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PostSubject: Spraying the Headlight Amber   Sat 06 Aug 2011, 17:20

Hi from a chilly Cape Town, South Africa

Anyone sprayed the inside of their headlight cover with luminescent orange spray suitable for polycarbonate services?

The reason for wanting change to orange is to easily seen by motorists

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PostSubject: Re: Spraying the Headlight Amber   Sat 06 Aug 2011, 18:06

Is a headlight modulator legal in S. Africa?
That would be far preferable to painting the inside of the lens cover. You'll lose too much light intensity by painting it.

If the modulator is illegal, add extra driving lights lower on the forks. And try wearing hi-viz clothing and a high-viz helmet.
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PostSubject: Re: Spraying the Headlight Amber   Sat 06 Aug 2011, 19:44

I prefer the extra amber or yellow auxiliary lighting mounted to the forks or on the DennisB bracket over a single off color light.

http://www.silverwing600.com/t624-spot-light-relocation-and-bracket?highlight=bracket

Before you alter the expensive headlight assembly give these a try.

http://www.rallylights.com/detail.aspx?ID=2467
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PostSubject: Re: Spraying the Headlight Amber   Sun 07 Aug 2011, 05:22

You could lash out and buy a headlight cover to spray, rather than painting the stock headlight glass.
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PostSubject: Re: Spraying the Headlight Amber   Sun 07 Aug 2011, 06:20

Any color you can add will actually reduce brightness and therefore your ability to see in the distance. Typically only foglights are yellow, and for specific reason.

The Silverwing can handle a lot of extras electrically. Better to get aftermarket lights and leave your headlight stock.
Also, is there any regulation in your country about the color of headights?

In some countries there are two small yellow lights at the 11 and 1 o'clock positions relative to the headlight. Typically they are 5 watt bulbs, but there is nothing stopping you from replacing those bulbs with higher power and insuring there is enough power there to handle them.
If they are not part of the requirements for your country, then the space exists but not the holes. Where the holes are normally drilled their are two nipples on the back of the light, so its easy to know where to drill. Drill thru the back and attach your favorite yellow or orange bulbs right there. Power it up thru a separate relay and swiitch an you have a stock headlight look with colored light for visibility.

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PostSubject: Re: Spraying the Headlight Amber   Sun 07 Aug 2011, 10:50

just buy a yellow bulb
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PostSubject: Re: Spraying the Headlight Amber   Sun 07 Aug 2011, 15:13

bigbird wrote:
Is a headlight modulator legal in S. Africa?
That would be far preferable to painting the inside of the lens cover. You'll lose too much light intensity by painting it.

If the modulator is illegal, add extra driving lights lower on the forks. And try wearing hi-viz clothing and a high-viz helmet.

Hi Bigbird and Ron!
Yes, modulators are illegal in SA. The extra spots does appear to be an option, Thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: Spraying the Headlight Amber   Sun 07 Aug 2011, 15:27

dspevack wrote:
Any color you can add will actually reduce brightness and therefore your ability to see in the distance. Typically only foglights are yellow, and for specific reason.

The Silverwing can handle a lot of extras electrically. Better to get aftermarket lights and leave your headlight stock.
Also, is there any regulation in your country about the color of headights?

In some countries there are two small yellow lights at the 11 and 1 o'clock positions relative to the headlight. Typically they are 5 watt bulbs, but there is nothing stopping you from replacing those bulbs with higher power and insuring there is enough power there to handle them.
If they are not part of the requirements for your country, then the space exists but not the holes. Where the holes are normally drilled their are two nipples on the back of the light, so its easy to know where to drill. Drill thru the back and attach your favorite yellow or orange bulbs right there. Power it up thru a separate relay and swiitch an you have a stock headlight look with colored light for visibility.

Dan

Hi Dan!

In S Africa, both driving and high beam lights must be the same colour whether white, amber or orange. BMW and KTM with one amber and the other white are chalenging our authorities

I like our idea of using the small lights and upgrading the Watts. I suppose I could look at that changed to amber as well as the driving and high beams. Hope we can easily obtain them in S Africa

Thanks for your input Bud!
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PostSubject: Re: Spraying the Headlight Amber   Mon 08 Aug 2011, 10:13

You might want to try using the Philips Motovision bulb. It comes in orange for the same reason you are looking to spray the headlight lens.



As dspevack wrote, if you spray the lens with paint, you will block the headlight output. It is like putting a lamp shade on it.

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PostSubject: Re: Spraying the Headlight Amber   Wed 21 Sep 2011, 16:01

Hi All!

I lost my nerve and decided to go the safe route and use a film over the lens

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PostSubject: Re: Spraying the Headlight Amber   Thu 22 Sep 2011, 14:38

Philips motovision bulb white sounds like a great upgrade
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