HID lights use 50% to 75% of the current that incandescent bulbs use. The headlight is one of the biggest single draws of current on the bike, so putting a HID in there would actually help.I've read up on some of the really expensive HID lights and wondered what amp pull they have. I sure don't want to over load my stator.
A lot of the Long Distance Riders use them for when riding at night on desolate stretches to really light up the road.
Most hook them up so they run with the low beams only.
No, apparently they run quite a bit cooler than halogen bulbs (which isn't hard to do).Looks good to me except I doubt a modulator could be used with them. If the power draw is lower heat shouldn't be a consideration either.
I've ordered a kit for my truck...I'll wait and see how it works before I consider it for my wing.GSMacLean,
Are you going to use the single kit or the dual kit ? I was thinking of getting the dual kit for the high beam. A little more light on those back country roads can't hurt.
I'm curious as to what the restart time is. If you turn the lamp off then back on, does it start right up?
I know that HID lamps, like mercury vapor, take up to 5 minutes or more to restart after power being cut. High pressure sodium is quicker at restarting. Metal halide taking the longest time to restrike the arc.
I read in the past that this was a problem with HID lamps in vehicles but I understand that this has improved?
There is no delay on restarts, you can turn it on and off as many times you want and it wont delay. on bi-xenon setups, there is a mechanical device that moves the bulb up and down to create the high and low beam. there are some """bi"" xenon that are single beam xenon/halogen which only one of the beams is xenon, the other is regular halogen. kinda useless.