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Thoughts on two different driving lights.

I have been going back and forth on these two driving lights. Thoughts I would get your opinions.

I was going to use this mount under the cowl.
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Re: Thoughts on two different driving lights.

I am voting for the LED's
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Re: Thoughts on two different driving lights.

I like them
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Re: Thoughts on two different driving lights.

I have the 1100X with those mounts. The mounts are awesome and really make for nice solid mounting points that look factory.

Last year I had to replace the bulbs. think they were about $35/each. Don't know how many years were on them since I bought the bike used.

I would probably lean towards the LED units for lower wattage per lumen and longer life. But the bulb style does work great. I used mine a lot on my '03 because I didn't have an HID headlight. Put that in my '05 and now I don't need auxiliary lights just to see the road. Still nice to run them for extra visibility so others see me.

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Re: Thoughts on two different driving lights.

Don't know much about either of those. I have fork mounted 35 watt motolights. I love them. But they are expensive.

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Re: Thoughts on two different driving lights.

I currently have both the BMR mounts and the PIAA 1100 LED's on my K1200LT. I put on 3.5K miles on these in October in varying conditions day/night wet/dry and all I can say is What a Difference this combo makes! Best investment ever. I liked them so much I just ordered a set of PIAA LED's for my R1200RTP project bike. I opted for the Phoenix switch package to control the lights instead of the stock switch that comes with the PIAA kit on my K bike and the R bike has a few spare switches so no probs there. Good luck with your hunt for the perfect set of driving lights




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Re: Thoughts on two different driving lights.

I have this combination also, but would really like to get the LED bulbs. The original replacement bulbs are crazy expensive at 35-40$ each. I have had to replace at least one every season since I have had the bike.

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Re: Thoughts on two different driving lights.

I had the PIAA lights and they were nice and bright. But the Clearwater Darla 2000 Lum lights are much much better... and they are adjustable.

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I have been going back and forth on these two driving lights. Thoughts I would get your opinions.

I was going to use this mount under the cowl.
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PIAA Platinum 1100X
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PIAA (73122) 1100 LED
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007A3I3Q8/...I347H6KO4OIL7I
These are supplemental to the low beam and are not true driving lights. I had the 1100's on my LT they filled in my HID low beam well. Long life with the 1100's although the LED's should last longer the 6300 K rating suggests a Blue to purple cast of light. The 1100's give off a white light around 4300 K. I would go with the 1100's based on that price and Kelvin rating.

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These are supplemental to the low beam and are not true driving lights. I had the 1100's on my LT they filled in my HID low beam well. Long life with the 1100's although the LED's should last longer the 6300 K rating suggests a Blue to purple cast of light. The 1100's give off a white light around 4300 K. I would go with the 1100's based on that price and Kelvin rating.
+1 I have the 1100 LEDs and they are too blue. I went with the more expensive LEDs because of the lower amperage draw and long bulb life. however at 6300K they appear brighter than they really are, which tends to irritate oncoming traffic. They do make the reflectors and road signs show up earlier and brighter though.
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Re: Thoughts on two different driving lights.

PIAA driving lights and replacement bulbs are overpriced. There are other brands that are so similar to PIAAs that the parts are interchangeable with the PIAA lights. Look around for a set of Hella or Rallye driving lights at almost 80% lower in price then the PIAAs.
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