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Lighting Up Rear of Saddlebags - LEDs

Other than this COVID-19 crisis, many of us commute to and from work on our FJRs. Being constantly in highway and city traffic, I'm very focused on visibility to the cagers.

Yes, I ride as if I'm invisible but additional lighting is a good defense.

Seems that we could extend our visual footprint to help avert rear end collisions and greater visibility.

With that in mind . . . Has anyone installed LED strips to the rear of our saddlebags?

If so, could you please discuss whether you are running them as just markers or did you integrate into braking lights?

Was thinking some think this:




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I like that. Nice photos.

I use real-time industries reflectives. Whole back end lights up from even indirect light at night.

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Like Bill, I use reflective tape,(shown here with flash lighting from camera) but led lighting is probably a better idea because it can be seen day or night.



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My current rear view:



My new concept rear for more daytime visibility:



the Ferret, which LEDs to you place in that lower rear reflector? How did you do that?
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the Ferret, which LEDs to you place in that lower rear reflector? How did you do that?
There are no leds in there it's just the stock reflector that is reflecting the light from the camera flash

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the Ferret, which LEDs to you place in that lower rear reflector? How did you do that?
JT if you like LEDs instead of reflector here is what I did 🙂

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JT if you like LEDs instead of reflector here is what I did 🙂

https://www.fjrowners.com/forums/10-.../topics/145199
I really liked the reflector replacement idea. I received my Skene P3 lights today, installing tomorrow.
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On an FJR, I haven't seen any add-on LED's on bags that would suit my taste. The RealTime reflectors are good, I even trimmed off the top half so they look nice with the Yammy logo on the bottom half of the bag.
In my Goldwing days, there was a molding on the side of the bags and wrapped around the rear, one guy was making them with LED's, spaced every inch, wired with resistors as required. The LED's were simple ones, drilled a hole installed a sleeve and inserted the LED.... I was so cool back then, LOL, but at least they were tasteful as they looked integrated.
I have some combo stick type lights on my HOnda, mount them on an angle bracket off the licence plate, or where the red rear reflectors are. These are not superbright, but have a flashing brake light, and sequential amber signals.. gets attention. The set also comes with ones for the front, a white running light, and switch to amber sequential signals.... I will have to get some pics or video... had many comments on them..... from China, set of 4
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I like the idea of lights facing aft that show the width of the FJR. I have the RealTime Industries pannier reflective decals, but would like lights that would be more visible in the daylight. I'm contemplating the Admore pannier mounted lights, but they would only be helpful when the panniers are on the bike, and I ride a lot with them not on the bike. And, I'm concerned with how robust the Admore pannier set up would be over time, if the panniers are put on and taken off innumerable times, with each time involving either connecting or disconnecting the wiring.

I'm currently looking at options for having LEDs - ideally signal and brake lights - mounted on the rear-facing surface of T-Rex pannier guards, as these are at the widest part of my FJR. No success so far, as those guards are tubular and curved, both features that present challenges for robust mounting. I would welcome any and all suggestions.

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Was thinking of these 17" LED red strips:






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