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    LED Taillight Bulb

    Does anyone have a good source for this bulb? My state inspection guy noticed my current LED bulb does not have the license plate light in the bulb. The PO doesnít remember where he found this bulb.
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    To my knowledge there is no LED bulb suitable for that. Most states require white illumination on the license plate. But you really want a red LED bulb for the tail light. A white LED bulb will make your tail light look a very washed-out red. Incandescent bulbs emit a broader range of light frequencies than LED bulbs, and so they shine red through a red tail light lens but shine "white" through the clear lens at the bottom of the tail light cover.

    Maybe find an illuminated license plate frame that throws light onto the license plate? Something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Moto.../dp/B01K59LAZ4

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogerc60 View Post
    To my knowledge there is no LED bulb suitable for that. Most states require white illumination on the license plate. But you really want a red LED bulb for the tail light. A white LED bulb will make your tail light look a very washed-out red. Incandescent bulbs emit a broader range of light frequencies than LED bulbs, and so they shine red through a red tail light lens but shine "white" through the clear lens at the bottom of the tail light cover.

    Maybe find an illuminated license plate frame that throws light onto the license plate?
    Good idea, I hate giving up the bright stop and taillight with my current bulb. He passed me anyway so Iím good for another year!
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    I've played around with many different commercially available LED "replacements" for 1156 and 1157 bulbs, and I've never found one that actually filled up the inside of the lens adequately; they're too directional and and only made smaller bright areas.

    There is somebody who makes a "plate" to replace the innards of a GS taillight with multiple LEDs, but I don't recall who they are... I'll edit this later if I find them.

    Found two possibilities: Emerald Island (from Ted Porter's Beemershop) and Beacon (from Motorrad Elektrik). Hope this helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 174713 View Post
    Good idea, I hate giving up the bright stop and taillight with my current bulb. He passed me anyway so Iím good for another year!
    You can always "return to stock" before inspection and then return to the higher visibility after the proctological.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauls1150 View Post
    I've played around with many different commercially available LED "replacements" for 1156 and 1157 bulbs, and I've never found one that actually filled up the inside of the lens adequately; they're too directional and and only made smaller bright areas.

    There is somebody who makes a "plate" to replace the innards of a GS taillight with multiple LEDs, but I don't recall who they are... I'll edit this later if I find them.

    Found two possibilities: Emerald Island (from Ted Porter's Beemershop) and Beacon (from Motorrad Elektrik). Hope this helps.
    Thanks! I emailed Rick from Motorrad Elektrik and will post his response.
    Charlie P.
    1992 R100R
    1996 R1100GS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    You can always "return to stock" before inspection and then return to the higher visibility after the proctological.
    OM
    Another good idea!
    Charlie P.
    1992 R100R
    1996 R1100GS

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    LED Tail light bulbs

    Here's another approach.....use to secure the plate and lights 'em up.

    https://www.amazon.com/Motorcycle-Li...1644800&sr=8-7
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    These 1157 LED bulbs from SuperBrightLEDS.com have a combination of red forward LEDs for tail / brake light and white LEDs for license plate illumination -

    https://www.superbrightleds.com/more...-bulb/170/767/

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    Quote Originally Posted by robsryder View Post
    These 1157 LED bulbs from SuperBrightLEDS.com have a combination of red forward LEDs for tail / brake light and white LEDs for license plate illumination -

    https://www.superbrightleds.com/more...-bulb/170/767/

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    Just ordered one, thanks! I checked their website last week but this one never came up in my search, operator error Iím sureÖl.
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    This is a nice product. Fits the bill for the LP illumination
    Used to have one .
    https://www.beemershop.com/product/e...2002-only.html
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