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LED Lights for Motorcycles - the Basics

By: Wyked Illuzionz

Motorcycle accent lighting is becoming ever more popular.? These lights are beginning to show up on everything from the smallest, least expensive, scooter to the "big bucks" choppers and everything in between.

If you're thinking about taking the leap and lighting up your ride, there are some important things to keep in mind.

First, quality is everything.? For most things in life, you get what you pay for and motorcycle LED lights and accessories are no exception to the rule.? Make sure the light products (pods and strips) you buy are waterproof, come with sufficient lead wire for ease of installation, and have a Lifetime Warranty against bulb failure.? Note, however, bulb failures are rare in the higher quality products, thus their ability to offer such a warranty.

Second, make sure the wiring for your LED lights is independent of the wiring for the rest of your bike.? This will ensure your factory warranty stays in tact.? Modifications to existing wiring are likely to void your warranty.

Third, make sure you get the right products for your bike and the right products to achieve the look you want.? Most reputable dealers are available to take your calls and are willing to discuss your needs with you before you make the purchase.?? Motorcycle LED light products come in different shapes and sizes, different casings (usually chrome or black), and many different light colors.? Not all light products are right for all jobs.?

Fourth, don't underestimate the importance of the accessories.? Make sure fuse holders and switches are waterproof; industry proven bonding tape is used (3M VHB tape is recommended); and an adhesion promoter is also provided to increase the bonding strength of the tape.

Fifth, make sure the system is such that additional lights can be easily added in the future should you decide to do so.?? You may want to start out lighting your engine first and add ground effects or wheel lighting later.? You want the add-ons to fit within your current LED lighting system and be easily accomplished.? Plan ahead "just in case".

Whether having your motorcycle LED lights professionally installed or buying the kits or individual units to install yourself, doing your homework ahead of time will pay off.??

Remember, your bike is a reflection of you so it's best to do it right the first time.

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