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post #11 of 27 (permalink) Old 05-13-2017, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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I understand how light is supposed to work with a hyperbola and the light at it's focus. With that being said, a halogen isn't at the focus of the light housing either. A halogen actually sits a little farther away from the focus like this led. The reason you do that is because if the lights were at the focus exactly you would have a beam of light rather than a scattering of light. You need scattered light to light up in multiple directions to give a good viewing angle. But you don't want it so scattered that there isn't much clarity downstream of the light. So a happy medium is what we are looking for.

Last night's results: first off no pictures, I'll get some tonight. I initially thought the bulb was shitty. But as it turns out my alignment was all off because I'm half retarded and didn't aim it right when I left last night. After I fixed the vertical alignment, the LED bulb put out very clear light. It should be noted that the light it put out was white, in contrast to the halogens "yellowish" color. The brights project very far, there is just a but of adjustment I need to fine tune to get the best results. I'll show you guys what I mean when it gets dark tonight. You'll probably see those pictures tomorrow.

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I see that those little suckers have fans. I wonder if they will cause interference in the bikes audio systems.

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That was my question too, how do they work with the stock reflectors? Also, do they generate more heat?
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I see that those little suckers have fans. I wonder if they will cause interference in the bikes audio systems.
I did notice a little bit of a hum in the audio when I turn the radio on, but that's with no volume. The hum doesn't get louder as I increased volume though. So you could say it isn't an issue. As far as heat, I don't think the LEDs themselves make heat, it's the power conversion that would make the heat because they have a built in ballast. That is what the hs/fan would be for. I rode about 30 miles and I didn't notice any light drop because of heat. You would expect light cutting out or dimming if the internal ballast got hot. More testing will be in order to figure that out. I'll hook up my extra bulb to a spare battery and report back with a heat figure.

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The LED lights themselves get hot for sure, but the hs/fan stays at a tolerable temp after about 10 mins run time. Cool enough to touch.

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In short, here is what it's looking like. Crapper picture quality I know.

I like them. I'm going to use them a while longer and see if they are actually better or if it's just me mentally fooling myself.

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???????

What are we seeing? Why didn't you include a low beam shot?

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???????

What are we seeing? Why didn't you include a low beam shot?
The top is low beam I think. Look at the dash. The bottom high beam light is lit up. When the highs are turned on you get more light higher.

I definitely could still have alignment issues, because I took the pics last night on the way to grab some gas. Didn't make any adjustments. I'm sure I need to fiddle with them yet.

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I'm probably legally blind (lol), but I don't see a real difference between the 2 pics.
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I'm probably legally blind (lol), but I don't see a real difference between the 2 pics.
Lol look at the tree and the house. Thats where the bike was kind of pointed at. The picture is decieving because I took it down the road. But the bike was pointing more at the tree/house on the right.

Sorry for the crappy pictures guys, I'll try a road around here that doesn't have street lights

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