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wingmann
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PostSubject: LED Driving Lights   Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:27 pm

I am thinking of getting LED Driving lights. Has anyone used LED driving lights on your silverwing or seen LED driving being used . Is LED driving lights very brite . Do they light up the road very good . I have been looking at the Denali D2 LED driving lights at twisted Trottle . I would like to here the Pros and Cons on LED driving light.
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PostSubject: Re: LED Driving Lights   Sun Dec 09, 2012 10:18 pm

I have the Denali D1 LED driving lights from Twisted Throttle. I like them a lot. They really light up the road nicely and makes you more visible to oncoming traffic and pedestrians. I have them on the DennisB lightbar which works very well.

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PostSubject: Re: LED Driving Lights   Mon Dec 10, 2012 8:11 am

I have Cree LED lights on the front of my scooters. Connected via a remote controlled dimmer. Lights are rigged so I either have normal main beam or the LEDs running off the main beam switch. Since fitting I have only used the normal main beam headlight when taking them for their annual MOT test. The LEDs on full are very bright, when on low they are ideal daylight running lights as the light is very white. Check out ebay.
p.s. Cree is a type of LED not a manufacturer's name.
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PostSubject: Re: LED Driving Lights   Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:25 am

wingmann wrote:
Has anyone used LED driving lights on your silverwing or seen LED driving being used .

Yes

wingmann wrote:
Is LED driving lights very brite .

It depends on the manufacturer. Comparing LEDs is not straightforward.

Here are some of the major differences:

1) LED(s) utilized
- For example Cree XM-L T6. LEDs have been quickly advancing.

2) Angle of projection
- Where and what angle

3) Reflectivity of the reflector
- A lower grade reflector can reduce light projection

4) Ability to dissipate heat
- Even when stopped

I found that coming wattage or lumens provided by the different manufacturers were useless.

I found real users pictures (not just manufacturer) to be the most helpful and then understanding the wattage.

I would strongly recommend putting in a Pulse Wave Modulator (PWM) which is a very specialized dimmer ... to avoid blinding oncoming drivers. It dims by not reducing the wattage, but by turning on and off which reduces the light output.

There are some PWMs with high-beam override ... why you hit your high beam the PWM stops dimming and provides full power.

wingmann wrote:
I have been looking at the Denali D2 LED driving lights at twisted Trottle .

They do not list the LEDs utilized by the Denali D2. Why would they not want to list which LEDs are utilized?? It will be impossible to compare with any other manufacturer.

wingmann wrote:
I would like to here the Pros and Cons on LED driving light.

LEDs provide the best light for wattage.
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PostSubject: Re: LED Driving Lights   Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:35 pm

tarmacburner2 wrote:
I have Cree LED lights on the front of my scooters. The LEDs on full are very bright, when on low they are ideal daylight running lights as the light is very white.

Do you find that these CREE lights actually illuminate the road much, or is it just that looking at them they look bright? Do they have an output value..lumens or watts?
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PostSubject: Re: LED Driving Lights   Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:10 am

Hello Rogerscoot,

The lights with 4 cree leds in each are 1600 lumens. When on full they light up the road and surroundings very well indeed. When on low they are bright but not dazzling for oncoming traffic.
There isn't a beam of light such as a spotlight, more of a floodlight but with very even lighting.
Basically I am very pleased with the lights.
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PostSubject: Re: LED Driving Lights   Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:36 pm

Im looking to upgrade my driving lights come spring time. I don't know much about them, like can they be purchase at any auto supply store or Wall mart, or online. More info please. interest
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PostSubject: Re: LED Driving Lights   Wed Dec 12, 2012 3:56 pm

tinman wrote:
Im looking to upgrade my driving lights come spring time. I don't know much about them, like can they be purchase at any auto supply store or Wall mart, or online. More info please. interest

Bought mine on Ebay. Doubt if available elsewhere. When I bought mine it was a kit, two lights and the dimmer unit.

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