How to Install LED Lights on a Motorcycle

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Evolving drastically in the last few years, LED technology has become a mainstay in the automotive and motorcycle industry. This is no surprise, as these Light-Emitting Diodes draw less power while maintaining a long service life. Used to great effect by custom bike builders, LEDs offer an easy to install and attractive accent to any motorcycle. Any bike with a battery can be equipped with LED accent lights, requiring only rudimentary electrical knowledge to install.

Things You'll Need

  • Wire stripping and crimping tool

Preparation

  • Select a mounting point for the controller. The controller is usually mounted under the seat or behind body panels.

  • Determine your mounting locations for the lights, such as around the engine, within bodywork or under fenders. Ensure that the lights will not be damaged by contacting other the components of the motorcycle.

  • Locate a route that the light wiring will be run to the battery. For maximum effect, the wiring should be as discreet as possible.

  • Clean the mounting locations, making sure to remove any oil or other residues that may interfere with the light's adhesives.

Installation

  • Remove the seat or any body components required to access your battery.

  • Mount the controller to its mounting point with adhesive tape and run the wiring harness to the battery. Do not connect it at this time.

  • Remove one side of the adhesive backing's protective strip and mount it onto the lights.

  • Place the first light onto its mounting point, leaving the remaining backing on the adhesive strip until you are satisfied with the light's location. If the mounting location is suitable, remove the strip and place the light.

  • Run and connect the light's wire to the controller.

  • Secure the wiring to the frame using zip-ties to keep the wiring hidden and to prevent damage.

  • Repeat until all lights have been connected to the controller.

  • Connect the wiring harness to the battery.

  • Re-install the seat and any body panels removed in Step 1.

Tips & Warnings

  • Take your time when selecting mounting points. Dry fit the lights before beginning to maximize the impact of the lighting. If you do not feel confident that you can complete this project, have the work done by a qualified technician.
  • Use caution when working with your motorcycle's electrical system to prevent the risk of electrical shock.

References

  • "The Professional Motorcycle Repair Program"; Professional Career Development Institute; 1995
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