Electrical Connection LED Headlight


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Re: Electrical Connection LED Headlight

Post by garywyoung » Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:08 am



That makes me feel way better! By the way (and considerably off topic), I enjoyed this month's newsletter and the pictures/videos of the GoldWing meetup a few weeks back--that was nice reading this morning.

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Re: Electrical Connection LED Headlight

Post by hwkfan » Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:29 am

Looks like these are out of stock on Amazon. :(
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Re: Electrical Connection LED Headlight

Post by garywyoung » Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:03 am

I ordered mine directly from Electrical Connection. Got it in two days.

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Re: Electrical Connection LED Headlight

Post by Corkster52 » Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:08 pm

I just ordered mine. Thanks so much Scott!

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Re: Electrical Connection LED Headlight

Post by hwkfan » Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:49 am

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Re: Electrical Connection LED Headlight

Post by garywyoung » Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:51 pm

Yep, that's the one. Installation was a breeze, but I did need to make one modification. On my GL1100, the back of the headlight alcove is closed, affording no room for the heat sink. However, my Harbor Freight multipurpose tool (a must have for any DIYer) made short work of that--I cut a square patch out at the very back of the alcove that allowed ample room for the heat sink and wiring. Other than that slight modification, as well as a little creative work to find a way to secure the connection block (thank you to whomever invented zip ties!), and it was done. The whole job took less than an hour.

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Re: Electrical Connection LED Headlight

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:19 pm

garywyoung wrote:
Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:51 pm
Yep, that's the one. Installation was a breeze, but I did need to make one modification. On my GL1100, the back of the headlight alcove is closed, affording no room for the heat sink. However, my Harbor Freight multipurpose tool (a must have for any DIYer) made short work of that--I cut a square patch out at the very back of the alcove that allowed ample room for the heat sink and wiring. Other than that slight modification, as well as a little creative work to find a way to secure the connection block (thank you to whomever invented zip ties!), and it was done. The whole job took less than an hour.
And how does it look on the GL1100? Noticeable improvement?

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Re: Electrical Connection LED Headlight

Post by garywyoung » Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:04 pm

Heck yeah! Like night and day. Intensely bright white light—very visible.

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Re: Electrical Connection LED Headlight

Post by Corkster52 » Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:30 pm

Of course.... I didn't order shims to go with mine. Assumed..like a fool, that of course I would have some..since it seems like I have 10 or more of everything else...grrrrrrr :oops: :oops: :oops:

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Re: Electrical Connection LED Headlight

Post by Corkster52 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:52 pm

Well, it turns out, like I try to convince my wife..some of the only times I make a mistake is when I think I did. Had forgotten that I installed shims with the last set of H4s that I replaced. :oops: Oh well, when I receive the 2 sets that ordered from Cyclemax, I really will have extras!

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Re: Electrical Connection LED Headlight

Post by MikeB » Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:27 pm



Been there and done that, too many times to count.
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Re: Electrical Connection LED Headlight

Post by Corkster52 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:27 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:33 pm

I prefer using zip ties to mechanically fasten things in place, but when I do use double sided tape, I buy 3M VHB (Very High Bond) double-sided foam tape - the adhesive on it is incredibly strong. In all the years I have been using it, I have never had it fail. And it can be removed relatively easily when you want to.
Scott, so where did you end up wiring tying it to?

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Re: Electrical Connection LED Headlight

Post by WingAdmin » Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:42 am

Corkster52 wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:27 pm
WingAdmin wrote:
Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:33 pm

I prefer using zip ties to mechanically fasten things in place, but when I do use double sided tape, I buy 3M VHB (Very High Bond) double-sided foam tape - the adhesive on it is incredibly strong. In all the years I have been using it, I have never had it fail. And it can be removed relatively easily when you want to.
Scott, so where did you end up wiring tying it to?
I believe it was tied to the wiring bundle right next to the front of the triple tree, that runs down from the handlebars. If I remember correctly.

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Re: Electrical Connection LED Headlight

Post by Corkster52 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:02 am

I believe it was tied to the wiring bundle right next to the front of the triple tree, that runs down from the handlebars. If I remember correctly.
Okay, I have the light assembly loosely bolted in and it looks like the left on that has to cross over to get to the cutout really shouldn't be an issue, since it has no cord left to go anywhere, but I see how the right one could be an issue if just left dangling. I thing I'll grab some of that double-stick tape you recommended and do what I can with the one-handed fish around to find where to wire tie too. Thanks.

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Re: Electrical Connection LED Headlight

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:42 pm

I feel I should post an update to this review, although it doesn't have anything to do directly with the performance of the product.

As I stated in the original review, I selected this LED because the last time I used the SoCalMotoGear headlight to review. I purchased this LED myself (as I do with most review items) and wrote the review based on that purchased LED.

After I posted the initial review, I received a private message from Lewis, the owner of Electrical Connection, offering a free set of LED headlights to use as our monthly prize. I took him up on his offer, and that became September's prize.

After the September prize drawing, I sent an email to Lewis sending him the winner's name and address, and the type of Goldwing he needed LEDs for.

No response.

I sent him a PM through the site.

No response.

I sent another email. I called and left a voice mail.

Still no response.

After six weeks of attempting to contact Lewis at Electrical Connection and getting no response, I have no other choice but to assume he is not going to fulfill his offer. I went to Cyclemax and purchased a set of EC LED headlights and shipped them to the September contest winner.

So...the headlights are performing very well, and I'm still quite pleased with them. But as you may have read, the SoCalMotoGear second generation Pathfinder LEDs work just as well, and are superior in a couple ways. If company reputation and the ability to stand behind a promise mean something to you, you may want to take my experience into consideration.

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Re: Electrical Connection LED Headlight

Post by Mh434 » Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:55 pm

Scott, you’ve really gone “above and beyond the call of duty”! It really is a shame when someone promises something and puts you in a difficult situation by not doing what they promised.

To purchase a set to give away for the contest, out of your own pocket, shows your unflagging dedication to your forum friends, your selflessness, and your sense of fairness.

I, for one, salute you, sir, as I’m certain all the good members of this forum do.

Well done...well done, indeed!

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Re: Electrical Connection LED Headlight

Post by Corkster52 » Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:56 pm

That is a real shame Lewis didn't respond. I might be sticking my nose in where it doesn't belong, but I just called EC and spoke to the guy that answered the phone. He said they have been out of LEDs for about 6 weeks and they just came in. I told him about the situation and expressed my concern for Lewis not responding to Scott. He said, "I understand and I am texting Lewis about this RIGHT NOW". I gave him the website info and my contact information. Hope it helps.

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Re: Electrical Connection LED Headlight

Post by BENJEE2112 » Tue Jan 21, 2020 3:47 pm

Hi Wingadmin. I watched your video on You tube running with the EC'S (and Pathfinders) I definitely want to go with the EC's. That's a pretty big chunk of change. Do you thing they will be PLUG & PLAY for my 95 1500i? How have they held up since then? … BEN

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Re: Electrical Connection LED Headlight

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:00 am

BENJEE2112 wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 3:47 pm
Hi Wingadmin. I watched your video on You tube running with the EC'S (and Pathfinders) I definitely want to go with the EC's. That's a pretty big chunk of change. Do you thing they will be PLUG & PLAY for my 95 1500i? How have they held up since then? … BEN
They're definitely plug and play - no wiring required. And they still work today just as well as the day they went in. You won't be sorry!

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Re: Electrical Connection LED Headlight

Post by BENJEE2112 » Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:06 pm

Thanks Scott. after further review of my BANK ACCOUNT I had to go with (middle of the road) SYLVANIA SILVERSTAR. ($44) I'll leave a review on them after I've had them for a while. Or after I take them back.lol

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Re: Electrical Connection LED Headlight

Post by tamathumper » Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:38 pm

BENJEE2112 wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:06 pm
Thanks Scott. after further review of my BANK ACCOUNT I had to go with (middle of the road) SYLVANIA SILVERSTAR. ($44) I'll leave a review on them after I've had them for a while. Or after I take them back.lol
In my experience, you won't have time to take them back. One or both of them will blow out before you know it. Maybe it's just me.
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Re: Electrical Connection LED Headlight

Post by BENJEE2112 » Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:50 pm

Really? You mean like on start up? "Please" elaborate. Are they going to overheat? I have to wait 2 days for a connector to come in before I light them up. I'll take them back tomorrow if they are going to blow that quick.

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Re: Electrical Connection LED Headlight

Post by MikeB » Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:23 am

If you already have them, take a look at the life expectancy in hours of the bulbs. I think it is printed on the back of the package.
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Re: Electrical Connection LED Headlight

Post by BENJEE2112 » Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:08 am

Holy Crap on a Cracker. They only last 140 hours. They're going back today. Thanks for the insight. MIKE B. I went to Amazon and read up on a bunch of reviews. They do have 12 month warrantee. Lots of mad disappointed people. How long does the EC's last (typically)? I think I remember 4000 hours.



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Re: Electrical Connection LED Headlight

Post by newday777 » Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:53 am

EC doesn't give an expected life cycle in their description.... But they will most likely be the last bulbs you'll need to buy for it and will probably outlast you on the bike. More like upwards of 40,000 hours..... You missed a 0


BENJEE2112 wrote:
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How long does the EC's last (typically)? I think I remember 4000 hours.



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