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Old 09-06-2013, 09:53 PM
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Default What headlights you use to see clearly at night?

What kind of headlights are you guys running that ur able to see CLEARLY at night like you do in a car? I have one 300 lumen flashlight coming and i know i need more power but this is to help me get by along with the one i already have on the bike.
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Old 09-07-2013, 01:30 AM
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Default Re: What headlights you use to see clearly at night?

These are the ones I use. Each light has four 3 watt led bulbs and each light is rated at >800Lm. They are so bright that it lights up the darkest street or trails. I have mine wired to a 48 volt battery.
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Old 09-07-2013, 03:54 AM
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These are the ones I use. Each light has four 3 watt led bulbs and each light is rated at >800Lm. They are so bright that it lights up the darkest street or trails. I have mine wired to a 48 volt battery.
that is pretty slick! have any more pics of how its wired up?
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:42 AM
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http://motorbicycling.com/showthread...=46719&page=13
If you go to post number #128, you can see how I did it.
The good thing about these lamps is you can use any volt battery as long as its between 12-90 volts. One light is enough to light up any dark road.

Here's the link to the light

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Motorcycle-M...#ht_822wt_1018
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Old 09-07-2013, 11:20 AM
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I'm old school and like incandescent lamps and big housings. I have two bikes that use a 35 watt sealed beam and one that has a huge 55 watt headlamp. I power them with either a 7.5 or a 10 amp hour, 12 volt SLA battery. I can get up to an hour of motorcycle quality light from these and have no trouble seeing what's out there in front even on unlit streets.

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Old 09-07-2013, 07:54 PM
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http://motorbicycling.com/showthread...=46719&page=13
If you go to post number #128, you can see how I did it.
The good thing about these lamps is you can use any volt battery as long as its between 12-90 volts. One light is enough to light up any dark road.

Here's the link to the light

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Motorcycle-M...#ht_822wt_1018
thanks for the post! i do like the lights and being able to mount on the handle bars seems like a plus, but i wouldnt know how to hook it up to a small enough battery that would fit on the bike.
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:31 PM
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Default Re: What headlights you use to see clearly at night?

I use a 55 watt automotive type halogen light. You can get them at the auto dept at wal-mart for about $20/pair. I power them with two 10 amp/hr sla batteries. One would be enough, really. But with two, mounted on either side of the wheel, it gives better balance plus 3 hours of run time. That's more than I ever use so the batteries are never drained very far.

I mounted the light down low in order to avoid blinding oncoming cars. I also run three standard bicycle LEDs up near handlebar level so that oncoming cars aren't fooled by the low light into thinking that I'm a motorcycle much further away than I really am.

It seems that I've uploaded a photo of this setup in another thread. If I've figured out how to link properly, then this should get you there;
http://motorbicycling.com/showthread.php?t=49578
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:32 PM
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Default Re: What headlights you use to see clearly at night?

does anyone know what the 66cc china girls cdi puts out as fare as volts and or watts ?
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Old 09-07-2013, 09:38 PM
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Default Re: What headlights you use to see clearly at night?

The CDI only puts out high voltage for the spark plug. The magneto produces the smaller current. The blue wire will see something in the range of 80 volts, give ot take a few. That is the ignition primary voltage. The notorious and often infamous white wire will give you something in the neighborhood of 4 to 9 volts A/C (alternating current) depending on engine rpm, at just under 3 watts. Many of us have no use for the white wire and either cap and wrap it or cut it off at the magneto coil. 3 watts isn't going to give you a lot of light.

In all fairness there have been some who have successfully used the white wire and through some fancy electronics have used it for lights or for charging a battery. There are more of us who rely on batteries like those mentioned above and charge them in our shop or garage after a night ride.

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Old 09-07-2013, 09:43 PM
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Default Re: What headlights you use to see clearly at night?

http://www.sickbikeparts.com/catalog...4fc5sihb93b925

This light also works good during the day for making me more visible.
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