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Flashing LED
I bought a red flashing LED to mount in the dash to give the impression of having an alarm. The instructions state that it should be wired through the ignition so that when the key is off, the LED flashes. Naturally, when the ignition is on, the LED does not flash.

My question then is can I still wire it through a switch so that it doesn't flash when the bike is parked?
#1 06-20-2007, 12:54 PM,
Hi keener, i would suggest a miniature dip or toggle switch to kill the led for storage or lack of use(if that is going to happen :wink: ) Small led's have an extremely low amp draw, which makes them perfect for indicator or marker lights.

#2 06-20-2007, 03:37 PM,
That LED could probably stay on for 6 months before it even dropped your battery to 11 volts..

Jim Big Grin
#3 06-23-2007, 07:17 PM,
Thanks, Jim. That's good to know.
#4 06-23-2007, 07:23 PM,
No Problem, Thats the kool thing about LEDs, extreme low power draw..
#5 06-23-2007, 07:31 PM,
I think I spoke too soon with regard to how ell the install had gone. I went out to fire up the 'Wing this morning and she was deader than a doornail. No dash lights, etc. I put the Battery Tender on and it didn't even light the light! Right now, I have the battery on a 2 amp trickle charger and am in the process of re-checking all the wiring and connections. I'm thinking it's a problem with the switch I put in.
#6 06-30-2007, 12:09 PM,
The LED flasher you purchased, is it just a small LED and 2 wires? or does it have some type of box on it?
#7 06-30-2007, 03:57 PM,
It is a very small LED with three fine wires - power, ground and accessory - and a small oval plastic piece halfway down the wires which apparently lets me adjust the flashing frequency.
#8 06-30-2007, 04:32 PM,
Keener, When was the last time you rode?
#9 06-30-2007, 04:46 PM,
Last Saturday but I've been told the LED shouldn't draw anything from the battery. I think it's the switch as it has a light in it.
#10 06-30-2007, 08:37 PM,
I just put in the same item yesterday. I read your post last night and I have a ride planed for this morning so I didn't leave it no last night just incase. I hooked mine up to a switch also. When you get it figured out let me know.

Tonight I will leave mine on all night and see what happens the next morning and let you know. I bought the same exact one you did. I got it at a stereo store that installs alarms as well. It cost me 7.99 plus tax. Three very thin wires, an adjustable flash and the insert that goes around the light has two tangs on it like a star.

Stay in touch and so will I.
#11 07-01-2007, 05:27 AM,
The lighted switch would do it.
I have a alarm and volt/temp/clock meter, on all the time has never dropped the battery voltage low. I calculate it would take 12 to 18 monthes for the indicators to lower the battery voltage to below starting levels.
#12 07-01-2007, 10:37 PM,
In hindsight, it's pretty obvious I made a mistake wiring in the switch. I'm going to have another try later this week when an electrical genius buddy is available.
#13 07-02-2007, 09:36 AM,
In my opinion forget the switch and connect the blinking LED as it comes.
#14 07-02-2007, 01:10 PM,
Is it possible to set it up so that it only flashes when the ignition is in the locked position but not in the off position. You'd need to study the ignition schematic to verify that but that would be an ideal hook up for you.
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#15 07-02-2007, 01:53 PM,

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