What LED Headlight Have You Used?


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What LED Headlight Have You Used?

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I put in a new LED headlight a couple years ago and am going to be changing it. (photo at end)

I installed an H4 Cree Led Replacement Bulb 10-106 and it was a bear to install. It had a big bulky transformer type box that required me to modify some things to get it to fit my Wing.

The beam was hard to aim, (I know they aren't designed to go into the 87 Goldwing headlights), and the low beam started to flicker in the late fall 2019.

So my question is... have you installed an LED headlight on your Goldwing that you liked? If so, what kind was it?

Here is the LED that I installed. My advise, don't do it. I made a You Tube vid of doing it if you're interested, I'll message you the link.)





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How about these H4s? No cooling fans, power units, or anything else to have to 'shoehorn' into place. Direct replacement. I have only had them in my Wing for a couple of months so not much night riding yet with them but they are really bright. Twelvolt LED & HID in Orange Park, Florida.
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Charlie1Horse wrote:
Sun Jan 26, 2020 3:17 pm
IMG_1038.JPGIMG_1039.JPGHow about these H4s? No cooling fans, power units, or anything else to have to 'shoehorn' into place. Direct replacement. I have only had them in my Wing for a couple of months so not much night riding yet with them but they are really bright. Twelvolt LED & HID in Orange Park, Florida.
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Thanks Russell.
The email address you provided though, sent it back as "no email address with this name exists".

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Sorry for misspelling. Correct email is BRETT@TWELVOLTLEDHID.COM
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I installed a LED from SuperbrightLED.com, H4-HLV5-M cost $39.99. Kinda a PIA to install but well worth the effort. Video is on Bitchute
https://www.bitchute.com/video/qPpxnh1xKVdL/

Installed Aug 2019, still lighting up fine after about 10k miles.

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H4 only ever, good life, no harm, easy to source, variety of "levels" too, and headlight's facets in the lense were designed for the H4 bulb.

Supplement with two 5 inch 37.5 watt #4415 sealed beam Unity "fog" lights for ditch to ditch & beyond. Stainless steel, "old school", not cheap, but always looking good. I know, many sites say 35 watt but my older bulbs bought in the '90s have 37.5 watts wrote on the back?
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Do yourself a favor and don't buy cheap LED Headlights.
Electrical Connection makes a LED headlight H4 that works perfect. Cyclemax has them.

https://www.cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/si ... 240/318710

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newday777 wrote:
Fri Jan 31, 2020 10:17 am
Do yourself a favor and don't buy cheap LED Headlights.
Electrical Connection makes a LED headlight H4 that works perfect. Cyclemax has them.

https://www.cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/si ... 240/318710
Yeh I have a led headlight installed from cyclemax works well its a bit tight behind the headlight but mine has a heat sink instead of a blower and it can be bent to accommodate the rest of the stuff probably learnt a few new swear words but it does fit ok the lighting is just wow! a friend has nicknamed my bike star ship enterprise lol

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Even cyclemax has cheaper LED bulbs...but there is a big difference in quality and light patterns.

oldishwinger wrote:
Sat Feb 01, 2020 6:28 pm
newday777 wrote:
Fri Jan 31, 2020 10:17 am
Do yourself a favor and don't buy cheap LED Headlights.
Electrical Connection makes a LED headlight H4 that works perfect. Cyclemax has them.

https://www.cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/si ... 240/318710
Yeh I have a led headlight installed from cyclemax works well its a bit tight behind the headlight but mine has a heat sink instead of a blower and it can be bent to accommodate the rest of the stuff probably learnt a few new swear words but it does fit ok the lighting is just wow! a friend has nicknamed my bike star ship enterprise lol

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Thank you everyone for your input.

I had at the start of this thread mentioned what LED headlight I had used. So glad I will be replacing that thing. It was around 50 bucks, but it was a pita to install and didn't work well as per not designed for the Goldwing lamp.

I will be installing one that I found that has a 360 degree lighting design. Here is a picture...


Here is the link to where I got it...
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QB ... UTF8&psc=1

I will keep you posted about how it worked out when I get it installed, aimed, and am riding.

Thanks again.

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patbrandon1 wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 6:07 pm
Thank you everyone for your input.

I had at the start of this thread mentioned what LED headlight I had used. So glad I will be replacing that thing. It was around 50 bucks, but it was a pita to install and didn't work well as per not designed for the Goldwing lamp.

I will be installing one that I found that has a 360 degree lighting design. Here is a picture...

My New LED Headlight.JPG

Here is the link to where I got it...
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QB ... UTF8&psc=1

I will keep you posted about how it worked out when I get it installed, aimed, and am riding.

Thanks again.
I think you're going to be very disappointed with that bulb. It puts out only 2500 lumens. The SoCalMotoGear H4 bulbs put out 6000 lumens, and there are other manufacturers putting out in excess of 7500 lumens.

Unfortunately, with LED technology, you tend to get what you pay for.

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WingAdmin wrote:
Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:34 pm

I think you're going to be very disappointed with that bulb. It puts out only 2500 lumens. The SoCalMotoGear H4 bulbs put out 6000 lumens, and there are other manufacturers putting out in excess of 7500 lumens.

Unfortunately, with LED technology, you tend to get what you pay for.
I think you are right Scott. I am putting in an alternator conversion kit, and after I do that I will try my cheap bulb. I am curious as to if the 360 degree lighting design if it gives me better aiming ability. On my bike I have great fog light Cree LEDs that give great lighting. But I'm really trying to find a bulb that will give crisp aiming ability out to the Goldwing lens. I have paid 50 bucks for the one I posted a pic above at the top, and it just didn't aim well. I'll post pics and what I've learned when I get everything installed.

Thanks for your reply.

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patbrandon1 wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:07 pm
WingAdmin wrote:
Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:34 pm

I think you're going to be very disappointed with that bulb. It puts out only 2500 lumens. The SoCalMotoGear H4 bulbs put out 6000 lumens, and there are other manufacturers putting out in excess of 7500 lumens.

Unfortunately, with LED technology, you tend to get what you pay for.
I think you are right Scott. I am putting in an alternator conversion kit, and after I do that I will try my cheap bulb. I am curious as to if the 360 degree lighting design if it gives me better aiming ability. On my bike I have great fog light Cree LEDs that give great lighting. But I'm really trying to find a bulb that will give crisp aiming ability out to the Goldwing lens. I have paid 50 bucks for the one I posted a pic above at the top, and it just didn't aim well. I'll post pics and what I've learned when I get everything installed.

Thanks for your reply.
You were right Scott. But the bulb did make aiming a bit better because of the 360 degree design. A few of the lights I tried were hard to aim without a solid beam for a cutoff line to follow. But I have upgraded.

I recently purchased an LED headlight for my Goldwing from this company, SoCalMotoGear.com, and WOW, I can't believe the great prompt customer service when I had a couple questions. If you're looking to upgrade your lighting, check this company out. I believe customer service is very important, and in my online buying experiences, these guys/gals were tops.

The headlight I got was an "H4F3-B is a 6000 lumens bulb for both low and high beams. When the low breams are on the high beam LEDs are not lit and vice versa with when the high beams are on the low are off. They use a defuser type design on the bulb to cast the light out from the bulb. The amp draw is half of the incandescent bulbs at 2.5 amps." And it is one of the best upgrades I've put on my GL1200 Interstate.

I don't promote a lot of business, but when the C/S is this good, I want others to know about it. It matters, and they know it.

They sent a simple way to aim this bulb, and I'm still having a challenge getting it right. Any suggestions in aiming an LED on a 1987 Interstate would be welcome. :?: :?: :?: They suggested "We usually tell customers to go behind your car/vehicle at least 16ft and the aim should be no higher than your license plate." But I can't tell what portion of the light should not be higher than the plate.

I will post some pics when I get it aimed as best I can. I don't want to blind oncoming drivers, but want to utilize the beam as much as possible.

Thanks for reading.

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I have SoCalMotoGear LEDs in my headlights now, they are great. I wrote a review here on them: viewtopic.php?f=18&t=45345



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