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light location

Postby FUGLY » Thu May 03, 2012 12:59 am



guys i know this may sound silly , but where is the best positon to fit my LED light strings underneath my gl1500
i have had a look and the tubeular frrame behind the saddle bags looks fave
any one got any better ideas

cheers ride safe



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Re: light location

Postby WingAdmin » Thu May 03, 2012 8:37 am

I would think the frame would be a great place. I'd stay away from things that move (i.e. swingarm) or things that get hot (i.e. heads, transmission case). The tubular frame under the saddlebags would probably work well, too.

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Re: light location

Postby hugger-4641 » Thu May 03, 2012 8:49 am

I attached mine directly to the plastic on the underside of the saddle bags, but I did not intend for the lights themselves to be visible. I only wanted the glow from the LED's to be visible on the pavement. If you want the lights themselves to be visible, the tube rails may your best bet.

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Re: light location

Postby Sempai » Thu May 03, 2012 9:44 am

Placement of your LEDs is really just a mathematical equation.
(Imagination + Desired Effect) / (Components Available + Common Sense)
What I mean to say is, you are limited to your imagination, figure out what you want the lights to do, see where you can fit them, and be careful not to have the LEDs or their wires touching/rubbing anything super hot or anything that moves.
Have a look at some of my pix: http://www.goldwingdocs.com/UserPictures/Sempai_11139







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Re: light location

Postby virgilmobile » Thu May 03, 2012 3:30 pm

Sempai

The last time I outfitted my bike like that the local police wanted me to file a Flight Plan for it or turn them off.
It did look kinda like a Christmas tree up close tho. :roll:
They got no sense of humor here :D
Virgil.

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Re: light location

Postby zamboni920 » Thu May 03, 2012 7:42 pm

Sempai.....love your way with math :mrgreen: . The purple light is great....works superb together with the white and chrome.

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Re: light location

Postby Kiwi2 » Mon May 14, 2012 6:04 am

How did you fit the lights round the rear view mirror.

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Re: light location

Postby Sempai » Mon May 14, 2012 6:10 am

I diligently cleaned the insides of the mirror housings and just stuck the LED strips to the inside walls. I drilled a hole through the each housing, in the area covered by the rubber booty, for the wires to pass through.
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Re: light location

Postby jdjones1956 » Thu May 24, 2012 11:24 pm

When I get the electrical problems I have now worked out I plan on adding LED effects. Did you need to replace your alternator for a larger one to cope with the power usage?

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Re: light location

Postby Sempai » Thu May 24, 2012 11:47 pm

jdjones1956 wrote: Did you need to replace your alternator for a larger one to cope with the power usage?

The Goldwings have both the largest battery and the highest charging capacity in the motorcycle kingdom. LEDs by themselves use very little energy so they don't draw heavily on the charging system/battery. The power starving problems are generally associated to whatever controlling system(s) may be employed to power up the LED system. I currently have 501 LEDs on my bike. I can run the LEDs on any single color, steady on for several hours (engine off) and the bike won't even notice. However, when any of the animated settings are selected, cycling through the colors, strobing, or fading, the battery takes a hit that is noticeable when I go to start the bike in as little as 2 hours...
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Re: light location

Postby jdjones1956 » Sat May 26, 2012 10:18 pm

Ok thanks. I just ordered the multi-color ring of fire and the front fender chrome trim with the amber LEDS. Was holding off on ordering more until I could research more on power usage. Guess I'll order the rest of the lights tonight. Your bike looks awesome. I've been looking at the pictures to get ideas for mine. Thanks again.

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Re: light location

Postby ghostvet » Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:43 am

Sempai...

Your lighting affects are awesome!

Some of what you are doing on your bike Is pretty much what I want to do on my bike.

Can you tell us more about the equipment you used?

Thanks

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Re: light location

Postby Sempai » Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:16 pm

ghostvet wrote:Sempai...

Your lighting affects are awesome!

Some of what you are doing on your bike Is pretty much what I want to do on my bike.

Can you tell us more about the equipment you used?

Thanks

I have been lighting up cars and motorcycles for several years now. I run my own little 'shop' in my garage doing mostly custom LED lighting on motorcycles. I have clients constantly coming to me looking for this or that and consequently, I spend a lot of time researching the LED market for the newest and brightest blahblahblah. In the end, I am totally sold on the Joe Florida LED strips. Inch for inch, for the energy consumed by the system, the J.Florida's are absolutely the brightest. My bike currently has nothing but J.Florida strips throughout. But there is still room for discussion on all that is available:
Firstly, the lights you see on my bike started out as a "motorcycle kit," but I modified it generously. I actually cut the strips to size and soldered wires to the 'unusable' portions that I'd cut off. The instructions included with all these "motorcycle kits" tell you to cut them to size and discard the sections left without wires, they don't mention that you can remove the silicone sleeve from the contacts and add your own wires to them.
Here's a link: http://ledaccentlights.net/store/
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Re: light location

Postby Mag » Sat Dec 01, 2012 12:00 pm

Damn.....another project ;)




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