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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-04-2011, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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I am looking to add driving lights to my 2000 Vulcan 750. I am building my own light bar and want to keep with a small square or rectangular chrome housing to match the new marker lights. Does anyone have a suggestion as to where I can find these? I can locate plenty of round lights but they will not match my new design theme. I prefer metal housings also. Thank you for any help.
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Wally world has some good lights for a good price. Some have bought them and installed a lower wattage bulb for less draw on the charging system. If you stay with a larger wattage bulb you will need to install relays and such to aid with the extra draw.

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I'm running the 25watt bulbs & they put out plenty of light. I opted for the larger housing. Most if not all I think I've seen have been round to oval in shape but there are deffinetly some small ones out there.
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I think most driving lights are in round housing because that shape is the easiest to design the focus to put the light where you want it. A cousin of mine runs his own trucking company and told me several years ago that the trucks with two big round headlights lighted the road better at night than the ones with four smaller rectangular headlights. These were all burning halogen bulbs. IMHO you are sacrificing some lighting function for form with a rectangular or square housing. But that`s your decision to make.

I have been thinking about adding driving lights too, and decided that I want redundancy and safety combined by having them on a separate circuit from the headlight. That way if one circuit fails the other will still get you home. I plan on hooking them up with a relay triggered by the ignition switched wire going to the licence plate light, and have a manual on/off switch wired in as well. If that wire fails while riding, you do not lose any headlight or brake/tail/stop light functions , only the driving lights and licence plate illumination.

X2 to using lower 20 or 25 watt bulbs in the driving lights. The vn750 only has about 70 watts in reserve over stock electrical needs.
Good luck in your search for lights.

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X2 what OlHoss said.. that is the same way that I am setting mine up
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