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Old 01-09-2015, 01:32 PM   #1
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LED Headlight Bulbs

Let me start by stating that I upgraded to HID's on the '08 about a month ago and have been dealing with the power/current draw with flickers and the bulbs not turning on at times when I start the bike. Thanks to some help from you guys, I went ahead and purchased a relay harness kit (received it last week). It's been cold as lately for Houston, Texas standards and I haven't really had the urge to go out and install the harness. Upon opening the harness I noticed that this thing is a huge bundle of wires. I mean HUGE! Look at this thing:

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So after some deliberation I have decided to start looking into some LED bulbs to replace the pesky HID's and prevent me from having to find a way to mount this enormously bulky harness on my bike. Between the ballasts and this harness, it just seems stupid.

Which leads me to my original topic. I have been looking around at some LED's and even a few that were posted in another thread and keep coming back to these:


They seem to be bright as and look great. In the review, one gentleman even stated that they were "too bright" which is right up my alley. Have any of you decided to take the dive on these yet? I've found some cheaper bulbs in the $5-$10 range but they seem to be no brighter than a BIC lighter according to reviews. So, if you have indeed tried these types of LED's as a replacement headlight, let me know what you think.
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Here's a novel idea. How about you put stock lamps back in and quit blinding the out of everyone.
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Here's a novel idea. How about you put stock lamps back in and quit blinding the out of everyone.
I've thought about that too, but naaaaahhhh.
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When I saw the title of this thread.....How....did ....I know.........
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Wow those bulbs look awesome, I may have to get some myself for the R1. I like the HID look but never wanted to bother with mounting ballasts.
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It's not like I ride with my brights on at night. Wait, never mind I do. But I treat the brights on my bike just as I would my car. I only have them on when I'm not behind someone and/or there aren't any oncoming vehicles. I'm just looking for an alternative to the HID's and I really don't dig the dim, yellowish OEM bulbs.
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You're riding around with your brights on all the time dude. I find it comical that you're soooo respectful with your high beam switch yet you've installed retina burning welding arcs in the low beam spaot. You crack me up...
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You're riding around with your brights on all the time dude. I find it comical that you're soooo respectful with your high beam switch yet you've installed retina burning welding arcs in the low beam spaot. You crack me up...
LOL, ok thanks for your input. Duly noted.
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HID's are fine if used with a projector lens like they're designed for. I wish the leos would crack down on the HID conversions in halogen housings.

Back to topic, I've been considering the LED's as well, but rarely ride in the dark.
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HID's are fine if used with a projector lens like they're designed for. I wish the leos would crack down on the HID conversions in halogen housings.

Back to topic, I've been considering the LED's as well, but rarely ride in the dark.
You think hids are bright? LED are even brighter in a halogen housing.
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I am also thinking on upgrading to LED's. I ride day and night. the cagers! Rather blind them and be visible. Specially with those turning left in front of you.
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I am also thinking on upgrading to LED's. I ride day and night. the cagers! Rather blind them and be visible. Specially with those turning left in front of you.
You're looking at this wrong. If you blind the out of them they can't see you.This convo isn't about the cagers, it's about common courtesy which seems you young don't have. You think you're more visible but it's far from the truth...
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Visibility isn't about how bright your headlights are. Lane position, distance/speed, situation awareness > bright headlamps.

Cagers/bikers cannot see your position if all they see is blinding lights in their mirrors. My bike comes OEM LED headlamps. They are positioned at a steeper angle than traditional headlamps.

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I have projector housings (so it doesn't really matter where the diode is directed), and they are angled properly so they're not pointing directly in someone's eyes. I actually performed this adjustment back before I even switched to HID's. Those LED bulbs seem to be slightly brighter than the HID bulb, but more of a crisp white rather than the dull OEM yellow.
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