3 watts is fine for "deadlights", right?

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3 watts is fine for "deadlights", right?

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I've been kicking around the idea of "deadlights" on my Buddy since the day I got it. Mostly because I hate having non-functional lights. But I also wasn't in a tremendous hurry and I wanted to do it in a totally reversible way. Well, I finally got all the bits and pieces together for my favorite price (i. e. free) and tested out my mod with the stock bulbs, just to make sure everything was working.

From reading several posts here, I knew that the stock 20 watt draw was too much for the bike's charging system (or bordering on too much) so I ordered some random LED "bulbs" that would fit the sockets. Once I got everything in place, I ran the circuit through a DC ammeter and came up with a 0.25 amp draw. Give or take, that should be about 3 watts. That's a lot less than the 20w the stock bulbs would draw, so I should be safe, right?
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I have been running 7 watt led bulbs for deadlights in my Buddy for over a year with no issues(probably closer to 2 year and over 20k miles.)
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No problems running 4 Watt LED deadlights in both my wife's and my scooters. Installed them about a year ago.
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Thanks, folks! Will proceed with finalization.
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finished product.

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eggsalad wrote: Thu Jan 28, 2021 11:31 pm finished product.

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Nice!
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BayStateScooterist wrote: Tue Feb 02, 2021 12:48 am
eggsalad wrote: Thu Jan 28, 2021 11:31 pm finished product.

Nice!
Thanks, BSS!
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BayStateScooterist wrote: Tue Jan 26, 2021 3:26 am No problems running 4 Watt LED deadlights in both my wife's and my scooters. Installed them about a year ago.
Where did you source the LED lamps, if I may ask?
Upper Left Corner
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scootdad wrote: Sat Feb 06, 2021 6:42 pm
BayStateScooterist wrote: Tue Jan 26, 2021 3:26 am No problems running 4 Watt LED deadlights in both my wife's and my scooters. Installed them about a year ago.
Where did you source the LED lamps, if I may ask?
TBH, I wasn't sure if I would like this mod, so I literally scoured eBay for the absolutely cheapest LED "bulbs" that I could find that would fit the socket. I will probably upgrade them. I paid $2.55 shipped from China.

If you want to find bulbs like that on eBay, use this search string: 2Pcs Super White BA15S R5W 1156 5050 LED Auto Car Brake Lights Bulbs
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scootdad wrote: Sat Feb 06, 2021 6:42 pm
BayStateScooterist wrote: Tue Jan 26, 2021 3:26 am No problems running 4 Watt LED deadlights in both my wife's and my scooters. Installed them about a year ago.
Where did you source the LED lamps, if I may ask?
I bought them at Amazon. Here is the link.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BR ... UTF8&psc=1
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