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1800 headlight bulb suggestions

Post by waituntilthebeep » Wed Apr 27, 2016 6:18 pm



I noticed yesterday that one of the low beams has gone out on my Wing and I am going to need to change it out. 2 things here... First, I assume there have been a number of you that have had to do this and I was curious as to what style/brand of bulbs you went with and also how you liked them. I can go with a stock bulb or to a blue tinted one or... the options are many. What has been your experience?
Secodly, how in the heck do you get in there to change them? I did not see anything in our forums that explain it and I have yet to crack the tupperware on this thing so I am a bit anxious about tearing into it.



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Re: 1800 headlight bulb suggestions

Post by wingpilot08 » Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:38 pm

Many choices of bulbs...really a personal choice. As for changing the bulbs...the low beams are the easiest..basically reach in thru the handlebars and change...3o good videos from YouTube...I did mine and it took about 30minutes the firsttime...just going slowly. Apparently the HIGH beams are the pains to change. I did change from the standard 55W to 65W H7 bulbs.









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Re: 1800 headlight bulb suggestions

Post by waituntilthebeep » Sun Aug 21, 2016 1:45 pm

I learned a lesson yesterday. Read the packaging, even the small print. I bought replacement Sylvania bulbs for my ride 2 months ago and they both went out within 1 hour apart from each other. I looked at the packaging and in small print it said how many hours these bulbs are intended to last. I chose a high end version hoping for brighter and whiter light. I noticed very little difference in color or brightness. Looking at the packages it became apparent that I had chosen the bulb with the absolute shortest life span - 85 hours. Who makes a bulb that only lasts 85 hours? That seems ridiculous to me. The lowest version has a 150 hour rating. Now I carry an extra bulb . Fortunately they are easy to change.

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Re: 1800 headlight bulb suggestions

Post by Steve F » Sun Aug 21, 2016 8:39 pm

STAY AWAY FROM SILVERSTARS!!!! :!: :!:
No joke, unless you love throwing money away, they are the shortest lived, most expensive dollar per hour POS bulbs. They're great until you find out you can't keep them for more that a couple of months or so.
I've stopped using incandescent bulbs in the low beams and have HID's now. Won't be going back either.
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Re: 1800 headlight bulb suggestions

Post by becken » Mon Aug 22, 2016 7:50 am

I have been using Philips Motovision bulbs for several years. From the seat the light is the same as standard bulbs but for oncoming traffic they have an orange glow. They seem to get attention.

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Re: 1800 headlight bulb suggestions

Post by waituntilthebeep » Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:25 am

Yeah... SILVERSTARS... If you want to know what it feels like to slow burn $40, put them in your bike. I think I will be looking into HID. I stepped down to the lowest Sylvania on the shelf which says 150 hours and I have 1 spare just in case. Figure HID will be a winter project, not that my ride sees any down time.

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Re: 1800 headlight bulb suggestions

Post by Steve F » Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:37 am

waituntilthebeep wrote:Yeah... SILVERSTARS... If you want to know what it feels like to slow burn $40, put them in your bike. I think I will be looking into HID. I stepped down to the lowest Sylvania on the shelf which says 150 hours and I have 1 spare just in case. Figure HID will be a winter project, not that my ride sees any down time.
If you decide to install the HID's, I recommend getting the headlight delay relay that's available from ELECTRICAL CONNECTION. Google them and search for this relay. What it does, is it won't turn on the headlights until you have oil pressure (i.e. running engine), and this is recommended to keep the HID's from coming on, and then going OFF again when you press the start button and then coming back on again when you release the start button. This ON-OFF-ON stuff is very hard on the HID systems.
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Re: 1800 headlight bulb suggestions

Post by MikeB » Mon Aug 22, 2016 1:20 pm

Having used both the HID and the Pathfinder LED bulbs, I'd opt for the Pathfinder LED system rather than the HID system. The LED's are less problematic and produce just as much light. And the price is about equal, less actually if you count not having to spend the extra time and money to have and install the headlight delay relay.
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Re: 1800 headlight bulb suggestions

Post by Wingsconsin » Mon Aug 22, 2016 2:59 pm

Go LED - I have Silverstars in mine right now..but when they go out I am changing to LED --

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Re: 1800 headlight bulb suggestions

Post by Davek80514 » Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:48 pm

I'm buying a 2002 GL1800 in a few days. Which LED bulbs should I go with and should I use LED for both low & Hi Beams?
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Re: 1800 headlight bulb suggestions

Post by raven41951 » Thu Mar 30, 2017 7:13 pm

Go with the SOCalMotoGear pathfinders. I used them on my 1500 and loved them. I had installed SoCal's HIDs and they did not last. They replaced them with LEDs at no charge. Fantastic customer service and great products. I will be installing their new rectangular fog/drl/directional LEDs this summer. When the low beams go I will upgrade them to the pathfinder LEDs and leave the high beams until they burn out as they are a royal pain to get at. SoCal also has installation videos (youtube) on their site.
http://www.socalmotogear.com/Default.asp

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Re: 1800 headlight bulb suggestions

Post by Davek80514 » Thu Mar 30, 2017 7:17 pm

raven41951 wrote:Go with the SOCalMotoGear pathfinders. I used them on my 1500 and loved them. I had installed SoCal's HIDs and they did not last. They replaced them with LEDs at no charge. Fantastic customer service and great products. I will be installing their new rectangular fog/drl/directional LEDs this summer. When the low beams go I will upgrade them to the pathfinder LEDs and leave the high beams until they burn out as they are a royal pain to get at. SoCal also has installation videos (youtube) on their site.
http://www.socalmotogear.com/Default.asp
So should I go with the LED on both low & High beams??
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Re: 1800 headlight bulb suggestions

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:47 pm

You might want to look at the comparisons I did between halogen, HID and LED headlights here: viewtopic.php?f=18&t=32942

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Re: 1800 headlight bulb suggestions

Post by Wingsconsin » Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:48 pm

Wingsconsin wrote:Go LED - I have Silverstars in mine right now..but when they go out I am changing to LED --

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Re: 1800 headlight bulb suggestions

Post by Davek80514 » Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:29 pm

WingAdmin wrote:You might want to look at the comparisons I did between halogen, HID and LED headlights here: viewtopic.php?f=18&t=32942
Read it. Thanks for the information. I hope to be able to purchase the 1800 this weekend.
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Re: 1800 headlight bulb suggestions

Post by raven41951 » Fri Mar 31, 2017 4:36 pm

Before you go with the high beams, I highly recommend you view the installation video on youtube. Also, think about how often you use the high beams. My viewing left the impression that for an old fart like me with much fatter fingers than I had 40 years ago, there is no way I would attempt to change the high beams. If you have patience, slim fingers and little tendency toward cramps, then go ahead.

Back to the use of high beams. I found that once I installed the LEDs (and HIDs for that matter), I had little need to use the high beams. I now have a new 1800. I find the halogens adequate for my use. When the time comes, I will switch the low beams to LEDs. If and when the high beams need replacing, I will buy the LEDs and have someone else install them. Unlike the 1500, the 1800 uses the same bulbs for low and high beams but the focal point for the high beams are higher than the low beams which provides more distance light (simplified version).

In my comparison (on my GL1500), I found that the halogens just did not provide enough light for my aging eyes. The HIDs were great but they have a finite life determine by on/off cycle. This was an issue with the 1500 going lights on when the ignition was turned on (this can be remedied with a relay on the oil pressure switch). Switching from low to high beams and back is also an on/off cycle. On of my lights had a flicker which killed one of the bulbs. I used the HIDs for 2 months. The LEDs had no issues on over a years use and provided the same or better light intensity of the HIDs.

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Re: 1800 headlight bulb suggestions

Post by Easy rider » Sun Apr 02, 2017 1:52 pm

Any comment on this product (for 1800) :

http://www.banggood.com/Pair-Nighteye-H ... 7847004860

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Re: 1800 headlight bulb suggestions

Post by Davek80514 » Sun Apr 02, 2017 1:59 pm

Here's the response I got from SoCalMotoGear about their led lights.

Hi David,



They are around 4800LM per light. Compared to stock which is about 1000LM.



Thank you,

Customer Service



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Re: 1800 headlight bulb suggestions

Post by raven41951 » Sun Apr 02, 2017 8:38 pm

I am unfamiliar with the Nighteye LEDs. What I can say is that from experience, LEDs are more of a crap shoot when it comes to beam focus. The Goldwings have reflective enclosures to focus the light in a specific pattern which is based on the location of the light source as well as its size. The LEDs are a series of diodes that point in similar or different directions. I was pleased with the SoCalMotoGear LED's pattern.

At the price point of the Nighteye, I would be very tempted to try them out.



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