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You guys looking to get LED's. Do your homework.. A white LED behind a red lens will not be very bright.. Those LED's are very color (lightwave length) sensitive as well as directionally sensitive so if not the correct color for the lens,or the LED's don't point towards the direction the light must be seen at they will bevery hard for other motorists to see (especially in the bright sun light).

A lot of people install those LED's then go out at night & look at them & say WOW those things are bright, you really need to look at them in the bright sun light as a lot of those (even high dollar) LED's just can't be seen in bright sun light.

A cheap alternative to save a little current is to replace all the original 1034 & a1157 bulbs in the bike with 2057 bulbs.. Those have the same CP on brake light but slightly less on running light. Not a whole lot but with ALL those 1157 bulbs in a Honda dresser it makes a difference.. Those 2057 bulbs were developed as an energy saving bulb for the newer cars & trucks with daylight running lights that stay on all the time. Because older bulbs degrade over time in most cases the new 2057 bulbs will be brighter than the bulbs that were replaced.

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1984GL1200A wrote:
Again, in an application where the bulb is facing the lens, they might be brighter. Most of the wings, at least theGL1200's, have bulbs that do not face the lens. Theyare at 90 degrees when compared to the lens. Unless you want to spend extra to get the 90 degree bulbs, they will not work.
I put the standard LED RED 1157's in my tail lights and atnight they looked great, but out in the sunlight, youcouldbarely see them.
1984GL1200A, that seems to be a common complaint on most LED's.

It would take a lot of re-work but if a person could install LED's for tail & running lights & keep the incandescents for stop lights that would be the best of both worlds as most tail lights can't be see in daylight very good anyhow but at night the LED's would be easily seen..

I was involved withsome early on testing of LED brake & tail lights for automobiles & light trucks & the daylight vision problem was one problem but another was angle of view, because they are so directional the off angle rear & front side view wouldn't meet DOT specs. Basically it takes a special lens to disperse the light correctly to even get close to an all directional view rear or front brake/turn LED signal..

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