GL1500 headlight bulb


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GL1500 headlight bulb

Postby chouston99 » Sat Mar 14, 2015 4:11 pm



There is an 80w cree led h4 headlight bulb available. Can I use this to replace my stock headlight bulb(s)?
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Re: GL1500 headlight bulb

Postby bstig60 » Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:54 pm

From the look of it, the lamp should work, but it is low beam only and may not be legal in some states/provinces. You will need two of them and you will give up your high beam.
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Re: GL1500 headlight bulb

Postby joeincalif » Tue Mar 17, 2015 11:12 am

usually anything over 55/60 could melt the headlight lens.
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Re: GL1500 headlight bulb

Postby bstig60 » Tue Mar 17, 2015 11:21 am

I run 55/65 H4 bulbs without any problem. Not certain, but I think the earlier models had a glass headlight lens.... Perhaps someone else can chime in..... An 80 watt is going to be illegal in a lot of states.
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Re: GL1500 headlight bulb

Postby MikeB » Tue Mar 17, 2015 11:30 am

chouston99 wrote:There is an 80w cree led h4 headlight bulb available. Can I use this to replace my stock headlight bulb(s)?
Thanks


It really depends on the bulb as to its suitability for your application. Keep in mind that the lights housing reflector plays a big role in how the light will penetrate the darkness. A CREE LED is really a good source of light and will produce lots of great white light at a substantial savings in current and heat but if the housing reflector is not designed for the lamp or the lamp is not designed for the reflector, it is not really going to do you a lot of good to use it.

I have yet to see an LED replacement headlight bulb that will produce the dark penetrating effect that is needed to see down the road. If it is your wish to get he most light down the road in front of your motorcycle that you can, try an HID replacement kit like the one that is sold by Cyclemax . http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1500_35_watt_hid_headlight_kit/143554. You will probably find that the "80 Watt" LED replacement bulbs will cost almost as much as the HID kit. By the way, the 80 watts is not what they consume in power. It means that they put out the light of an equivalent sized 80 watt tungsten bulb.

If you decide to buy the LED, make sure you buy from a reputable dealer that will take the bulb back if you find that you are not satisfied with it.


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