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Another LED headlight conversion

I've put off LED headlights for a long time due to the technology that was available. Things have come a long way in the last 10 years and I thought it was finally time to make the jump.

I went with 6k white point LEDs and replaced the position lights right next to the headlight at the same time with the same color. I got headlight that the mounting flange wasn't part of the unit, but instead was removable to re-clock the light for best throw. Boy, was I glad I did.

When I first installed the headlight, there were two distinct beams, one from either side of the board. Made it look like I had headlights and fog lights at the same time but the throw was terrible. I pulled the bulb out of the flange and rotated it 90 so that the circuit board was perpendicular to the ground. Voila! Excellent spread and throw. High beams even work right.

The little fan on the unit is virtually silent. I can barely hear it with the motor off and my ear next to the cowl. Another advantage of course is the reduced power consumption. I hooked the halogen and LED bulbs up to my benchtop power supply and got actual power figures. Those are below.

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Halogen power draw, low and high:
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LED power, low and high:
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Looks pretty dangerous to me.

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Looks pretty dangerous to me.
How can being able to see and be seen be dangerous? And don't bother with that blinding oncoming drivers crap.

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How can being able to see and be seen be dangerous? And don't bother with that blinding oncoming drivers crap.
That is one of the reasons I went with the bulbs I did. There is no LED that fires out of the front right off of the bulb. Virtually all the light is reflected and diffused slightly prior to coming out.

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That is one of the reasons I went with the bulbs I did. There is no LED that fires out of the front right off of the bulb. Virtually all the light is reflected and diffused slightly prior to coming out.

Halogen bulbs work on this theory and LED retrofit bulbs are made to work the same way. Obviously, as you found, the LED doesn't put out light in a 360 degree spread like a filament, hence your bulb-clocking.


I'd say you might need to aim the bulb a little bit lower just to make sure not to nail oncoming traffic in the face. I will say it's a kind of double-edged sword in that I love the added brightness of LED but when misaligned lights are coming at me or are in my rearview at night, I get a bit blinded, but I am sensitive to bright lights.


I think this is a good solution, and one I may need to replicate.
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I'd say you might need to aim the bulb a little bit lower just to make sure not to nail oncoming traffic in the face.
I haven't ridden it at night yet, but this will definitely be checked.

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I changed all four on my 1800. I haven't ridden at night yet but would love to pay back some of those people who run their LEDs and HIDs on bright and blind me.
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I haven't ridden at night yet but would love to pay back some of those people who run their LEDs and HIDs on bright and blind me.
Yep two blind drivers beats one that can see every day.
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I changed all four on my 1800. I haven't ridden at night yet but would love to pay back some of those people who run their LEDs and HIDs on bright and blind me.
They usually either didn't adjust them after installing or they are on a truck that has been lifted & not adjusted. Incandescent lights adjusted wrong can blind you.

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