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Question Amber vs. White Spot/Flood Lights - Which Is Better?

Are amber spot/flood lights better than LED/halogen white?

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I'm installing Twisted Throttle Denali DR1 Single Intensity LED Lighting Kit on my 2008 C50. They are currently on sale for $70(!), including wiring harness and handlebar switch. There is a plethora of fairly expensive Denali mounting solutions available for most motorcycle, but I don't like any of them , so I will be using Memphis Shades Turn Signal Relocation Kit MEM9996.

Denali DR1 can be easily converted to Amber from its stock white (clear lens). Advertisement states it is better in fog/rain due to filtering out blue wave from visible light www.twistedthrottle.com, manufacturer.

I don't have any experience with amber spot/fog lights, and see very few cars on the road with them. I have never seen a motorcycle with amber spot lights. Any time I see bright amber fog lights on highway, they stand-out and attract attention - might be a benefit for increased motorcycle awareness to cagers.

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Amber for spots, not headlights.
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Amber for spots, not headlights.
Thank you for feedback! It would be great if you could elaborate a little bit on the benefits of amber spot/flood lights.

P.S. Nice looking bikes, with amber driving lights

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Make sure theres enough space between them and your turn signals or your signals could blend in and not be seen.
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Make sure theres enough space between them and your turn signals or your signals could blend in and not be seen.
That is a good point! I was planning to install them right under the head light, now I will have to reconsider the location or keep them white. Any feedback to what is the benefit of amber spot lights?

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I've always heard that amber was better in foggy conditions. Not sure if that is really true. Since the vast majority of your riding will be in non foggy conditions I would go with white as an adjunct to your headlight. I had spot lights on both my older Goldwings and I aimed them just to the left and right of where the low beam headlight hit the road, aimed low to not interfere with oncoming driver's vision. Aimed like that they really brightened up my path at night. And as an added bonus when I switched to high beams the spots stayed on and the road was really well illuminated.
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Agree with Dean. Amber is superior in fog, but, even better in snow.....of course, most folks don't ride in the snow.
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There's a reason headlights are white and fog lights are yellow.


Amber is better for fog. If you're looking to increase your presence, go with amber.


After riding through New Hampshire at night I bought white because I wanted to see everything in front of me.

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I think white is best for night riding. Where I live, once off the island there are just too many deer so my night riding is almost never. In my opinion, two things make you noticeable in the daytime, a white helmet ( first reaction is you are a motorcycle cop) and the amber lights ( they don't know what you are).
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been using ambers on my spots for years...more of a safety issue than anything...just another way to catch the eye of an oncoming vehicle.

Whats the big hurry...slow down and enjoy the ride!

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