SuperbrightLEDs.com Motorcycle Engine Lighting Strip Kit


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SuperbrightLEDs.com Motorcycle Engine Lighting Strip Kit

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:22 pm



Disclaimer: I will preface this review by stating that the lights reviewed in this article were provided free of charge for review by superbrightleds.com.

If you have spent any time at all on this web site, you will know that I am a long time proponent of superbrightleds.com - and a long time customer. They have consistently been at the forefront of LED technology, and offer several things that the majority of eBay and other LED resellers don't provide: Consistency, quality, and service. Consistency, in that if you buy something from them, you know that you can go back to them six months later, and find the exact same product again. The same definitely cannot be said for the majority of eBay sellers. Quality - their products work, every time, and do not fail shortly after you install them. Service - if you DO have a failure, or other issue, they work to resolve the problem, quickly and to your satisfaction. This is not some business brochure I am getting this from, it is based on many years of my own personal experience as a customer of superbrightleds.com. When they approached me to review a couple of their products, I agreed, knowing that the products would very likely be of good use to members of the site. I was not mistaken.

The SuperbrightLEDs Motorcycle Engine Lighting Strip Kit is a waterproof, heatproof strip of colored LEDs that can be affixed pretty much anywhere on your motorcycle to provide accent lighting. They are available in nine different colors, and the kit includes two, 20-inch long strips. The strips can be cut to any desired length, at every third LED. The kit contains pretty much everything you will need to install the LEDs on your bike, including instructions:

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A quality, waterproof blade fuse holder and an appropriately-sized blade fuse are included in the kit.

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Two weatherproof, silicone-filled wire nuts are included. I am not a fan of using wire nuts outside of house wiring - I always solder and heat-shrink my electrical connections. If you are averse to that sort of thing, and don't mind this somewhat amateurish method of connecting your electricals, I suppose these would suffice:

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A waterproof toggle switch with wires already attached and insulated is also included, a nice touch.

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The strips themselves are encased in a soft, very flexible silicone material, with a very strong 3M adhesive on the back. Insulated wire pigtails are already attached.

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The strips can be cut at three-LED divisions, where the line with scissors indicates. If you so wished, you could connect the separated parts with wires, by cutting away the silicone and soldering to the exposed pads.

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I had offered these sample light strips to my wife for her PC800 Pacific Coast, and she jumped at the chance. She decided that she wanted blue LEDs. The first thing I did was to hook up the strips to a 12 volt source, to ensure there were no defective LEDs. All of the LEDs lit up a brilliant, blinding blue.

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These LEDs are supposedly for illuminating the engine of your bike. On the PC800, the engine is completely enclosed by plastic, and cannot be seen. I figured that if they were meant to illuminate the engine, they must be resilient to heat. To prove this hypothesis, I decided the best place to mount them was in the radiator vents on either side of the PC800's lower fairing. Extremely hot air, heated by the radiator, exits these vents. If the adhesive or LEDs were going to melt or otherwise fail, it would become readily apparent very quickly. Installation went very quickly - I sourced a switched +12V lead, ran it through the supplied blade fuse, then the supplied switch, and from there to the two lighted strips. I needed about three feet more wire than was supplied. Being that the vents on the PC800 are removed often for all kinds of maintenance, I installed standard two-pin Hitachi type connectors on the strip pigtails. This allows the vents to be removed and easily disconnected from the bike for servicing, without having to remove the LED strips from inside the vents. I cleaned the surface of the inside of the vents with rubbing alcohol to ensure the adhesive stuck well, and positioned the strips where I wanted them.

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As you can see, the LEDs light up the inside of the vent quite brightly.

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After four days and 500 miles of riding in very hot weather, you can see that the strips remained firmly fastened, and did not peel away at all.

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Overall, my wife was thrilled with the end result, and ended up riding with them on all of the time, day and night. At night, they give a very startling and distinctive look to the bike. For a simple, turnkey, quality and reliable lighting effects kit, I have to say that the SuperbrightLEDs kit delivers. Recommended.

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Re: SuperbrightLEDs.com Motorcycle Engine Lighting Strip Kit

Postby NKYWinger » Wed Sep 11, 2013 6:16 am

Good to know! Especially considering that just about any place on a bike is exposed to the elements.....
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Re: SuperbrightLEDs.com Motorcycle Engine Lighting Strip Kit

Postby ronhash » Tue Oct 01, 2013 9:17 am

What color did you use on he bike love he color look....

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Re: SuperbrightLEDs.com Motorcycle Engine Lighting Strip Kit

Postby SgtCharlie » Tue Oct 01, 2013 11:10 am

I just have to post something here because although I love SuperbrightLEDs.com for individual LED's on my bike (I purchased the H3 replacements https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinf ... t/152/651/ for the "running lights" when one of mine burned out and they were cheaper than just buying H3's from my local auto parts store. I also plan on purchasing all the individual dash lights from SuperbrightLEDs.com when I get around to doing that conversion.

With that said, however, I cannot support them for the accent lighting on my Wing! The accent lights they sell are the best 5050SMD but they are way over priced when compared to Joe Florida's accent lights. Look at these, multi-colored accent lights! They come with everything you need to be truly "plug and play" including 2 remote controls! You can get them in single color, or multi-color! And the best part, IMHO, Joe's LIFETIME NO BS money back guarantee!

http://ledaccentlights.net/store/index. ... x&cPath=45

Check them out. I'm sold on them even though I haven't purchased them from Joe yet. If just because of the Price Per LED! With the SuperBrightLEDs.com Kit, you ONLY get 18 LED's for between $70 and $90! With the ledaccentlights.net kit, you get 54 LED's for $55 (http://ledaccentlights.net/store/index. ... cts_id=384 ) or 72 LED's for $90 ( http://ledaccentlights.net/store/index. ... cts_id=603 or http://ledaccentlights.net/store/index. ... cts_id=526 ) depending on your preference! Regardless of how which option you like, both companies are using the same Ultra brite 5050SMD LED's and Joe Florida's are just WAY LESS EXPENSIVE for the same great quality. (I don't work for, nor have I received any kind of payment from Joe Florida! This is just my personal opinion. Again, I have nothing against SuperbrightLEDs.com. I think they're a great company and I will be purchasing more lights from them in the future. I just believer that for accent lighting, Joe Florida has the better "bang for the buck" as it were!

I've got 2 friends who have (which is where I heard about them) and I can't wait to turn my purple GW into a violet glowing rocket headed down the highway on the way to Physical Training in the Army!

Good luck and God Bless!
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Re: SuperbrightLEDs.com Motorcycle Engine Lighting Strip Kit

Postby RedBear » Tue Oct 01, 2013 11:22 am

Are there any rules prohibiting running down the highway with the LEDs on
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Re: SuperbrightLEDs.com Motorcycle Engine Lighting Strip Kit

Postby SgtCharlie » Tue Oct 01, 2013 11:26 am

RedBear wrote:Are there any rules prohibiting running down the highway with the LEDs on


Yes, you are very correct. Check with your local LE for your specific laws and regulations. Here in TX, the law states that as long as the actual LED is not visible (only the light coming from the LED) and they are not "flashing" then you are allowed to have them on while you are riding.

Good point though!
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Re: SuperbrightLEDs.com Motorcycle Engine Lighting Strip Kit

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Oct 01, 2013 9:45 pm

ronhash wrote:What color did you use on he bike love he color look....


It's blue, a very royal, deep blue color. It looks great!

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Re: SuperbrightLEDs.com Motorcycle Engine Lighting Strip Kit

Postby Breakdancer » Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:43 pm

I know In Wisconsin, the D.O.T. is not fond of anyone with blue lights. A few years back when I was driving a Peterbuilt, I replaced the back lights on the sleeper with blue lights. Looked nice with the blue truck, however it got me pulled over one night and was made to take them out on the spot. Best to check with the local authorities in your state first.

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Re: SuperbrightLEDs.com Motorcycle Engine Lighting Strip Kit

Postby wjnfirearms » Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:50 am

Color restrictions are state specific. For example, here in Pa., you are not supposed to have blue visible at all or red visible from the front. Blue is for LE (combined with red) and volunteer firemen & EMTs, red for LE (with blue) and fire & EMS. People do get away with it, but technically, their vehicles aren't supposed to pass the mandatory yearly safety inspections and are in violation of the vehicle code. Colors like purple and others aren't an issue.


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