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jbwalton
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Spot Lights.

Post by jbwalton on Tue 15 Nov 2016, 2:05 pm

I'm adding a pair of spot lights to the bike, in the current form they run 2x55watt halogen bulbs, will the electrical system handle the extra draw?I have the option of using 2x20watt bulbs instead,i don't really want to upgrade the alternator/regulato or use LED bulbs,any advise please.
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Post by GlenAnderson on Tue 15 Nov 2016, 2:24 pm

You won't get another 110w out of the standard system, that's for sure. 

Even 2 x 20w is going to be tight. I'd also question whether or not the performance would be worth the bother. 

Unless you're dead set on the visual aesthetic of twin auxiliary lamps, I'd think you'd get a better performance improvement by fitting a high output headlight bulb. I used an Osram "Nightbreaker" 55/55w bulb in mine (100% higher output than standard, but the same current draw). The improvement was quite remarkable.
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Post by jbwalton on Tue 15 Nov 2016, 2:32 pm

Thanks for the reply,I'm already using the night breaker bulb so I guess yes it is more of an aesthetic look I'm after + adding a safety factor being more visual to other drivers.
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Post by GlenAnderson on Tue 15 Nov 2016, 4:50 pm

In that case, I'd recommend you investigate a low current LED option. 4 or 5 watts of LEDs will give you way more than conventional bulbs.
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Post by Jameshambleton on Tue 15 Nov 2016, 5:36 pm

I'd say that you've got about 35watts to play with on the stock system, obviously a mosfet reg/rec would help a great deal as it's way more efficient but it's a costly mod at £70
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Post by ANDYC on Tue 15 Nov 2016, 6:35 pm

@jbwalton wrote:Thanks for the reply,I'm already using the night breaker bulb so I guess yes it is more of an aesthetic look I'm after + adding a safety factor being more visual to other drivers.



Are you just using the bulb in the standard wiring?
If so I would strongly recommend using relays as mentioned in a previous thread to uprate the power actually reaching the bulb.
The difference is amazing. Shocked
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Post by Jameshambleton on Tue 15 Nov 2016, 7:48 pm

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Post by jbwalton on Tue 15 Nov 2016, 8:03 pm

Really appreciate the help gents. I'm loving this bike,sold my RT1200 with no regrets now,(except maybe weather protection)

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