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brighter headlight

Postby geo steinke » Thu Sep 01, 2016 8:22 am



I ride a 76 wing, looking to have better vision at night (getting older you know) and I've always read the charging system pretty much is maxed out already not to add lights to the system. With the new headlights on the market will these overload the system or will they be ok to run, and does anyone have a suggested light they have used.



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Re: brighter headlight

Postby SnoBrdr » Thu Sep 01, 2016 3:22 pm

geo steinke wrote:I ride a 76 wing, looking to have better vision at night (getting older you know) and I've always read the charging system pretty much is maxed out already not to add lights to the system. With the new headlights on the market will these overload the system or will they be ok to run, and does anyone have a suggested light they have used.


A good LED headlight will not only be many times brighter but would actually lessen the load on the stator.

That being said, if you have the stock headlight installed, plan to spend at least $75 for a bulb and a new housing.

Do your research as there is some real junk out there.

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Re: brighter headlight

Postby roadwanderer2 » Thu Sep 01, 2016 5:06 pm

here, take a look at this...........http://www.ebay.com/itm/7-DOT-H4-CRYSTA ... e_0ElDMuhQ

i put this on my 83 wing and it works very well without spending a small fortune on "add-on" lighting. it lights up the road much farther than the old OEM headlight and reflector, and when you put your high beam on, it REALLY lights up the road in front of you. i would recommend this upgrade to anyone with an older wing.

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Re: brighter headlight

Postby SnoBrdr » Fri Sep 02, 2016 6:59 am

roadwanderer2 wrote:here, take a look at this...........http://www.ebay.com/itm/7-DOT-H4-CRYSTA ... e_0ElDMuhQ

i put this on my 83 wing and it works very well without spending a small fortune on "add-on" lighting. it lights up the road much farther than the old OEM headlight and reflector, and when you put your high beam on, it REALLY lights up the road in front of you. i would recommend this upgrade to anyone with an older wing.

stuart.


But that doesn't help with cutting down the charging rate.

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Re: brighter headlight

Postby geo steinke » Fri Sep 02, 2016 7:13 am

So the LED headlights will work and they cut down the load on the stator. Good that's what I was looking for cause I didn't know if the LED because they are brighter would increase the load or not. Thanks. So also if I changed the other lights turn signals taillight to LED this would help also.

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Re: brighter headlight

Postby SnoBrdr » Fri Sep 02, 2016 9:51 am

geo steinke wrote:So the LED headlights will work and they cut down the load on the stator. Good that's what I was looking for cause I didn't know if the LED because they are brighter would increase the load or not. Thanks. So also if I changed the other lights turn signals taillight to LED this would help also.


Yes it would help but also remember that you need to buy a flasher for LED bulbs.

Buying all the parts/bulbs and the headlight and headlight adapter could easily run you close to $200.

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Re: brighter headlight

Postby roadwanderer2 » Fri Sep 02, 2016 4:20 pm

the headlight i gave you the link to doesn't use any more power than what your bike is already using. its advantages are its new, works better, throws a farther beam of light without using any more power, but if you want to spend up to a couple of hundred dollars for LED's and their associated parts, IE: flashers and relays, thats up to you, but if you want to brighten your path in front of you at night, then this bulb is the way to do it without spending a fortune for new lights. again, your decision.

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Re: brighter headlight

Postby Uncle Fester » Sun Sep 04, 2016 7:48 pm

here is a good option, uses less amperage and puts out better light. . . . .

http://www.rigidindustries.com/led-lighting/55002
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Re: brighter headlight

Postby SnoBrdr » Sun Sep 04, 2016 8:14 pm

Uncle Fester wrote:here is a good option, uses less amperage and puts out better light. . . . .

http://www.rigidindustries.com/led-lighting/55002


Nice but $300 for a light is a bit pricey.

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Re: brighter headlight

Postby Uncle Fester » Sun Sep 04, 2016 10:58 pm

Here is a second, less expensive option . . . . https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinf ... raid/2221/
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Re: brighter headlight

Postby roadwanderer2 » Mon Sep 05, 2016 1:21 am

SnoBrdr wrote:
Uncle Fester wrote:here is a good option, uses less amperage and puts out better light. . . . .

http://www.rigidindustries.com/led-lighting/55002


Nice but $300 for a light is a bit pricey.


agreed, but if you have that kind of money to spend, more power to ya.

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Re: brighter headlight

Postby Uncle Fester » Mon Sep 05, 2016 1:48 am

roadwanderer2 wrote:
SnoBrdr wrote:
Uncle Fester wrote:here is a good option, uses less amperage and puts out better light. . . . .

http://www.rigidindustries.com/led-lighting/55002


Nice but $300 for a light is a bit pricey.


agreed, but if you have that kind of money to spend, more power to ya.

stuart.


I totally agree this is a expensive way to go, but you are talking about a headlight that will likely NEVER burn out (10,000 plus hour life) , and is designed from the ground up as a LED headlight, not a LED bulb stuck in to a H4 housing and HOPE the light output/pattern is good. I have seen this bulb used on a HD Ultra Classic and it has to be the best output / pattern I have seen. If you think it is too expensive, remember this, the HD guys spend almost $400 for this same bulb. . . . ( http://www.harley-davidson.com/store/da ... 7700189--1 )



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Re: brighter headlight

Postby roadwanderer2 » Mon Sep 05, 2016 7:51 am

ok, i saw the video and read the reviews on it and yes, i agree, it is a good set up IF you have that kind of money to spend on it. a person like me, thats on a fixed income, just getting by month to month, thats a good bit of money to spend on an upgrade like that. it would take me 4 months to save up enough to purchase it. for me, i would have to go with something thats a little more "budget friendly" like the upgrade i did spending less than $40.00 and put the rest of that $360 dollars towards something like, oh i don't know....food maybe? or emergency medical costs? or vehicle repairs like im having to do to my 86 SEi at the moment?

don't get me wrong, im not complaining, but i can't see spending that kind of money on a headlight regardless how good it is or how long it will last when i can buy an upgrade for 90% less and works "almost" as good as the one you posted the link for.

now im not saying don't buy it, im just saying if you have that kind of money to spend for it, then by all means go for it. to me its a matter of personal finances.

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Re: brighter headlight

Postby Uncle Fester » Mon Sep 05, 2016 4:37 pm

Trust me brother, I totally understand the fixed income, I too am living on SSI plus my wife income for a family of four. IF I was to do that particular upgrade, it would be a tax season deal for me.
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Re: brighter headlight

Postby roadwanderer2 » Mon Sep 05, 2016 6:06 pm

im sure you do know what its like being on a fixed income, especially with 4 kids to clothe and feed and not to mention the medical expenses when something happens to one or all of them.

when i was working, at my best year i grossed just over $3,200 a month. that was over 20 years ago. now being on SSD, i make less than half of what i made in 2 weeks. my wife is also on SSD. she has a masters degree in mental health from TWC,(Tennessee Wesleyan college) and she used to be a mental health therapist for the county until one of her new clients shot himself in the head in her office right in front of her and died. so now, shes been diagnosed with PTSD along with a few other mental disorders including and not limited to nightmares, panic attacks, depression and sometimes suicidal tendencies which makes me have to be very alert and attentive to her needs. it was very traumatic for her. so now, with the both of us on SSD, its harder than ever to "make ends meet" with all the monthly expenses. what ever i can manage to hold onto after everything is paid at the beginning of each month goes towards what needs to be done on either one of my 2 goldwings.

luckily for us we don't have any kids to deal with, and her 18 year old Camry is still going strong. its got over 156,xxx miles on it and it still has the original spark plugs, front and rear shocks/struts on it lol. im not "cheap" by any means, what ever she wants or needs, i make sure she gets it and i sometimes go without to make sure shes taken care of. i couldn't afford that kind of headlight upgrade even if i wanted it thats why i went with the one that was,(in my opinion) the best viable option i could do.

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Re: brighter headlight

Postby SnoBrdr » Mon Sep 05, 2016 6:36 pm

roadwanderer2 wrote:im sure you do know what its like being on a fixed income, especially with 4 kids to clothe and feed and not to mention the medical expenses when something happens to one or all of them.

when i was working, at my best year i grossed just over $3,200 a month. that was over 20 years ago. now being on SSD, i make less than half of what i made in 2 weeks. my wife is also on SSD. she has a masters degree in mental health from TWC,(Tennessee Wesleyan college) and she used to be a mental health therapist for the county until one of her new clients shot himself in the head in her office right in front of her and died. so now, shes been diagnosed with PTSD along with a few other mental disorders including and not limited to nightmares, panic attacks, depression and sometimes suicidal tendencies which makes me have to be very alert and attentive to her needs. it was very traumatic for her. so now, with the both of us on SSD, its harder than ever to "make ends meet" with all the monthly expenses. what ever i can manage to hold onto after everything is paid at the beginning of each month goes towards what needs to be done on either one of my 2 goldwings.

luckily for us we don't have any kids to deal with, and her 18 year old Camry is still going strong. its got over 156,xxx miles on it and it still has the original spark plugs, front and rear shocks/struts on it lol. im not "cheap" by any means, what ever she wants or needs, i make sure she gets it and i sometimes go without to make sure shes taken care of. i couldn't afford that kind of headlight upgrade even if i wanted it thats why i went with the one that was,(in my opinion) the best viable option i could do.

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Original plugs w 156k.

You'd prob save the cost of the plugs in gas in a short time.

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Re: brighter headlight

Postby roadwanderer2 » Mon Sep 05, 2016 7:21 pm

lol, maybe, but this old Camry will do and has done 115 mph and still gets 24 mpg out on the highway and 20 mpg in the city. the only repairs made on this car since she's had it is a water pump, timing belt 2 years ago, a few oil changes, front brake pads and rotors 5 years ago and a set of windshield wiper blades 2 years ago. not a bad track record for a vehicle its age. if we ever went to get another vehicle, i would have to say that we would purchase another Camry.

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Re: brighter headlight

Postby geo steinke » Tue Sep 06, 2016 1:36 pm

Thanks guys for the help and suggestions. After looking at some headlights I going to try the regular headlight for less than 25 dollars first. For the money i'm going to try that one first to see if its works for me. I liked the led bulb one for 60 dollars but i don't believe there is room in the housing for the head sinks on the rear of the bulb. As for the turn signals and that they are staying stock for a while I didn't know you needed different flasher and a resistor to make them blink. I can wait on that.




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