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Old 03-16-2013, 08:11 AM   #1
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OEM 1200 Aux lights or LED? F658

Local friend of Craig is selling all his extra bits and has a set of 2010 OEM 1200 fog lights that he wants a decent price for. Essentially the same price as a nice setup from ADVMonster. So am I better with BMW OEM (halogen) fogs or a combo 1500lumen Spot and 2000 lumen Fog LED setup? I like the lower power of the LED, though I KNOW the OEM are going to be well built.

Second, thoughts on best mount for a 2009 F650GS? I want a little lower light so I can get some more contrast.
2009 F 650 GS - Lava Orange
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Old 03-16-2013, 02:30 PM   #2
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the OEM lights will fit fine and you know what you are getting

LEDs use much less power and last virtually for ever.....however...

Their are bunch of LED light merchants...LEDs project light differently, the LED elements themselves differ significantly from manufacture to manufacturer. Most LED light designs for beam formation/ control are poor. LEDs need a lens or lens - reflector combination that is quite different than any of the incandescent/arc lamps.

If beam formation/control (including blinding on coming traffic) is important to you, be careful which LED you buy.

Having said that I favor LEDs in principal...but have not found a vendor that does the beam control well.

If any one has quantitative info on a LED vendor with a good design....let us all know.
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