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I have a 92' stock 1500 Aspencade with a stock alternator.

At this time I am considering adding driving lights and I would like to know what is the recommended wattage to use.



But, I guess first I should know what is the amperage of the stock alternator and then what is the normal amp draw.



Also, it is better to mount them up under the faring or lower down near the engine guards.



Thanks for your suggestions



Bob
 

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Hi Bob, if I am correct in thinking you are wanting to be "seen" more rather than "headlamp style" illumination, then you may wish to consider replacing your current "position" (sorry, I meant cornering) lights (if installed, which apparently come on when you use the indicators) with LED's , member Hodgy (I think) had a great post re. installing 68 SMD LED's into the fittings, which I have done, and for me they are great, and with the low power consumption of the alternator (500watts?) , still gives you the option of further lighting/accessories.
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As Peter said if you want to be seen, get LEDs as the stock alternator will not handle much added for driving lights.
If you want to stay with the stock alt and see more road at night, get the PIAA LED 1100 driving lights.
To be seen, low is OK, to see more road at night, up under the fairing or on light bars on the fairing.
Put on a digital volt meter to monitor your voltage at all times. That will tell you the facts of what the alt can handle. Must be above 12.5 v at idle and best above 13.5 v idle. Should be minimum of 13.5 v at 2500 rpm and above.
What ever you end up using, Do not put on 55 Watt driving lights with a stock alt as you will discharge your battery below 2500 rpms.
 

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I did three different light modifications to my 97 SE to enhance my visibility and put more light on the road. All using LED's so not much added to the draw on battery. There are other posts on the site covering LED conversions along the same line as mine.


Position lights, changed my 194 bulbs to LED.

http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/forum1/119226.html



Cornering lights, changed to 68 SMD LED, it is the 17th post on this link.

http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/forum1/99592.html



Added LED driving lights. These are very bright and you could ride with just these lighting the way. Covered in the 16th post of the thread. Other ideas for driving lights are covered here also.

http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/forum1/128975.html



Post number 21 has photos of the cornering and driving lights after LED conversion.

http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/forum1/99592-2.html




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Well, if you are looking for lights to see with I just installed a set of Rigid Industries Dually LED spot lights on my Wing yesterday.

http://www.rigidindustries.com/Dually-2x2-LED-Lights-Set-of-two-p/twoduallys.htm

These things are BRIGHT!! :shock:

I found this link from an older post from Bish that pointed them out to someone else.

These lights are very well made. They are just over 3" cube in size and made of aluminum, of which about 70% of this is a heat sink to keep the LEDs cool.
 

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Everyone, I appreciate the suggestions and comments. My main intention is to see more of the road at night, you see while riding home one night with the low beam on, I ran into something on the road. I felt a sharp jolt of something hitting the lower cowell at highway speed and the sound of a dragging chain.

Bob
 
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