Bargain auxiliary lighting, 4/19/2003
As usual - click on any photo to see a big version..
||Bulb assembly - loosen screws to
rotate lens/reflector. I rotated the bulb and lens by 90 degrees since the
intended mounting was 90 degrees different than what I would end up with.
I doubt if this made any difference at all - but at least the logo cast
into the front lens is now horizontal. Loosen (don't remove) the two
screws to rotate the bulb and/or lens.
||Light mounted on mount. The
light itself is an exact dimensional copy of the PIAA 1100 series. They
moved the heat-vent holes a tad, and made the front bezel easier to remove
(it twists off) - quality seem excellent, and since the primary factor in
the light output is the lens and the bulb assembly - I expect they work
just as well as the real-thing. Cost of them was $59.99 from a local auto
||Light mounted on mount part deux.
The lights are made by PILOT, and are PN: PL-2020C, 50W bulbs. They are
also available with the neat-o dichroic color, and with a black-out filter
thing. Since I was looking for light - I went for the clear.
||Lights mounted on bike - front
view, no wiring done yet. I added thin nylon washers between the flat
plate on the mounting kit and the light-mount. I then put some lock-tite
on the threads of the bolt and tightened if enough so the lights could be
moved, but wouldn't move themselves. The lock-tite keeps the bolt from
loosening. I also used thin nylon washers between the mounting block and
the mounting ears on the housings - same reason, this makes them easy to
adjust, but they won't move on their own.
||Lights mounted on bike - side
||Lights mounted on light -
||Outside - oblique view, wiring
is done. The lights came with a wiring kit that I hacked apart to make
what I wanted. The wiring between the lights is about 4' as the kit comes,
and I wanted about 10". It has a decent quality 30A relay, and came
with a switch more suitable for a hot-rod interior. I also had to extend
the power lead since apparently they assume this would be connected under
the hood, not to a battery behind the engine.
||Outside - closeup oblique view
||Radio Shack Switch - It lights
up when the lights are on
Acid test - do they work?
Took an alignment ride with them. They throw a beam about
1,000 feet for reflective surfaces (street signs, taillight reflectors on cars)
- it is fairly broad, but I didn't get flashed by any cars coming at me - so
they're usable in NJ's urban environment. On a twisty backroad they were a
delight - illuminating the sides of the road about 200' ahead of the bike and a
bit into the woods - look like good deer-eye spotters.
I figure I saved about $200. The mounting bracket kit is
normally $75, I paid $50 for it. The lights were $60, and the switch I added
from Radio-Shack was $2. I did use some other electrical bits - but I have those
around (spade connectors, lots of tie-wraps) so no additional cost for those.