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Best Auxillary Light Options for Motorcycles

As we start getting into low-light riding conditions with less daylight and a lot more rain (at least here in the Pacific Northwest), I thought this would be a good chance to remind us all to use caution on the roads and make sure we’re seen.

Many of us can still ride year-round, and nothing says, I’m here. Look at me! than bright auxiliary lights.

I’ve put together a list of some of the best auxiliaries for motorcycles, with a brief explanation about each taken off the manufacturer’s websites. They’re in no order of favorites or price.

Stay safe. Stay bright.

Denali D3 LED Driving Light with DataDim

Denali motorcycle LED lightsTriOptic lens system (includes spot and hybrid lenses with each pod)
Best-in-class street-legal spot and hybrid beams (SAE/DOT and ECE certified)
High-Intensity Series Cree LEDs outputting 2100 lumens per pod
DataDim 3-wire smart-dimming technology (compatible with all Denali dimming controllers)
DrySeal submersible waterproof light can withstand the most extreme environments
Impact PC polycarbonate bezels won’t crack, fade, or corrode like traditional aluminum bezels
LiveActive thermal management keeps the LEDs cool, preventing the loss of light output from overheating
Low profile mounting bracket with stainless steel hardware included
Additional SAE/DOT and ECE-certified hybrid driving lens included (spot lens installed)
Amber and selective yellow lenses available (sold separately)

Cyclops Orion Extreme Performance LED Lights

Extreme long-range single-emitter lights
40-watt Cree emitter driven at 28.9 watts for each light
4.23 amps for the set
6,000 lumens for the set
Best for distance
Orion7 Multi emitter lights
10-watt Cree emitters driven at 7 watts per emitter
49 watts per light
7.42 amps for the set
10,500 lumens for the set
Best for overall lighting

Baja Designs Squadron Sport Universal LED Lighting Kit

Light output: 2,260 lumens per lamp, 3,600 lumens total
LED life expectancy: 49,930 hours
uService: replaceable lenses and optics
Front lens: hard-coated polycarbonate
Interchangeable lenses allow light pattern adjustment
Housing: hard-anodized and powder-coated cast aluminum
Bezel: billet machined aluminum
Waterproof: IP69K (waterproof up to 9 feet and pressure washable)
IK10 compliant (can withstand impact of 20 joules)

PIAA 530 LED Driving Lights

A beam designed for extreme distances with improved side and shoulder illumination
Reflector Facing Technology precisely controls output for better beam definition
6,000k white output to replicate daylight for better illumination at night with two high-power LEDs
The 3.5-inch compact design easily affixes to a multitude of applications on Jeeps, trucks, and SUVs
Comes with two lights, mounting hardware, and harness with relay, fuse, and switch
SAE-Y Compliant, 10G vibration rating, IP67 water tight, two-year warranty
Ideal mounting location: lower valance or top of bumper for long distance illumination

Rigid Industries D0series SAE Fog Beam LED Lights

riding LED lightsPressure equalizing vent
Harness and switch included (exclusions apply)
High-grade aluminum alloy heat sink
IP68 compliant, dust/water ingress
50,000+ hours lifespan
Patented technology
Impact resistant polycarbonate lens
Integrated thermal management system
Operating Temp -40˚ F to +145˚ F


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Heather Lea has traveled to over 60 countries, 40 of which were on a BMW F 800 GS during a 708-day round-the-world motorcycle adventure with now-husband, Dave Sears (Trip Blog: Riding Full Circle). Heather has been a freelance writer for over twenty-five years and a book and magazine editor for more than fifteen. Aside from Expedition Portal, her stories can be found in Overland Journal, Canadian Geographic, Kootenay Mountain Culture, and Canadian Alpine Journal. She loves doing anything in the backcountry, including backpacking, four-wheel-driving, ski touring, and climbing. Heather is a Canadian now living in Bellingham, WA. Find her on Instagram @writer_heather_lea or on Facebook @heatherleawriter.