wiring aux lights (yet again)

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I'm completing a week of mods to my new(to me) NC.
Stebel horn install with relay and harness, also added Honda aux harness and relay/fuse.
Lastly installed a USB port in the frunk, and I'm completing the wiring for a set of aux lights.

Here's the thing. These lights have two wires. One is for the halo outer ring, and I wired these to the switched ignition for DRLs.
Granted our headlights in the US never go off completely, but I wanted to wire the second wire to the headlights, which then controls a switch.
On once, low, on again, high, on again, flashing.

So my problem:
If I wire to the low beam, they won't work on high.
I I wire to high beam, they won't work on low.
If I wire to the running lights, they will go off when turn signal is on.
If I just combine the two wires to switched ignition, I guess that will do what I want.

I guess what I am asking is - is there a wire that is always hot when lights (low or high) is on? In a car it would be the parking light circuit.
 

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There are some spot lights produced in China that perform like yours and can only work as normal lights with a modification to the light itself. I have a set I couldn’t use as mine couldn’t be modified.
 

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Not a direct answer, but have you checked out products like the Skene IQ 275-A controller?
I have it run through a 3-position switch (not necessary) and they also work in conjunction with the brights.
They have no power without ignition, but once I turn the key I have 4 options.
With the 3-position switch I can choose to turn them off, 50%, 70%, or turn on the brights and the auxillary will light up to 100%.
I ride with them at 50% at night, 70% during the day, and hit the brights on the last 15 minute stretch of darkness before my home.
You can easily custom program the percentages as well.
 

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There are some spot lights produced in China that perform like yours and can only work as normal lights with a modification to the light itself. I have a set I couldn’t use as mine couldn’t be modified.
Mine are Denali LED DRL lights and have hi/lo functionality. Originally I set them to function High when headlight was on High. Low when headlight was on Low.

Then I tried High when headlight was on Low. Low when headlight was high.

Settled on HIGH 100% of the time because the light are wide dispersal and non-blinding since they are conspicuancy lights that are not really designed to light the road.
I installed them to be seen by oncoming drivers. For that purpose they work well.
 

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Not a direct answer, but have you checked out products like the Skene IQ 275-A controller?
I have it run through a 3-position switch (not necessary) and they also work in conjunction with the brights.
They have no power without ignition, but once I turn the key I have 4 options.
With the 3-position switch I can choose to turn them off, 50%, 70%, or turn on the brights and the auxillary will light up to 100%.
I ride with them at 50% at night, 70% during the day, and hit the brights on the last 15 minute stretch of darkness before my home.
You can easily custom program the percentages as well.
+1 on the Skene controller. It is a very useful device for controlling auxiliary lights.

Triggering the lights to 100% bright automatically when the high beam is on works great on older NC models, but I hear on the new models with LED headlight, it’s trickier to get a useful high beam signal.
 

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+1 on the Skene controller. It is a very useful device for controlling auxiliary lights.

Triggering the lights to 100% bright automatically when the high beam is on works great on older NC models, but I hear on the new models with LED headlight, it’s trickier to get a useful high beam signal.
You're right, now that you said it I do remember reading that at a certain point Things did become trickier. I ride a 2015 for what it's worth, I am not sure of when the changeover took place, 2016?
 

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+1 on the Skene controller. It is a very useful device for controlling auxiliary lights.

Triggering the lights to 100% bright automatically when the high beam is on works great on older NC models, but I hear on the new models with LED headlight, it’s trickier to get a useful high beam signal.
Doesn't seem to be an issue on a 2018
 

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2018+ with the LED lights have 5v signal on the aux harness high beam wire, vs 12v on the older ones.
For now, I wired to the ignition, so I have the outer halo light on constantly, then I can turn the switch on (1-3 clicks) for low, high or flashing. Works for me.
 

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It's not all that difficult to install dimmable auxiliary lighting to the newer NC750's but it's not perfectly straightforward so requires a little additional work. I put together a long-ish series of posts on how to do this here: https://www.nc700-forum.com/threads/auxiliary-lighting-for-2018-nc750x.16641/

There's wiring diagrams there along with required components and sources that'll allow you to put together a system that will switch aux lighting from full to dimmed in sync with the headlight hi/low. And the level of dimming is adjustable too ... all for under $40 (but ya gotta assemble it yourself).
 
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