LED Modulator


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guitarzan
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LED Modulator

Postby guitarzan » Wed Jun 22, 2016 7:27 pm



Hi,
I have a 1994 Goldwing SE 1500 and I would like to know if anyone is using the KI150GW-LED bulb in their headlights? I've been thinking about changing my headlight bulbs to LED's and getting a Modulator. I just want to know if you are using the LED bulbs for your headlight is it as bright as the original bulbs? If you use a Modulator, how do you like it?

Thank you
Frank



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Re: LED Modulator

Postby Happytrails » Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:04 pm

I'm not a fan of headlight modulators. Kind of watching what others are posting about LEDs. Running HIDs right now.
1991 GL1500 SE Anniversary Edition
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Re: LED Modulator

Postby guitarzan » Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:13 pm

Thank you. I'll do the same. I'm reading on here about LED's and using 100w 3.3 ohm j resistor. I'm curious if you have to use one of these resistors for each LED you put in? $7.42 each? I would like to put LED's on all my handle bar controls. I just confused by all this. I'm not really much with electrical.

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Frank

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Re: LED Modulator

Postby Charlie1Horse » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:01 pm

From what I understand the only resistors necessary are one for each side turn signal. This is to make the signals flash properly. Without a resistor you don't have enough load to make them flash at the proper rate. You don't need resistors for any other lights on the bike. I have changed most of my lights to LED and have had no problem with any of them. Mine still flash properly because I still have regular bulbs in the front lights but I will be changing those the next time I have the front apart and then will replace the flasher with an electronic one but the cancel feature is disabled with that change. My signals don't cancel anyway so I am not concerned about that.
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Re: LED Modulator

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jun 23, 2016 9:08 pm

I am running the SocalMotoGear LED headlights and have a Kisan Pathblazer KI150GW-LED LED-specific headlight modulator on them. Works great.

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Re: LED Modulator

Postby guitarzan » Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:37 pm

Have you noticed any difference with the modulator? Do you think people see you better, you cant use them at night right? Thank you again.

Frank

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Re: LED Modulator

Postby Charlie1Horse » Fri Jun 24, 2016 12:42 am

A light sensor disables the modulator at night.
Russell

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Re: LED Modulator

Postby MikeB » Fri Jun 24, 2016 1:22 pm

There is a definite conspicuity increase. So much so that vehicles will pull over to let you pass. I've seen cars start moving to make a turn in front of me, left and or right, only stop short when they get a glimpse of the modulator. It is very visible during daylight hours and as stated above, it is disabled during hours of darkness due to the photo eye.
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Re: LED Modulator

Postby guitarzan » Fri Jun 24, 2016 2:32 pm

That's what I want to hear. I just want to be seen as much as I can. Thank you all.

Frank




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