LED's Around Headlights


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LED's Around Headlights

Postby Bad Blake » Tue Jan 26, 2016 9:26 pm



Has anyone or someone you know of installed LED's that contour the headlights on the 1800? These would be similar to the LED's on the newer cars and some trucks.



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Re: LED's Around Headlights

Postby Big Blue UK » Wed Jan 27, 2016 10:22 pm

Several I know fitted them, I have bought some myself I will more than likely fit before spring. You need waterproof side emitting diode led strips long enough for your chosen run. The best type of led strips are waterproof IP65 side emitting SMD335 -60 led's 4.8W per meter, these better than the 50 led's per meter that have the diodes along the centre of the strip. This allows the the led strip to be affixed about 5mm further back behind the covers


Some fit them all round the headlight, my favourite is the top edge as in this photoshop I did


Pop off the mirrors and the top and bottom front panels, clean the headlight with alcohol wipe or equivalent, replace the covers, stick a dry wipe marker in the gap and draw a line to mark led strip run, remove the covers again, affix the led strip up against the line you drew, then wipe dry line away. Masking tape can also be affixed to the headlight once cleaned with the covers in place to form a line to affix the led strips up to. Wipe a a little silicone or hot glue around the wired end of the led strip because it is not 100% waterproof where the heat shrink tube covers the wire solder connections. Also add a little to the end of the strip after it has been cut, because water will eventually ruin the end led or two.
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Re: LED's Around Headlights

Postby Bad Blake » Thu Jan 28, 2016 12:19 pm

Thanks Big Blue, just the info I was looking for, I will order the ones you suggested.

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Re: LED's Around Headlights

Postby Big Blue UK » Fri Jan 29, 2016 5:42 am

While you are at it, buy any kind of amber side emitting diode strip (and a red strip if you want to connect to a standalone switch and not the indicator connector), and fix it just above the nose vent pointing downwards, it lights up the vent nicely. You can experiment with the position using celotape for the effect you want. It will have to be affixed very well, otherwise if just stuck on they can come away. I used 0000 grade wire wool to buff the surface, then smeared a fine film of adhesive and let it dry to form a good mating surface. I also applied a few dabs of adhesive to the cover, and pressed the wires into it to hold the wires in place.
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Re: LED's Around Headlights

Postby Wingsconsin » Mon Feb 01, 2016 1:50 pm

Big Blue UK wrote:While you are at it, buy any kind of amber side emitting diode strip (and a red strip if you want to connect to a standalone switch and not the indicator connector), and fix it just above the nose vent pointing downwards, it lights up the vent nicely. You can experiment with the position using celotape for the effect you want. It will have to be affixed very well, otherwise if just stuck on they can come away. I used 0000 grade wire wool to buff the surface, then smeared a fine film of adhesive and let it dry to form a good mating surface. I also applied a few dabs of adhesive to the cover, and pressed the wires into it to hold the wires in place.






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Re: LED's Around Headlights

Postby 2008retiredplb » Tue Feb 02, 2016 12:14 pm

I have these installed White LED's on my 2009 Dark Blue Metallic Goldwing. Along with headlight protectors with the Kuryakyn eyebrow trim on the protectors with a blue led strip installed on the back side of the eyebrow between the protector and the headlight lens, you can see those wires in the photo. I have them on a separate switch so I can turn them off if needed. See the attachment photo to see just how they look. The white goes from the beginning of the chrome piece along the light and around under the light to the last turn on the bottom. The blue give a real eye catcher at night. Some states may not allow you to have it on as they do reflect a blue light that can be seen from the front. You will have to check your states laws to see if it is legal.Be careful installing them as they can brake if you bend them to much. Make sure they are warm when you bend them. There is a right hand and a left hand strip, on the white LED's so the wires will be at the beginning of the light strip at the top. I used double stick adhesive mounting strip to mount them and cleaned the area with alcohol, do not use the adhesive that comes on them, it is not strong enough.
White light around headlight & blue under the protector
White light around headlight & blue under the protector


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