Changing headlight on GL1500 to LED


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Changing headlight on GL1500 to LED

Postby ksdalet » Mon Aug 25, 2014 11:45 am



Is it best to remove the diffuser when changing to LED headlights on the GL1500?



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Re: Changing headlight on GL1500 to LED

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Aug 25, 2014 2:13 pm

Yes. A diffuser is basically a modified fresnel lens that captures the light being produced from a single tiny spot (the headlight filament) and redirects it forward in a predefined pattern.

LED headlights already direct their light in a predefined pattern, and the light is produced across a wide area in comparison to a single incandescent bulb. A diffuser will scatter this light in ways not originally intended, reducing perceived light output and potentially blinding oncoming drivers.

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Re: Changing headlight on GL1500 to LED

Postby ksdalet » Mon Aug 25, 2014 4:23 pm

Thanks. I was not sure about how the light would be distributed. Very helpful.

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Re: Changing headlight on GL1500 to LED

Postby Wingsconsin » Mon Aug 25, 2014 4:51 pm

Will LED provide enough light to act as a proper headlight?
I use Silverstars in my GL1500 and they are really bright...
I thought LEDs were not yet up to this type of illumination (affordably)?
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Re: Changing headlight on GL1500 to LED

Postby Uncle Fester » Mon Aug 25, 2014 7:50 pm

Wingsconsin wrote:Will LED provide enough light to act as a proper headlight?
I use Silverstars in my GL1500 and they are really bright...
I thought LEDs were not yet up to this type of illumination (affordably)?
Can you list the product you are using ?



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Re: Changing headlight on GL1500 to LED

Postby Uncle Fester » Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:16 am

WingAdmin wrote:Yes. A diffuser is basically a modified fresnel lens that captures the light being produced from a single tiny spot (the headlight filament) and redirects it forward in a predefined pattern.

LED headlights already direct their light in a predefined pattern, and the light is produced across a wide area in comparison to a single incandescent bulb. A diffuser will scatter this light in ways not originally intended, reducing perceived light output and potentially blinding oncoming drivers.



Do you have a drawing that shows what this DIFFUSER is, I think I know what part you are speaking of, but want to be sure.
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Re: Changing headlight on GL1500 to LED

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Aug 26, 2014 2:19 pm

Uncle Fester wrote:Do you have a drawing that shows what this DIFFUSER is, I think I know what part you are speaking of, but want to be sure.


Diffused:



Non-diffused (clear):


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Re: Changing headlight on GL1500 to LED

Postby Uncle Fester » Tue Aug 26, 2014 2:29 pm

Ok, so the defussed is the earlier style headlight. . . Thanks. My bike has a upgrade headlight/turn signal set up.


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