Replacement headlights


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Replacement headlights

Postby 702scottc » Sun Mar 29, 2015 9:52 am



Any suggestions on what type of bulb to use for the headlights? Lost left low beam and I need to pick up a couple today. The bulbs that are in it are regular 55/60 halogen, low beams always looked kinda yellow and limp. High beams where ok. I'd like to get something that produces whiter light, I don't see as well as I used to at night..



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Re: Replacement headlights

Postby wingpilot08 » Sun Mar 29, 2015 10:00 am

Been using Sylvania SilverStar auto H4 on my 1500....lasts a long time...nice & bright
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Re: Replacement headlights

Postby 702scottc » Sun Mar 29, 2015 10:14 am

Ok. Thanks for the response. I'll head to autozone and get a couple. Ive been thinking about getting a couple of the 80 watt LED bulbs they sell on Cyclemax. I really like the white light of LED's but $110 for 2 bulbs..

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Re: Replacement headlights

Postby Fiberthree » Sun Mar 29, 2015 4:18 pm

I also ran the Silverstar bulbs and was satisfied with the light output. However the original bulbs were of a lower wattage than the Sylvania. The extra wattage has discolored and deformed the plastic above the bulbs. I have since switched to 35Watt HIDs. I used the 6000K temp for the white color and the conversion was fairly simple.
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Re: Replacement headlights

Postby 702scottc » Sun Mar 29, 2015 6:00 pm

Thanks for the info. I purchased 2 silver star bulbs this morning and put them in, back to its old self! These seem quite a bit brighter than the ones I removed, kinda proud of them too, $33 for 2 bulbs.. I've read a lot of positive reviews on the HID upgrade, I will likely go that direction.

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Re: Replacement headlights

Postby rampal55 » Sun Mar 29, 2015 7:00 pm

What headlight modulator would be required if I were to upgrade to these bulb recommendations? I want to install a headlight modulator asap and want to make the right decisions...

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Re: Replacement headlights

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Sun Mar 29, 2015 10:31 pm

rampal55 wrote:What headlight modulator would be required if I were to upgrade to these bulb recommendations? I want to install a headlight modulator asap and want to make the right decisions...


If you are talking about the Standard H4 Sylvania or equivalent, I've had the Signal Dynamics on my bike for 2 years with no issues. Works great, easy to install, easy to switch off, if needed. Just get the right harness with the module. Should be the same as the link. Plug and Play.

http://www.signaldynamics.com/plug-play ... s-adapter/

If you're talking about HID's, I don't believe it is recommended to use a modulator, or even possible. The start-up time on HIDs doesn't work with pulsed power.

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Re: Replacement headlights

Postby CMReynolds1 » Sun Mar 29, 2015 10:52 pm

I am using HID on my bike & a modulator will NOT work with HID. You can only have one or the other. HID - no mod or non HID with a modulator. I personally love the HID. But they are not good for hi-beams due to the few seconds warm up time.
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Re: Replacement headlights

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 30, 2015 11:08 am

CMReynolds1 wrote:I am using HID on my bike & a modulator will NOT work with HID. You can only have one or the other. HID - no mod or non HID with a modulator. I personally love the HID. But they are not good for hi-beams due to the few seconds warm up time.


It depends. The GL1800 has separate bulbs for high beam, and these are not suitable for HID, as it can take up to 30 seconds to come up to full brightness.

The GL1500 HID conversion uses two bulbs, both of which work for low and high beam, just like the original bulbs. It switches between the two by using a solenoid to physically move the bulb, so that the arc is repositioned inside the reflector, giving you the high beam output.

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Re: Replacement headlights

Postby CMReynolds1 » Mon Mar 30, 2015 12:06 pm

Thank you WingAdmin, I should have been clearer that I have an 1800. Thank you for the clarification you posted.
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Re: Replacement headlights

Postby rampal55 » Mon Mar 30, 2015 6:44 pm

Ok, I know I am a little slow.. With that I ride a 1995gl1500. I know I want to install a headlight modulator and new bulbs that will produce more light at night. Now my question is, What bulbs should I upgrade to and not worry about the extra heat or modification of the bike and what modulator would work with them.. If you have part numbers, that would be a big help.. I have gotten so much useful information from this forum and I know ya'll will have patience with me...so please keep it simple for this old guy....thanks.

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Re: Replacement headlights

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:04 pm

Rampal55
I don't know what bulbs you are replacing. If they are the OEM (45W) headlight bulbs, a pair of #9003 H4 Sylvania bulbs will be a definite improvement (55W/60W). Attached is a picture of the ones I use for the past 2 years and 11K miles. They are 10W brighter than the OEM headlights in low beam, and 15W brighter on high beam. Very noticeable. Those will fit all GL1500 from 88-97. No adapter is needed. I used the basic 9003 bulb at about $35 pair from Walmart. Frankly, I think I only paid $18 for the pair I have, but I didn't see them on Walmart's site. Anyway, whatever is the cheapest #9003 will work great.

The modulator is the one I posted previously. Signal Dynamics w/Dual H4 harness since you have 2 headlight bulbs. Again, it works great. About $75 on Amazon. I'm pretty anal. If it were a problem, I'd say so. It has a photo sensor to detect daylight and automatically turns on the modulation. If you want to switch it off, you just flick the switch from low to high beam and back, or vice-versa. Had mine set up with these bulbs and modulator for 2 years with no issues.

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Re: Replacement headlights

Postby rampal55 » Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:29 pm

Thanks for making it so simple for an old fart like me.... thanks.. You do meet the nicest people on a Honda...lol.....
Read a want ad back in the 70's or so for a honda motorcycle...
For Sale Honda Motorcycle...........
Reason for selling Having a baby.....
You meet the nicest people on a Honda....
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or something like that...

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Re: Replacement headlights

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:53 pm

I don't know how old a fart you are, but I've made 61 revolutions around the big hydrogen gas ball, myself. Glad you beat the doctor on your bet. Life is good. It's better on a bike.
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The baby got married in 2012, and knowing my sad story, she bought me my current ride and gave it to me at her wedding reception. That was a great day. I regained my freedom x2 :o

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Re: Replacement headlights

Postby raven41951 » Tue Mar 31, 2015 10:20 am

I also had the dilemma of what to do with the headlights on my 94SE. After pouring through these pages I decided to go with the HID upgrade. I was at Laconia last year as its only a short 75mi ride north and bought a set of SoCalMoto HIDs for $150, same as the web site. Having 63 years experience with my eyes I did not like driving in the dark, despite Lasik back in 2000 (still 20-15). Anyway, I put the HIDs in which took about a half hour (same as changing the bulbs) and now it is daylight driving for me regardless of the time of day or evening. Forget the rest, Go HID and you will not be sorry.




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