cree I will just run directly from the battery to a toggle switch I'll mount somewhere.

The red flashing led licence plate light I mentioned before I will just power from the back truck brake light or one of the other brake. Or should that to have it's own direct power.

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Re: Flashing LED Brake Light

Postby offcenter » Mon Aug 10, 2015 9:19 pm

I recently added this one to the back of my '76 GL.
https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinf ... head/1042/
My bike has an old style sissy bar with backrest. I mounted it on the rear of the backrest right at a car
driver's eye level. The thing is REALLY BRIGHT! And the price is right, only about $32.
George in Jersey.
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Re: Flashing LED Brake Light

Postby beachbuddy0253 » Tue Aug 11, 2015 6:01 am

a whelen tier3 strobe light used on emergency vehicles replace the reflector on lower rear fender extension, plug and play it takes about 5 min to install

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Re: Flashing LED Brake Light

Postby Jamb85 » Tue Aug 25, 2015 4:31 am

Hi all, just on the flashing brake light issue, I cannot speak about the U.S. But here in Australia the use of continually flashing brake light will earn you a defect notice as illegal. I researched with several highway patrol officers and our state vehicle inspectors for a legal interpretation of the rules for a light controller prior to adding a control unit to a separate light (led) above the rear number (license) plate. A clear indication for what I fitted was not available as the laws here indicate solid is required and a flashing brake is not. I had located a low cost, self contained controller that uses a direct connect approach (two wires in- two wires out to LED) and splices inline (no separate or additional power/earth required). The reason for the seeking of opinion is that on application of the brakes results in four rapid flashed followed by four slower flashes before the led goes solid on. Releasing the brake results in resetting the circuit and it flashes again through its cycle every time the brake light circuit is energized. As the highway and general duty police officer I consulted could not reach a clear decision, they also agreed a safety opinion would prevail to avoid a rear ender by earlier alerting the following driver of a slowing bike would not attract a ticket or defect. Both my brother (another gl1500 rider) have them fitted and I also another on a high (eye) level brake light fitted to my car with absolutely no negative attention by our police, so this may be another option for raising awareness of a slowing bike to avoid a collision.
I have also considered high intensity LED driving light type lights on the front and suggest a pick up line (wire) from the high beam circuit and use that to trigger a relay (with an inline isolation switch) that then would allow direct battery power to the LEDs and maintain isolation from the original wiring circuits whilst getting what you want..
Sorry was so
Long but patio are about getting the best out of technology for these older, classic, beautiful rides.
Stay safe all and regards from South Australia




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