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    auxilary lights

    PIAA is more than I want. Have seen some attractive LED lights. Any comments would be appreciated. Ton

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    Quote Originally Posted by ton123 View Post
    PIAA is more than I want. Have seen some attractive LED lights. Any comments would be appreciated. Ton
    Hi Ton, is this for your specific bike? There has been some good info in the gear section. If it's not bike specific I can move this to the Gear section for you. Good luck. Gary
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    Do you want lights that are good to look at or good for looking forward? For cosmetics the LEDs are fine but throw little light down the road. I find that HID low beams and Hella FF50s for side lights work quite well.
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    Marty -- I'd disagree with the categorical statement on LEDs as not all are created equal. I have Clearwater Kristas on my GS and am extremely impressed with the ability of those HPLEDs to throw light downrange. I live in the sticks, where deer and other animals are a constant issue. The Kristas help me spot them much sooner than the PIAA 510 55W driving lamps they replaced.

    I've also been very impressed with their customer service. I commented on a forum about some condensation behind the lens after a torrential rain, asking how to best dry them out. Within half an hour I had PMs from both Clearwater (the manufacturer) and RocketMoto (the vendor I bought them from. Both offered sound advice and within a day I had a replacement O-ring in my mailbox.

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    A couple of LED systems you might want to consider, both are very much up to date and the best available right now:

    http://www.piaa.com/powersports-lamps/ps-led-lp530.html

    https://www.teslaleds.com/default.aspx
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    Not exactly.
    That PIAA light uses a pair of 3W LEDs. It is impossible to generate enough lumens from a pair of 3W LEDs to make a longer range driving light and when single 10W LED types are available from others (and probably for less $ knowing PIAA pricing) the PIAA driving setup makes little sense. You can't get much long reach with a dual 3W setup period. The fog version might be satisfactory (there is a shortage of decent fog lights) and of course either the driving or fog might make decent conspicuity lights. (The output of a pair of 3W LEDs will be about 20% of the lumens of an HID bulb, for example, and about half of what a typical halogen headlamp bulb puts out- but it will be at a higher color temp)
    The Tesla has a more modern design and enough output to function usefully as a driving light. BUT don't expect anyones LEDs to match the reach of the best HIDs and halogens- they don't (yet).

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    It's the reflector on the PIAA's that's of interest. The Teslas are the highest output LEDs I know about.

    I agree with you about all the other stuff.

    EDIT: STOP THE PRESSES! http://www.snakeracing.com.au/rigid-...ED-lights.html
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