H-4 Headlights


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H-4 Headlights

Postby wilsonoo » Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:40 pm



I would like to replace my headlight on my 1990 Wing, how high of watts can I go and to make sure, are they H-4s.....thanks


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Re: H-4 Headlights

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:05 pm

You can get 100 watt H4 bulbs, but they burn so hot, they will melt the plastic enclosure. I had 60 watt bulbs in mine, and they were pretty bright. Now I have HIDs - have a look at GoldwingHID HID headlight kit

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Re: H-4 Headlights

Postby wilsonoo » Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:49 am

Thanks for the help, I will go for the 60/55w, you can get pulled over for the 100/80w, but I purchase them anyway.....thanks
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Re: H-4 Headlights

Postby pgjeepster » Tue Jun 26, 2012 4:49 pm

I went with HID's and they make a big difference nice clean light at night little shadow, and in the day time they grab peoples attention. I don't think you would be disappointed with HID's

PS It sure is nice to see that deer or moose coming out of the ditch not a good thing to meet at night.

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Re: H-4 Headlights

Postby Davek80514 » Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:42 pm

WingAdmin wrote:You can get 100 watt H4 bulbs, but they burn so hot, they will melt the plastic enclosure. I had 60 watt bulbs in mine, and they were pretty bright. Now I have HIDs - have a look at GoldwingHID HID headlight kit


I thought there were less expensive options for HID's on a Goldwing. $!50.00 for 2 HID's seems expensive, please correct me if I'm wrong.
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Re: H-4 Headlights

Postby pgjeepster » Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:53 pm

Davek80514 wrote:
WingAdmin wrote:You can get 100 watt H4 bulbs, but they burn so hot, they will melt the plastic enclosure. I had 60 watt bulbs in mine, and they were pretty bright. Now I have HIDs - have a look at GoldwingHID HID headlight kit


I thought there were less expensive options for HID's on a Goldwing. $!50.00 for 2 HID's seems expensive, please correct me if I'm wrong.



Ebay is my friend give it a try got a slim line hid for $50 to my door.

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Re: H-4 Headlights

Postby Davek80514 » Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:19 pm

pgjeepster wrote:
Davek80514 wrote:
WingAdmin wrote:You can get 100 watt H4 bulbs, but they burn so hot, they will melt the plastic enclosure. I had 60 watt bulbs in mine, and they were pretty bright. Now I have HIDs - have a look at GoldwingHID HID headlight kit


I thought there were less expensive options for HID's on a Goldwing. $!50.00 for 2 HID's seems expensive, please correct me if I'm wrong.



Ebay is my friend give it a try got a slim line hid for $50 to my door.


Is that for 2 hid's or $50.00 a piece?
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Re: H-4 Headlights

Postby pgjeepster » Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:09 pm

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/H4-9003-Slim-HID ... 3cc7cc4cd8

You know you could have looked this up in less time than waiting for a response, the internet is your friend as well and not a scary place to look around....hope this answers your question.

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Re: H-4 Headlights

Postby MikeB » Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:39 pm

Does anyone know what states aftermarket HID systems are legal?
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Re: H-4 Headlights

Postby cbx4evr » Tue Jul 03, 2012 6:13 pm

Davek80514 wrote:I thought there were less expensive options for HID's on a Goldwing. $!50.00 for 2 HID's seems expensive, please correct me if I'm wrong.




When it comes to HID's you get what you pay for.
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Re: H-4 Headlights

Postby cbx4evr » Tue Jul 03, 2012 6:17 pm

MikeB wrote:Does anyone know what states aftermarket HID systems are legal?



Probably none. You are putting an HID light in a housing deigned for Halogen.
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Re: H-4 Headlights

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:59 pm

cbx4evr wrote:
MikeB wrote:Does anyone know what states aftermarket HID systems are legal?


Probably none. You are putting an HID light in a housing deigned for Halogen.


Correct. There is no DOT-approved method of installing a HID bulb in a reflector designed for halogen bulbs.

That said, as long as you aren't an idiot, put blue or purplish-colored bulbs in, or have them adjusted so that they blind other drivers, nobody is going to care.

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Re: H-4 Headlights

Postby redial » Sun Jul 08, 2012 6:33 pm

Following recent discussions on HID lights, I went and checked with a local seller, and this is the response that I received:



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Sent: Friday, 6 July 2012 12:31 PM
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Subject: HID Inquiry - for Goldwing GL1500


Given that an HID globe deteriorates everytime it switches on and off, and gets dimmer over time, how many times can you guarantee that this will continue at regular brightness, given that you state that the globes are good for 3200 hours? (The motorcycle is set to have the lights on all the time the ignition is on, but turns them off then on when starting.


Secondly, I am looking for these for a Honda Goldwing GL1500, and would be installing them with a high/low beam arrangement, and would prefer the 4300K model, what would a kit like that cost, please?


Regards,


Len


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Hi Len,


Thanks for your email. It is hard to say, but turning the headlights on and off will put wear on the ballast. Most cars these days have auto headlights and within the 1 year warranty, less than 1% have a problem. Globes will usually outlast the ballast and generally will last for the lifetime of your vehicle. Most bulb failure are due to impact and dirty bulbs. The H4 mechanical Hi/Lo kit with slim ballast is now $300 a pair for AC kit and $150 for DC kit. The AC kit is much more reliable and gives better light. Please let me know if you have any other questions.


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Re: H-4 Headlights

Postby MikeB » Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:18 pm

Thanks for the info Len. I'm leaning toward an HID set up myself after reading these reviews. I'd really like to have improved lighting on my 1500. The lights on my ST1100 and GL1800 are so much better than the 1500.


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