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Old June 16th, 2015, 01:33 PM   #11
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Is that the next version you're working on currently?
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Old June 16th, 2015, 01:54 PM   #12
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Is that the next version you're working on currently?
The one in the OP and the next version will draw the same power, except the next version will be more efficient, meaning more lumens. OP's has close to 6,000 lumens now.
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Old June 16th, 2015, 02:16 PM   #13
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This version is not easily serviceable. I can do it but I would not recommend OP did it. The next version will be more easily serviceable with common tools. That said, I've never had an LED burn out!

Low is ~3W and High is ~70W.
I am in for a new unit, once you make them again. Question - is the Low setting adjustable, in case I prefer to use maybe 10 or 20W instead of 3W, for example?
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Old June 16th, 2015, 05:10 PM   #14
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I am in for a new unit, once you make them again. Question - is the Low setting adjustable, in case I prefer to use maybe 10 or 20W instead of 3W, for example?
The low is fixed. I did quite a bit of experimentation getting just the right brightness that is visible during the day and tolerable at night without blinding anyone.

However, that is a good idea to implement. I can make it adjustable for the end-user within a range. 3W doesn't seem like much but it's quite visible.
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Old June 16th, 2015, 06:51 PM   #15
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how easy is it to install? I have very little mechanical experience but have a decent set of tools.
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Old June 16th, 2015, 07:43 PM   #16
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how easy is it to install? I have very little mechanical experience but have a decent set of tools.
If you can solder, have a reasonable range of tools, and are willing to dedicate the time to it, then you'll be fine. I say this due in the most part to the comprehensive installation instructions provided with the kit. Written as a true technical document should be, it assumes very little pre-existing knowledge on the part of the reader.

So, like I say; Ability to solder + Tools + Time + Installation guide = Good to go!
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Old June 17th, 2015, 07:28 AM   #17
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The low is fixed. I did quite a bit of experimentation getting just the right brightness that is visible during the day and tolerable at night without blinding anyone.

However, that is a good idea to implement. I can make it adjustable for the end-user within a range. 3W doesn't seem like much but it's quite visible.
Ok, noted, Kuksul. Some adjustability of the Low setting would be great! Probably you have already selected a suitable level for the Low setting. It was just something I noticed when seeing Jokeshop's You Tube video. In High, the illumination appears truly phenomenal, but Low seemed more aimed at being seen than seeing better. I was hoping for a Low setting that gave a markedly better view of the road surface than stock, and I can't tell from the video if it really does. Of course, I do understand that we do have to be careful and not blind oncoming traffic with the Low setting...

Jokeshop, do you have comments about the Low illumination of the road over stock?
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Old June 17th, 2015, 08:55 AM   #18
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I believe he originally designed the Low setting to be courteous to other vehicles on the road as well as give decent illumination.
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Ok, noted, Kuksul. Some adjustability of the Low setting would be great! Probably you have already selected a suitable level for the Low setting. It was just something I noticed when seeing Jokeshop's You Tube video. In High, the illumination appears truly phenomenal, but Low seemed more aimed at being seen than seeing better. I was hoping for a Low setting that gave a markedly better view of the road surface than stock, and I can't tell from the video if it really does. Of course, I do understand that we do have to be careful and not blind oncoming traffic with the Low setting...

Jokeshop, do you have comments about the Low illumination of the road over stock?
The Low mode is 100% for "being seen" and doesn't light up the road noticeably at all. Not only is it illegal but very distracting to oncoming drivers if you have bright lights on all the time. The lenses I use are conical so they shine in all directions equally. Great for visibility, but also very blinding.

The Low basically creates the 'triangle' of visibility and they are definitely noticeable during the day, but you can look directly at them. High mode is for when no cars are around.
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Old June 17th, 2015, 09:21 AM   #20
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Jokeshop, do you have comments about the Low illumination of the road over stock?
Exactly what kuksul says; they do light up the road when on low, but only a *tiny* bit, and only noticeable in pitch black (as mentioned before, the video very much lacks any detail). But man, looking at the bike head on it' just so much more VISIBLE.

I've noticed a marked increase in cars moving over in their lane to let me past since fitting the lights...
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