1800 headlight bulb suggestions


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1800 headlight bulb suggestions

Postby 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

Postby 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

Postby 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

Postby 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

Postby 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

Postby 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

Postby 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

Postby 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

Postby 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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