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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 90º 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.

Halogen:
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LED:
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Low beam
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High beam
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Halogen power draw, low and high:
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LED power, low and high:
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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 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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Well Ken it was mostly said in jest sorry it upset you. You guys still driving on the wrong side of the street ? Just kidding !
 

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Virto, [ame]https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KM4WF4L/[/ame]

They are no longer available, but I'd go with any with that extra wing reflector at the LED and an adjustable flange like these: [ame]https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DGTTTKN/[/ame] or [ame]https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HQFCPN7/[/ame]
 

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Oh by the way just checked website at SoCal and they were gonna let me buy some. So whats up with that? Just search pathfinder LEDs if you are still interested.
 

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I've been running these H4 style in my ST1300 for a few months and really like the light output. They may or may not fit the 1800's, but do offer other sizes at a much better price.


[ame]https://www.amazon.com/KATANA-880-Headlight-Conversion-Adjustable/dp/B07JM421VC/ref=asc_df_B07PHDQS1K/?tag=&linkCode=df0&hvadid=343230797474&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=16253534522515773815&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9006284&hvtargid=pla-724259151098&ref=&adgrpid=69167826935&th=1[/ame]


You may have to shop around. I got two lamps in April for $52.00, don't know why the price shot up...
 

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I've been running these H4 style in my ST1300 for a few months and really like the light output. They may or may not fit the 1800's, but do offer other sizes at a much better price.


https://www.amazon.com/KATANA-880-Headlight-Conversion-Adjustable/dp/B07JM421VC/ref=asc_df_B07PHDQS1K/?tag=&linkCode=df0&hvadid=343230797474&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=16253534522515773815&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9006284&hvtargid=pla-724259151098&ref=&adgrpid=69167826935&th=1


You may have to shop around. I got two lamps in April for $52.00, don't know why the price shot up...
They do show the H7s that fit the 1800s. I bought a similar kit for my 1800, much cheaper than the ones sold as for motorcycles.
 

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Finally rode at night. I love it. Adjusted the beams down several cranks. Throw is excellent and road signs and reflective markers are so much more visible. I’m really glad I did it.
 

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What I was most worried about doesn't seem to be an issue. Yesterday was 112* out and the LEDs had no issue. Heat doesn't seem to be a problem with the large heat sinks and fans these have now.
 

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What I was most worried about doesn't seem to be an issue. Yesterday was 112* out and the LEDs had no issue. Heat doesn't seem to be a problem with the large heat sinks and fans these have now.

As long as the LED drivers are decent, you shouldn't have any real problems just because of ambient heat. Being in an enclosure does raise the temps on the LED die, and will shorten lifespan, but you should still get plenty of life out of them.
 
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