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LED's for Tail/Brake Lights.....
I have a GL1200a 1984 with 27,000 miles. It runs great,
but when at an idle and the brakes applied my voltage
dropped to about 11 volts and if in heavy traffic and a
hot day the battery would go low on me.....
I put a new battery in it (gel type) and the voltage would
only drop to 12.5...With out brakes applied it would
idle at about 13.5 to 14.5, very good right?
Well I bought and replaced my 1157 tail/brake lights with
red LED's with the 12 in one. They are brighter and let me
tell you at an idle now when I apply the brakes it doesn't
move from 14 volts. Not even a little bit.
They are kind of pricey, $4 something apiece but well
worth it.....
Ya can't go wrong with these things they are great.... :cheeky1::clapper:
 

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Hello,

I was just looking online at LEDs myself. Can you tell me where you bought yours, and do you by any chance have pictures of the bulbs (both out of the socket and in operation)??

Thanks,

Jack
 

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Thats good to know, I've just refitted my trailer after winter. now I have a voltmeter fitted to the bike, the voltage drop at idle with lights and brakes on is down to 11.5v!:shock:

although 1500rpm claws it's way back up to 13v so instead of setting a high idle speed when towing I think I'll go the LED way

so that 'll be 6 LED stop/tails please!!!
 

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WOW, six bulbs ain't gonna be cheap.....they are about
$4 somthing and change....but in my opinion well worth it.
 

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The LED bulbs should last much much longer and they use very little power compared to the standard bulbs.



Has anyone found LED bulbs for the 2 front fairing running/ turn signal lights?



I have an 83 Aspy.



thanks,



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edzinohio wrote:
The LED bulbs should last much much longer and they use very little power compared to the standard bulbs.
Has anyone found LED bulbs for the 2 front fairing running/ turn signal lights?

I have an 83 Aspy.
thanks,

Ed

Hi Ed,

Are you talking about the squarish ones on the side, or the oblong ones on the front? If you mean the ones on the side, I actually found an almost direct-fit replacement to turn those side reflectors into actual running/turn signal lights. I'm waiting on my LEDs for the front signals before finalizing my little circuit design. So easy...

Jack
 

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Agoguen,

I just ordered a set of 19's - thanks for the tip and the link!!!!!!!

Diego
 

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OOPPs
I should let everyone know, that when using these LED's
that the current draw is so low that those of us that have
a "tail/brake light" warning light on our LCD displays
that it will stay on all the time due to the circuit
thinking the bulbs are burnt out.....

They have a resister you can buy for $4.95????? that will
take care of that problem but you will need 1 resister for
each light bulb....I will live with the indicator light on
all the time....I'll just check to make sure the lights are
working from time to time..
 

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Jack,



I am talking about the lights in the front, in the fairing. The 1157 LED bulbs are not made to fit in there, just curious if someone found an LED that fits. I am looking to save power draw so I can run my fog lights more often and not worry about battery drain when I have to stop in traffic a lot.



Thanks,



Ed
 

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agoguen: I, too, have a 1984 Aspencade and really appreciate your posting and link to the LED site. Before I order, though, do I need the wide or narrow type of 1157?
 

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keener wrote:
agoguen: I, too, have a 1984 Aspencade and really appreciate your posting and link to the LED site. Before I order, though, do I need the wide or narrow type of 1157?
Keener,

I got the narrow ones, for what it's worth. The website said the narrow ones have a beam width of 15º and are very bright whereas the wide ones have a beam width of 100º and are less bright. I also spent the 2 bucks and got the 19 bulb over the 12, again, for sheer brightness sake. Go big or go home I figure. On my '82 the bulbs face straight back, so I opted for a "look" that would be brighter and more directly behind the bike rather than a more fanned out beam. I want the cars DIRECTLY behind me to know my brakes are on. I'm less worried about peripheral traffic.

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agoguen wrote:
...the current draw is so low ...a "tail/brake light" warning light... will stay on all the time ...

They have a resister you can buy ...
The resistor will add significant current draw to the brake light circuit, and undue any voltage gain you may achieved by using the LEDs.

Also,not sure what kind of flasher unit these bikes have, but most thermal flashers require the bulb's current to work correctly. Just FYI...

hossners

'81 gl1100i se
 

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Keener
I got the 12 led wide angle. Some say the narrow ones are
brighter but I am happy with the brightness of the wide
one.....The bottom tailbrake lights go in at an angle not
straight back so the wide angle I think works better for me.:clapper:
 

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Well, while we are on the subject. Has anybody tried the single LED white and blue 194/168's as a direct replacement for the dash lights?TIA
 

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These LEDs will sure go a long way to save on the current load placed on the charging system, unless you use the load resistor. It seems to cancel out the current savings. One option may be to use a mix of LEDs and regular bulbs. It will take some of the sting out of my wallet and naybe keep the tail light warning light off.
 

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Are you folks using the red LEDs or the White ones? The original 1157 bulbs are clear, so my guess would be to use the white ones......?
 

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red leds for red lens, white leds for white lens...
 

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I sure would like to find some LEDs that would fit my 1500. The tail lights at the saddlebags would need to shine at 90 degrees to the mount to work . . .

Hey L8 - good lookin' ferret you got there.

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