Lower cowl LED running lights?


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Jeleza
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Lower cowl LED running lights?

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Hi,

I bought a late model lower cowl to put on my O3. Now I need to buy some rectangular led lights to fit it. Which are the preferred brand, EC or Show Chromes Big Bike Parts. Or, maybe another brand.

Best,

Franko



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Welcome to the forum Franko
Which Clifton are you in?

The lower cowl lights are more about looks and being seen by others. So they are really about what you like and budget. EC and SoCal Moto Gear are both good choices.


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Just installed a pair of Sylvania ultra white H3's in a '99 1500. For me, the "slight" blueish color at first was a problem, the customer likes the color however. What he likes is the slight color difference between the driving lights and the cornering lights, he thinks it makes the bike more noticeable. I'm starting to think he's correct about the noticeability of the different colored lights. They do draw your attention towards them. The color was suppose to be 6,000K, they are more like a 6,500K color. Me, I'm more for matching light colors, but like I said I'm starting to like this set up. These bulbs are not a lot of money and gives you a great cut off light pattern and distance.
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Ed Brock wrote:
Tue Aug 11, 2020 12:38 pm
Just installed a pair of Sylvania ultra white H3's in a '99 1500. For me, the "slight" blueish color at first was a problem, the customer likes the color however. What he likes is the slight color difference between the driving lights and the cornering lights, he thinks it makes the bike more noticeable. I'm starting to think he's correct about the noticeability of the different colored lights. They do draw your attention towards them. The color was suppose to be 6,000K, they are more like a 6,500K color. Me, I'm more for matching light colors, but like I said I'm starting to like this set up. These bulbs are not a lot of money and gives you a great cut off light pattern and distance.
Ed
If you're saying the H3 went in the headlights?? The headlights are H4 on the 1500s, not H3 as you said. Or are you saying you put the H3s in the driving lights???? You are not clear.

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I thought it would be obvious to all that the H3 are used in the driving light, NOT the headlights. But, sometimes things get missed. So, the H3 were installed in the "driving lights" (I call them cornering lights as we installed aftermarket driving lights on this bike) not the headlights. The difference between in the light color between the cornering lights and the driving lights virus the headlight, is what our customer likes about the color. Me? I would have preferred the light colors matched between the 3 lights.

I believe you will find it imposable to install H3 bulbs in place of the H4 headlight bulbs with out a lot of corbeling up. Why would one even try that?

Sorry for the unclear message. That's what pain pills do to me. Good thing I have spell check or you would not be able to understand anything I wrote. This last sentence took me several tries to get it so it made sense.
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OOPS,
I just spotted an error. After I mentioned the driving lights we installed, I meant to say in the first paragraph, the difference in the light color between the cornering lights and driving lights verses the headlight is what the customer likes.
I hope that makes more sense to all.
I thinks it's time I take a nap now.
Ed

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I installed the H3 W14 Cool White from Super Bright LEDs, Inc for $25 for the pair. I purchased this pair because they compliment the H7 LEDs from Electrical Connection. They have a bluish bright look. My High Beams were not changed and they have a yellowish look.
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The OP stated that his wing is an '03', not a 1500.
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