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    New to forum, and BMW. Auxiliary lighting question

    Hello all. Iíve tried searching online but no luck on my question.
    I bought my first BMW a few weeks ago. 2015 RT which is excellent so far but I have a lot to learn. Iím coming off a 650 VSTROM.
    I have auxiliary Ďdriving lightsí mounted to the forward crash bars, which I assume were installed by the dealer when the bike was originally purchased. They seem to be always on, and I like them as conspicuity lighting but, thereís no switch anywhere, and they are very bright.
    Is there any way to control these lights? On, off, brightness level etc?
    Thanks for any insight into this, Iím sure Iíll have more questions in the future.

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    I would start with determining which brand they are and how they are interfaced with the can bus, assuming they are. You could then search the OEM and get instructions for controlling them. I run Clearwater lights which are controlled by their programmable "CANopener". Denali uses CANsmart, so on and so forth. Search HEX easyCan for a non light specific controller and explanation.

    Mine are adjusted to the lowest brightness, always on, but bump the high beam switch or horn button and they go full bright. I've forgotten how to change the program, it isn't exactly intuitive....

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    Sounds like they are NOT the BMW auxiliary LED lights...
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    Apparently not. I do not have button #1, or any control of the lights that I can find.
    Itís not a big deal. Iím still learning the basics of this bike. Iíve noticed I get more respect from traffic that wants to cross my path (compared to my Strom). Iím assuming itís the extra lighting.
    Thanks for the replies.

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    If you post a picture of your aux light, maybe someone here will recognize them.
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    Good idea, thanks.
    Any insights on these lights would be appreciated.
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    Looks like LEDs from VisonX.

    https://www.visionxusa.com/shop/2-solstice-solo/

    I have had these now about five years. Yes they are noticeable.
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    Yeah that looks a possibility. Is there a method to controlling your lights (through the existing RT switchgear etc) or are they just always Ďoní.

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    I don't think those can be controled by the bikes integrated controls unless you install a canbus interface.
    You could just splice in a switch or a dimmer such as this one: https://www.visionxusa.com/shop/prime-dimmer/
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    Thanks patm
    Thatís all I really need to know at this point. I didnít want to be riding around with these lights full ablaze all the time like an idiot, and not know there was some way to control them.
    I donít ride at night unless I get caught out very occasionally. Hopefully people wonít find them blinding if I am out after dark.

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