After-Market W/S Illuminating Lights


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After-Market W/S Illuminating Lights

Postby cal3san » Sat Aug 30, 2014 2:02 pm



Decided to switch out windshield for a Tulsa. Found two, what to be after-market, lights mounted just inside each w/s bolt. Can't find any markings on them. My thought is that at one time a past owner installed them to provide a soft red light at the bottom of the w/s. Would like to replicate the effort.

Anyone got any suggestions or ideas to what they may be and a source?
View of front of w/s and lights
View of front of w/s and lights
Close up of light
Close up of light


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Re: After-Market W/S Illuminating Lights

Postby Sempai » Sat Aug 30, 2014 4:58 pm

your picture of the LED is out of focus. If those LEDs are still good AND have resistors wired in already, you can rewire them to your choice of power and to any chassis ground. If you need to replace them, can get any 3mm or 5mm singular LEDs from any auto parts store, or from superbrite.com. keep in mind you'll have to pay close attention to polarity, LEDs will not light up if wired backwards, unlike incandescent bulbs. With the singular LEDs, you can mount them even in the very bottom edge by drilling into the edge just deep enough to accept an LED to its brim. Put a bit of crystal clear urethane paint in the hole prior to inserting the LED...this does an amazing job of reducing the loss of light transmission experienced when the LED is just placed alongside the screen. In a pinch, go to Walmart and pick up a little bottle of clear coat nail polish for the same effect, though it's not quite permanent.
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Re: After-Market W/S Illuminating Lights

Postby Uncle Fester » Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:51 pm

A friend did something like this on his HD, said biggest problem was it showed EVERY little scratch and also all the bugs when ever turned on, and it made it hard to see ( glare ) if used while riding. Some states have laws against this while in motion too, so make sure you have a on / off switch if you do it.

On a side note, if you do this, and have a scene or names etched in the windshield, they show up real nice when the LED is on. . . .Just a thought .
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Re: After-Market W/S Illuminating Lights

Postby Sempai » Sat Aug 30, 2014 9:27 pm

Uncle Fester just pointed out a couple of big pros and cons. And I'll add a side note to the PRO's list...Draw a picture or write a quip on the screen with a bright colored dry-erase marker and the drawing or text will light right up!!
And by the way, all this works best with a clear windscreen. Add LEDs to its edge and the light will travel throughout the screen, only visibly exiting via the entirety of the screen's outer edge...and any and all etchings, scratches, applied stickers, decals, and tapes will have the LED light visibly reflected off their back sides...very neat effects can be obtained. I suggest experimenting on a simple piece of plexiglass or the like to figure out what you'd like to do to the bike!!


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