Photon Blaster: Be Smart - Be seen
Includes Skene Design's NEW ENHANCED LED modules!!
The Photon Blaster is an extremely bright, highly conspicuous yellow lighting system designed to mount on the front forks of your motorcycle. Its brightness, color and unique flicker dramatically increase your motorcycle's visibility to approaching traffic.
As of January 2016, Skene Design has updated their Photon Blaster kits to include the new IQ-250 controller.
We ONLY sell the FULLY LOADED kit that features both the ALERT feature AND the Turn Signals with the Amber LEDs. Why you ask???? Because from past experience and sales....... if someone is that safety conscious they almost always get the fully featured unit..... it only makes sense! And the color hue of the amber is way more eye catching than white!
The system includes an IQ-250 control module ( IQ-250-A-TS for the ALERT feature we sell) two amber Photon Booster LED modules and all necessary mounting brackets, hardware, and electrical connections to connect to any switched 12 volt source on your motorcycle. A typical installation takes 30-40 minutes. A comprehensive installation manual is included.
The new Photon Blaster now features:
Finally, there's an affordable, easy to install, very effective front visibility lighting system for your motorcycle, or ATV, car, truck, etc...
Many motorists find motorcycles hard to see. Not only are they much smaller than cars but their single headlight often gets lost in the background. Drivers are subconsciously looking out for other cars, and even if they see a motorcycle, it often doesn't really register and gets ignored. It is also hard for many drivers to judge the closing speed and distance of a motorcycle as they see only a single reference point of light.
The Photon Blaster is specifically designed to counter these factors and to maximize the visibility of your motorcycle. The Photon Blaster adds two high-intensity yellow or white LED light bars on either side of your front wheel. The brilliant yellow color helps your motorcycle stand out and the extra, distinct lights arranged in a triangular pattern with the headlight help oncoming drivers judge how far away you are and how fast you're approaching.
Conspicuity Flicker (Protected by US Patent No. 7,928,660)
A unique, patented and extremely effective feature of the Photon Blaster is that the LEDs flicker. The flicker rate has been chosen such that it maximizes your motorcycle's visibility, without being distracting. Utilizing a high-speed microprocessor and fast-acting, high-intensity LEDs, the conspicuity flicker takes advantage of the difference in the persistence of vision of the human eye's central field of view compared to its peripheral view. The result is that the Photon Blaster LEDs appear to flicker when viewed out of the corner of the eye, yet when viewed directly they appear to be on continuously. The net result is that the Photon Blaster gets the attention of drivers who are not paying attention, a huge safety advantage in today's driving environment.
ALERT! feature (NEW)
The new and unique ALERT! feature allows you to rapidly modulate the brightness of the LEDs when you really need to be noticed.
As a motorcyclist, I'm sure you have often wished for a little extra visibility as you're approaching a busy intersection, a car paused at a crossroad ahead on a rainy day, or a long line of commuters driving towards you on their way home at dusk. The new ALERT! feature does just this.
When you need to maximize your visibility, just tap your brakes twice within one second, and the Photon Blaster's LED lamps instantly respond with a brief, but highly conspicuous flashing sequence, like 4-way flashers on overdrive. The sequence takes less than two seconds, but you've just greatly improved your likelihood of being seen.
Normal application of the brakes or a single tap will not trigger the ALERT! sequence, so it has no effect on your usual riding style.
Note: the horn, high beam, or a separate pushbutton may also be used to trigger the ALERT feature. (On the water-cooled BMW R1200GS, you must use the horn as a trigger.)
And when you think that the highest occurence of motorcycle accidents are at intersections, use the ALERT feature to get you noticed before that car driver turns left in front of you, sending you and your bike over the hood of the car. Or worse yet....... under the wheels.
Turn Signal Option
The PB-TS model adds a second channel, allowing independent control of the left and right LED modules. Simply connect the extra two input wires on the controller to your bike's turn signal wires using the included T-taps, and the Photon Blaster's super bright amber LED modules now mimic your turn signals and 4-way flashers.
The TS controller can also power the vehicle's existing turn signals, turning them into bright marker lights, and if these are LED turn signals, they will also inherit the conspicuity flicker of the Photon Blaster's LED modules!
Low Power, High Brightness
Unlike high power halogen lamps, the highly efficient and incredibly bright Photon Blaster LEDs consume only 2.5 watts, less than 3% of what other auxiliary lights draw. The low current draw of the design requires no relay, and because the lights come on with the ignition, no power switch is needed.
In addition to powering the included pair of amber Photon Booster LED modules, the Photon Blaster system can be expanded by adding additional Photon Boosters. The TS model can be expanded to support eight Photon Boosters per side.
Photon Blaster Installation
The Photon Blaster visibility lighting system is easy to install and works on any motorcycle.
The system includes an IQ-250 control module, two amber Photon Booster LED modules and all necessary mounting brackets, hardware, and electrical connections to connect to any switched 12 volt source on your motorcycle. A typical installation takes 30-40 minutes. A comprehensive installation manual is included.
The LED modules are typically mounted to existing fender or brake calipers bolts on either side of your front wheel using the included brackets and replacement bolts, where required. In spite of the extreme brightness of these LEDs, Photon Blaster LED modules weigh only 3/8 of an ounce so, unlike other, heavier fork mounted running lights, they do not adversely affect your bike's handling.
Once you mount the LED modules on your bike, you then route the wires from the modules up along each fork leg( usually along brake lines) securing them with the included zip-ties. You then connect these wires to the small, weatherproof Photon Blaster control module using the included connectors (see Figure 1 below).
The Red wire from the control module is then connected to a switched, 12 volt source of power, typically a parking light. The Black wire is connected to any ground connection. The current draw of the Photon Blaster is only 0.35A (<5 watts), so the Control Module can be attached to almost any power source without fear of overloading. High quality PosiTap® insulation displacement connectors are provided for this purpose.
There is no need for a power switch, as the Photon Blaster turns on with the ignition.
For the Photon Blaster-A model with the ALERT! feature, the blue wire from the controller is connected to the tail light wire, using the red Posi-lock inline connector, the included black extension wire and the red-grey Posi-tap connector.
Note that on the water-cooled BMW R1200GS, the horn must be used as a trigger as the brake light stays on too long and there is no high beam wire.
The Photon Blaster system can be expanded to support up to 8 Photon Booster LED modules (8 per side on the TS model). These may be purchased separately on this site. They are the Photon BOOSTERS.
Please Note: When installing Skene lights/controllers, take note of other accessories that could affect the Skene lights if tapped into the switched circuit together, possibly causing electrical noise back into the power lead. We have had customers that tapped units like Gi Pro gear indicators (for example) into the power switched lines with the Skene units, that have caused erratic light response. Clean, dedicated installations ( we suggest the Fuzeblock FZ-1 fuseblock, PDM60, or Neutrino Black Box we sell) for error free operation.
The two Photon Blaster LED modules typically mount on either side of the motorcycle's front forks using brackets included with your order. Several different styles of brackets are available to fit most motorcycles.
The table below shows a selection of brackets for some models:
RST 1000 T5-S
Capo Nord 2001-03- on fender T5-S
on brake calipers T6-S
F650GS ≥2009 T7-S
- F700GS T6-S
- F800GT T2-S
K1200RS, LT T1-S
K1200GT 04/2002-10/2004 T1-S
K1200GT 11/2004 - 09/2008 T2-S
R1150GS <11-2001 T4-S
R1150GS ≥11-2001 T3-S
R1200GS,GS/A <2013 T3-S
- R1200GS, GSA 2013-2014 T1-S
R1200RT Up to 2013 T1
- R1200RT 2014 T5-S
- R nine T T1-S
Monster S2R 1000 T12-S
Dyna, 2007-2010 T9-S
Touring, 2007-2010 T6-S
Touring, with Kuryakin lower leg accents T10-S
V-Rod, 2007-2010 T6-S
XL - all, 2007-2010 T8-S
- CB500X 2013-15 T14-s
- CB1100 2013-14 T12-S
- CBR250R T14-S
- CBR600R T14-S
- CTX1300 T12-S
Gold Wing GL1800 T7-S
Magna 750 T7-S
- VFR1200 T12-S
- VT750CS T12-S
- NC700X T-2
Concours 14 T2-S
KLR 650 T2-S
Ninja 250 ≥2008 T2-S
Ninja 500 ≥2008 T2-S
Vulcan 1700 T6-S
ZRX 1200 T6-S
- 1200 ZG-Voyager & ZN1300 Voyager T6-S
- Bonneville T2-S
Touring Cruiser T4-S
FJR 1200/1300 T2-S
- Super Tenere T14-S
If your motorcycle is not listed, examine the front forks of your bike and determine if there is a fender mounting screw or a caliper bolt that can be used to mount the LED modules onto. If so, measure or look up the diameter of the screw - usually 5 mm or 6mm for fender screws and 8/10 mm for caliper bolts. Recessed fender screws and caliper mounts require a spacer to move the LED module away from the bodywork. An online drawing of your motorcycle's front fender may be available that will indicate the size of the fender screw, usually either 5mm or 6mm. Two sources, of several, for these drawings are:
The LED modules may also be mounted on engine guards, sidecar mounts, etc., using your own brackets. The modules are shipped with a 48" wire on each, but this wire may be extended to 20' with no effect on the LED module's brightness.
There are three main types of mounting brackets:
Mount using a flush-mount fender screw (FIRST BRACKET IMAGE ABOVE)
Type 1 mounts each LED module to an existing 5 mm flush-mount fender screw. Mounting kit includes aluminum angle brackets for 5mm screws and stainless steel locknuts.
Type 2 mounts each LED module to an existing 6 mm flush-mount fender screw. Mounting kit includes aluminum angle brackets for 5mm screw and stainless steel locknuts.
Mount using a recessed fender screw (2ND BRACKET IMAGE ABOVE)
Type 1-S mounts each LED module to an existing 5 mm recessed-mount fender screw. Mounting kit includes aluminum angle brackets for 5mm screws, stainless steel locknuts, M5 x 25mm stainless steel button head cap screws and 12mm spacers.
Type 2-S mounts each LED module to an existing 6 mm recessed-mount fender screw. Mounting kit includes aluminum angle brackets for 6mm screws, stainless steel locknuts, M6 x 25mm stainless steel button head cap screws and 12mm spacers.
Type 5-S mounts each LED module to an existing 5 mm recessed-mount fender screw. Mounting kit includes aluminum angle brackets for 5mm screws, stainless steel locknuts, M5 x 45 mm stainless steel button head cap screws and 35mm spacers.
Type 7-S mounts each LED module to an existing 6 mm recessed-mount fender screw. Mounting kit includes aluminum angle brackets for 6mm screws, stainless steel locknuts, M6 x 40mm stainless steel button head cap screws and 12mm spacers.
Type 8-S mounts each LED module to an existing 5/16-18 recessed-mount fender screw. Mounting kit includes aluminum angle brackets for 5/16" screws, stainless steel locknuts, 5/16-18 x 2.25" stainless steel socket head cap screws and 1" spacers.
Type 9-S mounts each LED module to an existing 5/16-18 recessed-mount fender screw. Mounting kit includes aluminum angle brackets for 5/16" screws, stainless steel locknuts, 5/16-18 x 2.25" stainless steel socket head cap screws and 1.5" spacers.
Type 11-S mounts each LED module to an existing 5/16-18 recessed-mount fender screw. Mounting kit includes aluminum angle brackets for 5/16" screws, stainless steel locknuts, 5/16-18 x 1.5" stainless steel socket head cap screws and 1/4" spacers.
Type 12-S mounts each LED module to an existing 6 mm recessed-mount fender screw. Mounting kit includes aluminum angle brackets for 6mm screws, stainless steel locknuts, M6 x 30mm stainless steel button head cap screws and 12mm spacers.
Type 14-S mounts each LED module to an existing 6 mm x 22mm recessed-mount fender screw. Mounting kit includes aluminum angle brackets for 6mm screws, stainless steel locknuts, M6 x 35mm stainless steel button head cap screws and 12mm spacers.
Mount using a brake caliper bolt (3RD BRACKET IMAGE ABOVE)
Type 3-S mounts each LED module to the front brake caliper. Mounting kit includes M8 x 60mm, hardened, grade 12.9 corrosion resistant, socket head cap screws and 25mm aluminum spacers.
Type 4-S mounts each LED module to the front brake caliper, and includes M10 x 65mm, hardened, grade 12.9 corrosion resistant, socket head cap screws and 35mm aluminum spacers.
Type 6-S mounts each LED module to the front brake caliper, and includes longer M10 x 65mm, hardened, grade 12.9 corrosion resistant, socket head cap screws and 25mm aluminum spacers.
Get greater visibility by adding the P3 lights to the rear of your bike as well.....
Choose your free bracket above when you choose your Photon Blaster kit (one bracket pair per kit please) or simply tell us what year, make, and model of bike you have in the ORDER NOTES when you checkout.
Hope they work as planned and ensure people are more likely to see me! Seem to be getting peoples attention. I worry about the durability of the LEDs facing oncoming hazards - seem kind of fragile but people don't seem to be complaining. Time will tell! HINT: FJR owners - order the Admore Lighting FJR wiring adapter and make installation super easy by running the control unit under your seat!
Greatly increases visibility to other drivers. Definitely gets me noticed. This is my second set as I liked them on the first bike so much. The added turn signal function leaves no confusion as to my intentions. And the ability to flash a quick warning with these is a bonus.
excellent, but complex to install!
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I ordered the Photon Blasters and install kit for my Burgman AN650 at 23:30 hours online. The parcel was in the mail the next morning and I received it in my mailbox the following morning. Two days is pretty damn fast service. The separate install package was complete meaning no extra time for the install. I highly recommend and I will be back.
Hooked up fairly easily, the main work was in securing wiring out of the way, allowing enough room for steering. Everything works as expected, and I am totally satisfied (so far). Hopefully the longevity of these units will find me just as satisfied a few years from now.
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