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    Front Daytime Running Lights
    on: Aug 12, 2019, 01.16 pm
    Aug 12, 2019, 01.16 pm
    Prompted by another Forum Member ( Cheers Wilko ! ) I bought some
    "LED Switchback DRL Indicators", from eBay, and wired them up.
    ( Search eBay for "LED Switchback" and they should come up - usually from China though  :159: )



    I'm all for making myself as visible as possible to others,
    without going "over the top" and I really like these .....

    In essence they are dual colour LED's, or "2 in 1" LED's,
    used in place of the original Indicator bulbs, where the White LED's are ON permanently,
    like the Stock Position Light, ( although I have them wired through a separate switch -
    so I can choose whether to have them ON or OFF ), and as soon as the Indicator switch
    is operated, the White light switches off on that side, and the Amber LED flashes on that side.

    These Photos shows a comparison of the Stock "Postion" Light,
    the small Bullet LED DRL's I had previously fitted,
    and the new "Switchback" DRL Indicators :



    The new LED's are quite bright, and make the front end much more visible in the daytime,
    by utilising the Reflector and Lens of the Indicators.



    In normal use, both Indicators are a nice crisp, blue / white, and as soon as the Indicators are operated,
    this changes to Amber - flashing as usual thanks to the In-Line Resistor supplied as part of the kit.
    ( A 12V power feed is needed for the DRL's otherwise the installation is pretty simple ).

    When the Indicators are cancelled, there is a short delay, and then the White DRL comes back on.







    Last Edit: Jan 17, 2022, 10.16 am by Coconut

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    Re: Front Daytime Running Lights
    Reply #1 on: Aug 12, 2019, 01.46 pm
    Aug 12, 2019, 01.46 pm
    Thanks for taking the time to document the improvement provided by this accessory!
    Anything that makes a motorcycle appear wider is a good thing in my book.  :152:

    It looks like I might not be finished farkling my Trophy after all!

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    Re: Front Daytime Running Lights
    Reply #2 on: Aug 12, 2019, 02.03 pm
    Aug 12, 2019, 02.03 pm
    Like it and agree, whatever makes you more visible! What type of  Bullet LED DRL's are those. Have been looking at the Denalis$$$

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    Re: Front Daytime Running Lights
    Reply #3 on: Aug 12, 2019, 02.15 pm
    Aug 12, 2019, 02.15 pm
    Hi Canes,

     :431: ...   I had replied to your PM asking the same, but sent it to the wrong person !  :138:

    The original DRL's I had ( and still have ) were small (25mm diameter ) Bullet type,
    fitted inside the Wheel arch, and details of these are in this old Topic :
    LED Lights for UK Trophy,
    where there are some Photo's and details of that installation,

    At Reply #3 of that Topic there is a Link to the UK Supplier ( M & P Direct ), who also sell on eBay.
    Those bullet LED's were a reasonable 24.99 including postage and are "E" Marked !  :028:

    Cheers  :821:

    Last Edit: Jan 07, 2020, 06.46 pm by Coconut

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    Re: Front Daytime Running Lights
    Reply #4 on: Aug 12, 2019, 02.29 pm
    Aug 12, 2019, 02.29 pm
    Nicely done.

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    Re: Front Daytime Running Lights
    Reply #5 on: Aug 12, 2019, 03.12 pm
    Aug 12, 2019, 03.12 pm
    Thanks once again. Had seen the pics in the Photo section and, at the time, could not figure out how to trace them back to the thread....which I managed right after I PMed you! :138:

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    Re: Front Daytime Running Lights
    Reply #6 on: Aug 13, 2019, 12.58 am
    Aug 13, 2019, 12.58 am
    I'm pretty seriously considering doing this modification.  I really like the added visibility during daytime operation.  I do have some concerns about these lights blinding/dazzling other drivers at night though - the reflector housings were designed with incandescents in mind and LEDs in incandescent housings seem to frequently cause this issue. 

    As Coconut's threads seem to get justifiably high traffic here  :001: would you, Coconut, or anyone else who has done a similar mod, be able to comment on any perceived or mentioned concerns by other drivers when you're running this setup at night? 

    Thanks!

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    Re: Front Daytime Running Lights
    Reply #7 on: Aug 13, 2019, 05.56 am
    Aug 13, 2019, 05.56 am
    I have been running the switchbacks for over 2 years now.  https://www.triumph-trophy.com/index.php/topic,6781.0.html

    I had no complaints and nobody hitting their high beams in response to the white lights.