Fog lights? Which is best?


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Fog lights? Which is best?

Postby RoadDawg » Tue Dec 28, 2010 9:48 am



I have a 2009 GoldWing, non airbag, and wish to install some fog lights. Checked quite a few models in the WINGSTUFF web site. Choice seems to be between the SHOWCHROME and the HONDALINE....the latter is more costly but appears to be better quality??? Is anyone familiar with these and could you recommend which might be the best.

Showchrome
http://wingstuff.com/pgroup_detail/2299 ... _or_Clear/

Hondaline
http://wingstuff.com/pgroup_detail/65_G ... thout_AIR/

Thanks a bunch.

Ken



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Re: Fog lights? Which is best?

Postby Bouvier1 » Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:05 pm

I purchased a pair from Ebay. They are 21/2 Inches and not the 3 inch ones used generally. I found them to be just a bright and the spread is the same. They do not detract from the look of the bike or look out of place (well I think so anyway). The cost was equivelant to about $50. Instead of removing the blanks I simply cut a hole to the correct size and then 'wired' the lights in position rather than use the brakets provided. hopefully you will be able to see it in position (never attached to this site so don't know if it will work).

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Re: Fog lights? Which is best?

Postby RoadDawg » Wed Dec 29, 2010 2:09 pm

Cool.....interesting way to go about this.

Thanks for the info.

Ken

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Re: Fog lights? Which is best?

Postby yyzmdo » Wed Dec 29, 2010 3:01 pm

I just purchased and installed some show chrome lights for my 08. i was impressed with the quality and the instal was easy. I puchased the lights from 2nd-gear on e-bay. they are based out of calgary so customs was not as issue and the same price as the ones in the states.

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Re: Fog lights? Which is best?

Postby RoadDawg » Wed Dec 29, 2010 4:02 pm

Thanks....will try to track these people down.

Ken

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Re: Fog lights? Which is best?

Postby nsjoe » Sat Jan 01, 2011 7:50 am

You might want to look into these Ken:

http://www.cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/223

The Hondaline and Showchrome units are 35 watts each. The Electrical Connection lights are 55 watts each. I have the EC lights in mine and they are really bright. They were easy to install as well. I leave mine on all the time....for light at night and visibility during the day. Also, with the EC lights you can wire them so they stay on when you kick on your highbeams. The fog light/highbeam combo throws ALOT of light.

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Re: Fog lights? Which is best?

Postby myYellowbird » Sat Jan 01, 2011 8:48 am

may want to check these out i am going to get a set at the end of the month.There are better lights but these come with the crome cowl.

http://www.vpaccessories.com/1800.htm
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Re: Fog lights? Which is best?

Postby nsjoe » Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:32 pm

Good stuff there yellowbird.
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Re: Fog lights? Which is best?

Postby RoadDawg » Sat Jan 01, 2011 5:33 pm

Thanks for the info guys....greatly appreciated.

Happy New Year to everyone.

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Re: Fog lights? Which is best?

Postby lewis/ec » Sat Jan 01, 2011 6:01 pm

Ken,

What is it you are wanting the lights to do? What are your expectations of them?

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Re: Fog lights? Which is best?

Postby RoadDawg » Sat Jan 01, 2011 6:21 pm

lewis/ec wrote:Ken,

What is it you are wanting the lights to do? What are your expectations of them?

Lewis


Good question. In terms of expectations.....increased visibility without blinding oncoming cars or riders. Increased lumination while riding at night. Would like to be able to turn them on and off as required. Lastly.....ideally LED to minimize power consumption but I will decide what is best based on my research.

Thanks for the help...you guys are great.

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Re: Fog lights? Which is best?

Postby lewis/ec » Sat Jan 01, 2011 6:47 pm

Ken,

Based on your reply, it narrows it down to 3 options. Hondaline, Show Chrome (Big Bike Parts) and us. The Show Chrome kit is basically a copy of the Hondaline, but the SC is less money. The Honda/SC produces a flat beam...almost fog type. Uses two 10 watt LED element. Price around $310 for a kit. Here is a pic of the beam (the spacing is 10' between markers):



Our kit produces more of a driving light beam. More focused. We use an LED array of nine 1 watt elements....so we are just under half in wattage compared to the Honda/SC. Price is $230 for a kit. Here is a pic of the beam:



Note those pics are of a single light....you are going to get double of what you see there. Both available for airbag/non-airbag models. Plug and play.

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Re: Fog lights? Which is best?

Postby QCGoldwinger » Sun Jan 02, 2011 12:27 am

I have used the EC Auxiliary Light kit and found the quality to be excellent, fairly easy to install with an optional ability to be able to turn the lights off and on as I desire using a switch that appears to be Honda OEM. I have been very happy with the set up.

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Re: Fog lights? Which is best?

Postby rustyblades64 » Mon May 26, 2014 5:40 am

Hey Lewis...
I see by your post that you are in Knoxville? Is EC a brand name? I'm heading to Pigeon Forge area this summer, where could I pick up a pair of these LED lights. The last set I had were 2 sets of 3 LEDS (6 per side) 1/2 of the left set burned out. I checked the wiring and harness and all appear tight. I may need to replace. Do you deliever to Canada or just continental USA>

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Re: Fog lights? Which is best?

Postby nsjoe » Tue May 27, 2014 11:50 am

Hello Russ,

Be aware that you are replying to a 3 year old post.....but everything is pretty much still valid. There are some new LED options out there now.
Lewis, I believe, is the owner of The Electrical Connection, http://www.electricalconnection.com/misc/about.htm . They have good stuff there. I don't know if they have a showroom or not, but I'm sure you could call and ask.

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Re: Fog lights? Which is best?

Postby rustyblades64 » Tue May 27, 2014 8:25 pm

Thanks Joe.. I will look up the number.

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Re: Fog lights? Which is best?

Postby nsjoe » Wed May 28, 2014 1:28 pm



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