Lo beam does not work, hi beam does.


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Lastwachter
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Lo beam does not work, hi beam does.

Postby Lastwachter » Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:06 pm



1978 Goldwing. With the bike running or not, the light does not turn on when the switch is on low but does when I put it on hi.

Are these separate bulbs in the headlight? Are these changeable or do I need a whole new headlight?

Thanks
Ryan



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Re: Lo beam does not work, hi beam does.

Postby sfruechte » Sun Jun 01, 2014 5:48 pm

I believe the originals were sealed beams, I still have mine and will check later. Both beams are in the sealed beam. I now have a vetter fairing and it has a halogen bulb and both beams are contained in the one bulb.

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Re: Lo beam does not work, hi beam does.

Postby SnoBrdr » Sun Jun 01, 2014 6:13 pm

Lastwachter wrote:1978 Goldwing. With the bike running or not, the light does not turn on when the switch is on low but does when I put it on hi.

Are these separate bulbs in the headlight? Are these changeable or do I need a whole new headlight?

Thanks
Ryan


You must be young. :D

The originals were sealed beams that had both high.low in one.

It could be that the low side has burned out.

I have always left mine on HI beam during the day. In that case if it burns out< I still have low.

Lastwachter
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Re: Lo beam does not work, hi beam does.

Postby Lastwachter » Sun Jun 01, 2014 7:23 pm

SnoBrdr wrote:
You must be young. :D



My bike is a few years older than me :)

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Re: Lo beam does not work, hi beam does.

Postby Fred Camper » Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:04 pm

They have three wires, a common, a lead for high and a lead for low. The bulbs each have a filiment, so it is certainly reasonable that the low has burned out and the high has not. I use high in the daytime and low at night, as it is worse for the low to burn out.




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