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fog lights

Post by Gordwing » Wed Aug 17, 2016 5:58 am

One of my fog lights blew. It was burnt out and 35 watts. I was told that 55 watts were normal so I put 2 new ones in. They did not light up while the bike was running but I noticed they lit up while the bike was turning over and then went out after it started.
First of all is 55 watts to much and why would they go out after the bike started?


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Re: fog lights

Post by FM-USA » Wed Aug 17, 2016 6:58 am

I have no clue to why they're going out but someone will chime in soon.

As for the 55 watt light. If you're talking about the lower fairings (cowl) cornering light, isn't that housing plastic? If it is, it's rather small where heat builds quickly thus melting said plastic.
If it's glass it will work and really light up your two sides. Question is, could that be a distraction? You're main focus riding at speed should be whats ahead.
I've replaced the 12 watt incandescent bulb with 20 watt halogens and that's just enough to light up fairly bright and see about 12 feet each away. (personally I'd love to put in those 130 watt halogens, but....)

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Re: fog lights

Post by NVSB4 » Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:12 am

If you are talking about the cornering lights, then 55W is way too much.
It will end up burning up the socket that it goes into.
I suggest going to LED, where you can get a 50W that gives no problems.
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Re: fog lights

Post by minimac » Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:46 am

I changed mine over to LED bulbs after converting the cornering lights to stay on all the time. They aren't horribly bright, but really help make the bike visible to oncoming traffic. Unless you change the entire light, 55 watt bulbs in the cornering lights will generate a lot of heat and if switched over to be on all the time, will put a big strain on the electrical system.

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