Brightest LED headlight bulbs?


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Brightest LED headlight bulbs?

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For my GL-1500....
I installed some cheap LED headlights in the bike a few years ago.
They seem like they are getting dimmer as time goes on.
Who makes the BRIGHTEST led bulbs for the 1500 these days?


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offcenter wrote: Mon Jan 31, 2022 3:13 pm For my GL-1500....
I installed some cheap LED headlights in the bike a few years ago.
They seem like they are getting dimmer as time goes on.
Who makes the BRIGHTEST led bulbs for the 1500 these days?
LEDs that have insufficient heatsinks will overheat, and this affects brightness and lifespan significantly.

That said, the SoCal Pathfinder LEDs are still super bright and working great for me.
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The better question is who's bulbs fit the FOCAL POINT of your reflector?
Bright without focus is just glare without illuminating distant objects
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topgun wrote: Tue Feb 08, 2022 9:34 pm The better question is who's bulbs fit the FOCAL POINT of your reflector?
Bright without focus is just glare without illuminating distant objects
Every reflector should have the same focal point, as they are designed for the emitting point of a halogen filament. So as long as the LED chip is in the same position, the focal point should be correct.
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offcenter wrote: Mon Jan 31, 2022 3:13 pm For my GL-1500....
I installed some cheap LED headlights in the bike a few years ago.
They seem like they are getting dimmer as time goes on.
Who makes the BRIGHTEST led bulbs for the 1500 these days?
I really like Electrical Connections LEDs on my gl1800, but I don’t know if they have them for the 1500.
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WingAdmin wrote: Wed Feb 09, 2022 12:11 pm
topgun wrote: Tue Feb 08, 2022 9:34 pm The better question is who's bulbs fit the FOCAL POINT of your reflector?
Bright without focus is just glare without illuminating distant objects
Every reflector should have the same focal point, as they are designed for the emitting point of a halogen filament. So as long as the LED chip is in the same position, the focal point should be correct.
Agree. Trying to say "which bulb best duplicates" the filament placement. Single point LED emitters would be better than multiple emitters poorly located if that makes sense.
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When illuminated the filament is (as one would expect) a little wire about a centimeter long, if memory serves. The Electrical Connections LED bulbs have several tiny LED squares in a row on both sides, about a centimeter long and fairly well placed in the same position as the original filaments, so that the reflectors (and their cutoffs) are as original as possible.
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tamathumper wrote: Fri Feb 11, 2022 4:16 am When illuminated the filament is (as one would expect) a little wire about a centimeter long, if memory serves. The Electrical Connections LED bulbs have several tiny LED squares in a row on both sides, about a centimeter long and fairly well placed in the same position as the original filaments, so that the reflectors (and their cutoffs) are as original as possible.
Yes, the EC LED headlights are very good with a strong, bright beam and it’s cutoff is exactly like the H7 bulbs for the 1800, but I don’t see a bulb for the 1500’s on their web site.
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Techdude2000 wrote: Fri Feb 11, 2022 6:24 am
tamathumper wrote: Fri Feb 11, 2022 4:16 am When illuminated the filament is (as one would expect) a little wire about a centimeter long, if memory serves. The Electrical Connections LED bulbs have several tiny LED squares in a row on both sides, about a centimeter long and fairly well placed in the same position as the original filaments, so that the reflectors (and their cutoffs) are as original as possible.
Yes, the EC LED headlights are very good with a strong, bright beam and it’s cutoff is exactly like the H7 bulbs for the 1800, but I don’t see a bulb for the 1500’s on their web site.
They definitely have them, they are available on Amazon. I have them in my GL1500 right now.

You can see my review here: Electrical Connection LED Headlight

Also my comparison: LED Headlight Comparison: SoCalMotoGear vs Electrical Connection
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WingAdmin wrote: Fri Feb 11, 2022 10:03 am
Techdude2000 wrote: Fri Feb 11, 2022 6:24 am
tamathumper wrote: Fri Feb 11, 2022 4:16 am When illuminated the filament is (as one would expect) a little wire about a centimeter long, if memory serves. The Electrical Connections LED bulbs have several tiny LED squares in a row on both sides, about a centimeter long and fairly well placed in the same position as the original filaments, so that the reflectors (and their cutoffs) are as original as possible.
Yes, the EC LED headlights are very good with a strong, bright beam and it’s cutoff is exactly like the H7 bulbs for the 1800, but I don’t see a bulb for the 1500’s on their web site.
They definitely have them, they are available on Amazon. I have them in my GL1500 right now.

You can see my review here: Electrical Connection LED Headlight

Also my comparison: LED Headlight Comparison: SoCalMotoGear vs Electrical Connection
I didn’t realize you had done a review on these. I was pleasantly surprised with them when I installed them in just my low beams last summer. They really make a difference over the old H7 bulbs. I’m going to put them in my high beams when I can afford them.
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Techdude2000 wrote: Wed Feb 09, 2022 9:53 pm
offcenter wrote: Mon Jan 31, 2022 3:13 pm
I really like Electrical Connections LEDs on my gl1800, but I don’t know if they have them for the 1500.
Yes they od, it's where I got mine.
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Late reply to the thread, but if the GL1500 uses H4 headlamps like my '99 Valkyrie does, take a look at Cyclops Ultra 10.0 H4 bulbs.
Outrageously bright, great cutoff. And burns all 4 emitters on High beam. Well worth the $90 price, in my opinion. Especially if you live back in the hills and hollers, amongst the night critters. Just wish they made them to fit the GL1800 Trike.
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Gnarly wrote: Tue Apr 19, 2022 8:39 pm Late reply to the thread, but if the GL1500 uses H4 headlamps like my '99 Valkyrie does, take a look at Cyclops Ultra 10.0 H4 bulbs.
Outrageously bright, great cutoff. And burns all 4 emitters on High beam. Well worth the $90 price, in my opinion. Especially if you live back in the hills and hollers, amongst the night critters. Just wish they made them to fit the GL1800 Trike.
$90 EACH? OUCH!!
I could see $90 a pair, but not EACH.


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