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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-24-2009, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone try v-leds?

They seem to have a LED bulb for nearly every single kind of incandescent bulb. I was hoping maybe someone had tried their bulbs on a Vulcan. I'd like to switch over to LED turn signals.

Here's their site: http://www.v-leds.com/
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I cant tell you what will work or not but I highly sugest if you havent allready, do a search for "led turnsignals" on here. I just did a quick glance and there is plenty of info on LED lighting. How to wire and what parts will work.

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Hey thanks

I've searched and read a few threads, but its hard to find anything LED specific since the word "led" is too short for the search function
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Most of the LED bulbs designed to replace incandescent bulbs have resistors built in so do NOT lighten the load electrically. I've not read of any that produce as much light either. The best results it seams has been in replacing with whole LED units.

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I see no advantage to replacing existing lights/bulbs with LEDs. Regular incandescent bulbs work great, and are cheap and easy to replace when they burn out, and they don't require any kind of special wiring. I'm all for improving things, when it is an actual improvement, and when it does not cause more problems than it solves, but this does not seem to be the case with LEDs. Jerry.

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On a somewhat related topic, my son-in-law just showed me his new LED flashlight, which is small enough to be almost entirely enclosed in my hand when I make a fist. Here is a link to it: http://www.4sevens.com/product_info....oducts_id=1599

This light has several light levels, from "moonlight" to check your watch without compromising your night vision, up to 230 lumens, which lit up my back yard.
With LED bulbs like this available in a flashlight, there must be some suitable for auxillary driving lights on a motorcycle.

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I've often wondered if there's not an easy way to convert LED flashlights into driving lights. Haven't gotten around to exploring that yet. Some of those Harbor Freight lights are pretty strong and cost a fraction of what driving lights cost.

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I see no advantage to replacing existing lights/bulbs with LEDs. Regular incandescent bulbs work great, and are cheap and easy to replace when they burn out, and they don't require any kind of special wiring. I'm all for improving things, when it is an actual improvement, and when it does not cause more problems than it solves, but this does not seem to be the case with LEDs. Jerry.
Jerry, here's an LED that gives you a good reason to consider switching. The EclipzeLED front turn signals make you more visible to oncoming traffic because they keep the running lights on HIGH intensity and when you use the turn signals they blink off and on. This is the opposite of normal, where the running lights are at low intensity and blink low to high and back again.

According the the Hurt Report, the most common type of motorcycle accident that involves more than one vehicle was an oncoming idiot making a left turn in front of a motorcycle they didn't see. Perhaps these higher intensity running lights can help the nearly blind to see us better, without having to add more lights to the bike so we keep that stock look to it.

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Very possible. I have already ordered headlight and brakelight modulators (kind of a Christmas present to myself), and almost always ride wearing a solid white full face helmet and orange reflective vest. I do agree that visibility is probably the most important safety concern while riding a motorcycle. Unfortunately, with most of todays cage herders doing pretty much everything BUT driving and paying attention to what is going on around them, many of them will not see you anyway. But, every little bit helps.

BTW, I did some research a couple of years ago, and found a noticeable rise in stopped school buses being rear ended by cars over the past few years, one by a Hummer H2, whose driver was killed. No one on the bus was seriously injured. If these idiots can't see a school bus parked in front of them, with lights flashing, they aren't going to see anything. Still, I agree that motorcyclists need to do everything we can to increase visibility. Jerry.

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I've often wondered if there's not an easy way to convert LED flashlights into driving lights. Haven't gotten around to exploring that yet. Some of those Harbor Freight lights are pretty strong and cost a fraction of what driving lights cost.
I've seen those cheap Harbor Freight lights... They just pack a whole bunch of LEDs into them. I have a little MOLLE light made by the now defunct Pentagon Lights (thanks to a lawsuit by Surefire) which is brighter than most of those, but just uses a single LED and a AA battery.

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Thanks for that link!
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