License plate light


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License plate light

Postby GoldWingRev » Sat Nov 23, 2013 2:40 am



Hey folks,
Been looking at other 1500s (getting difficult due to the mid 20s-degree weather), and I've decided my license plate illumination is low. Does anyone else's light look this?


It just seems dark, compared to my other bikes. It's more reflecting off the back than shining down.


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Re: License plate light

Postby Dusty Boots » Sat Nov 23, 2013 7:58 am

That does seem a little dim (depending on camera settings)

Here's a shot of mine for comparison. ......





You might want to check it for dirt/mud covering the bulb, or it may need replacing (12V5W)


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Re: License plate light

Postby wingpilot08 » Sat Nov 23, 2013 8:35 am

Replace with a nice LED strip...that will brighten it up!!
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Re: License plate light

Postby ct1500 » Sat Nov 23, 2013 12:51 pm

Your plate bracket has been bent too far rearward.
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Re: License plate light

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Nov 23, 2013 2:34 pm

ct1500 wrote:Your plate bracket has been bent too far rearward.


Yeah, that's what I was thinking as well.

I dispense with license plate brackets altogether, the dealer (or whomever) doesn't pay me to advertise them for free on my vehicle, so I don't see the need to clutter my vehicle with them.

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Re: License plate light

Postby GoldWingRev » Sun Nov 24, 2013 4:02 am

The bracket?

Hmmm. This is what I got (please excuse my colloquial speaking):


I hadn't realised the whole back side of the bike is a mirror. Maybe I should just replace the bulb.
Look normal?
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Re: License plate light

Postby Dusty Boots » Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:03 am

WingAdmin wrote:I dispense with license plate brackets altogether, the dealer (or whomever) doesn't pay me to advertise them for free on my vehicle, so I don't see the need to clutter my vehicle with them.






What Scott is referring to is your dealer's free advertising license plate frame, which appears to be blocking quite a bit of available light being cast upon your license plate. Remove that frame and then see how the license plate alone looks when remounted.

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Re: License plate light

Postby ct1500 » Sun Nov 24, 2013 11:01 am

What you got GWR is a non OEM bracket, they are not held on by fender washers.
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Re: License plate light

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Nov 24, 2013 1:16 pm

The bracket looks right, but the bolts are wrong - mine doesn't have fender washers.

I replaced my bulb with an LED, and my license plate is extremely well illuminated. Here's how mine is fastened:

License plate bracket
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Re: License plate light

Postby redial » Mon Nov 25, 2013 2:35 am

As someone else mentioned, your bulb and lens appear to be a bit dusty, and could do with a clean. Make sure the rubber washer has not perished, and is still serviceable.
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Re: License plate light

Postby GoldWingRev » Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:09 am

Yeah, all the angles and telemetry look good, I'll give it a clean in the morning. The bulb is quite yellow, I wonder if it's original.

Bracket, I gotcha. I took the dealer frame off--I had it on in case I had to bring it back (warranty!), and because I lost my chrome one. Once removed, visibility still sucked. It's like the angle of the light is to illuminate the mirrored back end of the bike.

For the LED to replace it, would I need to solder in a resistor, or can I just get the bulb? The way my mind works, I can't get my head around soldering. I can weld, but both times I've soldered I've just burned holes in myself and various objects in my garage.
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Re: License plate light

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Nov 25, 2013 7:31 am

GoldWingRev wrote:Yeah, all the angles and telemetry look good, I'll give it a clean in the morning. The bulb is quite yellow, I wonder if it's original.

Bracket, I gotcha. I took the dealer frame off--I had it on in case I had to bring it back (warranty!), and because I lost my chrome one. Once removed, visibility still sucked. It's like the angle of the light is to illuminate the mirrored back end of the bike.

For the LED to replace it, would I need to solder in a resistor, or can I just get the bulb? The way my mind works, I can't get my head around soldering. I can weld, but both times I've soldered I've just burned holes in myself and various objects in my garage.


No soldering or resistors required. I just put in a 12 volt LED from superbrightleds.com. They aren't really 12 volt LEDs, they are just LED assemblies that have the resistors/drivers built into them already.

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Re: License plate light

Postby GoldWingRev » Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:42 pm

Excellent. I'll clean the thing and order that up. As always, thank you everyone. This site is the best. From what I remember of the superbrightleds site, is there a model number to look for, or just choose license plate light, 12V5W wedge base?


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