Fog lights


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Fog lights

Post by Magic23 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:24 pm



Hi all, I bought a 2003 GL1800 this spring and I want to get fog lights installed. Any recommendations whether to get OEM lights or aftermarket lights?


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Re: Fog lights

Post by cihilb » Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:25 pm

I have the Honda OEM LED running lights on mine. They seem to project a better pattern than some of the aftermarket lights. Low and wide.
Show Chrome has the identical lights (probably same manufacturer as Honda, for a lot less money.
They throw a low and wide beam. Great for seeing the sides of the road without blinding oncoming traffic. The LED's are a bright, blue white light. \Also much easier on the electrical system and switch. Honda's and Showchrome's come with the OEM style switch and relay. Plug and play.

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Re: Fog lights

Post by Magic23 » Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:45 pm

Thank you cihilb for your words of wisdom. You have supplied great information.
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Re: Fog lights

Post by raven41951 » Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:46 pm

http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1800_ ... /73/269734

I went with the socalmotogear set from Cyclemax. Driving/Fog/Running/Directionals all in one.

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Re: Fog lights

Post by raven41951 » Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:52 pm

Forgot to mention:

Note: This rectangular light kit can also be installed on a 2001-2010 Goldwing GL1800 under the following conditions. You must first purchase a lower front cowl with rectangular light openings. The chrome lower cowl from Show Chrome, B52-908, will work. Or you can get a painted OEM Honda lower cowl from a 2012-2017 bike. Then, if your 2001-2010 bike is a NON airbag model, then you must also purchase a different fog light switch. Either the H08V31-MCA-10008 from Honda or the SCMGLFSWN from SoCalMotoGear will work. Both can be found on our GL1800 Lights page

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Re: Fog lights

Post by Magic23 » Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:25 pm

Awesome Raven. Thanks for the help. I think that I will probably stay with the round lights. But it's all good to know what my options are.
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Re: Fog lights

Post by Wingsconsin » Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:45 pm

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Re: Fog lights

Post by Magic23 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:53 pm

Are blue lights better than the clear lights?
Or is it only esthetics?
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Re: Fog lights

Post by cihilb » Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:25 am

I can see no real reason for the blue lights. Some opinions are that they are easier for oncoming traffic to see. Then again, I think most states do not allow forward facing blue lights. They are reserved for emergency vehicles. LED running lights are a pure white light. They stand out better then the incandescent lights. Also a contrast with the 'yellow' halogen headlights.

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Re: Fog lights

Post by raven41951 » Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:45 pm

I believe the color is a function of the wavelength as well as the material the diode is made from. And yes, here in Mass only police and some emergency vehicles are allowed to run blue lights. My LEDs are in the 5000 micron wavelength and are bright white and I prefer them for vision enhancement. The lower the wavelength the more yellowish the light.

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Re: Fog lights

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:48 pm

raven41951 wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:45 pm
I believe the color is a function of the wavelength as well as the material the diode is made from. And yes, here in Mass only police and some emergency vehicles are allowed to run blue lights. My LEDs are in the 5000 micron wavelength and are bright white and I prefer them for vision enhancement. The lower the wavelength the more yellowish the light.
The wavelength of the light IS the color. And LEDs are made of different substances that put out different wavelengths, and are therefore different colors.

The exception is "white" LEDs, which are actually ultraviolet LEDs that has a phosporescent layer that is excited by the UV light and emits white light, much like a fluorescent tube. Fluorescent tubs actually put out UV light, and it is the coating on the inside of the tubes that is hit by the UV light and in turn glows white. Fluorescent tubes without this coating just put out UV light and are known as "blacklights."

See: viewtopic.php?f=4&t=19916&p=108008#p108008



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