An In-Depth Guide for Choosing Motorcycle Lights in 2018

LED bulbs are both brighter and cheaper to operate (using less Wattage) than conventional incandescent bulbs. When they first appeared, LED’s were expensive due to the emerging manufacturing process, however, today LED’s are the standard for most of the electronics market and are a perfect lighting solution coming in many forms, sizes, power outages and colors.

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1. 2PACK 12W LED Spot POD RACE LIGHTS Off-Road Motorcycle Dirt Bike Fog Driving Work Lights
1. LED Spot POD RACE LIGHTS
This is the Autosaver88 dual LED low watt, high lumen spot race lights

  • High quality LED chips

  • 1200 lumen 12W each

  • Dustproof, Shake proof and Waterproof

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2. Night Led Light Bar 2PCS 18w 4
2. Night Led Light Bar 2PCS
This is the Nilite 18 LED 1,260-lumen spotlight array for motorbikes

  • 18W in 6 x 3W High Intensity LED per housing

  • 1,260 Lumen

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3. LYLLA One Mode High Beam CREE U5 LED Motorcycle Headlight
3. LYLLA One Mode High Beam
This is the Lylla Cree U5 LED power projection beam

  • 125W from a 10W power source

  • 1,000 Lumens

  • 200 Meter range

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4. YITAMOTOR LED Light Bar 2PCS 18W 6Inch Flood LED
4. YITAMOTOR LED Light Bar
Yitamotor LED light bar with 6 bulbs per housing

  • 18Watt from 6 x 3W High Intensity LED

  • 1,000 Lumens

  • Flood Beam

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5. Sunpie Motorcycle Daymaker 4-1/2
5. Sunpie Motorcycle Daymaker 4-1/2" 4.5inch LED
This is the Sunpie Daymaker LED passing fog lights for Harley Davidson

  • Fits most Harley Davidson Bikes

  • Plug and Play adaptor

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6. YITAMOTOR 2Pcs 4Inch 27W Round LED Light Pods
6. YITAMOTOR 2Pcs 4Inch
This is the Yitamotor 9 bulb projection light pod

  • 27 Watt from 9 x 3-Watt high power LEDs

  • Waterproof, dustproof, and anti-explosion


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7. Sunpie Motorcycle 5-3/4 5.75 Daymaker LED Headlight for Harley Davidson 883
7. Sunpie Motorcycle 5-3/4 5.75
This is the Sunpie Daymaker headlight for Harley Davidson Bikes

  • High-beam is 4,000 lumens at 45 Watts

  • Low-beam is 2,800 Lumens at 30 Watts

  • Adapts to all Harley Davidson Models

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8. Ourbest 10W Motorcycle light Mini Tail Cree Auto Led
8. Ourbest Motorcycle light
This is the Ourbest 10W LED Motorcycle Mini Tail Cree

  • 10 Watts and 1,800 Lumens per unit

  • Real Cree Chip

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9. Suparee LED Daymaker Headlights-7” Round 50W Cree
9. Suparee LED Daymaker
This is the Suparee LED Daymaker headlight with 50W Cree Chip

  • 5 x 10-Watt Cree Chip

  • High-Beam is 3,600 Lumen

  • Low Beam, is 1,800 Lumens

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10. HELLA 005750941 500FF Series Driving Lamp Kit
10. HELLA 005750941 500FF
This is the Hella 500FF model Driving Lamp Kit

  • H3 12V/55W Bulb per unit

  • Plug and play wiring harness

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11. DJI 4X4 2Pcs 6 Inch 96W Off-Road Driving Lights Spot Flood Combo Dual Row Work Light
11. DJI 4X4 2Pcs 6 Inch
This is the DJI Off Road Flood Light Combo unit

  • 9,600 Lumens from 6 dual row LEDs (12 in total)

  • Dual row combo of 15° Spot and 180° Flood

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Watt per watt, LED’s provide powerful projection lighting that is perfect for every application, ranging from headlights, fog lights, tail lights, side lights and the almighty spot and projection light.

In this article we bring you the best of the best, which means we bring you the best dollar per watt and performance ratio that there is on the market, providing you with easy installation, powerful deployment, and long-lifetime usage.

Enjoy.

Best motorcycle lights list:

1. 2PACK 12W LED Spot POD RACE LIGHTS Off-Road Motorcycle Dirt Bike Fog Driving Work Lights

Quality89%
Durability88%
Practicality 87%
Price84%

Review

These pair for LED fog lights for your motorbike are easy to install and provide you with over 50,000 hours of life. They come in an aluminum housing, so heat dissipation is highly efficient, and the heat sink fins provide the units with even better cooling solutions.

These units are waterproof, although we don’t suggest you submerge them to find out, rain will definitely not affect them, and they have IP68 certification.

There are two units, they operate from 10-60V DC and provide 1,000 lumens each. Their color temperature is 6,000K, and the beam provides a 30o spot. The lens is made of durable PMMA, and this duo comes with a stainless-steel mounting bracket that is adaptable to most bikes.
 

2. Night Led Light Bar 2PCS 18w 4″ Flood Driving Fog Light

Quality85%
Durability84%
Practicality 83%
Price83%

Review

The Nilight is a very powerful spotlight that mounts most bikes and is powered by a 9-30V DC input and will work with all 12V and 24V batteries. Each unit houses 6 x 3Watt LED chips providing a total of 18 Watts per housing that is equal to 1,260 Lumens.

The housing body is made of 6063 aluminum alloy with heat sinks to dissipate the heat flow and provides 30,000 hours of lighting. These housings are IP67 waterproof, so you can be assured that even when immersed in 1 meter of water the light will continue to work.

The mounting lets you adjust the light to around 45o, and the color temperature ranges between 6,000K to 6,500K.
 

 

3. LYLLA One Mode High Beam CREE U5 LED Motorcycle Headlight

Quality87%
Durability84%
Practicality 85%
Price83%

Review

The Lila Cree U5 is a 12V DC powered projector that provides you with 125 Watts and 1,000 Lumens at a color temperature of 6,000K to 7,000K, but only consumes 10 Watt.

This model comes in an aluminum cast housing which is IP68 waterproof, which is rainproof but not submersible and projects light to around 200 meters. The lens is made of PMMA, and the installation is simple with only two wires to contend with, red positive and black negative.

This is a great accompanying light to any motorbike headlight; it will add that extra blinding dazzle as well as help you on long dark stretches of road.
 

 

4. YITAMOTOR LED Light Bar 2PCS 18W 6Inch Flood LED

Quality85%
Durability84%
Practicality 83%
Price85%

Review

This is the Yitamotor overhead lighting option for bikes; it comes with 6 x 3 Watt LEDs that deliver 18 Watts of 6,000 color temperature power. The operating power source is DC 10-30V, and it’s very easy to install.

The housing is a cast 1070 aluminum alloy comes with heat sinks and with an upgraded PC lens cover that dissipates heat efficiency providing 50,000 hours of life. The housing provides IP67 waterproofing.

After installation, this unit can be adjusted to a 45o angle and provides a flood beam. This unit is very easy to install and should be used for extra off-road lighting.
 

 

5. Sunpie Motorcycle Daymaker 4-1/2″ 4.5inch LED Passing Light for Harley Davidson

Quality84%
Durability83%
Practicality 83%
Price86%

Review

The Sunpie models are designed for Harley’s, and this means they sit on just about every Harley model there is. It comes with a 4.5” round head. The housing consists of 4 x 10W LED’s with a 2,000 Lumens high beam capacity and a 1,500 Lumens low beam power with a 6,000K to 6,500K color temperature.

The body is made of aluminum alloy casting, and the operating voltage is 10-30V DC and provides 30,000 hours of life, and installs with a standard H4/H13.

This light will work with include the following Harley Davidson models:

Fits all  Harley Models with 4.5″ Round Auxiliary Forward Lighting

Electra Glide

  • Classic FLHTC 2005 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
  • Classic (ETI) FLHTC 2007 2008
  • Classic Injected FLHTC I 2005 2006
  • Standard FLHT 2005 2006 2009
  • Standard (ETI) FLHT 2007 2008
  • Standard Injected FLHT I 2005 2006
  • Ultra Classic FLHTCU 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
  • Ultra Classic (ETI) FLHTCU 2007 2008
  • Ultra Classic Injected FLHTCU I 2005 2006
  • Ultra Classic Low FLHTCUL 2015 2016
  • Ultra Limited FLHTK 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
  • Ultra Limited Low FLHTKL 2015 2016

Road King

  • FLHR 2005 2006 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
  • (EFI) FLHR 2007 2008
  • Classic FLHRC 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
  • Classic(EFI) FLHRC 2007 2008
  • Classic Injected FLHRC I 2005 2006
  • Custom FLHRS 2005 2006
  • Custom(EFI) FLHRS 2007
  • Custom Injected FLHR I 2005 2006

Screamin’ Eagle Electra Glide Ultra Classic

  • FLHTCUSE 5 2010
  • FLHTCUSE 8 2013

Screamin’ Eagle Road King

  • (EFI) FLHRSE 5 2013

Tri Glide Ultra Classic

  • FLHTCUTG 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

It will also fit models with Original Equipment or accessory Auxiliary Lighting Kits (except ’14-later Touring models)
 

 

6. YITAMOTOR 2Pcs 4Inch 27W Round LED Light Pods

Quality86%
Durability84%
Practicality 83%
Price84%

Review

This Yitamotor pod light is perfect for auxiliary flood lighting next to the headlights. The aluminum cast housing and polycarbonate light cover contain 9 x 3 Watt LEDs that provide 27 Watts of 6,000K color temperature light.

The cast aluminum housing comes with heat sinks and is IP67 waterproof, and the heat dissipation keeps the LED’s alive for 50,000 hours.

This model comes with an adjustable bracket so you  can adjust the angle of the beam to any direction.
 

 

7. Sunpie Motorcycle 5-3/4 5.75 Daymaker LED Headlight for Harley Davidson 883

Quality90%
Durability87%
Practicality 86%
Price82%

Review

This is the Sunpie Harley Davidson headlight model. It comes with an Osram LED chip and casts a 45-Watt high beam providing 4,000 Lumens and a 30-Watt low beam with 2,800 Lumens of lighting.

The housing is a die-cast aluminum body with a 5.75” diameter and is IP65 waterproof. This model lasts for 50,000 hours and uses the standard DC 10-30V power. The body is easily installed and connected with an H4 connector.

It works with most Harley models, but the 2014+ Harley Davidson Touring and Trike models will require the ASIN B018HSCD1K adaptor. If it doesn’t fit your Harley, then add the ASIN: B0751BXX9B bucket. FXDF models need the P/N 67741-06 mounting block, and all the following models will need the P/N 67700059 vibration damper.

1984-1999 FXSTC

1994-2008 FXDWG

1996-Later XL1200C

1998-Later XL883C

1999-2000 FXR2, FXR3, FXR4

1999-Later FXST, FXSTB, FXSTC

2000-2007 FXSTD

2000-Later XL, Dyna (except FXDF), FX Softail

2005 VRSCB

2006-Later FXD, FXDL, FXDC, FXDB, FXD35, FXDSE, FXDF
 

 

8. Ourbest 10W Motorcycle light Mini Tail Cree Auto Led

Quality87%
Durability86%
Practicality 85%
Price83%

Review

The Ourbest mini tail Cree is an aluminum cast housing containing a 10 Watt LED that casts a 1,800 Lumen light using any DC 12V or 24V battery. The light is an 8o angled flood beam.

The housing is made of die-cast aluminum with a silicone string gasket between the lens and the housing, this provides perfect water resistance and will operate woven when submerged. The light will last for 50,000 hours.

The stainless steel bracket will install easily on any motorbike frame.
 

 

9. Suparee LED Daymaker Headlights-7” Round 50W Cree

Quality89%
Durability85%
Practicality 85%
Price83%

Review

The Suparee plug and play lighting fixture are connected with an H4/H13 option, and the cast aluminum body is home to 5 x 10-Watt Cree LEDs. The overall power is 50 Watts projecting 3,600 Lumens high beam and 30 Watts projecting a 1,800 Lumen low beam.

This model is also used as a white DRL and an amber left/right turn signal. The light temperature color is 6,500K, and the housing is a cast aluminum with a polycarbonate lens that provides IP67 water resistance.

It will connect with all Harley Davidson 7” headlight models and includes:

  • FLD 2012-2013
  • Touring Models 1994-2013
  • Softail Models 1991-2013 with headlamp nacelle kit

You might need to perform some spot drilling for certain models
 

 

10. HELLA 005750941 500FF Series Driving Lamp Kit

Quality85%
Durability83%
Practicality 82%
Price85%

Review

The Hella 500FF off-road series comes in an ABS housing with aluminum vapor-coated reflectors and glass cover that provide exceptional lighting specifications. The housing is a zinc coated steel for rust protection, and this model is designed specifically for the off-road application.

Each unit has an H3 adapter 12V 55 Watt halogen bulb and is easy to install.

Hella installation guide PDF
 

 

11. DJI 4X4 2Pcs 6 Inch 96W Off-Road Driving Lights Spot Flood Combo Dual Row Work Light

Quality89%
Durability86%
Practicality 87%
Price83%

Review

The DJI light array is a 6063-aluminum alloy cast housing with a PC lens holding 12 x 8-Watt LED lights. The pair project 96 Watts and the temperature color is between 6,000 K to 6,500 K.

The ousting is only 1” thick and 6” wide, and the combo of 15o Spot and 180° Flood provides 9,600 Lumens of pure white intensity.

The unit is powered by a working voltage of 9 to 30V DC and will last for 50,000 hours. This is perhaps one of the more versatile LED projectors you can install on your bike.
 

 

Off-Road Lighting

Off-road lighting is not an option it’s a must for any serious biker. The added illumination from either a spot or a flood light will provide extra assistance in rough terrain riding, as well as provide great lighting when camping or handling emergency situations.

Adding a LED light will provide you with:

Improved Safety: when you drive along poorly lit or non-lit roads and rough patches, the extra lighting will save your life as well as make riding much easier.

Emergency Lighting: This is essential when you have to either deal with a bike issue, or help others out, or even light up an accident area. It is also a great way to beam your location to rescue workers or roadside maintenance workers when stranded in a remote zone at night.

Aesthetic Appeal: What can I say, your bike will look absolutely divine or totally beastly with a pair of posts or a few floodlights.

How to choose

You have to consider two basic factors, the purpose, and the application. However, the common features must be durability, ease of installation, withstanding rain (waterproofing) and life cycle.

Off-road lights come in a variety of colors and powers, here is what you need to look for in each type.

LED: These are the most popular, and usually have a lifespan ranging from 30,000 to 50,000 hours. Try to pick the longer life lasting models; they tend to be of the better source material. LEDs are also the least power consumptive of all the models, so they will not drain your battery.

High-Intensity Discharge (HID): These have an average lifespan of 2,000 hours, are energy consumptive but highly powerful. Useful in emergencies.

Halogen: These are the most common manufacturer of lighting systems, they provide up to 1,000 hours of lighting, and they are cheaper than most other versions, which is why manufacturers like to use them.

Light Pattern

When you decide you want another light on your bike, consider the light pattern, this is how the beam projects the light over a distance.

Floodlight: This is a wide pattern beam width is usually between 40o to 120o and is not meant to provide distance lighting.

Spotlight: This is a focused beam that is used to penetrate long distances

Combo: combos will give you the added advantage of both wide area lighting and long-distance penetration.