I'm looking at increasing my lighting on the front. I've read through many of the threads and they're helpful but also kind of confusing. I now know that I don't know as much as I should know, but at least I know that.
What I'd like to do is convert my low beam to LED and add a set of flood lights to the brake calipers and a set of spots under the headlight. My idea is to wire the floods to assist the low beam and the spots to assist the high beams. I plan to wire them with relays and either make the mounting brackets or purchase them if they are cheap enough or beyond my limited tooling.
I need to do this economically considering I have several other additions to purchase/build as well as some maintenance to perform. Keeping that in mind, my questions are:
1: Does this make sense or should I only add spots or flood?
2: What are the specifications I should look for as I evaluate headlamps, and auxiliary lights?
3: What is the recommended LED replacement for the low beam?
4: What are some decent spot and flood lights?
I've read about staying away from the fan type LED lamps but I don't know the specifications to find a replacement lamp.
Cree seems to be an inexpensive option for lighting but again I don't know what specifications to look for.
Adding the floods on the calipers should not be that difficult however, there is very limited space under the headlight and depending on the size of the lights, they may interfere with the forks under certain circumstances so be very careful if you go with lights in that position.
There is no recommended LED per say but both Phillips and Cree make H7 LED bulbs that will fit with the copper band heat sink. I am using the phillips.
It is a package of two so you get a spare. I gave my spare to another LT owner.
Be careful of the lower cost spots and floods on Amazon and Ebay as many have the same functions as the LED flash lights with a dim, bright and flashing setting based on turning them on and off to switch between modes. I wanted mine to come on with the AUX power and off when the bike was shut down with no intermediate switch so those were unsuitable for my purposes and likely yours. I added the lights below under my bumpers with a custom made mounting plate. Nothing fancy but did the trick. These with the supplied bracket would probably extend too far down for under the headlight so you would have to make something that would tuck them in high and tight so hot to interfere with the fork movement in all situations.
As for the high beam, there is no LED solution I have found yet that will fit in the hole so I went with an HID but that is still not all to my liking yet. I think I need to play with it for bulb positioning to get a better focus as it seems to mostly be pointing very high.
DON'T just try and put a high wattage bulb in the H3 High beam as the wires are not large enough to handle the added current. They will melt and short things out.
There was a PIAA kit for the LT with mounts for under the headlight but they are pricy if you can still get them. They were specifically designed by a forum member to work with the small PIAA lights and not hit anything. You might try making some brackets that mount and extend out from under the mirrors where size would not be such an issue.