Saddlebag Lights


Information and questions on GL1500 Goldwings (1988-2000)
Post Reply
Lutzinmn
Posts: 28
Joined: Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:27 pm
Location: Duluth, mn
Motorcycle: 1992 GL1500SE

Saddlebag Lights

Post by Lutzinmn » Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:08 am



I had my saddlebags off to change my rear tire. Putting the saddlebags back my saddlebag lights are not working anymore. I noticed the wires from these lights went to some device (see pic). There is power going into this device but not coming out of it to the lights. I assume I have it hooked up correctly. Is there a reason for this device to be there? If so, anyone know where I can get one? The number on device in pic is the only marking on it. Thanks for any help.





Lutzinmn
Posts: 28
Joined: Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:27 pm
Location: Duluth, mn
Motorcycle: 1992 GL1500SE

Re: Saddlebag Lights

Post by Lutzinmn » Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:08 am

Sorry the pic is upside down.

Lutzinmn
Posts: 28
Joined: Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:27 pm
Location: Duluth, mn
Motorcycle: 1992 GL1500SE

Re: Saddlebag Lights

Post by Lutzinmn » Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:13 am

Also I have 1992 GL1500 SE.

User avatar
Andy Cote
Posts: 325
Joined: Sun Feb 27, 2011 11:38 am
Location: Windham, ME
Motorcycle: 2015 Goldwing, basic black

Re: Saddlebag Lights

Post by Andy Cote » Sat Jul 20, 2019 5:17 am

The aftermarket lights used a straight 12v. The Honda brand accessory lights used a transformer. I can't remember the specs though. Sorry.

BTW, many folks have had failures with the Honda lights. Yours were working fine before? There are some threads about folks that have opened up the light fixtures and placed the innards with LEDS (12V of course).
2018 Goldwing, basic black

Previously: GL1200 standard, GL1200 Interstate, GL1500 Goldwing, GL1500 Valkyrie Standard, 2000 Valkyrie Interstate, many other Hondas

Lutzinmn
Posts: 28
Joined: Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:27 pm
Location: Duluth, mn
Motorcycle: 1992 GL1500SE

Re: Saddlebag Lights

Post by Lutzinmn » Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:17 am

Yes they were working before I took it apart. I am thinking I must have fried it when hooking it back up some how. Only 4 wires to hook up, so not too difficult to hook back so I thought.

User avatar
WingAdmin
Site Admin
Posts: 20829
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:16 pm
Location: Strongsville, OH
Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (sold)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2012 Suzuki Burgman 400 (wife's!)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: Saddlebag Lights

Post by WingAdmin » Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:58 pm

That little MN5-AM22 module is the high voltage generator for the electroluminescent lights. Only produced for a very short time, the EL panels fit into the side reflectors on the saddlebags and light up uniformly behind them. A very poor design, as EL panels grow dim with use, and eventually fail completely. EL panels require about 120 volts AC, so that little black box converts 12 VDC into 120 VAC.

If you're talking about the brake/turn signals no longer functioning, then this little box has nothing to do with that.

EL Generator Module
EL Generator Module


User avatar
Charlie1Horse
Posts: 504
Joined: Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:35 pm
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Motorcycle: 1986 GL1200A Aspencade
1992 GL1500I Interstate

Re: Saddlebag Lights

Post by Charlie1Horse » Tue Jul 23, 2019 7:05 pm

The best solution is to convert all your lighting to LED. They are bright and use only a small amount of power which will make your alternator and battery last longer. Not to mention, they last almost for the life of your bike.
Russell

Those who say it cannot be done should try not to interrupt those who are doing it.

User avatar
4given
Posts: 83
Joined: Fri Jul 17, 2015 6:19 pm
Location: danville/PA/
Motorcycle: 1996 honda goldwing aspencade GL1500
Contact:

Re: Saddlebag Lights

Post by 4given » Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:01 am

WingAdmin wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:58 pm
That little MN5-AM22 module is the high voltage generator for the electroluminescent lights. Only produced for a very short time, the EL panels fit into the side reflectors on the saddlebags and light up uniformly behind them. A very poor design, as EL panels grow dim with use, and eventually fail completely. EL panels require about 120 volts AC, so that little black box converts 12 VDC into 120 VAC.
I did not know that. That sounds like it was a really bad idea. Which models were equipped with the EL lights?
I’m fairly sure my ‘96 Aspy doesn’t have them.At least I hope not.

User avatar
4given
Posts: 83
Joined: Fri Jul 17, 2015 6:19 pm
Location: danville/PA/
Motorcycle: 1996 honda goldwing aspencade GL1500
Contact:

Re: Saddlebag Lights

Post by 4given » Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:06 am

Sorry, I’m the one(4given) who asked the question. Somehow I entered it into Wingadmin’s quote. ;) :(

User avatar
DenverWinger
Posts: 1254
Joined: Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:20 pm
Location: Denver, CO
Motorcycle: (s)
1980 GL1100 STD Vetter (2005-)
1993 GL1500 Aspencade (2017-)
1983 Trav-Lite Camper (2010-)
Past rides
1972 CL350 (1980-1988) sold
1978 Suzuki GS550 (1985-2005) sold
1977 GL1000 (2002-2006) sold

Re: Saddlebag Lights

Post by DenverWinger » Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:14 am

4given wrote:
Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:06 am
Sorry, I’m the one(4given) who asked the question. Somehow I entered it into Wingadmin’s quote. ;) :(
You should still be able to edit your post - just move your question to a new line AFTER the "{/quote}" at the end.
♫ 99 Little Bugs in the Code, ♪
♪ 99 Bugs in the Code. ♫ :(
♫ Take one down, Patch it around, ♪
♫ 127 Little Bugs in the Code. ♫ ♪ :shock:

~Mark

User avatar
4given
Posts: 83
Joined: Fri Jul 17, 2015 6:19 pm
Location: danville/PA/
Motorcycle: 1996 honda goldwing aspencade GL1500
Contact:

Re: Saddlebag Lights

Post by 4given » Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:21 am

:D
DenverWinger wrote:
Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:14 am
4given wrote:
Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:06 am
Sorry, I’m the one(4given) who asked the question. Somehow I entered it into Wingadmin’s quote. ;) :(
You should still be able to edit your post - just move your question to a new line AFTER the "{/quote}" at the end.
Thanks Denver, I’ve always been a slow learner.

Lutzinmn
Posts: 28
Joined: Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:27 pm
Location: Duluth, mn
Motorcycle: 1992 GL1500SE

Re: Saddlebag Lights

Post by Lutzinmn » Wed Jul 24, 2019 12:36 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:58 pm
That little MN5-AM22 module is the high voltage generator for the electroluminescent lights. Only produced for a very short time, the EL panels fit into the side reflectors on the saddlebags and light up uniformly behind them. A very poor design, as EL panels grow dim with use, and eventually fail completely. EL panels require about 120 volts AC, so that little black box converts 12 VDC into 120 VAC.

If you're talking about the brake/turn signals no longer functioning, then this little box has nothing to do with that.

EL Generator.jpg

I was talking about the lights on the side of my saddlebags. For now I put my bike back together and using the lights on my saddlebags as reflectors until I decide what to do with them.



Post Reply