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How many lights (watts) can I mount on a 150cc ATV?


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(I don't have manual and there isn't one on the internet)

It's a 150cc ATV, automatic transmission, automatic starter, with zero electric devices.

I have to mount at least some front/rear lights. But for how many watts should I aim in total on entire ATV? You know, for example there are 10/50/200 Watt lights. But it's impossible to order some, when I don't know if I should keep entire ATV under 100 Watts? Under 500 Watts? Under 1000 Watts?

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That all depends on what brand atv it is, does it have a battery?

Most bikes are set up to be able to power what there designed for. So if your bike has no design for power out put other then to keep a charge on the battery then anything you connect to the battery may drain the battery a lot more since the engines alternator will not be able to replenish the draw on the battery form the lights you’ve added. 

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4 hours ago, Frank Angerano said:

That all depends on what brand atv it is, does it have a battery?

Most bikes are set up to be able to power what there designed for. So if your bike has no design for power out put other then to keep a charge on the battery then anything you connect to the battery may drain the battery a lot more since the engines alternator will not be able to replenish the draw on the battery form the lights you’ve added. 

It has battery. No idea about specific model, as it's pretty REKT.

From the mounts on the chassis I can tell, that it used to have 2x front headlights (light bulb), 2x tiny front fog lights, 1x rear braking light, 4x turn signal. + some speedometer etc.

If I go with LED lights, how many watts combined I can put on that?

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Typically ATV incandescent head lights would draw about 35 watts each. If it used to have two lights, that is 70 watts. I would use a 50 watt LED light bar to be safe.

That light bar will be far brighter then the original head lights and you would be safe that you won't overdraw the electrical system.

Mike

 

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1 hour ago, mikeexplorer said:

Typically ATV incandescent head lights would draw about 35 watts each. If it used to have two lights, that is 70 watts. I would use a 50 watt LED light bar to be safe.

That light bar will be far brighter then the original head lights and you would be safe that you won't overdraw the electrical system.

Mike

 

Thank you!!!

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1 hour ago, mikeexplorer said:

Typically ATV incandescent head lights would draw about 35 watts each. If it used to have two lights, that is 70 watts. I would use a 50 watt LED light bar to be safe.

That light bar will be far brighter then the original head lights and you would be safe that you won't overdraw the electrical system.

Mike

 

Thank you!!!

 

Regarding front lights. I saw, that there are LED flood lights and LED spot lights.  I was thinking about putting there 1 flood bar (for close) + 2 spot lights (for distance). Of course keeping it around 50 watts. What do you think?

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Per the other's recommendation, look on ebay for some quad LED lights.  LEDs have such a lower current draw that you can replace any OEM light with them and still be within operational design for the electrical system.  happy wiring!

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You're concerned about watts when amps is what you need to figure out. A standard light draws 12-13 amps where an LED of equal lumens draws 2-3 so if you get a 22" light bar it will draw less than 2 headlights and taillights. Watts is how lightbulb lumens are judged for output not draw 

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I would find the service manual or sometimes it’s in the electrical section of the owner manual. It would state the wattage of each output. Just keep your wattage close to spec or just under. LEDs run much brighter per watt so you’ll be fine. 

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