Driving Light Switch Location.

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Driving Light Switch Location.

Post by Lmo » Mon Feb 06, 2017 11:59 am

I just put two 5-3/4" Hella H3 55W driving lights on my rig, but I haven't connected them yet.

How do you control your auxiliary driving lights? Put another way, where is the switch located; handlebar, dash, other place?

Relays and individually fused?
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Re: Driving Light Switch Location.

Post by chaos2 » Mon Feb 06, 2017 12:39 pm

I have the same thing, wired through a relay which is switched by the high beams on the headlight. They're always on with the high beams, and a have a couple little fog lights I wired to come on with the low beams. Each pair or lights is on a 15 amp fuse. No extra switch to turn them on or off makes life simpler, however I do have the European RH switch cluster that allows me to turn off all the lights if I want to.
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Re: Driving Light Switch Location.

Post by Tomcatfixer » Mon Feb 06, 2017 12:47 pm

I do have the European RH switch cluster that allows me to turn off all the lights if I want to
Do you have a source for that? I want to incorporate that switchgear on my rig, but it looks like sources listed in the old threads aren't carrying them anymore.
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Re: Driving Light Switch Location.

Post by Speedbump » Mon Feb 06, 2017 1:08 pm

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Re: Driving Light Switch Location.

Post by jaybird » Mon Feb 06, 2017 1:31 pm

Tomcatfixer wrote:
I do have the European RH switch cluster that allows me to turn off all the lights if I want to
Do you have a source for that? I want to incorporate that switchgear on my rig, but it looks like sources listed in the old threads aren't carrying them anymore.

You can find them on eBay pretty regularly, as well as some other nice stand alone handlebar switches. I believe iUral also has them in his eBay store.


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Re: Driving Light Switch Location.

Post by Tomcatfixer » Mon Feb 06, 2017 1:38 pm

I believe iUral also has them in his eBay store.
I did an eBay search for 'iUral' and came up with nothing.
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Re: Driving Light Switch Location.

Post by rivers » Mon Feb 06, 2017 1:39 pm

I suggest put the switch where it's most convenient for you. I prefer either handle bar or dash mount. You can easily make a bracket with a piece of scrap, hacksaw, file and a drill. Powerlet also sells various switch brackets for bikes. And yes I would certainly run the driving lamps via a relay. Relays are your friend for high current loads. Your Hellas probably came with a relay...use it or buy one ($6). My 014 came with aux driving lamps from the dealer. They mounted the switch in the tub by the fuse box. Unless you're carrying a passenger, not very convenient. Eventually when I swap fairings I'll make a multi switch panel to hang from the fairing and move the switch.
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Re: Driving Light Switch Location.

Post by T-Bear » Mon Feb 06, 2017 1:58 pm

I'm going with the switch below mounted to the handlebars - likely left side. My aux light will be a high output that will be activated via a relay. I wanted it separate from the stock headlamp circuitry - if one goes down it won't leave me blind.

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Re: Driving Light Switch Location.

Post by chaos2 » Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:11 pm

I bought left and right from Russia on ebay, then sold the new LH and my old RH switches to recoup most of the expense. Don't see the same vendor there now but there is this http://www.ebay.com/itm/Domino-Handleba ... f0&vxp=mtr

PS-the plugs on this don't match my 2012
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Re: Driving Light Switch Location.

Post by Kaliram » Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:17 pm

I've done the same as others: driving lights with relay. Used a slightly different model of the same switch, however. It has a very small red light that is on when the lights are on, rather than the whole switch being illuminated: a bit more discreet IMHO.

I used another identical switch also mounted on the handlebars for turning the spotlight on/off. The switch activates a relay I installed in the tub behind the fuse box, so that the spotlight can be switched on either from the tub or from the handlebars.

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Re: Driving Light Switch Location.

Post by Tomcatfixer » Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:18 pm

I saw that one on there. Looks a little used, but I guess for a hundred bucks (plus shipping) that's not too bad.
Thanks for the info.
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Re: Driving Light Switch Location.

Post by chaos2 » Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:28 pm

Tomcatfixer, that switch has a different plug setup, would probably need to be spliced. I looked up a picture of my old switch, the one I replaced it with had the same plug.
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Re: Driving Light Switch Location.

Post by Lmo » Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:40 pm

I bought a couple of these, unfortunately, the construction is a bit cheesy. Was going to use one of them as a "kill" switch, but decided I didn't want to introduce an element of unreliability into my ignition circuit.. .. aux lights, not so critical. Still the aluminum version looks substantially more robust.

edit - What I do like about this offset mount is that you can "nest" two switches together, one above the, the other below the bar, in the same place.
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The alternative position that I'm considering is an externally mounted switch enclosure on the side of the tub, just forward of where the tonneau cover buckles down; not too bad of a reach. Hadn't considered wiring into the headlight high beam circuit... but now I am.

Next on the list... Multi-pin connectors. Sources?
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Re: Driving Light Switch Location.

Post by jaybird » Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:51 pm

Tomcatfixer wrote:
I believe iUral also has them in his eBay store.
I did an eBay search for 'iUral' and came up with nothing.
iUral has a whole thread on SS somewhere, "Different parts for Ural from Russia" Maybe. He was selling through SS and eBay, I don't remember what his eBay handle is. With a quick search, I found the same one chaos2 did on eBay, I've seen others, you may have to dig a little deeper, as I've seen them not identified as Domino. The other handlebar switches shown on this thread also look good and are readily available. I'm using a universal vista throttle lock/cruise control on my rigs, The domino will not work with that.

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Re: Driving Light Switch Location.

Post by Tomcatfixer » Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:53 pm

Tomcatfixer, that switch has a different plug setup, would probably need to be spliced. I looked up a picture of my old switch, the one I replaced it with had the same plug.
Oh, good tip! I'm gonna see if I can find that mating Molex connector online.
I just ordered the switchgear from Eurotrash Jambalaya, the link that Glen3 (how do you do the superscript in here?) posted.
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2001 Buell Blast! - - - - - - - 2005 Yamaha FJR1300
1993 Honda CBR600F2 - -1984 Yamaha FJ1100
Two different 1986 Yamaha FZX700S Fazers

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