Has anyone changes to LED Bulbs on Factory Lights?


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Has anyone changes to LED Bulbs on Factory Lights?

Postby Tepcro » Thu Feb 04, 2016 12:55 pm



My Question is: Has anyone changes to LED Bulbs on their Honda Factory Lights?.
I have a 2001 GL1800, can you recommend where to buy those bulbs at a decent price online?
I also recently acquired an 88 aspencade trailer and am going to change out the bulbs on it too.



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Re: Has anyone changes to LED Bulbs on Factory Lights?

Postby MikeB » Fri Feb 05, 2016 3:14 am

I recommend this site for all things LED: http://www.superbrightleds.com
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Re: Has anyone changes to LED Bulbs on Factory Lights?

Postby Ghostman » Fri Feb 05, 2016 8:57 am

One of the things youll also have to do if youre doing turn signals also is that youre going to have to get a electronic flasher. LEDs dont pull as much of a load as regular bulbs. So when you put an LED in it flashes a lot faster than a stock bulb. On mine I just replaced the brake light/running light bulbs with LEDs. I didnt feel light digging in the front fairing under the windshield to replace the flashing unit.

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Re: Has anyone changes to LED Bulbs on Factory Lights?

Postby Tepcro » Fri Feb 05, 2016 1:00 pm

Thank You to MikeB and Ghostman
The link for bulbs is great and the advise on turn signals is invaluable!!!

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Re: Has anyone changes to LED Bulbs on Factory Lights?

Postby PastoT » Fri Mar 04, 2016 3:40 pm

LED with ballasts ok for turn signals, brake and running lights but not for our head lights or stock running lights. I've tried 3 different LED designs in the headlights and they won't focus and are unusable and night. They maybe bright but you run blind. Our headlight and fog light reflectors are designed around use of a filament type bulb. Some will opt for the HID if they upgrade the headlights, I just use Sylvania Silver Stars and make sure I wipe the bugs off the lenses once a year or so! LOL
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Re: Has anyone changes to LED Bulbs on Factory Lights?

Postby Flyn Tiger » Sat Mar 05, 2016 8:59 am

I was using the blue type bulbs and was really happy with the light but was switching to LEDs. I have done the low beams and I honestly think the blues are brignter at night and yes it seems I am am running blind even though the LED's look brighter. That would explain what I was thinking.

My other problem is I just blew a high beam bulb last nignt. I had a left over bulb from the lowers and worked last night and about 30 mins so far this am on replacing it. Come apart easily but I cannot get the retaining wire to latch to hold the bulb in place. Cannot for the life of me figure out why that wire wont latch. Take the bulb out and it latches fine. Put it in and there is only one way for it to go in, and it will not latch. About to make me lose my religion! Lol

Any suggestions?

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Re: Has anyone changes to LED Bulbs on Factory Lights?

Postby PastoT » Sat Mar 05, 2016 11:39 am

I hate the springy wires that hold our bulbs in place. Once you latch one just right, its easy, but how is forgotten in 45 seconds! I too hoped LED bulbs would last longer than the filament based, but I agree you're riding blind because they won't focus. Still if one is mounting lower fog lights they are available with an LED based source and their reflectors are designed to work with LED bulbs, so you can get higher lumens and longer life for less current draw.
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Re: Has anyone changes to LED Bulbs on Factory Lights?

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 07, 2016 4:02 pm

PastoT wrote:LED with ballasts ok for turn signals, brake and running lights but not for our head lights or stock running lights. I've tried 3 different LED designs in the headlights and they won't focus and are unusable and night. They maybe bright but you run blind. Our headlight and fog light reflectors are designed around use of a filament type bulb. Some will opt for the HID if they upgrade the headlights, I just use Sylvania Silver Stars and make sure I wipe the bugs off the lenses once a year or so! LOL


LED's don't need ballasts...for high powered LEDs they have internal regulators/drivers, but only HIDs and fluorescent bulbs (i.e. bulbs that generate light by sending high voltage electricity through a gas) require ballasts.

That said...there has not been a decent aftermarket LED headlight system for the GL1800 that both focuses well, and puts out at least as much light as the OEM halogen bulbs.

However...I have seen a demonstration of a new product - replacement LED headlight bulbs for the GL1800, that both focuses perfectly, and puts out far more light than stock. I've been asked to not say more about it until it is available, but expect to see it on the market soon - i.e. if you're thinking of upgrading, you might want to hold off.

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Re: Has anyone changes to LED Bulbs on Factory Lights?

Postby Flyn Tiger » Mon Mar 07, 2016 4:45 pm

So are you saying that the LED's I just bought are not as good as the ones I just took off? Granted they look brignter but my low beams that I just replaced seem to be dimmer......I just dont see as well with them. Let me put it this way, would you put them on your bike?

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Re: Has anyone changes to LED Bulbs on Factory Lights?

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Mar 08, 2016 10:42 am

Flyn Tiger wrote:So are you saying that the LED's I just bought are not as good as the ones I just took off? Granted they look brignter but my low beams that I just replaced seem to be dimmer......I just dont see as well with them. Let me put it this way, would you put them on your bike?

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The new ones I have seen demonstrated, I would definitely put on my bike. They are the first aftermarket LED headlights I would consider putting on my bike, as all the ones up until now I have seen are lacking in terms of light output and beam spread.

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Re: Has anyone changes to LED Bulbs on Factory Lights?

Postby MikeB » Tue Mar 08, 2016 10:53 am

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Re: Has anyone changes to LED Bulbs on Factory Lights?

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Mar 08, 2016 11:41 am

No, those are not them.

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Re: Has anyone changes to LED Bulbs on Factory Lights?

Postby Flyn Tiger » Tue Mar 08, 2016 6:32 pm

Seriously considering changing mine back to my old bulb. The leds are on the low beam right now and I really dont like them.

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Re: Has anyone changes to LED Bulbs on Factory Lights?

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Mar 10, 2016 10:46 am

I asked this morning, and the new LED GL1800 headlight product that I saw demonstrated are expected to be released in mid April, at which time I can say more about them.

They are apparently creating an H4 version of it as well for the GL1500, and if it works anywhere near as well as the H7 version I saw demonstrated, I might seriously consider putting them on my bike.

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Re: Has anyone changes to LED Bulbs on Factory Lights?

Postby MikeB » Thu Mar 10, 2016 12:52 pm

WingAdmin wrote:I asked this morning, and the new LED GL1800 headlight product that I saw demonstrated are expected to be released in mid April, at which time I can say more about them.

They are apparently creating an H4 version of it as well for the GL1500, and if it works anywhere near as well as the H7 version I saw demonstrated, I might seriously consider putting them on my bike.

Anxiously awaiting the debut.
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Re: Has anyone changes to LED Bulbs on Factory Lights?

Postby Flyn Tiger » Thu Mar 10, 2016 11:30 pm

Can you speculate a price on these, warranty?




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