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post #1 of 10 Old Nov 20th, 2019, 10:31 pm Thread Starter
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BMW Factory Fog Lights

Hi. I just purchased a 2019 1250RT which comes with the optional factory fog lights and was wondering how these compare to an aftermarket LED set-up. I added Advmonster Leds (Model 60 3600 Lumens) powered through a Hex ezCan to my 2016 R1200RT and really like the flexibility this offers. I am wondering whether the BMW factory fog lights would be comparable for daytime visibility?

Also, can the factory lights be set up to adjust brightness automatically for day/night and for high/low beam the way aftermarkets can when using the Hex ezCan or similar devices? I checked the owners manual and can't find this information, and won't get delivery of the 1250RT until spring. I am trying to decide whether to transfer my ADV/Hex ezCan to the 1250.

Thanks for any info.

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Hi. I just purchased a 2019 1250RT which comes with the optional factory fog lights and was wondering how these compare to an aftermarket LED set-up.
You can't really make ANY comparisons because the lights you are referring to have sharp horizontal cut offs whereas pretty much all aftermarkets lights don't.


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Also, can the factory lights be set up to adjust brightness automatically for day/night and for high/low beam the way aftermarkets can when using the Hex ezCan or similar devices?
They don't need that facility because of the sharp beam cut off. If they are set up correctly, they will not dazzle oncoming traffic.

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I am trying to decide whether to transfer my ADV/Hex ezCan to the 1250.
Yes, do it and have both. That way, you will have the ADV lights to augment high beam and the factory lights to supplement low beams.
However, I must say, the only time I use my factory fogs is to act as marker lights, so that I can be identified as the 'tail gunner' when riding in groups.

So in short, the OEM fogs work for me as marker /daytime running lights.
At night, I never use them, I just use my Clearwaters' to supplement high and low beam as appropriate.

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Below are adjustable Clearwater Erica lights under the mirrors and BMW's fog lights below them. You can see their difference in daylight visibility to drivers.

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I went with the Denali DR1’s and the CanSmart controller. They work great! Very easy install. Hardest part was running the cables. Plug and play after that. Twisted Throttle has good package deals. CanSmart is made by the same folks as EzCan.


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The bike I rented this summer (R1250RT) had the factory aux lights. IIRC there is only an on/off switch. There is no way to adjust brightness manually.
If there is any dimming with the high - low beams, I couldn't tell. IMO they're good enough to be seen but not much else.

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My thanks to each of you for your responses. Based on your collective experience and advice, I will go ahead and add aftermarket led lights to augment the factory lighting.

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[QUOTE=bandytales;1929857]You can't really make ANY comparisons because the lights you are referring to have sharp horizontal cut offs whereas pretty much all aftermarkets lights don't.


Interesting, i had not heard of the sharp beam cut off before. I just mounted the BMW lights off newly installed Illium crash bars, such that the electrical wire is up. I'm now assuming that this is the exact opposite of how they should be installed and will be blinding everyone coming the other way. Is that right?
Guess I'm back out to the garage over the weekend to find a different installation point.

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Hi. I just purchased a 2019 1250RT which comes with the optional factory fog lights and was wondering how these compare to an aftermarket LED set-up. I added Advmonster Leds (Model 60 3600 Lumens) powered through a Hex ezCan to my 2016 R1200RT and really like the flexibility this offers. I am wondering whether the BMW factory fog lights would be comparable for daytime visibility?

Also, can the factory lights be set up to adjust brightness automatically for day/night and for high/low beam the way aftermarkets can when using the Hex ezCan or similar devices? I checked the owners manual and can't find this information, and won't get delivery of the 1250RT until spring. I am trying to decide whether to transfer my ADV/Hex ezCan to the 1250.

Thanks for any info.

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After installing the crash bars on the bottom, the stock lights no longer fit there as the crash bars use the same connection points. I bought Clearwater brackets and mounted the stock lights up under the mirrors. I then attached my aftermarket LEDs to the crash bars which are hooked up to the EzCan for dimming. I only use the stock lights when I am splitting lanes on the So Cal freeways. Between the lights and the black and white bike, it's like parting the seas.
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You can't really make ANY comparisons because the lights you are referring to have sharp horizontal cut offs whereas pretty much all aftermarkets lights don't.


Interesting, i had not heard of the sharp beam cut off before. I just mounted the BMW lights off newly installed Illium crash bars, such that the electrical wire is up. I'm now assuming that this is the exact opposite of how they should be installed and will be blinding everyone coming the other way. Is that right?
Guess I'm back out to the garage over the weekend to find a different installation point.
You want to install the lights with the wires on the underside anyway, to keep water from running along the wire into the lights!

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You want to install the lights with the wires on the underside anyway, to keep water from running along the wire into the lights!
The factory LED aux lights (not only fog, the sell them as fog, rain, snow or as a supplement to your main lights) only mount one way, the bracket is on the top so they hang down from the mounting arm, both on the BMW brackets and the Illum brackets. Therefore the connections are on the top, not the bottom. If you look at the Mottorad site there is a pic of the lights.
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