1800 LED Headlights; SoCal vs. EC


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1800 LED Headlights; SoCal vs. EC

Post by am3098 » Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:19 pm



Finally upgrading from a 94 1500 to an 08 1800. A few years ago I upgraded my 1500 headlights to HID which was money well spent. I'm considering an LED upgrade on the 1800; that said, two popular choices are SoCal Moto Gear Pathfinders and Electrical Connection. My HID's are SoCal, and I've been happy with them, I also have several EC products which I've been happy with as well.

Both LED options are 4000 lumens and 6000K color, pricing is less that $20 difference. I'm looking for opinions from those running SoCal LED and those that have Electrical Connection LED's.


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Re: 1800 LED Headlights; SoCal vs. EC

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Re: 1800 LED Headlights; SoCal vs. EC

Post by AZgl1800 » Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:16 pm

I prefer 4000 to 4500 Kelvin

more than that, they go blue...
I want "Daylight White"

and I will go with the 1st link Scott posted using the EC LEDs
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Re: 1800 LED Headlights; SoCal vs. EC

Post by jackjohn » Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:51 am

As it turned out, I have Pathfinders in the low beams and EC in the high beams and cannot tell any difference. I installed the lows in mid August and EC installed the highs when I was at WingDing in Knoxville. If you can find a location where EC is doing installations, they will put in the lows for $10 and the highs for $30. Well worth it especially for the highs.

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Re: 1800 LED Headlights; SoCal vs. EC

Post by am3098 » Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:32 pm

jackjohn wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:51 am
As it turned out, I have Pathfinders in the low beams and EC in the high beams and cannot tell any difference. I installed the lows in mid August and EC installed the highs when I was at WingDing in Knoxville. If you can find a location where EC is doing installations, they will put in the lows for $10 and the highs for $30. Well worth it especially for the highs.
I agree. From what I've seen on the YouTube videos, changing headlight bulbs on the 1800 is much harder than the 1500.
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Re: 1800 LED Headlights; SoCal vs. EC

Post by am3098 » Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:04 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:59 pm
Have a read through these:

viewtopic.php?f=18&t=44666

viewtopic.php?f=18&t=45345

viewtopic.php?f=18&t=34996
Thanks, there's some really good information in those posts. I'm leaning towards the Pathfinders because of the larger heat sinks and longer wires, which is a plus when mounting the drivers. The HID's on my 1500 are SoCal and I was able to stick the ballasts inside the vs. crowding them in behind the headlight bucket.

As always, thanks for what you do for Goldwing owners. It was good meeting you in Parkersburg and picking your brain about my bike.


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