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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-04-2012, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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Poor night vision -- need BRIGHT LIGHTS

My night vision isn't what it use to be so I want my 2012 airbag-less Goldwing to have the brightest possible driving and fog lights. I really need to reach out into the darkness with plenty of light to compensate. I am willing to add additional lights if that too will help.

Do you know/think your lights are the brightest? Let me know what they are.

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HID ( High Intensity Discharge ). I'm not recommending this site link, just giving you an example of the kit needed :http://www.customdynamics.com/hid_headlight_kits.htm

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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-05-2012, 08:18 AM
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+1 for HIDs in the low beams.

For driving lights, the Clearwater Krista lights are beyond amazing.. low power draw, high lumen output, extremely high quality units. US made, billet housings, silver plated teflon insulated aircraft quality wire, no compromise components and engineering.
http://clearwaterlights.com/products2_pp.html
These go on PIAA brackets under the mirrors, in place of your Baker HandWings.

The PIAA P1100x lights do a good job, too. Fit under the cowl, neat little installation. A combination of the 2 would vaporize any errant deer at 150 yards..

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Quite a few 1800 riders have changed out their OEM lights for HIDs. I have the Hondaline LED fog lamps for being seen (more so than what they give for me) but they do add a wider spread in front of the bike if limited distance, and most regions have laws that limit auxilliary lighting to low beam operations only. I find the stock high beams more than adequate for my tastes (actually the best headlights I've ever had on any bike), but HID bulbs both high and low should help you out lots.

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I find the stock high beams more than adequate for my tastes (actually the best headlights I've ever had on any bike), but HID bulbs both high and low should help you out lots.
Actually, the stock lights are the best I've had on ANY vehicle, bar none.. (IMHO)

HIDs aren't recommended for your high-beam application. The take a few seconds or so to come up to temperature and full brightness. Since the lows are always on, it doesn't matter, but when you need your brights, you often need them NOW! not in 10 seconds.. So a set of SilverStar Ultras in the high beam spots are probably your best choice. All of the super-bright bulbs are over-driven, so they have short life-spans, but that isn't a big deal on your brights, since you don't run them all that much.


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Oops, yes welcome indeed! I never thought about the delay in the hid's coming on slowly, that 'could' be an issue alright. A secondary system may be necessary for you. Just be sure to watch the local laws in your area, or anywhere else you may travel..

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LED's hooked to high beam circuit

I want to purchase LED driving lights for night driving under my mirrors. The dealer told me there is no way to attach it to the high beam circuit or I would ruin the "Stator" and fry my electrical system on my 07 Goldwing. He told me even though it is a low draw it can't be done. Is this true? I am not concerned with legality of it. But seriously what a pain to have another switch to turn off when driving in the mountains. Please help.
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I want to purchase LED driving lights for night driving under my mirrors. The dealer told me there is no way to attach it to the high beam circuit or I would ruin the "Stator" and fry my electrical system on my 07 Goldwing. He told me even though it is a low draw it can't be done. Is this true? I am not concerned with legality of it. But seriously what a pain to have another switch to turn off when driving in the mountains. Please help.
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IN MY OPINION.... He's full of crap.....

That said, a good quality set of LED driving lights, such as the Clearwater Lights or the PIAA 1100x usually come with their own relay, so you are only getting a trigger signal from your high beam circuit. If they don't, it's not that hard to rig a separate relay for them.

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