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driving lights

Postby flash2002 » Sun Jun 08, 2014 10:04 am



Hi, I have a 2003 1800 that I would like to install led lights for the driving lights. I have a set, the trouble is they don't fit because they hit the reflector. I want to take the reflector out but the lens seem to be glued on, can they come off if I heat the glass ? I think they are original Honda lights , they seem to be glass.



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Re: driving lights

Postby Blueribbon » Sun Jun 08, 2014 11:11 am

Really - no LEDs. Save your money, and install HIDs. You will never regret it. I have 3 sets of driving lights on my trike, then I went to HIDs in low beam, and now the driving lights are worthless. There is no LED in the world that will come close to a pair of HIDs.

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Re: driving lights

Postby flash2002 » Sun Jun 08, 2014 1:50 pm

Blueribbon wrote:Really - no LEDs. Save your money, and install HIDs. You will never regret it. I have 3 sets of driving lights on my trike, then I went to HIDs in low beam, and now the driving lights are worthless. There is no LED in the world that will come close to a pair of HIDs.

Sorry, there the lights on the bottom, are they not called driving lights ?

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Re: driving lights

Postby Blueribbon » Sun Jun 08, 2014 2:55 pm

no those are fog lights. I think you can only put in those holes exactly what is designed to fit in there. Fitting something else may be quite tricky.

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Re: driving lights

Postby Steve F » Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:59 pm

Blueribbon wrote:no those are fog lights. I think you can only put in those holes exactly what is designed to fit in there. Fitting something else may be quite tricky.

They're not ALL called "fog lights" if you check out this link below, Some are "fog lights", some are "driving lights" and some are called "DRL's". It all depends on the reflector/lens combination.

http://wingstuff.com/shop/gold_wing_gl1 ... ing_lights
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Re: driving lights

Postby Ghostman » Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:39 am

Unfortunately the majority of the lights are so you can be seen. Whether they're fog or driving lights most of them dont have much of an output to light up the road as much as the headlights do. The only exception would be the PIAAs which have an optional mount to go under the mirrors and you probably could only use them where they wouldnt blind oncoming traffic.

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Re: driving lights

Postby MikeB » Mon Jun 16, 2014 12:50 am

I have Show Chrome aftermarket fog/driving/DRL lights, whatever you like to call them. The H3 - 35W lamps that came in them gave off a yellowish light compared to my HID headlights. Since these lights are no more than something to get you seen to begin with and not to aid you in seeing down the road, I bought a pair of H3 - LED bulbs to replace them. So, I found these:
To my surprise they produced as much light and in a whiter color than the 35 watt lamps and, they only consume about 7.5 watts each. I think I had to make a small modification to the light assembly but they went in pretty easily. The bulbs are replaceable from the rear of the light assembly. I have no idea why it seems that you will need to remove the lens to replace the bulb. That seems very odd.
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Re: driving lights

Postby flash2002 » Mon Jun 16, 2014 6:06 am

Hi Mike, I see yours are different, I think mine hits the reflector inside because the ones I have, have a small lens at the end to ( I presume ) to make a beam. The ones I have are like the picture.
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Re: driving lights

Postby MikeB » Mon Jun 16, 2014 8:39 am

Yes, I bought some like that too and found that they would not fit. That is when I found the other ones and they worked.
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Re: driving lights

Postby MikeB » Mon Jun 16, 2014 11:08 pm

These replacements might work too:
They are cheap enough that a guy could buy several different styles and try them for size. You can't buy standard 193 marker lights for this kind of money.
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Re: driving lights

Postby flash2002 » Tue Jun 17, 2014 4:15 am

I guess I will look for a different style of light. thanks for your help :D




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