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Wiring a Small LED Light Bar

A few months ago, I bought a small (maybe 10 lights) LED light bar from...somewhere. It's more for being seen than actually seeing. Anyhoo, there are three wires for connecting the bar - one ground, one labeled "high," and one labeled "low." I'm assuming that the latter two refer to the high and low beams, but can someone look at the wiring diagram for the bike and tell me which wires I'd tap into? Looks like the R/B wire off the headlight goes to the high beam indicator light, and then to the reserve lighting unit; and then there's a R/Y wire that comes off the headlight and attaches to the dimmer switch. High-to-R/B, low to R/Y?

Also, if I've switched out my brake lights to LEDs and am using a Silverstar headlight, should I have enough "spare" amperage to turn this thing on without blowing all the fuses?

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If that is what is meant by low and hi, since the led use very little juice, I would connect them from the wire that go to the head light. Connect the low to the one that runs the low beam, and the other to the one that runs the hi beam. And that should give you light.

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Is this perhaps a mini turnsignal/brake light? Or wire low to tail light and hi to brake light if used on rear. Color?

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Is this perhaps a mini turnsignal/brake light? Or wire low to tail light and hi to brake light if used on rear. Color?
Now, it's actually a long light bar - white lights. Let me see if I can find my sales slip and I can tell you exactly what it is and where I got it. Back in a flash.

UPDATE: It's a "15-inch LED Llight Bar" from a place called Custom Dynamics.

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I don't have my Clymer handy (I'm away from home, just now)...otherwise, I'd gladly look that up for you......


Anyway, you shouldn't have any problems with your electrical system when turning that LED bar on--assuming you don't have much else extra drawing on your electrical system.

I have over 115 LEDs on my bike--and I'm still running the stock tail light bulbs--and I've had no problems. My voltmeter shows things to be normal at almost all engine speeds.

I'd be curious to learn where you're mounting a light bar that's 15" long...???

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Hey Cindy, I agree. If we knew more of what it's use is for. That would help. A high & low could be interpreted both ways. Brake & Run light or High & Low beam. Either way the led's shouldn't bother the bike. Let us know what it's for. See ya!
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Also, if I've switched out my brake lights to LEDs and am using a Silverstar headlight, should I have enough "spare" amperage to turn this thing on without blowing all the fuses?
Depends if you have it wired correctly....lol.

LED's use very little power, and you did not mention what wattage your "Silverstar" headlight is, but given that you got about 70w of available power to start with,you should be fine.

I think I would take the battery out and try connecting the bar to it (just to see the diffrences) by first:
Using just the ground and the "high" wire and if nothing happens:
Then the ground and the "low" wire.
My guess is the "high" simply puts out more light than the "low", but lacking more info on the product, can't tell you for sure...
And if it were me, I'd wire the lights to the accessory leads and put in a switch...so I can use the lights when I wanted to.
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I don't have my Clymer handy (I'm away from home, just now)...otherwise, I'd gladly look that up for you......


Anyway, you shouldn't have any problems with your electrical system when turning that LED bar on--assuming you don't have much else extra drawing on your electrical system.

I have over 115 LEDs on my bike--and I'm still running the stock tail light bulbs--and I've had no problems. My voltmeter shows things to be normal at almost all engine speeds.

I'd be curious to learn where you're mounting a light bar that's 15" long...???
I have Stebel horns on the bike, so I've pulled off the stock horns, which leaves that plate free for mounting stuff. Like I say, I can't imagine that it's gonna give me much additional light for the roadway - but this time of year, I'd be happy having people see me a couple of seconds sooner than they might otherwise. Or maybe it'll cause a deer or two to stall in its tracks...
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Are these white or red LED's ? Not just the lens color, but the color of the light itself? I couldn't find 15in white LEDs there.
From the Custom Dynamics website, it says this:
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These high intensity 15" LED Ultra Light Bars are designed to give greater visibility and conspicuity to your vehicle. They are unique, because they have been engineered to function in both high and low intensity brightness for a multitude of applications. Mount the 15" LED Ultra Light Bar anywhere you want or need more light. Available in Red (Red LEDS/Red Lens) and Euro (Red LEDs/Clear Lens). The center and end LEDS (3 total) illuminate in running light mode, while all LED illuminate in high intensity module.


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Well, now, there's a good question, Hyper! I thought they were white...that wouldn't do me much good to have a red LED light bar up front. Although, it probably wouldn't hurt to have an extra set of running lights on the rear of the bike. I'll check when I get home from work and see what in the heck I bought - surely I can put it to some good use ("Wiring Accessories 101; Exercise 1 - Soldering Your Light Bar Wires").

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