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Offline maccmike

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LED Headlight Bulbs
on: 15 Jan 16, 06:11:18
A couple of weeks ago I was out at night and I had forgotten how poor the lights are on the SX and it is time to do something about it. On my previous SX I fitted HID projectors which was a pain in the proverbial and not strictly legal, even though it did pass the MOT, so didn't want to go down that route again. Thought about the H7R bulb in the reflector and didn't fancy that either. So I looked into LED headlight bulbs and these are the ones I settled on and thought that I would give them a try. To say I am impressed is an understatement. At the moment I have only tried them in a spare headlamp I got just in case the HIDs failed the MOT on previous bike. The only problem was an adapter was necessary for the spring clip to bear upon. Other than that fitting them seems to be a reasonably straightforward job. Can't wait to try them properly. Please excuse photography, never claimed to be David Bailey. The halogen are Osram nightbreakers by the way, not standard ones.


http://www.horizonleds.co.uk/exterior-leds/cree-led-headlights/h7-led-headlights-headlamps/h7-5th-gen-4000-lumens
Last Edit: 15 Jan 16, 06:18:47 by maccmike

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Re: LED Headlight Bulbs
Reply #1 on: 15 Jan 16, 06:13:58
More pictures. Dip beam.

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Re: LED Headlight Bulbs
Reply #2 on: 15 Jan 16, 06:14:58
More pics. Main beam.

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Re: LED Headlight Bulbs
Reply #3 on: 15 Jan 16, 06:24:32
Look great Mike...  But at £140 you would hope so.
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Re: LED Headlight Bulbs
Reply #4 on: 15 Jan 16, 06:29:40
There are cheaper ones Dave, one kit is £89.95, and it is still over twice the light output, 3200 lumens as against 1500 lumens for halogens. But I wanted the most I could get so I went for the 4000 lumen one.

http://www.horizonleds.co.uk/exterior-leds/cree-led-headlights/h7-led-headlights-headlamps

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Re: LED Headlight Bulbs
Reply #5 on: 15 Jan 16, 09:01:50
Was the adapter included in price?

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Re: LED Headlight Bulbs
Reply #6 on: 15 Jan 16, 09:40:40
Unfortunately not, I made the adapter myself, but if anyone wants some it could be arranged. Alternatively there are probably something similar on ebay because I think they are needed for HID bulbs some forum members have installed.

Forgot on earlier posts, other advantages are:-
Less than half power draw for over twice output, LED 25 watts 4000 lumens, Halogen 55 watts 1500 lumens.
Immediate full brightness unlike HID so good for main beam
Expected life LED 30,000 hours, HID 2,000 hours, Halogen 450 to 1000 hours.

Last Edit: 15 Jan 16, 09:46:41 by maccmike

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Re: LED Headlight Bulbs
Reply #7 on: 16 Jan 16, 01:07:48
From the photos this looks to be a superb improvement. However, where does this adaptor thingy go?
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Re: LED Headlight Bulbs
Reply #8 on: 16 Jan 16, 06:54:40
Looks like a massive improvement Mike  :028:

I'm interested in your decision making process, there's such a wide range available,  what made you choose these ones in particular and do you think it will pass the mot with this setup?

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Re: LED Headlight Bulbs
Reply #9 on: 16 Jan 16, 07:05:01
*Originally Posted by whyhaveone [+]
From the photos this looks to be a superb improvement. However, where does this adaptor thingy go?
The adapter is necessary for the spring clip to work/hold it in place.
You see why when you have to change a normal bulb. I normally use a flat blade screwdriver to lever the H7 of the adapter socket. :)
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