Ok Ill get all kinds of flack for saying this but after spending a WEEK looking at upgrades for the GL1000 on another forum "candlepower"
Getting completely pissed off at the moderators attitudes on ANYTHING but stock lights and all the laws and regulations I was breaking etc etc etc by putting blinkers other than stock on my bike (INCLUDING THE ONES THAT APPLY TO THE MANUFACTURERS but not me as the end user)
This is what I learned.
There is NO ... NONE..... Doesnt exist at this time PERIOD. (not gonna argue dont care but its true one more time NONE) HID refit bulb using your stock reflector worth a crap. (I do agree with this after doing the research on it)
now read that again and but put LED where I put HID
there are different reasons for the HIDs than the LEDs HIDs put out so much light they are also blinding oncomming traffic etc but they put out ALOT of light. bad Idea to blind oncomming traffic on a bike IMO.
LEDs are extreemly bright but they HAVE TO HAVE like HIDS reflectors designed specifically for them. Lighting companies are apparently working on that but so far according to those guys they havent gotten there (supposedly Sylvania is working on a LED retrofit using the H4 reflector If they figure it out ....)
so the general consensous is you have to buy a light LED/HID KIT with the reflector to get a good light and not the cheap ones.
I have no intrest in the HID so I didnt do a lot of looking at it but I can tell you the current LED and HID setups I saw being recommended start at about 175 - 200 and go UP. WAY UP. I saw lights for 800 EACH (below....JW SPEAKER) the LED will soon completely overtake the HID systems I believe for headlights but right now the prices are NUTS
All that said Check out Daniel Stern and send him an email... tell him what you have and ask for his help. guy has GREAT customer service and will answer questions and he knows his stuff and you get that talking to him. Please tell him I sent you to him, I told him would pimp him simply for his customer service. He took the time to recommend lights he doesnt even sell for turn signals and brakes among other things and I havent spent a penny with the guy.... thats customer service.
From me to him
>Whats the deal with the automotive LEDs on the market?
> trying to be too cheap or just immaturity in the industry
>>Neither. It's mostly trinket factories in China turning out
>>toys. The bulbs I linked are legitimate, from
>>a legitimate company. Most of what's on the market
>>does not come from within the automotive industry, it comes
>>from the Chinese toy industry.
The light he recommended for me was not a LED and Not a HID its a H4 type reflector using a H13 bulb and its not cheap either $150
So there is my knowledge of the lighting issue for you but I would at least contact Daniel and ask.
I was using Surefire flashlights when they first came out on the market and making people with Maglights mad so I do understand that GOOD lighting on the cutting edge costs money but when you start seeing stuff like this
WAY outa my pricerange.
have fun with the lighting industry and im sorry if I stepped on toes.