LED "bullet" lights


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flash1942
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LED "bullet" lights

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Got a pair of those bullet style LED driving lights that have a magnifying lens that make the light more intense. A great daytime running light that cars actually notice. BUT I have an issue with them and maybe someone can help.
These lights have 3 positions........steady bright, lower bright, pulsing bright. It becomes an issue when using at night because when I ask an oncoming vehicle for low beams the bullet lights want to do their thing by going to the next phase, like pulsing or low beam. So has anyone been into the insides of these lights to see what goes on and maybe be able to get full intensity and full on only?


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I had a similar set of those bullet light that had the same three settings. Very cheaply made and had to go in and repair one that had a bad solder joint. Unfortunately, one of the lens became detached and lost. Never looked at replacing them. Not sure if you can and just modify them for the different pattern selections. Good luck!
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Have you contacted the manufacturer or seller? If they don't work as advertised then something isn't right. Is there a switch ir reostat dial to dim or how is the levels activated?
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Clearwater lights are the the best and have built in circuit boards in the dimmer and in the lights themselves to do the dimming.
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Lights are Chinese made ( language barrier here) and are working as supposed to. They are EXTREMELY bright and super focused. The modes of operation are preset. I was just wondering if someone has ever tried to reverse engineer them.
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Google for the Lylla one mode U5 LED and you'll find them on your favored online seller, they are produced as a US legal counter-part that is high beam only. I added mine a year ago to be able to see straight down my lane in cruddy weather without blinding the oncoming traffic. Still have to see past the oncoming idiots with HIDs that don't correctly aim their lights after going HID, but I can at least see more of what is on the road ahead of me. They may not last but I've replaced my Halogen low-beams twice since I added these LED projector lights. Some of the 3 mode lights can be modified internally but the first set I received were not. Surely flash mode would get unwanted attention from any LEO in the U.S.
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WOW ! Thanks, just what I was looking for. Haven't done it yet but it is now on my "to do" list. It amuses me that some driving light "makers" sold in the US want you to think that they have designed and made them when the lights are made to their specs in China. The "bullet" lights ARE cheap but not cheaply made. They are stunningly bright and super focused. But they are difficult (for me) to aim.
I had always used a headlite modulator up until a couple years ago. I noticed when I had the "bullet" lights on that cars noticed me a lot better. I always wondered if my modulated headlight could be read as " an ok " to pull out in front of me?? The "bullet" lights have a great "dazzle" factor that one would have to be blind not to notice.
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I just completed the C-2 chip removal and the light stays on hi-beam just like I wanted it to do. Easy peazy. Thanks guys!!!!
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I have been thinking about light changes on my bike, but really didn't have any solid knowledge what supplemental lights could do until I just saw what WingAdmin and Blue Thunder had on their bikes when we were at a gathering this past weekend in Chillicotte Ohio.

I had the honor of leading a day-long ride on Saturday and saw how well Blue Thunder's light worked as he was blocking traffic as the group crossed intersection and was a "runner" to fall back into the second bike position. When he was 16 bikes back I could see him extremely well! He had SoCal lights, but he also had these mounted low and they were perfect:

https://www.amazon.com/AKD-Part-Waterpr ... ingdocs-20

I will be buying a set of them very soon!

The ones that WingAdmin had on his bike were similar to these below (Scott please correct me if I am wrong) and were also very bright!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01F37BRSS/?tag=goldwingdocs-20 ... ingdocs-20
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Corkster52 wrote: Tue Sep 26, 2017 4:12 pm I have been thinking about light changes on my bike, but really didn't have any solid knowledge what supplemental lights could do until I just saw what WingAdmin and Blue Thunder had on their bikes when we were at a gathering this past weekend in Chillicotte Ohio.

I had the honor of leading a day-long ride on Saturday and saw how well Blue Thunder's light worked as he was blocking traffic as the group crossed intersection and was a "runner" to fall back into the second bike position. When he was 16 bikes back I could see him extremely well! He had SoCal lights, but he also had these mounted low and they were perfect:

https://www.amazon.com/AKD-Part-Waterpr ... ingdocs-20

I will be buying a set of them very soon!

The ones that WingAdmin had on his bike were similar to these below (Scott please correct me if I am wrong) and were also very bright!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01F37BRSS/?tag=goldwingdocs-20 ... ingdocs-20
Not quite - mine are also single-chip lights, but they are not projector like those are. These are the ones that you saw on my bike:

viewtopic.php?f=18&t=34369
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Thanks Scott! Great write-up you did on their installation too!
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Not all the bullet projector lights (U5, U7) have a C2 chip to be snapped off the circuit. My first set were the 3 mode lights and there was no chip or publicized means to disable the flashing mode. They will become emergency lights on the front of my house, blinding the Zombies for easy dispatching! The projector light design results in a narrower beam and in my case was what I was specifically looking for. They do seem reasonably well made for the money but I'm sure in the end it could be a "you get what you pay for" scenario but for me its been a year and they are going strong. you could easily run 4 of them and adjust them to fan out nicely across a wider region; it wouldn't be am amperage over draw but my god they would be blinding.


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