LED lightning made cheaply


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bandit
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2008 Honda GL1800
1988 Honda GL 1500

LED lightning made cheaply

Postby bandit » Wed Jan 02, 2013 1:24 am



Like many other Goldwing riders, putting that extra bling bling lights on your pride and joy could be a costly event. I have recently by mistake found that on the GL1800 mirrors, there are a secret spot where additional LED can be placed. For those who does not know how to remove the mirrors, at the bottom there is a phillips screw that keeps it in place.
When the mirror is removed, you will see at the back plastic housing that there are 3 round holes and 1 square one. If you place a light source behind it you will see that it actually shines through the mirror. What I did is by connecting wiring to my indicators to LED's fitted in the holes. At night it looks cool when using the indicators, the "hidden" light that shines through the mirror. I have also place a blue LED at the back of the mirror that gives out a cool blue light around the edge of the mirror at night.
With my other hobby which is RC flying, I found that the LED lightning system they sell fro the RC planes is a perfect match for our Goldwings as it works straight on 12 Volt. It is very very inexpensive to purchase and lately they have added many other types of running lights that really looks cool on your bike. Their shipment is relatively cheap and service are excellent. My latest addition is a round set of LED lights with about 10 different modes. This I placed inside my speakers for cool effects. The website to visit is as follows. www.hobbyking.com. The LED waterproof strips comes in 1 meter length and can be cut in sections of 3 LED to be placed directly on 12 volt supply. Have fun and be visible at night.



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marvincshepard
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Re: LED lightning made cheaply

Postby marvincshepard » Sat Nov 01, 2014 5:44 am

I installed these blinglights. Installed by drilling a hole in the cowl. But my problem is I had one bust. I could not see any rock abrasion. The only thing I can figure out is it gets so hot the rain will cause thermal shock. Could this be possible? I ordered another one. Now the other one is cracked. So my conclusion, these are not the best option for a low mounted fog light. Any input on this? Thanks
Marvin (Shep) Shepard

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dawingster06
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Motorcycle: 2006 GL1800 A/C Motor Trike Conversion

Re: LED lightning made cheaply

Postby dawingster06 » Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:40 pm

bandit wrote:I have recently by mistake found that on the GL1800 mirrors, there are a secret spot where additional LED can be placed.
When the mirror is removed, you will see at the back plastic housing that there are 3 round holes and 1 square one. If you place a light source behind it you will see that it actually shines through the mirror.


I had ordered sequential arrows to mount but found I wasn't comfortable removing the backing from the glass and there isn't much room between the backing and glass in the first place. I too found the square hole works well to hold the mini-L.E.D. from SuperBrightLEDs and adds a modern "cool" factor instead of the gaudy arrows. I also installed the same lights in the radiator opening for some side lighting:


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