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I want to put a couple of led spot flood lights on above the headlight on either side. Want to be able switch headlight off and leds on and not have both on together. The lights are 27w each,and will be off a relay, will this be asking for trouble as far as balance and wattage?
 

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I don't see an issue. The stocker is 65W, 52 is close enough.
 

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Actually, the stocker is 55w on low, 60w on high. I'd wire a double throw switch into the hot wire leading to the dimmer switch. Flip one way, headlight works normally. Flip the other way, LEDs come one. In the middle, all off for a hotter engine crank when starting.
 

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Actually, the stocker is 55w on low, 60w on high. I'd wire a double throw switch into the hot wire leading to the dimmer switch. Flip one way, headlight works normally. Flip the other way, LEDs come one. In the middle, all off for a hotter engine crank when starting.
qwerty thats what I had in mind only better with switching both off for starting, thanks for the instruction.

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With a double throw switch there are 3 positions: circuit 1--off--circuit 2.The turn signal switch is of this type.



More specifically, you want what is called a Single Pole Double throw switch. There will be three contacts on the back, usually two of one color and the 3rd a different color. Connect the hot wire to the odd color. Connect each of the light circuits to one of the terminals of the shared color. Off will be in the middle.



Autocraft Part No. 85919/85919 goes for about $5. No panel, wires or waterproofing included.



For ease of mounting and a reasonably weatherproof installation, I'd hunt around for a universal motorcycle headlight switch with off, low bean, and high beam positions. These mount with a screw or two on any 7/8-inch pipe, say, like the handlebars. Maybe hunt around the dualsport light kits for dirt bikes. You can get these switches combined with other switches in the same housing for controlling multiple accessories. I've used the K&S Technologies Part Number 12-0051 on p[rojects before. Cost about $35, and money well spent for the convenience and weatherproofing. It's only rated for 2 amps so you'll want to wire relays with 14 gauge on the switched ciruits.
 

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With a double throw switch there are 3 positions: circuit 1--off--circuit 2.The turn signal switch is of this type.



More specifically, you want what is called a Single Pole Double throw switch. There will be three contacts on the back, usually two of one color and the 3rd a different color. Connect the hot wire to the odd color. Connect each of the light circuits to one of the terminals of the shared color. Off will be in the middle.



Autocraft Part No. 85919/85919 goes for about $5. No panel, wires or waterproofing included.



For ease of mounting and a reasonably weatherproof installation, I'd hunt around for a universal motorcycle headlight switch with off, low bean, and high beam positions. These mount with a screw or two on any 7/8-inch pipe, say, like the handlebars. Maybe hunt around the dualsport light kits for dirt bikes. You can get these switches combined with other switches in the same housing for controlling multiple accessories. I've used the K&S Technologies Part Number 12-0051 on p[rojects before. Cost about $35, and money well spent for the convenience and weatherproofing. It's only rated for 2 amps so you'll want to wire relays with 14 gauge on the switched ciruits.
This will make it easier thanks for the info.

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Island, I have the same set of LEDs on order that I was hoping to replace the stock headlight with. Have you had the lights plugged in yet? Would you be able to comment if the lights are bright enough to replace the stocker? Any beamshots you could share?



Let us know, thank you!
 

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Island, I have the same set of LEDs on order that I was hoping to replace the stock headlight with. Have you had the lights plugged in yet? Would you be able to comment if the lights are bright enough to replace the stocker? Any beamshots you could share?



Let us know, thank you!


Len,I got the lights for offroad and going to keep stock headlight for street to be legal. These lights throw quite a bit of light out to 40' and taper off, on the logging roads I won't be over running the lights I won't be going that fast. I took some pictures off the front step with one light, this will give some idea although the pictures are poor.
the last picture was 10-20 percent brighter than actual something with my cheap camera.

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Looks like pretty good trail lighting to me.
 

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Island, thanks so much for the pictures, it has been impossible to find any reviews or information on these lights even though they are all over eBay!

Seems like they would be great for aux. lighting, but may not be suitable replacement for the headlight for any amount of street lighting.



Considering mine is in the mail and the fact that I do mostly trail riding with a headlight kill switch, I'm going to mount it up and see how it goes. Thanks again for the photos!
 

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Great thread, I was getting ready to see if ppl talk about lighting much on here as I would like to do the same thing, get some more lighting for night riding.



I was also curious if anyone has added any extra lights in the rear, I noticed a large Honda the other day, as he put his brakes on a very bright LED light came on and blinked, has anyone done this before ?



Also, island t-dubr can you please post a few shots of your lights mounted, this is what is giving me the most difficulty...thanks again :)
 

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Great thread, I was getting ready to see if ppl talk about lighting much on here as I would like to do the same thing, get some more lighting for night riding.



I was also curious if anyone has added any extra lights in the rear, I noticed a large Honda the other day, as he put his brakes on a very bright LED light came on and blinked, has anyone done this before ?



Also, island t-dubr can you please post a few shots of your lights mounted, this is what is giving me the most difficulty...thanks again :)




This guy did a good job. I have been collecting parts for a TW prototype.



http://petemills.blogspot.ca/2012/04/tenty-led-brake-lights.html
 

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If you're not handy with soldering, maybe consider something like this instead?



Ebay Flasher Link



I've been eyeing one for a while now.




For 7 bucks I'm all over it, great idea...!



I'm going to hunt down another light ( slim LED ) , hook that into the same circuit as the current brake light so it activates at the sametime,
 

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This guy did a good job. I have been collecting parts for a TW prototype.



http://petemills.blogspot.ca/2012/04/tenty-led-brake-lights.html


Hello TW200-ers,



I'm the guy responsible for Pete's blog and the above linked flashing brake light. I just wanted to say that this project spun off a commercial interest called Betelgeuse - A programmable LED Brake Lamp. Betelgeuse is an LED bulb that is a direct replacement for type 1157 ( dual filament ) AND it has an integrated flash pattern controller. You can pick a pre-programmed flash pattern or even record your own. You can check it out here if you are interested http://lakesideelectronics.net/products-page/product-category/betelguese-a-programmable-led-brake-lamp/



Ride safe,



-Pete
 
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