1500 head light on a 1200


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1500 head light on a 1200

Postby mr.ngs » Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:18 am



I was curious if anyone has attempted to fit a 1500 light onto a 1200. I'm looking to get more light onto the road on my 1200. Either with low power LED fog light driving lights, or some kind of xenon bulb and ballast change out.

Any good experiences with changing out the standard bulb with an updated xenon bulbs & ballasts? Manufacturer suggestions? LED driving light suggestions?



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Re: 1500 head light on a 1200

Postby artgrantz » Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:06 pm

You could try a more powerful H4 bulb, such as the Sylvania Silver Light or one of the "off road only" bulbs available at JC Whitney and other parts suppliers. One problem with these type of lights is that they do not last as long as the standard lights.
Adding some good driving lights can be easily accomplished as well. I added a pair of 35 Watt sealed beam lights mounted to the engine guards on my 1200 and the additional light was significant. PIAA has some very powerful lights in small housings.

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Re: 1500 head light on a 1200

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Oct 23, 2013 2:37 pm

I added a pair of 35 watt driving lights and a Silverstar bulb to my 1100, and it made a fair difference. That was the limit of my bike's electrical system, however - and with the 1200, you want to be even more careful (unless you're planning a Poorboy alternator upgrade).

On the other hand, a HID upgrade would actually use LESS power than your existing headlight, and put out three times the light. I put one of the GoldwingHIDs kits into my 1500 as well as my wife's PC800 - and I suspect the same kit I used on the PC800 would fit into your GL1200.

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Re: 1500 head light on a 1200

Postby silverado6x6 » Wed Oct 23, 2013 5:14 pm

I recently installed two 55 watt HID capsules and slim ballasts on my 95 GL1500, three times brighter than a 35 watt HID, and 5 times brighter than a stock halogen or there abouts. Same wattage as stock 55 watt lamps though the 98 and up models I believe started using two 45 watt lamps.

Did a bi-xenon 35 watt conversion to my 83 Venture this summer, great light output, and I am getting around to modding my 85 GL1200 to a 55 watt H4 HID conversion. Now I do have an extra GL1500 headlight housing, not sure it will fit properly on a GL1200, might need some Sawzall surgery. But it would be awesome having dual 35 watt HIDs on the 85, must remember the 85 stator is NOT like the 95 and its alternator.
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Re: 1500 head light on a 1200

Postby mr.ngs » Wed Oct 23, 2013 7:38 pm

Nice. I know that these type of threads are on here but were slightly old.

Anyway, It's good to hear that the HID's are getting the job done to the degree I was expecting. When you're riding a couple thousand miles at a time while at night and drive past a dead deer carcass that's in your lane at 85 mph and can't see it until it's too late I start to really think that brighter light is top priority. I was hoping to hear 5 times brighter. So thanks for the input.

Oh, and I do have driving lights but am very aware of the 1200's electrics downfall, so I'm looking for a possible LED driving light setup, since I have halogen now. 2 55 watter's.

Any good LED setup's you guys like for the driving/running lights that you guys like that work well and last long. I'm just going to go off of other people's review's from online stores if I can't get yall's comments.

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Re: 1500 head light on a 1200

Postby mr.ngs » Wed Oct 23, 2013 7:51 pm

artgrantz wrote:You could try a more powerful H4 bulb, such as the Sylvania Silver Light or one of the "off road only" bulbs available at JC Whitney and other parts suppliers. One problem with these type of lights is that they do not last as long as the standard lights.
Adding some good driving lights can be easily accomplished as well. I added a pair of 35 Watt sealed beam lights mounted to the engine guards on my 1200 and the additional light was significant. PIAA has some very powerful lights in small housings.


You know, I was just about to go just get the silver star, but figured I'd go for the gold and just get the best I can get. I think It's worth it, considering I don't want to run into anything I can't see and die. Oh, and my girlfriend too. :D

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Re: 1500 head light on a 1200

Postby artgrantz » Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:07 pm

mr.ngs wrote:
You know, I was just about to go just get the silver star, but figured I'd go for the gold and just get the best I can get. I think It's worth it, considering I don't want to run into anything I can't see and die. Oh, and my girlfriend too. :D


That's definitely a good choice.

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Re: 1500 head light on a 1200

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:52 pm

mr.ngs wrote:Any good LED setup's you guys like for the driving/running lights that you guys like that work well and last long. I'm just going to go off of other people's review's from online stores if I can't get yall's comments.


You can see these that I put on my wife's bike: SuperbrightLEDs.com Driving Lights

They are extremely bright - they will likely rival the stock headlight on the GL1200, and draw very little power. I'm quite pleased with them.

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Re: 1500 head light on a 1200

Postby silverado6x6 » Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:56 pm

A 35 watt HID lamp is approximately as bright as 120 watts halogen, the HID lasts 20 times as long, its cooler as well, any halogen over 60 watts gets hotter and it has a shorter lifespan. The 55 watt and even the latest the 75 watt HID are relatively new, most cars either stock or retrofitted with an HID light is 35 watts. Makes sense on an older Wing to get more light for less current, as far as I know only HID has the most lumens for the buck, for the wattage and for plug and play.
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Re: 1500 head light on a 1200

Postby mr.ngs » Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:12 am

WingAdmin wrote:
mr.ngs wrote:Any good LED setup's you guys like for the driving/running lights that you guys like that work well and last long. I'm just going to go off of other people's review's from online stores if I can't get yall's comments.


You can see these that I put on my wife's bike: SuperbrightLEDs.com Driving Lights

They are extremely bright - they will likely rival the stock headlight on the GL1200, and draw very little power. I'm quite pleased with them.



SOLD. This is exactly what I was looking for. Fair price, great quality, with good reviews.

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