Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Have been running Xenon bulbs in my other BMW bikes for years and will do so in the LT when I get around to it. Haven't had it long.
Have had no problem whatsoever with heat. Did try to use higher wattage (110 watts) halogen bulbs once....melted the bulb housing! These are not the same. Now I have also heard that some cheap mfgs. are painting the bulbs blue and passing them off as xenon, so be ware of the cheapest thing out there. PIIA, Sylvania or other known mfg should be fine. I have the PIIAs. Not cheap but they work.
If you want to spend the bucks for the HIDs thats great. But if you want to see a lot better for just a little more money I'd give them a try before I spent the big bucks. Then that's just me.
I'm not a scientist but the Xenon gas supposedly puts out more light than it actually takes to power the light. I also have them in my truck with great imrovement over stock.
Now I will not argue that they are equal to HID......the're not. But properly aimed, they are a great improvement over stock and I can see just fine with them.
2003 R1150RT, Black Beauty--this is one sexy bike!
1999 R1100GSA, Does everything well, what else can one say?
1992 K75SA, If this engine had been 4-valve instead of 2, it would be the smoothest BMW ever built!
1978 R100S, my first and favorite BMW.
1976 R75/6, A 30 year old gentlemen I still love to take out for a Sunday ride.