HID Headlamp


Technical information and Q&A applicable to all years and models of Goldwings
  • Sponsored Links
DennyH
Posts: 3
Joined: Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:24 am
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Motorcycle: 1987 GL1200I Interstate

HID Headlamp

Postby DennyH » Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:38 am



I installed a HID headlamp in my 1987 GL1200I and was wondering if anyone has experienced heat or melting problems from this type of lamp and related hardware? I have not seen it as yet but will be leaving on an extended trip and I am a little concerned. THANKS



User avatar
WingAdmin
Site Admin
Posts: 17047
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:16 pm
Location: Strongsville, OH
Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (wife's!)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: HID Headlamp

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Aug 26, 2015 12:51 pm

DennyH wrote:I installed a HID headlamp in my 1987 GL1200I and was wondering if anyone has experienced heat or melting problems from this type of lamp and related hardware? I have not seen it as yet but will be leaving on an extended trip and I am a little concerned. THANKS


Very unlikely, being that HID bulbs put out far less heat than the halogen bulb that the bike comes with and is designed for.

rgmr250
Posts: 21
Joined: Sat May 24, 2014 12:39 am
Location: Canada
Motorcycle: 1997 GL1500SE, 2015 Ninja 650, 2011 KLX250s, 2010 Husqvarna TE250, 1987 FZR1000 (project bike)

Re: HID Headlamp

Postby rgmr250 » Wed Aug 26, 2015 6:28 pm

You do need to watch for 55W lamps/ballasts. Normally the HID setups are 35W, but some sell the 55W versions. They are brighter, but I've seen warnings about the 55W versions melting headlight housings etc. This has been in car applications, rather than motorcycles, but I'd think the same warning would apply.

I tried some brighter, whiter bulbs in the fog lamps of my 2014 Nissan Altima, and they melted the housings...pretty much melted the bulbs right into the housings, so the bulbs won't come out any more, so I'll have to replace both fog lamp housings at some point.


Return to “Tech Talk”




Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest