Introduction: Install LED Lighting Strips on Motorcycle

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With the fast development of LED industry in the past few years, the sale prices of LED lights are significantly reduced, and they are now widely used in kinds of areas, especially in automotive and motorcycles’ lighting applications. As the LEDs has less power consumption and a longer service lifespan compared with other traditional lighting sources, they has became the favorite choices for many drivers, who like to use them to decorate their loved autos or motorcycles. With basic electrical knowledge, you can easily install LED lights. Now, as a super LED lighting DIYer, I will give a brief guide to install LED lighting strips on motorcycle.

The components and tools you will need for this lighting project:
6 pcs LED flexible grill lighting strips
Remote relay box (already contain the boat fuse, antenna wire)
5 amp fuse
2 pcs connector boxes
Enough lead wires
Double-sided VHB taps

Step 1:

Disconnect the battery on your motorcycle, it is usually placed under the seat, you can easily locate it.

Step 2:

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Prepare the LED strips. You can first place on the ground.

Step 3:

Test the LED lighting strips to make sure all of them can work well. To do that, you just need to connect the positive lead wire of LED strip to the positive terminal of the motorcycle’s battery, and the negative lead wire of LED strip to the negative terminal of battery, and then to see whether it can light on. Sometimes, you might find that some LED strips don’t light on in this connecting way, try reversed connection, as some manufacture might happened to make reversed wires.

Step 4:

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Install the LED light strips on your motorcycle. You can mount the strips wherever you like. If you are not sure whether it can reach to your expected effect, a great method is that you first hood up the LED strips to the battery and then to preview actual effect. After you satisfied positions, just secure the LED strip with dual-sided VHB taps.

Step 5:

Route the lead wires along the frame of the motorcycle until they are close to the battery.

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In the relay box, you will find 5 wires, 2 black, 1 white, 1 red, and 1 blue. Connect the red wire to the fuse boat which will be filled with 5 amp fuses in following step. Select either one black lead wire to connect to the negative terminal of the battery. The blue one is the antenna wire, and you just strap it along the main motorcycle’s frame. The remaining black and white wire is used to plug into one of the quick connectors of each wire junction box respectively. You can see the diagram below.


BradK1 (author)2015-01-13

Your idea inspired me to work out, on paper so far, using LED strips on a "Stealth Black" guitar that I own. Have to give it a "test run" and post the results if it works like I planned. Have to admit that is one wicked idea for motorcycles, really cool idea !!!

myr1 (author)2014-10-09

From what I heard only red & blue together is illegal, and leds on bikes are illegal only if the light is shining in your eyes. It should be fine if you have every bulb hidden but the light can still reflects and comes out. My 2 cent

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bhscolleen (author)2013-07-21

Don't use blue lights as these are designated for police use only. Other than that, good lighting on a bike is essential against the "I didn't see you" excuse.

MasterErik (author)bhscolleen2013-11-04

Illegal here in Ohio for sure. I really want to add some LEDs to my ride though

hicecilia (author)2012-07-13

Omg this is badass. :)

Viaticus (author)2011-12-19

Awesome looking project - I want to do this with my cruiser for more visibility at night. What is a good source for the remote relay box?

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Bio: I am a super LED DIYer, and like to make kinds of lighting projects for household decorations. Ethan is also the owner of BESTLIGHTINGBUY, making ... More »
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