Nov 08

Auxiliary Motorcycle 3000 Lumen LED Lights by Cree aka “Komy Lights”

Review of Komy Lights: Two small LED pods with 3000 Lumens each add big light to any motorcycle.  A powerful farkle for all riders to consider.

 


In June 2012, we had a great article and video submitted by Mark Robbins from the United Kingdom on some very impressive LED lights he had installed on his Triumph Tiger 1050.  Those that have read my own articles on this site may think I’m a little OCD when it comes to motorcycle lighting and safety.  However, when we have documents like The Hurt Report on motorcycle safety showing that one of the most common accidents between motorcycles and other vehicles is drivers turning in front of them violating the rider’s right of way, I think a little paranoia may be justified.  Hence why I tend to favour my unfashionably bright neon riding jacket, and why I’ve upgraded my headlight from stock to HID.  The final piece of the visibility puzzle, as well as making a substantial increase in night time light output, was to install some auxiliary lights, often referred to as “Komy Lights” among riders.

from White Rock at the beach

My farkled and modified Tiger 1050SE. The top left light is the stock high beam halogen. The top right is the 35 watt Yana Shiki HID. The bottom lights are the Cree 3000 Lumen LED driving lights running at full brightness. This picture was taken at the west beach parking lot in White Rock, BC, Canada at sunset.

Click here to check pricing and or order these LED lights on the merchant’s website

I won’t mince words here.  My personal opinion is that the Triumph Tiger 1050’s stock lighting is terrible.  We’ve had five different motorcycles in our garage over the last ten years, and I’ve ridden numerous others short term.  My Tiger is the worst of the bunch when it comes to its stock lighting set up.  On a Tiger rider’s forum the lights have been sarcastically described as “headlights that are as bright as an Ikea tea light”.    Despite my frustration with the Tiger’s lights and its stock windscreen, the Tiger is also the motorcycle I have loved more than any other I’ve ridden.  It is extremely comfortable, handles very well, is easy to ride at both high and low speeds, and has fantastic power.  I prefer the power, handling  and looks of this bike to many much more expensive motorcycles.  Therefore it was time to start farkling and get the lights sorted out to make my favourite ride perfect for night time use.

3000 lumens should light things up

3000 Lumens should light things up

I began reading about all the various options out there for improving stock lighting.  Upgrading the headlight from stock halogen to a better after market bulb was an option I tried on my old motorcycle.  This time I would try a HID kit, mostly because it allowed me to reduce my power draw 20 watts from the original halogen while at the same time giving substantially more and better light.  I would use those precious saved 20 amps later when the auxiliary lights were installed.  Next I needed to look at which auxiliary lights to buy.  PIAA, and Denali are some of the big names out there.  They are no doubt excellent lights, but they are very expensive too.  Reading forums, and searching YouTube for possible answers I came upon Mark Robbins’ video.  I was very impressed with what I saw, and asked Mark if he would send us an article which is the one you can now read on this site.  In the end the lights I bought were the same lights Mark wrote about which were the Cree lights from Hong Kong.  The product quality was reported as very high, yet they cost roughly half as much as all the big name competing products.  I spent some of my savings on my HID kit, and still had some money left over for beer (Always important, after a good day of riding).

These lights are manufactured in Hong Kong by a man named Komy Kwan.  You will often hear people including myself affectionately call his lights “Komy Lights” even though he doesn’t label them this way.  I’ve contacted Komy several times before purchasing, and afterwards to get information before writing this article.  He has always impressed me as an exceptionally bright and decent person who really stands behind his product.

[important]Lumens are a unit of measurement of the amount of visible light seen by the naked eye.  A typical automotive high beam light’s output is around 1500 Lumens.  You could think of adding a pair of 3000 Lumen LED’s auxiliary lights as similar to adding the power of roughly four automotive high beam units in addition to your existing stock lighting.[/important]
FMR Stock low beam before farkling

Beforeanychangeswere made this is what our Tiger’s lights looked like on the low beam.

After the Tiger 1050 lights are fully farkled
After with HID, LED’s at full bright and the stock high beam.  Yes, these are way to bright to run facing traffic without using the dimmer, but boy do they ever light up the night when riding down an empty highway when paired with your high beam.

 

There are three

Dimmer wiring diagram

This is from the purchasing website, and is the exact same diagram given to my local Triumph dealer to complete the install.

Being a typical guy, bigger isn’t just better… it’s best!  Therefore, I ordered the 3,000 Lumen LED set with a dimmer.  I’ve included a wiring diagram, but for those that will simply bring the lights to the dealer to get installed here is the essence of it.  When the lights are on low with the low beam, the power gets routed through the dimmer.  The dimmer gets set with a wireless remote control.  Once you’ve set the appropriate brightness level of the LED’s when the low beam is selected, you can put the remote away.  Leave it at home, in a tank bag, or in your pocket… it doesn’t matter unless you wish to adjust the LED’s light output with the low beam at a later time.  When the high beam is selected, the dimmer circuit is bypassed and the LED’s go to full power.  DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY INTO THE LIGHT the first time you turn these things on or you will be seeing spots for quite a while.  I’ve included a video I made to pair with this article at the bottom of the screen that lets you see the operation of these lights in all modes.

Now if you have the electrical capacity to handle it, and the extra money to spend… The best possible solution likely would be a pair of 780 Lumens LED’s paired just to the low beams, and a pair of 3000 Lumen LED’s just to the high beams.  Some owners have gone this route and are very pleased.  However with just the 3000 Lumen pair and a dimmer, I get the best possible night lighting with the ability to be able to also run these lights in traffic dimmed to a safe level for oncoming drivers.

I mounted these lights using a light bracket ordered through a local dealership.  The bracket was made by SW-MOTECH. These lights should be able to be mounted just about anywhere; forks, fairing bolts, light bars, handle bars, crash bars, etc.  It is up to the owner to best determine how to fit these to their own specific motorcycle.  Komy’s page on eBay shows many photos of installs on all styles of motorcycles to inspire you on how to customize these lights just right for your own ride.  Take some time and have fun with it.

I had these lights as well as the Yana Shiki HID conversion kit installed at my local authorized Triumph dealer as my motorcycle is on warranty and I did not want to put that at risk by making these changes to the bike’s electrics myself.  For those that will be paying someone else to install the lights, the savings in cost between these and some of the other big brands will likely pay your installation costs.

So the big question do they work well and would I recommend them?  YES and YES!   These lights are simply incredible.  They light up the road better than the high beams on either of our family cars.  They look really cool, and they are exceptionally efficient.  My neighbour, who is a pretty hardcore Harley rider, exclaimed “holy #%&k! “ when I demonstrated them to him the first time.  The electrics specialist at my local Triumph dealer who installed the lights was extremely impressed with both the quality and brightness of the Cree 3000 LED’s.  They typically shock people with their performance as they are so small in size yet put out an enormous amount of light.  These lights will get you noticed on full strength so be smart and only run them in a dimmed mode in traffic unless you want to attract the attention of law enforcement.  However as a means to flash an inattentive driver, nothing I’ve seen personally is as bright or effective for a motorcycle.

When riding alone on a dark road on a moonless night, it feels like you are riding through a tunnel of light.  Before I felt unsafe riding in pitch dark conditions unless I kept the speed right down to around 50 km/h.  Now I can maintain the speed limit on most any Canadian highway with confidence.  Riding at night is inherently more dangerous, because of wildlife and other hazards that are difficult to see.  With these lights that danger has been reduced substantially, and for a safety minded rider that is reason enough to make this upgrade.

You can view pricing and order any of Komy Kwan’s LED lights on his page on eBay.

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There are three light products available at the moment: (click the text in blue to visit the vendor’s website)  These products are shipped globally from Hong Kong to all countries.

(12 watts power consumption each.) Ideal for use as running lights to supplement the standard low beam. It helps you get noticed more in traffic.
1,600 Lumens (20 watts power consumption each.) Ideal as a supplement to your high beam headlight. Can be used to improve the field of light from your standard motorcycle headlights if too narrow.  Dimmer should be used when paired with the low beam.
3,000 Lumens (30 watts power consumption each.) Ideal as a massive boost for your high beam headlight. It will improve visibility in the distance and improve your spread of light.  Dimmer should be used when paired with the low beam.
A wireless remote dimmer is available for the 1,600 and 3,000 Lumens LED lights and must be used if pairing with your motorcycle’s low beam as these lights are far too powerful to use full strength when facing traffic.  The dimmer allows the lights to be dimmed when on low beam, and run full power on the high beam.

All lights have the same body and construction:-

  • 55mm (2.15″) diameter x 66mm (2.6″) in length
    Anodized black 6063 aluminum alloy light body
    304 stainless steel “L” bracket for flat surface mount
    LED life span over 50000 hours

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Here is our original video giving you a full demonstration of the 3000 Lumen Cree LED lights ordered from Komy Kwan’s website.


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2 comments

    • John on August 14, 2016 at 19:24
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    I couldn’t find the exact link to the lights you have. I’m looking for the one with the remote. Also will I need a bigger battery? I’m looking at the Hong Kong guys ebay page and they aren’t there. Also looks pretty complicated to install. I’ll use the Motech mounting bar. Mines a 12 1050 SE. THANKS

    1. Hi John,

      My wife Anne will be speaking with Komy today and be updating the links as there have been updates to the product since the publish time of the article.

      A few notes since we have the same bike:
      1) I found the 3000 lumen lights way more than sufficient as you can see from the photos and video, however if I was buying new I would purchase the new 3500 lumen model as the $10 extra is nothing for the additional performance. http://2allbuyer.com/3500LM-Cree-Led-Light-x2Switch-P4307179.aspx
      2) It looks like they’ve done away with the remote for instead a handle bar switch. If so, it’s too bad as I really liked the old set up. If you want a remote style switch like I have I suggest emailing directly at komy63@yahoo.com.hk as Komy is extremely responsive to customer needs. Reference links to this site in your email.
      3) I had the install done at the dealership during my second service as the bike was brand new, and I didn’t want any warranty issues to come up.

      I hope this helps, thanks for the questions.

      Mark

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