FOAK: additional lighting options

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by Tim S, Dec 12, 2006.

  1. Tim S

    Tim S Guest

    I'm looking for opinions on adding additional lights to my Bindit, because
    the stock lights in the dark & wet are absolutley useless. So a pair of
    additional headlights, using the small 3.5" units often seen as a twin
    conversion on a bandit
    (, but as
    single lights mounted on the engine bars / front frame.

    Question is, how should I wire them in?

    Option 1: as standard, sidelights / headlights / high beam on as the same is
    on on the original headlight
    Option 2: Headlights on when normal light is sidelight or headlight, and
    high beam with the normal light
    Option 3: As option 2, but when high-beam also keep the dipped beam on
    (would this make too much heat / current for the units?) to
    bette lighting close to the bike.
    Option 4: try and combine all the above with selectable switches under the
    seat (complicated)

    Any ideas ? The level of complexity increases with each option, option 1 is
    simple, to option 4, which I'm not sure if it can be done or not.

    I'm not an electrical numpty, so the wiring isn't a problem, but which
    option does the foak think is best for being seen / seeing clearly ?

    Tim S, Dec 12, 2006
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    Hog Guest

    The 3.5 units are just trash.
    Osram Silverstar H4 is the bulb you are looking for. Hoooge difference.
    Failing that a Cibie unit replacement unless you have the faired model.
    In the latter case a small spotlight or two will help on high beam. You
    could wire the left spot to (illegaly) come on with dip but point down
    the nearside.
    Hog, Dec 12, 2006
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  3. Tim S

    Tim S Guest

    Unfortunatly it is a faired unit or I'd go for a pair of 5.5" lamps. I did
    see a rather nice in-fairing twin headlight on a bandit in Assen last year,
    but it turned out to be a custom fairing & fitment
    Are the 3.5" units really that bad?
    Tim S, Dec 12, 2006
  4. Tim S

    Hog Guest

    Yes. I ripped them off and threw them in the bin. Life is short enough.
    In addition most of the units sold are CE marked but dip the wrong way.

    The two 5 3/4 cibies it wear now, well, closest thing to the HID's on my

    What model of Bandit do you have?
    Hog, Dec 12, 2006
  5. Tim S

    Tim S Guest

    The 3.5 units are just trash.
    Sorry, should have said, it's a 1st gen 1996 600 faired, - every winter the
    headlight shows its inadiquacy, despite the 50% brighter halogen fitted, but
    this year I'm going to try and sort it.
    Tim S, Dec 12, 2006
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    Lozzo Guest

    Tim S says...
    I don't have any complaints about the standard headlight in my faired
    early model 600. It works well enough for me to hoon at night on country
    Lozzo, Dec 12, 2006
  7. Tim S

    Hog Guest

    Those Halfrauds 50% brighter or high wattage bulbs are cack. Get the
    Real Thing.
    Alternatively go down the deadmail route and fit an HID.
    Hog, Dec 12, 2006
  8. Tim S

    Simes Guest

    Hog said:
    FFS - Just squint and pray, like the rest of us.
    Simes, Dec 12, 2006
  9. Tim S

    deadmail Guest

    How does the praying bit work, old timer?
    deadmail, Dec 13, 2006
  10. Tim S

    muddy cat Guest

    <bows head>

    heavenly father please forgive us for we are about to sin.

    <revs throttle>
    muddy cat, Dec 14, 2006
  11. Tim S

    Simes Guest

    deadmail said:
    I look on it like insurance - If there *is* a man upstairs it's cost
    nothing and might just help. The Pru worked on the same idea, but
    charged 1/2 crown a week.
    Simes, Dec 15, 2006
  12. Tim S

    deadmail Guest

    Oh, right, something you lie about. Gotcha.
    deadmail, Dec 15, 2006
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