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Offline jordbarnet

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Anyone hardwire lighting into pannier bags
« on: July 09, 2013, 03:34:44 PM »
Just curious if anyone has done anything to handle wiring/lighting into the pannier bags.  At night, finding things in the trunk has proven interesting.   Would rather do something that (a) Lasts (b) reasonably OEM looking (c) minimizes any damage to the bags (d) space conscious


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Re: Anyone hardwire lighting into pannier bags
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2013, 03:47:39 PM »
I have a small windup LED torch in the glovebox. Simple solution. Will always have power. Useful if you need to do anything else around the bike in the dark. No risk of reducing the waterproofness if the panniers.
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Re: Anyone hardwire lighting into pannier bags
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2013, 04:21:25 PM »
I was thinking of making up a length of cable with a bright led on and a plug that plugs into the socket on the LHS of the engine that is permanently live.

coil it up under the seat and there for emergencies... :006:

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Re: Anyone hardwire lighting into pannier bags
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2013, 04:49:22 PM »
I have a small windup LED torch attached to the keyring. Never even thought of lighting for the luggage never needed to  :084: :084:

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Re: Anyone hardwire lighting into pannier bags
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2013, 03:46:40 AM »
for light i would use a small battery powered l.e.d stick up light.no hard wires to run or holes to drill

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Re: Anyone hardwire lighting into pannier bags
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2013, 12:55:05 AM »
Torch in glove box is my choice.

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Re: Anyone hardwire lighting into pannier bags
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2013, 05:31:13 AM »
If you hardwire the bags that is another thing you will have to unplug as you take the bags off for the night.  Assuming you don't leave them on overnight whole touring.  Then you can fiddle around with those unplugged wires in he dark.  Seems to me a flashlight (torch) is the beat solution  or if you forget that most smart phones have flashlight apps.
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Re: Anyone hardwire lighting into pannier bags
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2013, 08:01:50 AM »
You can get battery operated led lights that stick to surfaces you just press them to switch on and off.

 



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