Bulb for curb light


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canoodle
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Bulb for curb light

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Hi
Bought a bulb on Cyclemax for one of my curb lights that went out. Was pretty sure it said for GL1500 curb light-not a direct replacement bulb ( not H6 bulb) but much bigger. Of course it was too big
to fit through the housing. Is there any way that you can get the plastic lense off the curb light-so as to fit the bulb from the front and not the back ? Hope I've explained this sufficiently-I'm knackered-been
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Re: Bulb for curb light

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The early 1500 had optional cornering lights (curb light?). They only come on with the directional on that side. These look like a typical incandescent 1157 bulb but with a large flange with tabs to twist and lock instead on the typical small pins on a 1157 bulb.

Honda changed to Halogen bulbs I think in 1998. These were used as a full time fog/driving light as they used less amperage and would not overheat the housing. These look like a typical Halogen head light bulb - much smaller diameter than the incandescent - but had that similar big mounting flange.

Many bikes had these lights installed as aftermarket kits so early bikes may have driving lights and later bikes cornering lights or the relays may have been changed to make them on or off inversely to the above. But you should not run the incandescent bulb full time as it gets too hot.

They both come in from the back and the socket does not allow for installation from the front. Sounds like you might have the incandecent bulb but need the Halogen.

Alternatively you could use LED replacement bulbs or change the sockets over to a different base.

These bulbs are the same as used on headlights on non DOT approved vehicles. Honda used them on mini-bikes and they are the same as the ones in my John Deere tractor.
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Re: Bulb for curb light

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canoodle wrote:
Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:03 pm
Hi
Bought a bulb on Cyclemax for one of my curb lights that went out. Was pretty sure it said for GL1500 curb light-not a direct replacement bulb ( not H6 bulb) but much bigger. Of course it was too big
to fit through the housing. Is there any way that you can get the plastic lense off the curb light-so as to fit the bulb from the front and not the back ? Hope I've explained this sufficiently-I'm knackered-been
a day from hell !
I'm pretty sure this is the one you got:

https://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/corner ... lb/83/3979





If you look at the description: designed to fit in the factory cornering lights on all 1990-1997 SE cornering lights

So that's probably why it isn't fitting.

I put these in my 2000:

https://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/50_wat ... /83/270155





They're much brighter, run cooler, use less power, and last longer.

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Those are the same ones I used in mine. They also match the color very well for the SoCal LED headlights.

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Re: Bulb for curb light

Post by minimac »

I used a bulb similar to Wing admins, but 30 watt . I also connected the plug to the lights so that they are on all of the time (check How-To). I figure anything I can do to increase my visibility to keep cagers from turning or pulling out in front of me has to help.
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Re: Bulb for curb light

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Yep didn't see the up to 1997 description-will see if I can find a H6 at an auto parts store around here-these seem like a rare commodity-thanks all for the input.

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Re: Bulb for curb light

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The left side bulb was burned out in my '93 Aspy (Aftermarket Cornering lights) so I replaced with LED 50 watt version in both sides and did the "Always on" mod. These are really nice, light up the sides of the road and immediately in front of you very nicely at night. The LED is highly recommended.
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Maybe 10-12 years ago, I had one blow and the PO had wired the relays to have the lights on always when running. I was gonna simply replace the bulb, they were higher $$$ then at shop, so I got about 6 for near same price at Bulbs.com and soon put lights back to operation as OEM and just added some better aux forward lighting.
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Re: Bulb for curb light

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I modified my cornering lights. I originally ordered extremely bright white LEDs for my tail lights and then learned from WingAdmin about the proper color of LEDs. So, I ordered red ones for the tail lights and used the white ones for the cornering lights. I have them set for the lower brightness when the ignition is on and when I use turn signals, they brighten just like tail/brake lights. This gives me more visability from the front and brightens for cornering lights. Besides very little heat and low draw on the battery/charging system.
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