LED accent lights serve a fantastic twofold purpose: they simultaneously offer you the ability to customize your motorcycle’s appearance, as well as provide you with better visibility (and, of course, they make you visible to other drivers on the road). Simply put, accent light strips are one of the best and easiest possible ways to increase your safety at night and customize your bike’s appearance.
We all know that safety is the number one concern. At the end of the day, every attachment and addition that you make to your motorcycle should ultimately enhance the rider’s safety. Upping your visibility at night is the perfect way to do so, and what better way to light up your ride than by installing some LED accent lights on it?
LED accent lights are ultimately the best and easiest method for lighting up your motorcycle for several reasons; these lights are dazzling, can come in many different colors, and can operate on very little battery power—making them a viable, sustainable option in order to prevent frequent light changes from eating up too much battery.
What LED Lights Can Do for Your Bike
LED lights are the perfect addition to any motorcycle; they add a flashy and fun statement to any motorbike, and—with so many colored options―they customize your ride to make it uniquely your own. After all, not many people are going to choose the same combination of lights like you. In addition to providing a unique way to decorate your bike, these light strips offer the excellent benefit of making you a safer driver.
With an LED lighting system, not only can other drivers see you, but you are also casting more light around your bike and affording yourself greater levels of visibility. Furthermore, the fact that you can install them yourself makes them the perfect option for those who want to spruce up their motorcycle without the hassle (and expense) of taking it to a professional to add or install.
However, remember that with great power comes great responsibility! While you can most definitely install LED accent light strips on your own, this independence means you must be extra careful to follow the proper directions when you do put them in.
The Benefits of Installing LED Lights Yourself
LED accent lights are incredibly simple to install into your bike; the process can take as little as two hours, and can be easily accomplished with basic tools that you probably have lying around your house.
To do so, it is best to buy an LED motorcycle kit from a reputable dealer. Not all kits are created equal, and some may not contain everything you need for the installation.
Before you can begin this easy process, you need to know how to accomplish it in the first place.
The process, described below, can be somewhat difficult and time consuming without the right kit, so make sure you source it from the right retailor.
Making Sure You’re Prepared for Installation
First off, you need to buy an LED accent light kit. There are many stores where you can find LED light kits, but there do exist many high-quality stores that specialize in LED underbody lights. This kind of store is where you ideally want to purchase your kit. Make sure that your light strips are weather resistant. While this may sound obvious, you would be surprised how many light kits the rain, snow, hail, or other elements can easily batter.
So, you have finally bought your brand new LED accent lights, and you are ready to install them.
- Ideally, you will want to have some electrical wire in two separate colors in order to assist you in being able to tell the difference between them for when you install the negative and positive battery connections.
- You will also need a remote relay box that comes with an antenna wire and a boat fuse, as well as a five amp fuse.
- Furthermore, you will also eventually need 20- or 18-gauge electric wire, soldering gel or soldering equipment, screwdrivers, pliers, sandpaper, an in-line fuse, connec tors for your wire terminal, electrical or another industrial strength tape, as well as Velcro strips.
- Finally, you will also need some wire strippers, a lighter, a stiff wire (in order to assist you in positioning and navigating the electrical line around the trickier, more crimped areas of your motorbike). You will also need some ring terminals and a switch (which should come with the LED light kit).
The Eight Steps to Properly
Installing LED Accent Lights on Your Motorcycle
These are the steps to correctly install your LED accent lights onto your motorcycle:
1. First, make sure that your LED strips are working correctly.
You can test your LED strip before installing it by connecting your positive wire and positive battery terminal, and of course by connecting the negative terminal to the negative lead wire. Turn it on to ensure that every single one of your strips is fully lit up before proceeding.
As you test out your strips, try putting your strips in piles by size in order to make it simpler to install them later. Your LED kit will likely arrive with a battery unit that you can utilize to test it; if not, simply test it out with the battery from your motorcycle. This battery should be located under your seat.
Disconnect the battery first so that you are able to run tests and installations safely; you definitely want to do everything in your power to minimize the risk of destroying the other parts of your motorcycle, or even harming yourself or those around you.
Occasionally, you may encounter a situation in which your LED strips are not all lighting up or are simply not lighting up brightly enough for your satisfaction and safety on the road. If this happens to be the case, try reversing the connections of your wires to the battery.
2. Position the light strips exactly
where you want them to be on your motorcycle.
Sounds simple enough, but this step is of particular importance if you are concerned with meeting a particular aesthetic standard. Remember that, in many cases, putting a strip in one particular place may require you to shift some parts around. For instance, if you position some lights underneath the fairing, you may need to take out the screws with a socket wrench or a screwdriver in order to make ample room for the light strips.
The vast majority of LED light kits come shaped as pods or strips, which are usually loaded with some type of adhesion on their backs. If you are unsure as to whether your desired location for the lights will allow the wires to properly reach your battery, you can test it out ahead of time.
You can do this by first hooking up the light strips to your battery, and then stretching out the wires to see if they will extend to the location where you want the strips attached.
If you are also unsure as to whether you want the light strips to remain permanently where you initially stick them, you can make use of the Velcro patches; these will offer you excellent sticking power while simultaneously making it easy to remove the strips in the future.
On the other hand, if you know exactly where you want your lights to go—and know for a fact that it is a secure, effective location—you can utilize the permanent tape strips that should arrive with your LED kit, or an industrial strength double stick tape roll, in order to stick your strips firmly in place.
However, keep in mind that while you are welcome—even encouraged—to place the lights wherever you want on your bike, try your best to keep them symmetrically located on either side of your bike in order to ensure completely even distribution of your lights when they are turned on at night.
3. Stick the strips to your bike.
Once you have finally decided on the best location to place your LED strips and have your adhesive tape or Velcro firmly in place, you are ready to attach the light strips to your bike.
4. Choose where you want the light switch to go.
Your LED light strip kit should arrive with a switch inside. You will want the switch to be located somewhere that you can reach very easily, but which will not necessarily accidentally turn it off when you are in the middle of operating the bike. This switch will have three leads on its back: ground, positive, and negative.
5. Create a junction in order to properly connect your lights together.
In order to decrease the number of wires operating within your bike, it is imperative that you create a junction for them to meet at.
Gather all of the wires protruding from the LED light strips on one side of your motorcycle and bundle them together, bringing them all together so that they end in one place—preferably as close to the battery underneath your bike seat, if possible. With a wire stripper, carefully take off approximately half an inch of the rubber insulator located at the very ends of the wires.
Twist them all together and, finally, connect them to the positive ends of the battery. Repeat the same process for the negative wires, and then do the same thing again for the other side of your motorcycle.
6. Join the junctions together.
This following step requires you to take out the seat of your motorcycle, for it occurs inside your bike. Follow the proper instructions to ensure you can correctly remove the seat of your motorcycle.
Once you have removed the seat, take up a wire from one of the junctions that you just created in the previous step, and attach it to both the negative and positive terminals of the battery by wrapping the wires together. After you have the wires gathered, wrap them around with the aforementioned electric tape in order to hold it in place.
Do this same step again on the other side of the motorcycle, and then join together your two junctions by wrapping the negative-end wires with each other and the positive-end wires with each other.
7. Connect your light strips to a power source.
Now that you have one large junction, you should connect one more black lead wire by wrapping one end of it around the negative wire and the other end to the positive one. Ultimately, you now possess a single wire with both a negative and a positive side.
Next, you should make sure to untighten the bolts on both of the battery’s negative and positive terminals. Position the negative wire right in between the head of the bolt and the negative terminal, before tightening it back up in order to secure the wire.
Once the wire is clinched in place, take the blue antenna wire and attach it to the primary frame of your motorcycle. Finally, repeat one more time with the positive terminal and the positive wire.
8. Put everything securely back in its place.
After you have finished all of the above steps, take the outer seat that you removed in the previous step and tightly screw it back on. Make sure everything is securely in place before you turn the ignition on; you definitely do not want your exterior lights, wires, or any other parts of either the light strips or motorcycle to be moving around loosely.
Once you have made sure that everything is
in its place, you are ready to enjoy your new
LED accent lights in all their full glory.
Following the above steps when implementing your LED light strips is the key to outfitting your motorcycle in the safest, efficient, and cost-effective manner possible. They may seem difficult, but remember that if you buy the right kit, you can quickly and efficiently install your new lights.
You are now fully equipped with all of the necessary tools and knowledge to install your own LED accent lighting strips on your motorcycle; with any luck, you should be well on your way to enjoying your revamped bike in no time.