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oldishwinger
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led headlight bulb

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Hi folks,

I've always been a fan of leds and am thinking of replacing the OEM headlight bulb with an led. the thing is most of my riding is done doing the day, and I've found with other white light bulbs, (not led) although they are great at night,they tend to wash out a bit in bright sunlight.

I was wondering if any of you good folk have tried an led headlight bulb, in a 1200 and if you have whether you think them worth the change.

many thanks,



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I put a LED headlight (H4-HLV3-H) in last year and am quite happy with it. I still get flashed occasionally - but I think it is because of its whiter color. There is not alot of room in the headlight bucket for the ones with large heat sinks. unfortunately I no longer have pics of the mod. One thing to watch for is the orientation of the bulb - it can be put in upside down. Fan out the braided heat sink to help disipate any heat. Also you will likely need to readjust your headlight aim once you complete the install. Good luck - Ride safe !

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MNAspencade wrote:I put a LED headlight (H4-HLV3-H) in last year and am quite happy with it. I still get flashed occasionally - but I think it is because of its whiter color. There is not alot of room in the headlight bucket for the ones with large heat sinks. unfortunately I no longer have pics of the mod. One thing to watch for is the orientation of the bulb - it can be put in upside down. Fan out the braided heat sink to help disipate any heat. Also you will likely need to readjust your headlight aim once you complete the install. Good luck - Ride safe !
very much appreciated thank you

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Here's what I did, works well with good driving lights as well. viewtopic.php?f=12&t=35084
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Rednaxs60 wrote:Here's what I did, works well with good driving lights as well. viewtopic.php?f=12&t=35084
thank you for that, I have tried leds in running lights, but unfortunately they cause interference on the radio I have tried ali sorts to fix it and cant find a answer other wise i would use leds in the running lights in a heartbeat

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I have seen Red's LED headlight ... very bright .
If you check my comment in his post, fluted lenses ( Like on our 1200's ) will never really focus or project on high beam .

For about the same $$$ and a lot more install fiddles, I put a HID on my 1200:
You have to cut into the inner headlight fairing to place the exciter box in the fairing spaces ... a dremel and about 20 minutes does that part.

Brief Comments on a HID setup :

A) Amazingly bright !
B) Price about $25 from e-bay
C) Focuses on both low and high quite well .... even thru the flutes.
D ) Only draws about 30 watts , so my stator is happy .
E) Have yet to be " flashed" by any on-coming traffic .
F) Apparently , according to a Local Leo , quite illegal !! ... How sad !!

but ... G) I talked to the local HID dealer in Chilliwack, and he has sold thousands to both bike and car owners.... and only knows of two tickets being issued. One was to himself for noisy Harley pipes ... and apparently as an afterthought, for his too bright lights .

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I have met other Wing owners with this radio interference problem . Apparently there are Led's and then there are Led's . Try switching brands , or go to a specialist and ask for some that are less noisy ?


Happy night riding

SilverDave

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SilverDave wrote:I have seen Red's LED headlight ... very bright .
If you check my comment in his post, fluted lenses ( Like on our 1200's ) will never really focus or project on high beam .

For about the same $$$ and a lot more install fiddles, I put a HID on my 1200:
You have to cut into the inner headlight fairing to place the exciter box in the fairing spaces ... a dremel and about 20 minutes does that part.

Brief Comments on a HID setup :

A) Amazingly bright !
B) Price about $25 from e-bay
C) Focuses on both low and high quite well .... even thru the flutes.
D ) Only draws about 30 watts , so my stator is happy .
E) Have yet to be " flashed" by any on-coming traffic .
F) Apparently , according to a Local Leo , quite illegal !! ... How sad !!

but ... G) I talked to the local HID dealer in Chilliwack, and he has sold thousands to both bike and car owners.... and only knows of two tickets being issued. One was to himself for noisy Harley pipes ... and apparently as an afterthought, for his too bright lights .

=================
I have met other Wing owners with this radio interference problem . Apparently there are Led's and then there are Led's . Try switching brands , or go to a specialist and ask for some that are less noisy ?


Happy night riding

SilverDave
thank you very much for information silverdave, yeh did a lot of research on the interference issue and it appears to be two fronts one the manufacturers are reluctant to fix the issue because of cost and very competitive market, and there there is no regulations to force the fixing. its buyer beware

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Didn't have to modify the fairing for the LED that I installed.
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Rednaxs60 wrote:Didn't have to modify the fairing for the LED that I installed.
nice to know thank you



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