I wanted to add extra lighting to the 1200GS. I have a headlight modulator for the day but I needed some extra lighting for night. That is why I chose fog lights. I can run them at night as long as the focused part of the beam does not shine in the eyes of other motorists. On top of the increased visibility to others, I also wanted to improve the illumination that the lights put out. It is a fine line between bright headlights that let you see and lights that sear the retinas of other motorists.
The Hella FF50s have some pros:
- They are well made in Germany
- The shape and materials match the BMW R1200GS design
- The price is the best value for the money
I looked at Clearwater and Rigid Industries LED lights but at $400-$700 without mounting options, it seemed a little too expensive compared to the Hellas. I got the kit from Fernblau for about $160 after the currency conversion. It comes with brackets, wiring, electrical connections and an Autoswitch.
The only downside is that the kit (lights and brackets) I got come from Germany. It took about 10 days to show up but it was a little tough without help from Google Translate. Americans will need to order through the Web site, and then email to finalize payment through Paypal.
I utilized the Autoswitch that came with the kit and wired it to the turn signal cancel switch. Holding the switch activates the lights on or off. In order to wire it to the TSC switch, I had to remove the tank, which is surprisingly easy on a GS, and solder the trigger wire to the TSC wire. The other wire I had to tap into was a power source that was hot when the ignition was on but off when the key was out. I have a heated seat that is wired to the ignition so I used that. Past that it was just wiring up the relay and zip-tieing the wires out of the way.
Here is a video of the comparison of my low beam vs the Hella FF50s during my nighttime commute home and some photos of the lights.
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