Driving Lights?


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Driving Lights?

Postby huntsman47 » Thu Jan 02, 2014 6:52 pm



Firstly let me say Happy New Year to all! I have a 2000/1500 se and want to buy a light bar and equip it with long range (as possible) driving lights. A type to reach out as far as possible for the best vision possible. Any suggestions as to what to buy will be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance----



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Re: Driving Lights?

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jan 02, 2014 7:39 pm

A set of HID headlights will give you much farther reach than any driving lights. I have driving lights set up to illuminate the road close up and the ditch off to the side (deer lights) and my HID headlights look wayyy down the road, especially in high beam.

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Re: Driving Lights?

Postby huntsman47 » Sat Jan 04, 2014 7:53 am

Thanks for the link but this info was posted in 2012, so I am wondering what length of time or how many starts these bulbs will take before burning out? The last thing you say in your article but it is not followed up with the information of durability. How often does one have to change bulbs as they are not cheap. Thanks in advance.

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Re: Driving Lights?

Postby Dusty Boots » Sat Jan 04, 2014 9:12 am

I'm not a believer in HID lighting system for bikes either, after seeing the issues friends are having with theirs (bulbs/ballasts)

I would buy one of these light bar/driving lamp kits, or just the light bar and a good quality chrome/metal/SS housing driving lamps of your choice (not plastic!) and install a set of these PIAA H3 55W = 110W bulbs and then spend some time aiming the aux driving lamps to reach down the road, but not so as they blind oncoming traffic.
You want to get your aux driving lamps mounted as far up and as wide spread as possible to really make them effectively project at night and this set up does that.
I do a fair amount of riding at night where there are lots of critters, small and large, that run out onto the roads and these really light up the roads and ditches.

I just have the H3 55w in mine and they do a very good job of lighting up the road in front of me. So good, that when a buddy with a HID system rides up beside me at night and hits his HI beams, they don't reach out any further and the beam cut off pattern on them doesn't 'fill in' the lighting as good as mine. 8-)







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Re: Driving Lights?

Postby RoadRogue » Sun Jan 05, 2014 12:27 am

I have tried the HID lights on my 1100, they do throw out an amazing amount of light and I do like the brighter, whiter colour of the light. On my 1500 I have a headlight modulator that wont work with HID lights, and like Dusty I run the same lightbar and similar lights, I installed 100watt H3 bulbs in the driving lights and Silverstar Ultras in the headlights. I am a firm believer that too much light is just about enough and this setup gives me plenty of light down the road, comparable to the HID without the worry of what do I do if a bulb "burns out" . Replacement bulbs are cheap and easy find when out on a trip. 8-)
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Re: Driving Lights?

Postby Wingsconsin » Tue Jan 07, 2014 12:42 pm

I purchased a set of Burners from Wal*mart and mounted them on a Chrome underskirt that I had purchased from Cyclemax.
These are 55w each side and inexpensive at around $25 per pair. I purchased an extra pair should they break so I always have a replacement as well. The driving lights are on a separate switch and go through a relay that I placed under the right hand side hard cover box. I mounted the switch on my handlebars in a Radio Shack project box right on the drink holder. I can just flip them on whenever I need them (to spot deer in the ditches in fall mostly) , But at 110 extra watts of forward facing white light they will easily light up the road. I carefully aimed them so the right hand side sweeps the ditch and the left hand side does not blind an oncoming driver.

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Re: Driving Lights?

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:08 pm

That's quite a whopping big box to hold a single switch - might I suggest this switch block, it mounts on either your clutch or brake reservoir, and has three separate switches in it. I have this on my bike and it works quite well:

http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/black_l ... /129/20313




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Re: Driving Lights?

Postby Wingsconsin » Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:10 pm

Looks worse than it is ....It holds a temp display and soon a voltmeter display .
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Re: Driving Lights?

Postby Dusty Boots » Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:21 am

WingAdmin wrote:That's quite a whopping big box



Yes .... that's the 1st thing that crossed my mind as well! :o

I went with a LED tipped toggle switch mounted on my dash .....






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Re: Driving Lights?

Postby Wingsconsin » Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:59 am

Well - we all make choices as we customize our rides to work for us.
I like mine mounted up here I can easily access it as I ride without reaching and bending forward.
I turn them on and off as I see fit while I ride -- that works for ME - your experience may vary.

Where Dusty has his switch is where I have my SHOW LEDs Switch mounted (Blue LEDs)








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Re: Driving Lights?

Postby huntsman47 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 4:00 pm

Thanks to all who answered my question! I still have not decided ,but armed with all your suggestions it will certainly help me make my decision easier!

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Re: Driving Lights?

Postby minimac » Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:27 am

I bought and installed some LED driving lights from a local auto parts chain. There were approx 4" long and <2" wide for installation on my lower forks. They cost less than $20. My objective was to be seen, but they had the added benefit of brightening up the road too. I then bought a set of LED foglights which are mounted to the fairing just below the headlight and they are amazing for lighting up the road in front of me. Again, they were about $20. I don't think anyone will be able to saw that they never saw me!

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Re: Driving Lights?

Postby thrasherg » Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:51 am

I would still like to hear if anyone has found something. As I have an 1800 with seperate main lights & dip lights, I cannot fit HID as it takes too long for the main bulbs to come on and heat up, All, I could do is run HID for my dipped lights, but it's the main beam I want to improve. HID's worked great on my Ford Expedition, one bulb for main & dip, but not an option for the 1800. Would like LED headlight bulbs, but I understand the replacement LED bulbs don't yet work as well as the quartz halogen bulbs they are replacements for!!

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Re: Driving Lights?

Postby RoadRogue » Tue Jan 14, 2014 12:17 am

I had the pleasure of meeting and having coffee with huntsman47 for a couple of hours today. I happened to be in his city over the weekend. I am looking forward to riding with him this summer an showing him some of my fvorite roads here in BC. 8-)


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