How to replace your front position light bulbs


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Re: How to replace your front position light bulbs

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:47 am



Maddogg wrote:Having a hard time with mine. My 1990 fittings going into the back of the housing are not the twist and lock type. I don't know if they just pull out. Rubber fitting that just spins in circles. I don't want to rip it out of it's casing and ruin everything. I replaced the headlights with Sylvania Silverstar Ultra and they appear to be brighter won't know till I go down the road. I figured I would do the position bulbs while I had it out. Any suggestions?
I know that on the instrument panel, the sockets they used are just rubber fittings, they don't twist to unlock. Just pull them, they will pop out. Push them back in until they click in place to reinstall.

The position light sockets on my 2000 as pictured are definitely twist-to-unlock. I wonder if they used the rubber pop in/out sockets on earlier models? The fact that they are spinning without unlocking would suggest that to me.



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Re: How to replace your front position light bulbs

Post by OlsonBW » Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:41 pm

kiwidane wrote:Hi guys. I've just gone to superbrights to look for the WLED-xHP13-T. They have discontinued the ultra white but offered alternatives. They are
WLED-xHP15-TAC and the WLED-W19-T. I have a '99 Honda GL1500SE. Would the alternative bulbs still fit as position bulbs.

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I'm sure I'm WAY too late to answer this question for you but it might be the answer for someone else.

The dimensions for the 194 LED Bulb - 13 SMD LED Wedge Base Tower which is linked to at the top of this document is still discontinued and the dimensions are: 3.936cm(1.55") x 1.156cm(0.46") x 1.156cm(0.46")
The WLED-xHP15-TAC is 2.9cm(1.14") x 1.125cm(0.44") x 1.125cm(0.44") and the
WLED-W19-T is 3.998cm(1.57") x 2cm(0.79") x 2cm(0.79")

They are currently saying, "Stock: Out of Stock (Discontinued)
See Similar Replacement Products
194 LED Bulb - 15 SMD LED Wedge Base Tower (Cool White WLED-CWHP15-T) which is:
Dimensions: 3.845cm(1.51") x 1.203cm(0.47") x 1.203cm(0.47")
Is this one too wide? This one is 1.203cm wide vs for the one linked to the in the document is 1.156cm(0.46") wide. How wide is too wide?

Honestly I don't know if these fit or not. I'm hoping someone will see this and respond as to which would be the best substitute, hopefully with no cutting or modifying of the structure required so if the next person to own the bike can go back to bulbs if they want to.

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Re: How to replace your front position light bulbs

Post by OlsonBW » Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:08 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
OlsonBW wrote:The outer lights don't look lit to me. I guess it is just my eyes. Thank you very much for cleaning up my confusion.
They are in that picture, they are just lit with a very cool LED color, while the headlights are lit (if I recall) still with halogen bulbs, so they look quite different.
My wife and I would like to put in brighter non-destructive front position lights (in case the next owner wants to go back to stock), something much closer to the brightness of the NON HID stock headlight bulbs. Anybody know of something brighter that is non-destructive? It doesn't have to "send out" light to any distance but just look closer to what the headlights do when looking at them.

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Re: How to replace your front position light bulbs

Post by WingAdmin » Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:38 pm

OlsonBW wrote:My wife and I would like to put in brighter non-destructive front position lights (in case the next owner wants to go back to stock), something much closer to the brightness of the NON HID stock headlight bulbs. Anybody know of something brighter that is non-destructive? It doesn't have to "send out" light to any distance but just look closer to what the headlights do when looking at them.
I know Cyclemax has these LED bulbs that are quite bright, especially the 25 watt versions:

http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1500_ ... /83/192156

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Re: How to replace your front position light bulbs

Post by OlsonBW » Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:37 am

WingAdmin wrote:
OlsonBW wrote:My wife and I would like to put in brighter non-destructive front position lights (in case the next owner wants to go back to stock), something much closer to the brightness of the NON HID stock headlight bulbs. Anybody know of something brighter that is non-destructive? It doesn't have to "send out" light to any distance but just look closer to what the headlights do when looking at them.
I know Cyclemax has these LED bulbs that are quite bright, especially the 25 watt versions:

http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1500_ ... /83/192156
Thank you. I'll check them out. I've used quite a several of your instructions in the last month and a half. Mostly about swapping out bulbs for LEDs. I'd forgotten that there was an OD light on the far right of my dash. And now I can see the lower speeds I'm going and ... the list keeps going. :) I'm replacing the speedometer drive gear (or whatever it is called) on the front axle this weekend plus replacing a few other bulbs. Will be replacing the burned out bulbs on my radio next weekend. If you haven't heard it enough, thank you, thank you, thank you for your instructions. It really helps boost the confidence and makes it feel like you are standing next to me giving me directions and just standing back and letting me take however long it takes to do it.

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Re: How to replace your front position light bulbs

Post by uttrainman » Thu Jan 23, 2014 7:33 pm

Received my LEDs but when I put them in, they touch the reverse reflector and push it out a tad. Is this a problem?
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Re: How to replace your front position light bulbs

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Jan 26, 2014 10:51 pm

uttrainman wrote:Received my LEDs but when I put them in, they touch the reverse reflector and push it out a tad. Is this a problem?
I had that problem with the larger ones. I ended up putting smaller ones in. Another user reached in with a tool and broke off the reflectors, then fished them out the lamp hole. I may do that next time.

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Re: How to replace your front position light bulbs

Post by cbx4evr » Mon Jul 28, 2014 8:55 am

I changed my position lights to LED's about a year ago. Yesterday I noticed that one is no longer working. Not very happy about that considering the claims made concerning bulb life. On further investigation I noticed that the bulbs were melting the reverse reflector from behind. The front of the reflector is blistered out. Arggghhhhh. I'm going back to the standard bulb.
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Re: How to replace your front position light bulbs

Post by cbx4evr » Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:51 am

It's worse than originally thought. The bulb has melted right into the plastic and won't pull out. Scared I'll break the reflector support and then have that laying in the bottom of the light. Suggestions?
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Re: How to replace your front position light bulbs

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Jul 28, 2014 12:15 pm

cbx4evr wrote:It's worse than originally thought. The bulb has melted right into the plastic and won't pull out. Scared I'll break the reflector support and then have that laying in the bottom of the light. Suggestions?
Which are the bulbs you used? Sounds like they failed from overheating. The fact that they melted the plastic shows they were not designed with correct heat sinking.

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Re: How to replace your front position light bulbs

Post by cbx4evr » Mon Jul 28, 2014 12:39 pm

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cbx4evr wrote:It's worse than originally thought. The bulb has melted right into the plastic and won't pull out. Scared I'll break the reflector support and then have that laying in the bottom of the light. Suggestions?
Which are the bulbs you used? Sounds like they failed from overheating. The fact that they melted the plastic shows they were not designed with correct heat sinking.
I thought I had the bulbs from SuperBrite but I'm not 100% sure. Would have to see if I can find my transaction record. One bulb is still working. Well that is until I clipped the contact wires. I couldn't get them out and didn't want to damage the light any more than it already is. Now I have no position lights. This has turned into an expensive lesson.
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Re: How to replace your front position light bulbs

Post by cbx4evr » Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:22 am

Update. I found my Super-brite receipt. It didn't have these position lights on it. So likely I got them on Amazon or eBay. Buyer beware. There is sometimes a price to pay for being frugal.

Do you think I would somehow be able to snap these LED bulbs off. I don't care about the part stuck in the reflector but I would then be able to get a194 bulb back in there. This bugs the crap out if me. Burned out bulbs and melted reflector. I checked into replacing the light - way out of my budget unfortunately.
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Re: How to replace your front position light bulbs

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cbx4evr wrote:Update. I found my Super-brite receipt. It didn't have these position lights on it. So likely I got them on Amazon or eBay. Buyer beware. There is sometimes a price to pay for being frugal.

Do you think I would somehow be able to snap these LED bulbs off. I don't care about the part stuck in the reflector but I would then be able to get a194 bulb back in there. This bugs the crap out if me. Burned out bulbs and melted reflector. I checked into replacing the light - way out of my budget unfortunately.
I would maybe try gentle use of a heat gun on low setting, to soften the plastic up just enough to be able to back the LEDs out of there.

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Re: How to replace your front position light bulbs

Post by flash1942 » Tue Dec 02, 2014 9:37 am

Ok guys, so far you have been talking about the 1500's and 1800's. What LED bulbs can the 1200 use that is close to the original bulb in light output?

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Re: How to replace your front position light bulbs

Post by seelyark1 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:06 pm

FYI, super bright led no longer carries these bulbs, use standard 194 bulb. Darn! :(
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Re: How to replace your front position light bulbs

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:50 pm

seelyark1 wrote:FYI, super bright led no longer carries these bulbs, use standard 194 bulb. Darn! :(
Any 194 replacement LED will work.

Cyclemax has a set of 25-watt-equivalent LEDs as well as a much brigher 50-watt-equivalent LEDs available.

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Re: How to replace your front position light bulbs

Post by Lastcowboy1871 » Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:06 pm

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Well I finally blew a position bulb on my 1988 Gold Wing, I replaced both with T10/194 LED bulbs, what a difference. This job was made so simple for me by "Wind Admin" thank You for your Great "how to article" on this forum.
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Re: How to replace your front position light bulbs

Post by GBKid » Thu May 03, 2018 3:19 pm

Does anyone know what would be standard equivalent bulbs to replace the front position bulbs and the 3watt trunk bulbs on a 2000 GL1500SE?

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Re: How to replace your front position light bulbs

Post by Stew » Thu May 03, 2018 3:59 pm

Regular bulbs are 194 for position and 24 for the trunk side panel lights.
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Re: How to replace your front position light bulbs

Post by GBKid » Thu May 03, 2018 4:12 pm

Thank you very much!



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