LED Driving lights


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LED Driving lights

Postby bbstacker » Mon Mar 03, 2014 12:08 pm



I would like to replace the old high current draw driving lights that came mounted on the engine guards when I purchased my 86 Interstate with LED driving lights, does anyone know where I can purchase a set of them, and if you know where to get a bar to mount them so I can get them off the engine guard that would be great.

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Re: LED Driving lights

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:13 pm

Have you read through this? SuperbrightLEDs.com Driving Lights

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Re: LED Driving lights

Postby bbstacker » Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:46 pm

WingAdmin, no I had not looked through that forum. I looked through the different forums, but must have missed it. I figured there would be something on this site covering this. I have read it now, and will go to the site and see what they have. I have a few questions though. Which is better, the narrow spot, or the one you installed (medium spread)? Do you know where I can get a light bar for my 86 interstate to mount whatever I get? Without a bar I have to use the engine guards which is where the current lights a mounted. When ever and however I mount them, I plan on tieing them to a circuit that is on when the key is turned on as you did in this write-up, but should I include an separate switch so they can be switched off. My current lights have one, and I can tie into that if need be.

I appreciate your help here.

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Re: LED Driving lights

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:51 pm

bbstacker wrote:WingAdmin, no I had not looked through that forum. I looked through the different forums, but must have missed it. I figured there would be something on this site covering this. I have read it now, and will go to the site and see what they have. I have a few questions though. Which is better, the narrow spot, or the one you installed (medium spread)? Do you know where I can get a light bar for my 86 interstate to mount whatever I get? Without a bar I have to use the engine guards which is where the current lights a mounted. When ever and however I mount them, I plan on tieing them to a circuit that is on when the key is turned on as you did in this write-up, but should I include an separate switch so they can be switched off. My current lights have one, and I can tie into that if need be.

I appreciate your help here.

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Personally I think the medium spread is a bit more useful, as it lights up more area nearer to the bike, which the headlight does not. That said, it has to be mounted carefully so as to not dazzle oncoming traffic.

If you have a switch already on your bike, there's no reason why you can't reuse that wiring to run the new lights.

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Re: LED Driving lights

Postby bbstacker » Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:22 pm

Thanks WingAdmin, I appreciate the input. What size wire did you use, and was it solid or stranded?

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Re: LED Driving lights

Postby bbstacker » Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:33 pm

Another question, looking at the site that has these lights, they have another light with 900 lumens with a choice of 10, 30, 60, or 120 degree spread, the 120 looks like it would light up both sides of the road, and it is actually a little less expensive, would 120 degree spread be good, or do you think it would be too much?

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Re: LED Driving lights

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:59 am

bbstacker wrote:Thanks WingAdmin, I appreciate the input. What size wire did you use, and was it solid or stranded?


I'm pretty sure I used 14 gauge, and always stranded - solid wire will fail with any kind of repeated movement or vibration. Solid wire is great for house wiring where the wires never move, and the temperature is more or less constant. For vehicles, stranded wire is always what should be used.

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Re: LED Driving lights

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Mar 04, 2014 12:01 pm

bbstacker wrote:Another question, looking at the site that has these lights, they have another light with 900 lumens with a choice of 10, 30, 60, or 120 degree spread, the 120 looks like it would light up both sides of the road, and it is actually a little less expensive, would 120 degree spread be good, or do you think it would be too much?

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I can't say, as I have only tried the one set. I actually put the lights on the bike, put the bike out on the road, and went way down the road to check the aiming and spread, to make sure they weren't going to dazzle oncoming traffic. I'd probably do the same with different lights, just to be sure.

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Re: LED Driving lights

Postby bbstacker » Tue Mar 04, 2014 2:28 pm

Thanks WingAdmin.

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