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headlight bulbs

Postby hap2 » Fri Jul 31, 2015 9:37 pm



One lowbeam headlight bulb burn out, but both brights work. 2 wks later, the other low beam bulb burns out (at least it won't work), but I STILL have both bright lights. IMHO, it's just the bulbs that are probly old & nothing to do with wiring, right?



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Re: headlight bulbs

Postby CMReynolds1 » Fri Jul 31, 2015 9:38 pm

Most likely just the bulbs.
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Re: headlight bulbs

Postby hap2 » Fri Jul 31, 2015 11:12 pm

ya I agree I got some bulbs (55W)...10 w brighter that OEM enuf to make a difference?

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Re: headlight bulbs

Postby hap2 » Fri Jul 31, 2015 11:26 pm

ya, some mechanic tried to convince me it was wiring & he'd have to do a diagnostic, (time = cash for him), so that's y I checked with you guys.

I mean, I WAS born at night, but not last nite!

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Re: headlight bulbs

Postby FM-USA » Sat Aug 01, 2015 6:44 am

hap2 wrote:ya, some mechanic tried to convince me it was wiring & he'd have to do a diagnostic, (time = cash for him), so that's y I checked with you guys.

I mean, I WAS born at night, but not last nite!

I had the same problem with bulbs burning out.
One low-beam bulb went out just after dusk 10 minutes later the other. Had to adj. the bulb adjuster almost all the way down just to get home, 2 hrs. ride. Bought these bulbs almost exactly 1 year previously. These were the Silverstar Ultras's.

OK, had enough of the high cost, and only last one year, and went with an online discount store. I fig'r if I have to change bulbs that frequent, may as well stock up. So I bought 10 pack and carry 2 on the bike. Here's a double kicker, 2.5 years later these bulbs are still shining bright. Cost per bulb, $1.47 ... go fig'r. Been so long I forgot if they were 35, 45 or 55 watt bulbs.

I called about there Sylvania Silverstar Ultras's. I said they both went within minutes of each other on my GoldWing, rather unsafe don't you think. Answer was, That's about right on those bulbs. I said well that's definitely wrong that I spent that much on what I thought was a good quality bulb and they go out in one year. NEVER AGAIN will I buy those POS, and hung up.

YAAaaa that $1.47 x 10 makes me feel sooooo good every time I think of it. ;)
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Re: headlight bulbs

Postby hap2 » Sat Aug 01, 2015 10:18 am

I hear ya. Walmart wanted $25.00 just for one bulb. A little bit on the ridiculous side, so I found 4 for only 6 bucks (not $6.00 each, but FOUR "Superbright" [55 W] halogon for $6.00 on ebay outa China (with FREE shipping) Had to wait a month to gettem. but I gottem. However, if they burn out fast, where did u get yours? I might have to phone them & get some.

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Re: headlight bulbs

Postby hap2 » Sat Aug 01, 2015 10:20 am

FM-USA: Do u hava link for that store u gottem at? What brand were they again?

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Re: headlight bulbs

Postby hap2 » Sat Aug 01, 2015 10:22 am

FM-USA: If u think u have too many bulbs, I could buy a couple from ya.

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Re: headlight bulbs

Postby FM-USA » Sat Aug 01, 2015 12:22 pm

hap2 wrote:FM-USA: If u think u have too many bulbs, I could buy a couple from ya.

LOL, posting every 2 minutes AY.
Antsy in DaPantsy AY.... LOL

Well shipping will kill any $$$ savings so sending a couple of mine won't do any good.
I'll PM ya.
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Re: headlight bulbs

Postby hap2 » Sat Aug 01, 2015 1:49 pm

Ya...that's true re the shipping $$$ & savings.

Tanx fer the link.

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Re: headlight bulbs

Postby robb » Sat Aug 01, 2015 2:07 pm

$6.99 + $2.99 for 1 and discount to .99 shipping for all others. I paid $17.96 and had them 3 days later.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Honda-GL-1500-G ... c8&vxp=mtr

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Re: headlight bulbs

Postby wingman12 » Sat Aug 01, 2015 2:45 pm

Problems with the higher wattage from the OEM 45/45. Due to the much higher temperature of the bulbs that are 55/55 etc, over a few years they melt a hole on the plastic light. Get in a rain or at the car wash when those bulbs are hot, guess what happens to hot glass when cold water hits them. I know I ran the 55/55 and loved the extra light until on nite on the way home from work and got caught in a thunderstorm. With a couple of minutes I was driving with no headlight. That light runs about $300 from mother Honda. Just saying beware. :D :D

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Re: headlight bulbs

Postby hap2 » Sat Aug 01, 2015 2:55 pm

I just noticed that the ones I got from ebay are blue. That's just great. I wanted clear for visibility.

Maybe I'll order the ones FM-USA was talking about.

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Re: headlight bulbs

Postby wingman12 » Sat Aug 01, 2015 3:06 pm

If you are looking for mega light and are willing to spend around $150 used, cycle ax has a great plug and play HID kit. Each wiring harness, ballest and bulb runs $75 used and your wing needs two. You can also get the led bulbs for the other two lights and you are set. I got those blue white lights once and in a month they turned yellow. I have extra 45/45 bulbs if anyone wants them. I will eventually throw them away. Just cover the postage. :D :D

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Re: headlight bulbs

Postby hap2 » Sat Aug 01, 2015 3:23 pm

Are the 45W bulbs u have clear? OEM or what brand? How long do u figure they'll last? Do those blue ones have a blue tinch to start with? How's the visibility of the 55W ones? Still good visibility even after they turn yellow, or what?

U figure $5.00 postage to Alberta here good enuf? (Just puttem in a padded bag & shud b good.)

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Re: headlight bulbs

Postby wingman12 » Sat Aug 01, 2015 3:36 pm

The 45/45 are clear OEM bulbs that I bought last, I would guess the will last a couple more years depending on how much you drive. The blue white ones that turned yellow I had to throw away because yellow head lights are illegal here. I honestly can not remember if the visibility diminished or not. I upgraded to the 55/55 clear and several years later is when I melted my head light assembly. I am almost completely converted all lights to led lights so if you want the incandescent bulbs I will send you all of them. Just send me a pm with your address and within the next couple of weeks I will put them in the mail to you .

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Re: headlight bulbs

Postby The Bus Driver » Sat Aug 01, 2015 4:11 pm

Did you convert your headlights over to LED also? I read on this site that the LED headlight bulbs just don't put out enough light.

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Re: headlight bulbs

Postby FM-USA » Sat Aug 01, 2015 4:14 pm

The bulbs I have the last 2 years are 55/65... no melting, no glass cracked or breakage.

I ride in the rain BUT don't use the high beams long due to knowing there is extra heat generated.
It's just a matter of common sense.

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Re: headlight bulbs

Postby wingman12 » Sat Aug 01, 2015 4:25 pm

Not yet, I ran those bulbs for about 5 years before the problem showed up. First sign will be the top of your light will start to change color. Common sense tells me I need light for night driving that is why I went to 55/65. If they are not to be used for light then why would I buy them? To support someone's profit margin? Who are you kidding? :D :D

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Re: headlight bulbs

Postby robb » Sat Aug 01, 2015 6:10 pm

Don't know about other years but my 89 handbook says 60-55 watt headlamps and that is what vendor sent me. Never seen a 45 watt or OEM spec for one on my wing.

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Re: headlight bulbs

Postby cruiser1800 » Sun Sep 27, 2015 8:42 am

Is there one brand bulb over another that will last longer. I bought my replacement trike last month and I am on my second low beam bulb, not the same one I replaced last time. I don't think they are burning out, I think it is because of rough roads and railroad tracks not being very smooth crossings. I can't go very far in any direction without having to cross at least one, I always try to go slow over them if possible, to help with abuse to the bike. I find it a pain in the ass to replace the bulbs, so far it has only been the low beams. I ride with the high beams on for the idiots out there that can't seem to see something as big as a trike. I am going to put my last bulb in today and need to buy some more replacements, if there is a heavier duty bulb out there, it may be wise to get some.

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Re: headlight bulbs

Postby hap2 » Sun Sep 27, 2015 10:14 am

Rodney:
I dunno if one brand's better than the other. The bottom line was $ for me, so I found some real cheapys on ebay (4 for $6.00 including shipping from China) & they work great after I puttem in about months ago. Some nice guy I 'met' in this forum sent me some as well. Super nice person.

I suggest u just gettem on ebay.

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Re: headlight bulbs

Postby cruiser1800 » Sun Sep 27, 2015 6:13 pm

I changed the bulb, it wasn't burned out, the filament broke in it from these Idaho, Montana and Washington rough roads, BNSF and union Pacific railroad crossings could be fixed to be smoother. See how long these last, I don't know when they were replaced last time, beings I've only had the trike since August.

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Re: headlight bulbs

Postby hap2 » Sun Sep 27, 2015 6:50 pm

If u take it real slow over those railway crossings & other bumps u know r ahead, u shud b good fer long time as my last bikes (both a 1200 & a 1500) went 3 years w/o an issue.

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Re: headlight bulbs

Postby hap2 » Sun Sep 27, 2015 6:53 pm

I think I'll go for a spin b4 Sun night football. It's such a beautiful day here. Just wish I cud find someone to go with me.

O well




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