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Aux driving lights

Im looking for some auxillary driving lights to fit to the front of my bike. Dont really want to pay Touratech prices, have thought about using LED lights but are they bright enough ?

Any alternatives anyone can recommend ?
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I bought driving lights and fog lights from Blinglights in the States here - very useful but not as bright as HID conversion whcih i would defintiely recommend.
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you dont have to pay TT prices, or wait a year to get them. look at M+P, Hein gericke, busters etc. there are quite a few different lights out there
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I have fitted a Hella Rallye 1000 to my sidecar, and had small PIAAs on my R1150GS. The latter made a nice difference to the spread of light, if not the brightness. Well worth it, in my opinion....
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Hella Comet FF200 and FF300 with 100W bulbs will be ok, but I prefer the spread of the light from Hella 1000 Rally also with 100W bulbs. Hella Micro DE are small and really good "fog-lights" using +30% bulbs.

Small xenon lights are now on the market:
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Micro DE is also available as a driving-light with xenon technology... at a price...
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I fitted a HID unit into my headlamp, spectacular light and very conspicuous for daytime running but a little blue, mine consumes 35 watts, I also have a pair of Hella FF50s with their standard 55watt lamps which I have set up at dipped height, unlit roads are very easy now with a wide spread of bright light in the dipped beam zone and on main beam I illuminate road signs etc a long way ahead, an unexpected bonus is that in daytime with everything lit the traffic parts red sea style.

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If you do HID conversions, be aware that the bulbs are available in different colours. Many sellers sell 8000K bulbs ... which are blue. Dont go for them. 5000K is what I would recommend. (white light is 5600K).

Also if you do a lot of offroading or expect to drop the bike a few times, a HID conversion is a much 'safer' option than aux lights as there is nothing to break off.... and they are easier on your battery / alternator
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Wunderlich do a set - comes with all the bits.
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Oh yes. Adventure-Spec are now the importer for these babies in the UK.
I'm hoping to put two VisionX LED Solstice ('euro' beam pattern option) units on my offroad bike.
900 lumens each from 10W of bike juice.
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halfords

i was in halfords 2 days ago and seen some nice little auxillary lights in there for £26. there were a couple of different variations but all were small enough to fit nicely on a bike with a nice mounting bracket. dont think there was relay or switch in packaging but they were nice lights which i think would suit a bike nicely without the touratech price tag!

nearly bought a pair myself!
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There's three components to aux lights: the lights themselves, the wiring with a relay and a waterproof switch, and the lighting bar to mount the lights on the bike. The advantage of the TT/Wunderlich stuff is that all three come in one purpose designed pack, but then you pay the earth for them.

I have a pair of the Halfords lights (brand name is Ring) on my Tenere and they are ideal for my needs which are additional 'presence' plus some additional light.

Some of the Halfords sets come with a ready made lighting harness, though this is for a car and needs to be cut down a bit. Alternatively make your own with a relay. You'll still need a waterproof switch and a lighting bar.

I have yet to find a lighting bar for my F650GS twin, otherwise I would put them on that bike as well.
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