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LED light bars?
« on: September 05, 2019, 09:45:20 AM »
If I start commuting again, I'll inevitably be riding in the dark at some point.  I want to get some real light on the road.  Not sure what to do yet but what manufacturers have you used or researched that you'd trust?  Not sure if I want fork mounted pods or a bar under the fairing but I want a LOT of deer illuminating power and I'd prefer to have it individually switched either individually or wired into the high beam.

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Re: LED light bars?
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2019, 10:26:59 AM »
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Re: LED light bars?
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2019, 12:27:55 PM »
What kind of beam do those throw?
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« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2019, 01:22:26 PM »
Spots, out a wee bit.  Like about 250 feet or so.
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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2019, 03:58:41 PM »
Thanks.
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Re: LED light bars?
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2019, 07:52:03 PM »
www.advmonster.com


Buy at your own risk, buy same stuff cheaper off alibaba heck ya might even get a usable warranty off flebay. But ya will not get a warranty you can exercise if something goes wrong from advmonster. Lot of bad blood over on ADV about this vendor.
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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2019, 08:10:27 PM »
I did not know that.
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Re: LED light bars?
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2019, 05:17:27 AM »
www.advmonster.com


Buy at your own risk, buy same stuff cheaper off alibaba heck ya might even get a usable warranty off flebay. But ya will not get a warranty you can exercise if something goes wrong from advmonster. Lot of bad blood over on ADV about this vendor.


Why the bad blood? I've seen it but not sure why all the hate.
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Re: LED light bars?
« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2019, 09:03:10 AM »
After reading that I did a little research. It all comes down to inferior product (Chinese junk) and even worse customer service. Not just a few but many. I retract my recommendation.
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Re: LED light bars?
« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2019, 09:47:58 AM »
Do you switch your supplemental lights separately or just wire into the high beam?
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« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2019, 10:21:52 AM »
I always wire lights in with a relay and their own circuit/switch.. Much easier on the system.
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« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2019, 11:51:42 AM »
Most true retail kits come with the harness to make it simple plug and play.  The Hella ValuePlus cubes I linked have a nice wrapped harness.

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Re: LED light bars?
« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2019, 08:33:06 PM »
www.advmonster.com


Buy at your own risk, buy same stuff cheaper off alibaba heck ya might even get a usable warranty off flebay. But ya will not get a warranty you can exercise if something goes wrong from advmonster. Lot of bad blood over on ADV about this vendor.


Why the bad blood? I've seen it but not sure why all the hate.


No hate here, just that I got ripped off by the scum (as many on ADV) and I would not like to see anyone here get the same. Again no hate just disdain for unreputable sellers of overpriced crap who will not back up their warranties   

 
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Re: LED light bars?
« Reply #14 on: September 15, 2019, 07:10:14 PM »
I might have gotten the one from ADVmonster for the under-chin mount on my Bandit.  So far, probably 3 years later, it's still working.  I think I ordered it before I heard bad stuff, but it seems to be holding up well.  The thing is FREAKING bright and only comes on when there's no other traffic.  It lights the road way up ahead.

I put the driving lights from Tom on the mirror stalk mounts- between the two I now have much better lights than the stock (horrible) Bandit lights.
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« Reply #15 on: August 07, 2020, 09:24:23 AM »
OK.  Time to revisit.  Man, this topic is all over the place.  The ones Tom suggested are no longer available there.  I'm seeing everything from hundreds of dollars to under 20 bucks.  What sorts of things should I be looking out for?  I want to throw a LOT of light because I'm doing a lot of riding on small roads in the woods so I need to see the forest rats as far in advance as possible.  I'm going to be installing the GIVI engine guards on the V this weekend which will give me a lot of options.  What do I need to know?

Lumens?

Wattage?

Harness required or not? 

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Re: LED light bars?
« Reply #16 on: August 07, 2020, 01:50:21 PM »
I'll jump in here and tell you that the little nilite pods aren't a bad performer. I have them as fogs on my pickup, and they definitely help short distance visibility. Key on short distance. They definitely won't throw further than my headlights, and the beam is pretty much a flood, whether or not they call out as spot pattern or not. That said, they are worth every penny of the $18 I spent on them. Make sure and disassemble and silicone seal for real weather resistance.

OK, I retract this. I've had these on the BACK of my truck (something else on the front). for a number of years. They throw welcome light when reversing, and again, worth the price. Not sure how far though.

Wish this style wasn't so expensive, I would love to try a pair in place of my fog/floods.
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Re: LED light bars?
« Reply #17 on: August 13, 2020, 07:35:35 AM »
My rig is still working just fine- the ADV monster bar is still holding up well, as are the lights from Tom.
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« Reply #18 on: August 14, 2020, 07:02:04 AM »
My rig is still working just fine- the ADV monster bar is still holding up well, as are the lights from Tom.

You have any pictures of that set up by chance?
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« Reply #19 on: September 15, 2020, 08:09:31 PM »
So I ended up going with the Nilite jobbers.  Cheap enough that if they suck or fail, not much down the drain.  I also got a nice harness and a nice mounting kit.  I have the Givi engine guards so my mounting options are many and varied.  They arrived today and I did a test fit.  Should work out OK.  If nothing else, I'll be way more visible to others on the road.  I might still end up going with a 6 or 9" spot bar mounted under Fozzy's chin.  Who knows.  It will be a while before I can do a full install.  It will require some wiring cuz the battery connectors the harness came with are HUGE so I'll need to replace them and then do a LOT of shrink wrapping and zip tie work as well as fabricating a home for the rocker switch it came with.  Oh, and zero instructions of course.  Good times. 

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