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
    (http://www.busters-accessories.co.uk/proddetail.asp?prod=THLBM), 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
    provide
    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
     
    Tim S, Dec 12, 2006
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  2. Tim S

    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
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  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
    cage

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

    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
    roads.
     
    Lozzo, Dec 12, 2006
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  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
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  8. Tim S

    Simes Guest

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

    deadmail Guest

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

    deadmail Guest

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