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post #1 of 13 Old 01-28-2013, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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We've all seen or heard of this newer breed of lights but what are they? I never have been a big fan of LED lights. They are bright to look at, but they don't put out much light to illuminate the road.
I just thought I'd if see anyone here has any of them? If so, which ones? Pics?
I'm thinking about picking up a cheap set to see how they work.
Do they draw less amps than the typical 35w/55w bulb?
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Savage, I put a pair of "Vision X XIL-SP140 Solstice Solo Prime Black 2" 10W 40 Degree Narrow Beam LED Pod" on my Suzuki M109R and they do a good job of lighting up the road in front of me while I have my high beam on for distance. There are a bunch of different styles of LED lights out there. Some are a spot beam, driving beam or a pure flood beam. I found a few companies that make some good LED lights that might be worth looking into. Rigid industries/Colpin , Vision X and a few more I can't remember at this time. I am going to get a set for my KLR and want something that has some long distance throw. They draw very little Amperage and last almost forever. The websites have all the listings for current draw and Lumen outputs and beam type. I spend hours on Amazon looking at the LED lights.
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I've been curious about these, also. Time to replace my incandescent "tractor light" after breaking my second one in a crash. They worked okay for me, but I need something smaller I can mount in a more protected location.

I find the stock Gen2 headlights more than adequate and don't really see how any kind of small LED driving lights could improve upon them, but I like to have a backup if they ever fail. Draw isn't much of a concern for me since any additional lights will never be on when the headlights are on.

I'm probably overly paranoid and think the Gen1 bikes were more prone to headlight failures if a quick switch wasn't made from Hi to Lo beam, but with some of the roads I ride when there's no Moon out, if my headlights suddenly went out, I'd most likely wind up off the road and wrapped around a tree dead with coyotes consuming half my remains before they were found when the sun came up and people started looking for me.

I've got a large 30-amp rocker switch directly under my left hand and I can turn on my backup lights in less than a second. I think even some LED's would provide me with enough illumination to recognize the side of the road enough to slow down and limp home at a lower speed.

I've been wondering if these CREE lights had a noticeable improvement in performance over standard LED lights. I've read some reviews and the phrase "they don't throw much light down the road" seems to pop up a lot but I think a lot of folks expect a lot more out of these lights than they get.



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I'd most likely wind up off the road and wrapped around a tree dead with coyotes consuming half of me before they were found when the sun came up and people started looking for me...


Some fine Country and Western lyrics right there!

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"The Route CC Coyote Song." Why not take all of me? They wouldn't have to eat again for a month........




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Sorry, Savage. Back to the topic at hand........



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Savage.....IMHO....those cheap assed set I have are good for the price I paid for them.....if added to the old version stock headlight you should be able o see double what you see now. IMHO......sorru can provide proof yet.....as I have other work to do first, customers you know......damn they get in the way eh....lol.

BUT....I have to pay the bills somehow.....so keep the work coming if you need it.....thanks..

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I've looked at the Cree lights, too. Shipped from China at only $45. I dunno.

Would like some good, cheap lights. But I'd guess that you can't have both!
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I dunno. I haven't used the headlight units, but I have a couple of the Ultrafire WF-501B tactical flashlights and will prob'ly grab a couple more. The LEDs - just one per light - are about the size of a match head and are blinding. I think the breed has matured - I can't imagine needing more power in a flashlight and they're only about the size of a toilet roll holder. They light up signs a couple of 100 yards down the street at night. I don't drive at night anymore so can't give a review on that, but the headlight version would be worth checking out.
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Savage, Cree isn't new... they have been around for a while and alot of manufacturers of offroad lights use the cree LED's in their products. I think the best thing to do is go to youtube and type in cree offroad lights and see what other people have put on their toys. I would try visionxusa.com and check out the LED lights they offer... that might help you decide if LED's is right for you. The brightness of some of my Cree lights outshine any car light on the road. I have a few 2000+ lumen flashlights that will throw light up to 600 meteres. There are so many products out there with Cree LED'd it's mind blowing.
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