light bulbs go out too frequently


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IBArider
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light bulbs go out too frequently

Post by IBArider » Sat Jul 06, 2013 5:04 pm



I do not have a wiring schematic so I hope someone can help. My lights seem to go out to often. I don't know if it is just happen at the same time but today everyone was telling me my transmit on the CB was in & out as a short in a wire. When I got home the left headlight (low beam) was out, the left position light and both driving lights. I have a Compufire alt. & good battery & run the Sylvania Ultra Premium 65/55 watt bulbs for the headlights & the Show Chrome 10-2595 Driving bulbs with the standard #168 5 watt position lights. My CB was working good according to the other riders on a ride before today. My headlight bulbs have been replaced 3 times in one year with about 10 to 12 thousand miles this past year.Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!



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Re: light bulbs go out too frequently

Post by ct1500 » Sat Jul 06, 2013 8:54 pm

You could have an intermittent over voltage and/or ground problem. Without a volt meter installed and monitored it is difficult to say.

I am under the belief that the regular auto bulbs are not up to the shock pounding they take on a MC application and do not last as long as the OEM Stanley bulbs.
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Re: light bulbs go out too frequently

Post by hugger-4641 » Mon Jul 08, 2013 11:35 am

If it was only headlight bulbs you were having problems with, I might suspect cheap bulbs, but if you are blowing other bulbs as well, I'd look for a loose ground wire or battery terminal.

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Re: light bulbs go out too frequently

Post by WingAdmin » Sat Aug 17, 2013 11:27 pm

Multiple, unrelated bulb life problems almost always points to overvoltage problems.

The CB transmit problem is likely unrelated - a dirty headset connector is a common culprit.



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