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Seeking anyone who has added LED Colored Accessory Lighting to their cruiser.

I am referring to the colored LED Accessory Lighting (ie. engine, saddle bags, and/or front forks being illuminated), which come in various colors, display modes, etc. There seems to be many different options available out there, so I am just curious as to what experiences riders may be having with these lights.

If so, what kind/type are you using and how robust is it?
Which manufacturer?
Any pics or videos?

Was it a DIY install or did you have the lighting installed?

Any additional insights would be appreciated.

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Aftermarket LED lighting is hit or miss, literally. The issue is vibration and heat, as the power converter of the bulb throws off a huge amount of waste heat. This has led to melted headlight buckets in the past.
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I've added some aftermarket LED lights to my C50 and upgraded the halogen bulb in the headlight to Philips RacingVision H4 Headlight Bulbs 12342RVS2 Xtreme Vision. Don't see the point of upgrading headlight to LED bulb due to reasons mentioned by Skrapiron above.
I did upgrade turn signals and break light to LED bulbs. If you change turn signals to LED, you would need to change the turn signal controller to "Lighting - Flash Controller - Suzuki - Relay - Turn Signal LED - 7 Pin - 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012," or a compatible model.

Towards the end of the threads listed below, you will find pictures of Denali spot LED lights I've used on my bike, as well as a different implementation of same Denali lights by another rider (second link, also towards the end of the thread).
https://www.volusiariders.com/54-gen...ts-better.html
https://www.volusiariders.com/47-cus...lames-2-a.html
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Aftermarket LED lighting is hit or miss, literally. The issue is vibration and heat, as the power converter of the bulb throws off a huge amount of waste heat. This has led to melted headlight buckets in the past.
Thank you for stopping by.

Let me clarify my initial inquiry.

I am referring to the colored LED Accessory Lighting (ie. engine, saddle bags, and/or front forks being illuminated), which come in various colors, display modes, etc. There seems to be many different options available out there, so I am just curious what experiences riders are having with these lights.

Thank you!!!

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Bulbs I used in my turn signals (very pleased): Front Turn Signal/Running Lights lights were changed to iBrightstar Extremely Bright 3030 Chipsets 1157 2057 2357 7528 BAY15D P21/5W Switchback LED Bulbs with Projector Replacement for Daytime Running Light.
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I've added some aftermarket LED lights to my C50 and upgraded the halogen bulb in the headlight to Philips RacingVision H4 Headlight Bulbs 12342RVS2 Xtreme Vision. Don't see the point of upgrading headlight to LED bulb due to reasons mentioned by Skrapiron above.
I did upgrade turn signals and break light to LED bulbs. If you change turn signals to LED, you would need to change the turn signal controller to "Lighting - Flash Controller - Suzuki - Relay - Turn Signal LED - 7 Pin - 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012," or a compatible model.

Towards the end of the threads listed below, you will find pictures of Denali spot LED lights I've used on my bike, as well as a different implementation of same Denali lights by another rider (second link, also towards the end of the thread).
https://www.volusiariders.com/54-gen...ts-better.html
https://www.volusiariders.com/47-cus...lames-2-a.html
Thank you for your reply.

Let me clarify my initial post inquiry.

I am actually referring to the colored LED Accessory Lighting (ie. engine, saddle bags, and/or front forks being illuminated), which come in various colors, display modes, etc. There seems to be many different options available out there, so I am just curious what experiences riders are having with these lights.

Thank you!!!

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Bulbs I used in my turn signals (very pleased): Front Turn Signal/Running Lights lights were changed to iBrightstar Extremely Bright 3030 Chipsets 1157 2057 2357 7528 BAY15D P21/5W Switchback LED Bulbs with Projector Replacement for Daytime Running Light.
Were you able to use the bulbs you suggested above as a direct replacement for the stock turn signal bulb, or did you have to fiddle with the wiring?

I bought some cheap Aliexpress LEDs for my 2012 C50T and a CustomLED relay for hyperflash. On the front I have 1 marker that won't light but turn works, and 1 marker that's too bright and washes out the turn.

If these bulbs work, I might replace the amber lens with clear and forego getting a light bar. I just want to be seen. In that case, which of the 2 do you suggest?

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Bulbs I used in my turn signals (very pleased): Front Turn Signal/Running Lights lights were changed to iBrightstar Extremely Bright 3030 Chipsets 1157 2057 2357 7528 BAY15D P21/5W Switchback LED Bulbs with Projector Replacement for Daytime Running Light.
Were you able to use the bulbs you suggested above as a direct replacement for the stock turn signal bulb, or did you have to fiddle with the wiring?

I bought some cheap Aliexpress LEDs for my 2012 C50T and a CustomLED relay for hyperflash. On the front I have 1 marker that won't light but turn works, and 1 marker that's too bright and washes out the turn.

If these bulbs work, I might replace the amber lens with clear and forego getting a light bar. I just want to be seen. In that case, which of the 2 do you suggest?

Thanks![/SIZE]
If you are referring to these, they do add visibility when running in clear lenses. I did that originally to avoid buying spot lights and be more visible. I did end up buying spot lights due to lacking headlight at night, but otherwise switchback LEDs served the purpose.
Front Turn Signal/Running Lights lights were changed to iBrightstar Extremely Bright 3030 Chipsets 1157 2057 2357 7528 BAY15D P21/5W Switchback LED Bulbs with Projector Replacement for Daytime Running Light.

The great thing about switchback, is that they are normally white in running light mode and switch to amber blinking.

No wiring changes, just a direct replacement. You have to make sure the polarity is plugged in correctly (one of the contacts is for running lights, second is for turn signal). I did have to replace one bulb (failed almost on the first few rides), and amazon replacement was easy and free. Still running strong for 7-8 months.

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Bulbs I used in my turn signals (very pleased): Front Turn Signal/Running Lights lights were changed to iBrightstar Extremely Bright 3030 Chipsets 1157 2057 2357 7528 BAY15D P21/5W Switchback LED Bulbs with Projector Replacement for Daytime Running Light.
Were you able to use the bulbs you suggested above as a direct replacement for the stock turn signal bulb, or did you have to fiddle with the wiring?

I bought some cheap Aliexpress LEDs for my 2012 C50T and a CustomLED relay for hyperflash. On the front I have 1 marker that won't light but turn works, and 1 marker that's too bright and washes out the turn.

If these bulbs work, I might replace the amber lens with clear and forego getting a light bar. I just want to be seen. In that case, which of the 2 do you suggest?

Thanks![/SIZE]
If you are referring to these, they do add visibility when running in clear lenses. I did that originally to avoid buying spot lights and be more visible. I did end up buying spot lights due to lacking headlight at night, but otherwise switchback LEDs served the purpose.
Front Turn Signal/Running Lights lights were changed to iBrightstar Extremely Bright 3030 Chipsets 1157 2057 2357 7528 BAY15D P21/5W Switchback LED Bulbs with Projector Replacement for Daytime Running Light.

The great thing about switchback, is that they are normally white in running light mode and switch to amber blinking.

No wiring changes, just a direct replacement. You have to make sure the polarity is plugged in correctly (one of the contacts is for running lights, second is for turn signal). I did have to replace one bulb (failed almost on the first few rides), and amazon replacement was easy and free. Still running strong for 7-8 months.
Just one more thing: I’ve tried a dozen different brands and styles for both front and back running lights (I replaced rear turn signals with oem front turn/running lights). It is very hard to find a decent led bulb that is long lasting, doesn’t cost like it is made of platinum, and bright enough to warrant spending extra $10-$15 on top of 99 cent that a regular bulb would cost. It is a bit of a trial and error, but here are a few things I’ve learned from experience: less LED chips is usually better. Don’t trust the advertised lumens and 300% brighter claims - almost all of them are bs (unless bulb costs $100 and promises 3/4 brightness of a $5 led), and brightness is perceived due to a more tightly focused beam or different color temp. Pick an led bulb that has either two or three sides with led chips, and a front firing diffuser. A diffuser in the front will give you better coverage, that doesn’t only depend on the turn signal reflector itself. Heat sinks on 99% of LEDs are a gimmick and doesn’t do anything in a fully enclosed reflector, so less LEDs is better - less components to go bad. I’ve tried led bulbs with 30-40 led chips on a tiny bulb, and a good portion of them was burned out from the start (almost impossible to see with a naked eye) and rubbed me of lumens even further substantiating the fact about boughs brightness claims.

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Just one more thing: I’ve tried a dozen different brands and styles for both front and back running lights (I replaced rear turn signals with oem front turn/running lights). It is very hard to find a decent led bulb that is long lasting, doesn’t cost like it is made of platinum, and bright enough to warrant spending extra $10-$15 on top of 99 cent that a regular bulb would cost. It is a bit of a trial and error, but here are a few things I’ve learned from experience: less LED chips is usually better. Don’t trust the advertised lumens and 300% brighter claims - almost all of them are bs (unless bulb costs $100 and promises 3/4 brightness of a $5 led), and brightness is perceived due to a more tightly focused beam or different color temp. Pick an led bulb that has either two or three sides with led chips, and a front firing diffuser. A diffuser in the front will give you better coverage, that doesn’t only depend on the turn signal reflector itself. Heat sinks on 99% of LEDs are a gimmick and doesn’t do anything in a fully enclosed reflector, so less LEDs is better - less components to go bad. I’ve tried led bulbs with 30-40 led chips on a tiny bulb, and a good portion of them was burned out from the start (almost impossible to see with a naked eye) and rubbed me of lumens even further substantiating the fact about boughs brightness claims.
Thanks. I think I'll have to wait until I vacation state-side to get these. Your original link @ $22 was reasonable, but when I went to order, they don't deliver to Canada. Amazon ca has them @ $88. I'll dig around, maybe someone else has them at a reasonable rate.
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