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hi intensity lighting

Postby greg sherman » Mon Sep 29, 2014 5:14 pm



I am looking to add some additional driving lights to my 1500. Any thoughts on the PIAA (10 degree) narrow beam lights. They are a bit pricey but from what I have seen they really light up the road. Planning on a separate circuit and switch. I would like to be able to run my hi-beams as I do now and turn the PIAA on independently. I can fab my own brackets so a little savings there.
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Re: hi intensity lighting

Postby MikeB » Mon Sep 29, 2014 8:16 pm

I have 10 watt LED driving lights and those are impressive. The beam is like that of the 55 watt driving lights I replaced AND, they only draw about 710 milliamps at 14.2 volts each. That is just over 10 watts each. A great current saver.

These are very reasonably priced. If you would like to look at them, they are an Ebay item. For the 10 degree spot it is item# 131022190041. for the 30 degree spot it is item#121129460127. They ship from China so there is about a 2 week delivery time.
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Re: hi intensity lighting

Postby Uncle Fester » Mon Sep 29, 2014 9:23 pm

I have looked at a lot of the 10watt LED lights, and I like the specs and price on these ones. . . . just my 2cents.

https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinf ... ight/1386/
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Re: hi intensity lighting

Postby wing in atlanta » Tue Sep 30, 2014 1:38 am

I installed the ones from superbrights. I'm happy with them. What I did was remove the screws for the front fairing and got real long screws, I had some small metal tubing that i made spacers with. The lights come out about 1 1/2 inch.

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Re: hi intensity lighting

Postby greg sherman » Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:53 am

Thanks guys. I'll check in to the items that were mentioned and let you know the results, with pics. I just spent 10 days in Utah and will be heading to the Rockies next year - so an additional set of lights are a must.

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Re: hi intensity lighting

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Sep 30, 2014 3:05 pm

Uncle Fester wrote:I have looked at a lot of the 10watt LED lights, and I like the specs and price on these ones. . . . just my 2cents.

https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinf ... ight/1386/


I wrote a review on those, when I installed them on my wife's bike: SuperbrightLEDs.com Driving Lights

I like them enough that I plan to put a set on my bike to replace my halogen driving lights.

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Re: hi intensity lighting

Postby redial » Thu Oct 02, 2014 5:57 am

Sooo, Holly is your test pilot now? :D You see how they work with hers, then if they are ok, you go for them.
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Re: hi intensity lighting

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Oct 02, 2014 3:23 pm

redial wrote:Sooo, Holly is your test pilot now? :D You see how they work with hers, then if they are ok, you go for them.


As if! As soon as she saw them, she said, "those are going on MY bike!" :)

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Re: hi intensity lighting

Postby Mh434 » Thu Oct 02, 2014 10:14 pm

MikeB - after seeing your post (and having looked at those Ebay lights at least a hundred times, and not buying because I didn't know if they were any good), I ordered a set of the 30 degree lights last night.

Thank you!!

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Re: hi intensity lighting

Postby MikeB » Fri Oct 03, 2014 1:00 pm

I have bought six pair so far. A pair each for my Wings, an 1800 and a 1500 and two sets for friends as well as two sets as spares. I have not been disappointed. They work very well and I especially like the value for the price.
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Re: hi intensity lighting

Postby Mh434 » Fri Oct 31, 2014 12:11 am

Update - as I mentioned, I ordered a pair of the 10W lights MikeB got. Looks like there's a problem at this point, though. A month later, no sign of the lights. Checking the tracking number, Canada Post confirms they were delivered - to someone else, in Oakville, Ontario (several thousand miles away). It appears the seller sent my package to somebody else.

Several messages back & forth, he keeps asking me to check with the post office, again & again.and I keep telling him the results of that. He just asks the same question again. I've asked if there's a different tracking number I can check, but he won't answer that question.

Thankfully, I paid by PayPal, with buyer protection. I've given the seller 24 hours to resolve this before I file a dispute. We'll see what happens. All I want is my ^#*%¥@€ lights! (I'm not being unreasonable, am I?)

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Re: hi intensity lighting

Postby wing in atlanta » Fri Oct 31, 2014 12:17 am

No, your not being unreasonable.

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Re: hi intensity lighting

Postby Uncle Fester » Fri Oct 31, 2014 5:41 am

Sounds like he is, not you. . . . is being unreasonable. :evil:

Best of luck and keep us posted !

This is from the Evil Bay seller, or Superbrightleds.com ?
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Re: hi intensity lighting

Postby greg sherman » Fri Oct 31, 2014 8:21 am

This is from the Evil Bay seller, or Superbrightleds.com ? I plan on going through Superbrightleds - so hopefully it's not Superbright that giving you the grief.
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Re: hi intensity lighting

Postby Mh434 » Fri Oct 31, 2014 11:43 am

Nope, not Superbrights - it's the Ebay seller. Strange, lots of people have had good success with this guy. Seems like if everything works normally, all is good, but if he makes an error, he just won't fix it. Too bad - they're less than 1/2 the price of the Superbrights (and free shipping - a major consideration up here in Canada - shipping of almost anything from the US frequently costs more than the item).

He has a few hours left...

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Re: hi intensity lighting

Postby Mh434 » Tue Nov 04, 2014 3:41 am

Another update re: the EBay purchase-

Lots of back-and-forth messages with the seller. The latest is they're offering to replace the order that they sent to someone else...if I send them more money for shipping. They're also asking me to hold off doing anything until after Nov. 14th. I note that Nov. 14th is also the deadline for filing a dispute. Coincidence? I have my doubts!

I checked with EBay - they say I have 45 days to file a dispute on my Oct. 1st, 2014 purchase, and that that deadline has now passed. Must be the new math - by my calendar, it's only been 34 days...

Thankfully, I purchased thru PayPal, and was able to open a dispute tonight (theirs is a 60 day deadline). Guess we'll see where it goes from here. :roll:

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Re: hi intensity lighting

Postby MikeB » Tue Nov 04, 2014 11:25 am

It's unfortunate that you are having so much trouble over a silly set of lights. In the past, I have purchased through the seller named "uncledavid2010" who has well over 20,000 positive reviews. I've had good results through them. My question would be, how did the shipment end up in Oakville, Ontario vs Victoria, British Columbia?

At any rate, you have every right to dispute the sale and demand a refund. I apologize for sending you to what you refer as evil bay. Everyone has issues of some kind or another with various methods of mail order. I'm happy to say I have had only a few issues and have always come out on top. I Use PayPal but have it linked to a credit card. When a charge is disputed, the credit card company always comes through with a refund.

Good luck with your pursuit.
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Re: hi intensity lighting

Postby Mh434 » Tue Nov 04, 2014 1:26 pm

Thanks. MikeB!

It wasn't me who referred to "evil Ebay", though - I've made hundreds of great purchases through Ebay over the years, and this won't be the last - one messed-up transaction ain't gonna even slow me down!

And, you're right, this one was through seller "uncledavid2010". He has tens of thousands of sales, mostly with good feedback (I note of late, though, things seem to be going downhill - lots of "I never received my item" problems & disputes recently). He sells hundreds of different items and, I suspect, it's starting to get away from him a little, and things are falling through the cracks.

Nonetheless, I STILL want to thank you for the heads-up for these lights! Whether I get them from uncledavid2010, or from some other Ebay seller, I still think they're a smokin' deal, and I still intend to get at least 2 sets (one for the 'Wing, and one for my Miata).

My main reason for these updates is for those who don't use Ebay/PayPal often, to let them know there IS a process that insures you will either get what you wanted, or you will get your money back. It may take a little time if a resolution is required (and there is a 45 day time limit in Ebay, 60 days in PayPal, to start the process), but you're guaranteed to get one or the other. Buying from Ebay has evolved into a very secure way to shop.

I thought people might be interested in the progress of my issue, so they get to see it "from the inside".

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Re: hi intensity lighting

Postby MikeB » Tue Nov 04, 2014 7:54 pm

I stand corrected. It was another poster that referenced it as something other than Ebay.
I'm sure it will all come out okay. I have had three or four disputes with them and everyone has come out well. It is has really progressed to a very reliable way to do your shopping for a multitude of items. There are other sellers of the same item here in the USA too. I did a search on Ebay and found one or two that sell quite reasonably. One is item number 131328193130 that ships from Hacienda Heights, California. Price for a pair was $33.16 with free shipping.
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Re: hi intensity lighting

Postby Mh434 » Mon Nov 24, 2014 7:25 pm

New update - I finally received my lights!! Somewhat lengthy PayPal dispute required, but it was successful in the end. Looks like PayPal really puts the pressure on sellers that don't come through for you - nice to know there's someone in your corner that has the jam to get a resolution.

As far as the lights themselves are concerned - I haven't mounted them on the bike yet, but I did fire them up in the garage to test them. Man, those things are BRIGHT!!! Lit up my whole shop like noon in the tropics! They seem to be seriously well-made, heavy and sturdy. Looking forward to mounting them on the bike.

Speaking of that...how have others hooked them up? Patched into existing headlight wires (as they're LED, they don't draw much), run separate looms, hooked them up via switches, added relays, or...??

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Re: hi intensity lighting

Postby MikeB » Mon Nov 24, 2014 9:00 pm

I used them to replace existing 55W halogen lights so I just used that voltage feed. It goes through a relay and is separately fused.

I did however hook them up on a friends GL1500 and used the accessory terminal to power them. Less than two amps total and the accessory terminals support 5 amps. I was going to wire them through a switch for him but he wanted them illuminated 100% of the time while riding. He's happy with them.
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Re: hi intensity lighting

Postby Mh434 » Mon Nov 24, 2014 11:55 pm

I'd like to have mine on all the time, too. I'm trying to figure out if I can just splice into the headlight power wires, or if the draw is enough to require using a relay, with the power feed from the headlight wire to provide the relay's trigger.

If I were to use the headlight wires directly, each LED light would be powered individually from its own headlight.

Anyone know if this would work, or would it be too much draw for the headlight wires?

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Re: hi intensity lighting

Postby MikeB » Tue Nov 25, 2014 12:01 am

It should work just fine. They only draw a little over 700 milliamps each.
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Re: hi intensity lighting

Postby silverado6x6 » Tue Nov 25, 2014 2:49 am

If I buy from China I try to get from Hong Kong if possible as shipping seems far faster than buying from the mainland, plus you usually get a business that has been under the British influence which is a positive, like just very recently I bought a double din touchscreen radio with all the extras, ipod, Bluetooth dvd and camera, they shipped it by Fedex to Alaska and I think it was like 3 days, from mainland China it's three weeks.
I hope the less work out! I have used mostly hid in my headlights and lower cowl lights, but my current project the 93 tribute bike may have led all up front. The led lamps are just recently getting to the output of hid, they have surpassed halogens.
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Re: hi intensity lighting

Postby jenagle » Tue Nov 25, 2014 5:43 am

To silverado6x6:
You said "I hope the less work out! I have used mostly hid in my headlights and lower cowl lights, but my current project the 93 tribute bike may have led all up front. The led lamps are just recently getting to the output of hid, they have surpassed halogens."

Which led lamps are you referring to? I have read that led lamps are getting better, but not there yet. I'd like to go to led at some point in the future, so if the future is now, please let me know.

thanks... John




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