Add relays to headlight?


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Add relays to headlight?

Postby IAAustin » Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:40 pm



Well, today I soldered and heat shrinked the connectors from the stator. I couldn't believe how bad the connector was, a pile of dirt and dust fell out! The headlamp is much brighter at idle now, but I would like a little more for night riding if it's there for the taking. I have read in the GL1000 forum about running a hot wire and using a relay for the high and an additional relay for the low beam. Just curious if this is the same on an 1100 or if it's routed some other way that's as good as it gets and this would be a waste of time. Thank you!



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Re: Add relays to headlight?

Postby lacanars » Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:32 am

I would be worried about blinding the person coming at me due to both the Hi and Lo beam on at the same time, and prefer they are able to see so they stay on their side of the road. I would also think you would have to run another fuse or larger one to handle the extra load. I ride in the dark on a regular basis, and my 82 1100I would be dim at idle and would really dim when I would come to a stop and use the brake. This was really bad when I turned on all the add on marker lights. After a lot of looking around for a better headlight, I thought about converting to HID. I then saw that a lot of people just changed the bulb over to a Silver Star headlight. So I decided to convert all my lamps over to LED and try a Silver Star Ultra headlight. I converted every bulb over to LED and when I went to install the headlight found that the PO had also wanted a brighter headlight, they installed an 80/100 watt bulb, now I know why everything was dim when I would apply the brake. Needless to say the new headlight in my opinion is brighter and better than the old higher watt bulb, and now with all LED's it never has dimmed again. I also added some LED driving lights to light up the sides of the road a little more. As a side note, if you decide to convert to all LED as well. I wanted bright gauge and marker lights, so I ordered LED's for those with the most lights per bulb (7). They are nice and bright on the markers and for the gauges, however they are almost blinding on the blinker, high beam and neutral indicators.

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Re: Add relays to headlight?

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:11 am

Provide ***fused*** battery power with a #10 or #12 wire to 2 relays in the faring/headlight area.
Each relay operates it's separate lamp(Hi/LO).
use the existing lamp wire to operate the relay.
This method can increase the voltage at the lamp up to %20....and the brightness will also increase too.
Cost???probably $20 or so....

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Re: Add relays to headlight?

Postby IAAustin » Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:28 pm

Thank you for the prompt replies. I have attached the link to the posting on these relays I was reading, I believe this is what Virgil was suggesting. Article is for a GL1000 and I was wondering if it would be the same fo my 1100. Lacanars, I have been debating on going LED, could you please point me in the right direction, I'm afraid of getting some for the brake lights and signals that wont be noticed in the daylight.


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Re: Add relays to headlight?

Postby lacanars » Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:59 am

There are a lot of good sources where people have gotten them right here on this site, superbrightleds.com is where some have gotten theirs, I just searched on ebay for the types I needed and then got the ones with the most bulbs per light to make sure they lit up good and I have no complaints. If you only have standard lights on your bike it won't be too bad, but I have almost 30 small add on lights on my bags and front forks, so it was a winter project. Just make sure you get a true electronic flasher for the blinkers, and that it has a ground. My first one was only a 2 prong with no ground and didn't work with LED's, the second had the ground and said it was for LED's but I think it was an electromechanical and didn't work. The final one I got was a straight electronic flasher with ground for LED and works fine.

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Re: Add relays to headlight?

Postby patbrandon1 » Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:49 am

If you really want better vision from your headlight at night, check this out. I was amazed at how much better my night time view was after replacing the old one with this...http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000AM8BN6/ref ... 3C_SC_dp_1

And we also have to be careful how much strain we put on the stators. But I promise you, if you put the above SilverStar bulb on, you will see better than anything I have seen so far.

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Re: Add relays to headlight?

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:40 pm

patbrandon1 wrote:If you really want better vision from your headlight at night, check this out. I was amazed at how much better my night time view was after replacing the old one with this...http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000AM8BN6/ref ... 3C_SC_dp_1

And we also have to be careful how much strain we put on the stators. But I promise you, if you put the above SilverStar bulb on, you will see better than anything I have seen so far.


Those SilverStar bulbs really are fantastic, they're much brighter than stock, and use the same power. With the relay mod you're talking about, it should be a huge improvement. I know my GL1100 benefited greatly from a SilverStar.

They make SilverStar bulbs specifically for motorcycles, they are more vibration resistant, and will last longer as a result.
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Re: Add relays to headlight?

Postby Dakotaman » Wed May 01, 2013 9:18 am

I Changed my headlight bulb, with a Slivestar bulb, and it is much more brighter than the one the PO had in there!! And it's still the same wattage as honda recommended!

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Re: Add relays to headlight?

Postby IAAustin » Thu May 02, 2013 8:35 pm

Thanks for the replies, I have ordered my Silverstar in the sealed H6024 as the old housing looks fairly dulled. Will probably add the relays as well as I need all I can to avoid deer. However considering that as I am typing and listening to sleet hit my window it may not be a while until I get to all this :(

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Re: Add relays to headlight?

Postby lacanars » Fri May 03, 2013 7:31 am

We got a shot of hail that covered the ground an inch thick, then 3-5 inches of snow out of that storm you are now getting so good luck.

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Re: Add relays to headlight?

Postby IAAustin » Sat May 04, 2013 9:28 pm

Wow, lucky in my corner of Iowa...just west of here they got hit hard with snow. Hopefully this weekend is going better for you, got up to 60 today in these parts.

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Re: Add relays to headlight?

Postby Mspinner » Sat Dec 20, 2014 4:22 pm

IS it the silverstar 9003H4 bulb for the headlamp? 83 aspy

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Re: Add relays to headlight?

Postby Mspinner » Sat Dec 20, 2014 4:25 pm

The link for the one above is not available from amazon. The newer version is getting a lot of bad reviews . Don't last very long

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Re: Add relays to headlight?

Postby patbrandon1 » Sat Dec 20, 2014 11:03 pm

Mspinner wrote:The link for the one above is not available from amazon. The newer version is getting a lot of bad reviews . Don't last very long


A friend of mine recently bought a Sylvania H4 ST headlight bulb from our local Honda dealer. I had bought mine from a local auto parts chain. I think if you look around you will find one somewhere I hope. And yes, the reviews for the new model that Amazon is carrying are bad as far as length of service. But Sylvania still makes the H4 ST. Keep us posted.




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