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Following in on this thread rather than opening another one, I will add a red LED lamp on the back to use as second brake lamp & rear fog lamp as used in Europe (here in US it is not known)
A rear fog lamp is very useful in heavy rain or heavy foggy conditions where tail lights are not readily visible and that could be the difference between ending up rear ended or being seen in due time. It shows as a powerful brake lamp would, much more visible than a regular tail lamp.

Well, my question is about wiring, probably related to this post since that lamp needs connection as well, to use it as a stop lamp, all I need is connect the positive wire from the auxiliary stop lamp to the wire going to the stock stop lamp function on the stock lamp.

I assume the stock tail lamp has three wires, one for ground, one for taillight function and a third one for stop lamp function, so by connecting the stock stop lamp wire to the auxiliary stop lam + wire that function would be mirrored by the auxiliary stop lamp.

Now, in order to make it possible to activate that auxiliary brake lamp as a rear fog lamp, with a toggle switch, would I need a toggle switch connected on one side to the battery or live + wire , and to ground, and towards the other side,from the switch over to the lamp a wire connecting the + side of the lamp to the + side of the switch ?

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Maybe of no consequence, but before you mount you continuously-on back-up lamp, you might check with you jurisdiction's (state's ?) vehicle code regarding rear lighting.
Not concerned at all about that issue. Nowadays I see cars and trucks driving with LED off road lamps even on streets, in a stupid display of none sense, light bars and the like, and seems cops do not care.

I do not think a cop would give a second look at my bike and even if he did, my safety and my life is a bigger concern.

In heavy fog or rain it would be idiotic for a cop to stop me for using a rear fog lamp, and otherwise my brake lamp will only work when braking, not a show off kind of lamp.
 

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The fog lamp function is very bright, like having a brake lamp on all the time.
That would bother many at night time unless it was really bad weather like heavy rain or fog, that is the intended use of a rear fog lamp

No reason to have it on all the time EXCEPT upon braking, in which case it would work as a second stop / brake lamp as in cars.

My tail light is plenty visible under normal conditions, I have an LED bulb in the stock housing so I need no more than that.

Just need traffic behind me to be alerted when I stop, and when the tail lamp combined with another light that was not there (it was off) lights up, that calls on attention

If I were to have the second lamp on all the time , then at time of braking it would not make any difference because it would be on all the time irregardless , plus it would be annoying others on the road
 

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Yes, as Damocles described, most possible it was a parking Light that European cars have.
I remember the old MB as well, I remember a rotating switch the would have a position for the parking lights and if not careful inadvertently the parking light would end up activated.

Wonder why cars today do not have this features which are useful. A parking light activated by motion detector would allow a car parked in a dark road to blink or turn on parking lights when needed, as well as (in US, European cars have it) a rear fog lamp which could save lives in bad weather

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Conjecture: The switched light at the rear of your Mercedes was a, "Parking Light." Many streets (and alleys) in Europe are very narrow; cars parallel parking sometimes extend into the roadway. Thus, motorists in cars so-equipped with parking lights activate the low-wattage lamp for the visibility of motorists passing by on the roadway.

Somewhat similarly, my KLR has a, "PARK," position on the ignition switch, controlling the tail light only.

Doubt this? Hey, I SAID it was conjecture! :)

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Continuing the previous discussion, why not install a FOG LIGHT (as in, a light with a yellowish lens) instead of a back-up (clear lens) light? If the object is, visibility in heavy fog or rain for approaching motorists, mayhap a fog light would be more effective than one with a clear (or, "white") beam. Just sayin'.
Agree with the amber/yellow back up lamp. I did this on my Suzuki Samurai

Better ilumination, less glare on any possible oncoming traffic and if it were to become the norm, would indicate others someone is indeed backing up

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Just thinking upon reading our posts, having this rear fog lamp/brake lamp that could work as such, brake lamp and fog lamp works as added security on case of having the tail lamp fail.

Years ago when I was building one of my first cars, a Datsun B210, I put all my money into suspension, wheels/tires, engine work ... but the body was still awaiting its turn to get tlc.

Late night drove to a hamburger stand starving for a burger ... heavy fog ! Looked like one of those 50's movies were the Wolf man encountered Frankenstein in the woods ! lol

When I arrived at the stand noticed my tail lights failed ! It appears the fog was so thick everything was wet all over ,fog with drizzle and the moisture probably interferes with ground.

Could not fix it right away and had to wait until a friend appeared and he escorted me back home. It was that bad of a situation

Having a separate red lamp on back on a separate circuit allows that security, because there are times on trips when time constraints or location / parts availability will put any of us in dire straits
 

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In my case, I consider LED's to be good in regard to keeping the charging system working at a relaxed state.

I am fine with my headlamps as they are, no need for anything more powerful while in city limits, but for highway and dark countryside needs I have auxiliary lights that I can turn on and off at the touch of a switch.

Those off road lamps are LED for better amperage draw management.

The headlamps being halogen, do consume more amps that I'd like, but I will keep using them until they fail, then I'll install LEDs, no rush on that, all in lieu of better amperage management.

Signal lamps being on only a fraction of the useful time on the KLR, in case of my KLR I decided leaving them alone.

In the case of cars you can just swap signal lamps for LED and that is it, no need to change any flasher ... (yes, with the stock flasher in a car, turn signals blink fast, but that does not bother me at all, I think that is an added feature, a fast pase turn signal calls more attention on others than a sluggish blink, no need to change the flasher) ... but on the bike it is a little more complicated as I read, so I need no headaches, and as said before, blinkers are only used seconds on end.

Were these turn signal lamps also running lamps on all the time, that would elicit a different consideration.

Tail light is a different story, the LED lamp is instantaneous, super fast at responding to the brake pedal and more visible to others as a tail lamp, plus it is as easy as plug and play, get an 1157 LED bulb which has both tail and brake function as the stock lamp does and you are done ! I got it , 1157 LED "RED". Being a tail lamp, better to emit red light than having a powerful white bulb fighting off the red lense capability, a red colored LED adds red to red 馃憤

Also did my gauge cluster lamps swap in LED. Better power, the only drawback I found out after doing the cluster lamps is that the blue high beam idiot light is way too powerful.

If we think about it, neutral and turn signal lamps on the cluster are powerful but those lamps go out as soon as you get out of neutral or as soon as you turn your signal lamp off, in fact that powerful bulb will not allow you to forget your turn signal is on.

But riding at night with the high beam is not nice with a blinding blue for at your face.

Rather than replacing that only bulb for a stock one, I decided to stick a piece of electrical tape covering most of the blue high beam display on the cluster.

Problem solved. Perhaps had I known, and mi advise to others, if to chose a bulb for that high beam lamp that has the lowest power possible, just for that position

I used green color on my Speedo/Tach cluster lamps, more relaxing to our my eyes at night.

Here a small video I have I made on the side of a country road, intention being testing my off road lamps, made more than a year ago, that shows the green neutral dash lamp on, and briefly the high beam gauge cluster light on, video which sums up all what was said before.

Well, it seems I can not post a video, so I will take shots of the video, bear with me ...

A shot of the green cluster, cluster and neutral lamp on, cluster with blue high beam lamp on. Not perfect, had to take shots at the video.
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