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Question Properly Aiming LED AUX Lighting on R1200GS...

I spent the last few days installing the Denali CANsmart CANBUS harness, Denali B6 LED aux brake light, Denali DR1 2.0 Aux LED lights and the Denali Compact SoundBomb air horn on my new '18 R1200GS. I decided to make the plunge and get everything installed while the bike was already apart rather than doing it piecemeal.

I'm extremely pleased with the CANsmart system and the ease of installing the Denali "plug 'n play" components. Especially when compared to all the wiring work I had to do on my '13 K1600GTL and the Rowe PDM60. The CANsmart system is SO much cleaner.

My question surrounds this: I want to ensure my LED aux lighting is effective yet doesn't (completely) blind oncoming traffic. How do I do that? I'd appreciate any tips folks could provide regarding aux light aiming, and the technique you used to accomplish the task. Using the "garage door" technique, is there a certain height at a certain distance I should be aiming for?

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I set my Rigid D-2's to match the center of the low beam on a wall at 10 yrds. If they are set to throw center like low beam, should be fine for oncoming traffic.
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When I installed Clearwater "Erica" Aux lamps with amber covers I was astounded at their brightness. In addition to aiming, I run them near the bottom of brightness adjustment with an instant switch to full bright when I hit the horn or hi-beam switch. They remain impossible to ignore!

Real world aiming: I had a friend in a vehicle, at night, have me make head on runs in the normal (step down setting) and also followed him for a few miles. His report with my rough adjustment (down toward the roadway) was that oncoming they were ok but following, still too bright in his mirrors. I knocked them down a couple of more degrees, retested and got a better report.

My first long run following install I had occasion to flash a couple of inattentive vehicles, potential "pull outs" and invariably I got immediate recognition when I hit the horn a couple of taps bringing the Ericas to full interstellar brightness.

"Bright flashing lights save brake and knee pads"

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Thank you gentlemen...

Appreciate your responses. My Denali aux lights are definitely blinding bright. I've got then turned down to 50% intensity now. May run them down even further based upon your input.

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