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Question about LED headlight

I have been looking on search about LED headlights but all that I see are several years old. MY question is has anyone tried a LED headlight bulb for a 1500 lately? If you have what did you think of it?


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I think , if you look closely, the 1500 lens , even with its twin bulbs is " Fluted" , like the l1200.

LED's will make the bulb seem MUCH " Brighter " but they are scattering the light... so there is little " Down the road " light .

Its got to do with the physics of the fluted lens .

A better choice is HID's, which are much closer to a point source, and cam be focussed like your original incandescent bulb .

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( I have heard that the very latest LED's will act much better ... but I know no one who has spent the $150 on these bulbs )

From personal experience with my GL1200... H4 HID's are the way to go .. ultra bright,
and lots of " Throw it down the road " light .

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Later model 15s use a clear lens. However, it is still not designed to be used with an LED bulb.

I think, if a different bulb lets you see farther down the road, it will be at the expense of oncoming traffic.
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Check the bulb for DOT/ Transport Canada approval. What SilverDave is talking about makes them unsuitable for road use. I use a 55/100 watt halogen in my 1100. It works great. Legal on low beam, really throws the light down the road on high beam.

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My sister's neighbour put a pair of H4 LED fan-less bulbs in his 1989 GL1500.

He said that they gave better light on and down the road at night than the stock bulbs.

Next time I see him I'll ask about the brand.

Advise given here is free and comes with no warranty "Caveat emptor"

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I put the SoCalMoto LEDs on my '96SE almost a year ago and love them.
They are so much brighter than the stock and don't have the issues with HID.

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I put the SoCalMoto LEDs on my '96SE almost a year ago and love them.
They are so much brighter than the stock and don't have the issues with HID.
I see several bulbs on their website...exactly which bulbs did you buy?
Looks like they're about $70 each, so it's no small investment...but if they work THAT well....?

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With only a one year warranty...?
I thought LEDs were supposed to last forever.

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I see several bulbs on their website...exactly which bulbs did you buy?
Looks like they're about $70 each, so it's no small investment...but if they work THAT well....?
I bought them through Cycle Max here.
You can read a review and comparison to HID and OEM here.

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