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Old 02-09-2015, 01:15 PM   #1
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Led Lights.

Hi everyone!

I wanna put on some extralights on my BMW R1150gs -03 for better Nightvision.
Preferrably Led lights.

Now,how strong can I use? 2x20w,2x40w,2x60w or stronger?
The generator is the original from-03.
The only extra equipment fitted so far is a GPS and I will be loading my cellphone also.

Thankful for any input.
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Old 02-09-2015, 01:18 PM   #2
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Led Lights.

Clearwater Lights. There are none better, and they're priced accordingly. Glen (owner/creator) is personally available to discuss fitment options and educate customers. If nothing else, you will come away with a greater understanding of the products and quality available. Give him a call.
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Old 02-09-2015, 01:21 PM   #3
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I had two 50 watt incandescent Cibie lamps on my 1150GS, no problems for hours constant riding. Your bike of course has ABS which requires a large power source, the generator will easily handle an extra 100 watt draw or more. LED lamps of this wattage are super bright. Not saying to buy them but take a look at some of the threads using Clearwater LED lamps. There is some serious power out there.
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Old 02-09-2015, 01:25 PM   #4
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The Denali series from Twisted Throttle are good lights also, not as high tech as Clearwaters but a little less expensive. I put the Denali D4 lights on my GS and really like them. They are combination spot and flood lights and put out an amazing amount of light. The kit comes with everything you need for installation and they are easy to install.
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Old 02-09-2015, 01:33 PM   #5
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You will need to modify your relay first. Our they will not work.
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Old 02-09-2015, 01:50 PM   #6
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You don't have to spend a lot of money to get great lights, and it's unlikely you'll find LEDs that will draw more power than your alternator can provide. Lots of good ideas here:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=848904

Also, I'd recommend converting your halogen headlight bulbs to HID units before you do anything else. Huge improvement over the stock setup.

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Old 02-09-2015, 05:57 PM   #7
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You don't have to spend a lot of money to get great lights, and it's unlikely you'll find LEDs that will draw more power than your alternator can provide. Lots of good ideas here:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=848904

Also, I'd recommend converting your halogen headlight bulbs to HID units before you do anything else. Huge improvement over the stock setup.

^^^^

And HIDs are less than $100.00 for both high and low beam and utilize the excellent optics of the OE headlamps.
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Old 02-09-2015, 06:03 PM   #8
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LEDs are faster high beams than the cold HID highs though. My hid high beam
Was too slow to warm up and the D2 LEDs are right now! Soooo, both are best.
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Old 02-09-2015, 06:50 PM   #9
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Mike, you're correct about cold strike and flash-to-pass. If you use flash to pass then no HID for the high beam. Otherwise, HIDs provide the best lumens per dollar.
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Old 02-09-2015, 08:27 PM   #10
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Hi everyone!

I wanna put on some extralights on my BMW R1150gs -03 for better Nightvision.
Preferrably Led lights.

Now,how strong can I use? 2x20w,2x40w,2x60w or stronger?
The generator is the original from-03.
The only extra equipment fitted so far is a GPS and I will be loading my cellphone also.

Thankful for any input.
Stefan
You have about 700 watts of 12VDC coming from the alternator (generators are no longer used in automotive applications).

Your engine requires about 175 watts to keep things purring nicely. The rest is available for toys, lights, stereo, TV or whatever. Just remember, the battery needs to charge so leave yourself some headroom.
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Old 02-10-2015, 04:59 AM   #11
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The Denali series from Twisted Throttle are good lights also, not as high tech as Clearwaters but a little less expensive. I put the Denali D4 lights on my GS and really like them. They are combination spot and flood lights and put out an amazing amount of light. The kit comes with everything you need for installation and they are easy to install.
+1 for the d4's. Great lights and they won't break the bank.
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Old 02-10-2015, 07:07 AM   #12
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online-led-store.com

I recommend these from online-led-store.com. I have some of their 6in light bars and grill strobes. The products are high quality and don't cost a arm and a leg. The new light bars use Cree 5watt LEDs just like other much more expensive brands. You don't have to spend a lot of money on LEDs. In the end its your money, but the way I look at is a light that costs $800 more really 80 times better.

Here is a 2x2 LED light. $55 per light and $12 off if you order 2.

http://www.online-led-store.com/lamp...t-orzledlbr321

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Old 02-10-2015, 03:32 PM   #13
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Just ordered these:

http://stores.advmonster.com/f11-fog-light-pair/

Will hopefully have some positive feedback to post once I get them installed.
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Old 02-14-2015, 03:07 PM   #14
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Okay,Thanx everyone
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