There’s no doubt that Accent Lights are huge in the aftermarket LED industry. With so many types and brands on the market, the choices seem overwhelming (same goes for LED turn signals). Plus, there’s the dreaded install! Mounting LED strips, running wire, it intimidates even the biggest and baddest bikers!
Accent Lights: You Get What You Pay For
Having excess wire under your seat is never a good thing. The installation is not only messy but problematic. When it comes to having your bike serviced this extra wire is in the way for mechanics and technicians to do their job. Something as simple as replacing your battery is going to take much longer and the likelihood of your accent lights getting broken or damaged in the process is considerably high.
With an install like this, should you experience LED failure or have trouble getting the lights to operate properly troubleshooting is nearly impossible. While the “Plug and Play” installation sounds great, you have to keep in mind that each connector can also be a possible failure point in your lighting system. The excess wire under the seat leaves you with a tangled mess to sort through before identifying the culprit.
Avoid a rats nest under your own seat by making smart choices when purchasing and installing your own accent lights. Custom Dynamics® accent lighting strips come with 48″ color coded wire leads. Once the lighting has been placed on the bike, secure and route all wires to underneath the seat. Leave about six inches for a service lead and cut back excess wire.
Custom Dynamics® technicians also recommend using Cage Clamp® Connectors for a quick and easy way to wire your lights! Each Cage Clamp® acts as a weatherproof terminal block with levers that allow you to secure all wiring. These allow for future serviceability should you decide to add more lights or require any troubleshooting.
After you have the lights all wired up the service lead can be tucked away leaving complete access to stock harness connectors, ECM, and the battery. This leaves your wiring clean and manageable. Installations can be customized to a particular bike, without extra wire everywhere.
Installing Accent Lights on a full bike can take between 1-2 hours (depending on the product and installer). We’ve put together a helpful Installation Video to walk you through the placement and wiring of Custom Dynamics® MagicFLEX2® single-color accent lights.
Plug and Play Accent Lights aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Save yourself a headache and do it right the first time!