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post #1 of 13 Old Apr 22nd, 2008, 9:25 pm Thread Starter
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Dissapointed in headlights

Coming from the Goldwing, the LT has terrible lighting. I just changed out the low beam to HID but I was not impressed. Even with the HID and PIAA aux lights, it doesn't hold a candle to the 'wing. ( pun intended )

I live in deer country and ride at night so still need more light, is the HID highbeam the next step?

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Re: Dissapointed in headlights

I hear ya, Joe.. I had to "adjust" the PIAA's... and finally got "adequate", not "good" coverage.

So...if you "need" more light, yeah, more HID's are the option.

Someone posted a link for HID's from Harbor Freight..... something I am going to look into.

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Re: Dissapointed in headlights

Joe,

The HID high beam works great for really lighting up the road, however, some people complain that it is so bright it isn't very practical. If there is any traffic near you it may be too bright to use. I personally find it great when I need it and am glad I installed the high beam when I installed the low beam.

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Re: Dissapointed in headlights

Here is one link:
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=95058

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I had HID's low and hi beams, and I was constantly making the cage drivers unhappy; the low beam HID cutoff angle always was shining to high up and right, right into their eyes. I ended up replacing the low beam HID with the Ducati Design system. Not HID brightness, but I am happy with the results. Looks good on the bike too!
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Re: Dissapointed in headlights

I installed low and high beam HID's ,Ebay $84 with postage .the low is great and the high beam is way bright ,not for use around other vehicles but I can see deer 2 or 3 hundred yards down the road .could be that you got different color temperature than I did ,my are 3500 I think , I picked the "Diamond White" was the second most light out put .

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Re: Dissapointed in headlights

I was going to ordre the highbeam today but was told by Fashtek today not to use HID if you flash your highbeam. Not sure what I want to do now.

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Re: Dissapointed in headlights

Joe,

As I plan to add a modulator to my LT, I too have not wanted to replace the high beam with a HID unit. So maybe you'll want to consider the same alternative ... HID auxillary lights.

I put some Trailblazer SMRC-16 (I think that's the number) 30 watt lights on my RT. Right where PIAAs would normally go under the oil cooler using an Ezy-Mount. I also have a HID H4 replacement. I can turn on the auxillary lights seperately. The light output is much better than the PIAAs I replaced.

On my LT, I have been considering the 4" version of the Trailblazer HID lights. I think they come in 30 and 40 watt versions. I plan to put them down low by the wings for a better log distance projector. When you put lights up high, you often have to dip them so much you can't see too far down the road. But I have not finalized my location yet (good things as funds are needed for other things too).

FWIW, there was a posting I saw a while back for some inexpensive Harbor Freight HID fog lights. Not sure of the beam pattern, but that too might be a consideration. I like fog & driving lights so I can choose which to use.

Just a thought...

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I put the CQ HID on my '05 over a year ago and have had no problems with cagers. It has the 5000 temp which is a nice white and I can really see. The OEM hi-beam is never used as all it appears to do is light the tops of the trees. I also have PIAAs but they really need to be aimed properly.
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Re: Dissapointed in headlights

I looked at those and they are 6000K which is supposed to be real blue or purple and not as effective as a lower temperature. I'd like to find some "affordable" good ones though!

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Re: Dissapointed in headlights

If you mean the Trailtech lights, they are actually 5600 K and not much different then my 4300 K H4 conversion. They are not blue or purple like the car lights I've seen. They are quite similar to the PIAAs I had previously installed in color quality, just brighter.

With all three bulbs (H4 & TT) the light color is indestinquishable. All I see is a bright white area in front of me. I'm going out this weekend to adjust the lights in an indoor warehouse where I can work a bit easier to aling them. If you are interested I can take some pictures for comparision.

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If you mean the Trailtech lights, they are actually 5600 K and not much different then my 4300 K H4 conversion. They are not blue or purple like the car lights I've seen. They are quite similar to the PIAAs I had previously installed in color quality, just brighter.

With all three bulbs (H4 & TT) the light color is indestinquishable. All I see is a bright white area in front of me. I'm going out this weekend to adjust the lights in an indoor warehouse where I can work a bit easier to aling them. If you are interested I can take some pictures for comparision.
From the Harbor Freight website:

Specifications
Construction: High Impact Plastic Body with Tempered Glass Lens, Aluminum Starter Box
Power Requirement:
12 VDC, 3A (both lights), 5A fuse (included)
Bulb Color: Blue
Bulb Type: H3 6000K
Total Weight: 1.6 lb.
Light Dimensions: 3-7/8” D x 3-1/4” W x 3” H

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Re: Dissapointed in headlights

Gotcha, I was talking about the Trailtech lights. Not the Harbor Freight lights.

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