Clearwater Darla LED Light Install

RSL

May 2015
913
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Dallas, Texas
Working on adding the very bright Clearwater Darla LED lights to be more conspicuous to oncoming traffic.

Small but intense lighting. Connection to bright light to operate LEDs at 100% when the brights are on or flashed.

Rough metal fitment to see how it all fits. Pleased with location.

Now for a lot of trimming, drilling, painting, wiring, etc...



2" light with over 2,000 lumen illumination each. Wakes the texting/cellphone/eating motorists.
 
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GR8

May 2015
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Waltham, MA
I've seen this install but on the front fender area. Are those going to be used in conjunction with the blinkers or are they just running lights?
 

RSL

May 2015
913
1
Dallas, Texas
Looks like your custom lights are interesting. I remain a Clearwater guy because of the lumen output. In 2013 we did a test of different LED lights. Guess which in this photo were the Clearwater Darla LEDs, which were set at only 75% brightness?

 

RSL

May 2015
913
1
Dallas, Texas
Here is a comparison of a 35w HID, two 55w highbeam bulbs and two Darla LEDs at 100% brightness. Note, these are off-axis, just like most oncoming traffic.

 
Jul 2014
1,260
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California
Looks like your custom lights are interesting. I remain a Clearwater guy because of the lumen output. In 2013 we did a test of different LED lights. Guess which in this photo were the Clearwater Darla LEDs, which were set at only 75% brightness?
No doubt the Clearwater stuff is nice. Most manufacturers claim more light output than they really deliver. And most tell you emitter outputs not actual output. I think the Clearwater numbers are realistic. In reality, lumen output is just 1 aspect, and not nearly as important as beam pattern/light distribution, tint, and form factor.
 

RSL

May 2015
913
1
Dallas, Texas
All aspects of good roadway illumination. My primary concern is being much more conspicuous to traffic.

My experience of night riding with the additional lighting from the 6,000K Clearwater Darla LED lights is that the light pattern supplemented the K1600GT HID lighting well, within the 75mph Texas speed limit.

I seldom travel at night though. With the change to the Hyperstrada, long distance touring is done with my Hyperstrada on the back of my car on a Mototote MTX Sport carrier.
 

RSL

May 2015
913
1
Dallas, Texas
The beauty of this mount location is that it is out of harms way in a dirt nap. The lights are tight, thus don't detract from the lines of the Hyper.



Yet, the lights are brilliant, capturing the attention of oncoming traffic.









 
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