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To all of you great riders I have a question since I am new to the bmw I would like to upgrade the head light so should I go HID or LED and if I go HID what is the brightest bulb that can be used and stay legal
 

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I cant comment on LED, but don't go higher than 4300 on a HID, the light colour is white, higher 5000k etc. values are not any brighter than 4300k but the light colour goes blue. I have only done low beam as I don't ride much at night. I would imagine LED would be instant bright, whereas HID need a couple of seconds maybe 5 sec to reach full bright.
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I have a cheap pair of led's on my RT, and may change them out because the radio is just "white noise". Lucky I have xm which does not interfere with the led's. I really like the led's and do not know if I will stay with them, or install hid's. I had a hid on my LT for nine years and did not have any issues with it. Regardless, you get what you pay for, so make sure you get a good recommended led or hid kit. Also, the led take up less room than the hid.
 

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I am listing a good thread with lots of information. I am using the Phillips LED with the copper band heat sink instead of one with a fan. Most of the fan's are so large that you can't put the back cover on again. The banded heat sink folds out inside and the small ballast all fit inside the original cover. I have been very pleased with the LED low beam at 5K color ( very bright white) and there is adjustment on aiming to keep from blinding oncoming people. I have mine set as low as it will point and never get flashed but can see great.

For the high beam on the LT, there is no current acceptable H3 LED bulb that will fit the strange hole in the reflector so you will be limited to a HID there and have to cut holes in the removable housing for the wires. DO NOT try and put a 100W halogen in for the high beam as the stock wiring will melt being too small to carry the extra current. The only draw back of the HID is that most take 20 or so seconds to get bright so no immediate help on the high beam if you need to see NOW when they are cold. When warm, they come on nicely as in dimming for an oncoming and then turning them back on. If they are off for much more than that, then they will have to warm up again.

It is a long thread but lots of good information.

http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/k1200lt/105946-led-headlight-blubs.html
 

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Check what state laws are of the state that you are in. Each state varries so there is no definitive answer.
 

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Under federal law if the vehicle was not equipped from the factory with HID it is illegal. Having said that I have been running HID in my 05 for 12 years. Same bulb by the way and only on second ballast. Looking at the LED lights that are available now I would go that route.
 

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A lot of info available if you do a search on this subject.
Not sure if all years have the ground wire problem but you can blow a ballast if yours has the ground wire problem. Mine did so check that out before an install.
 

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BMWCoolk.. Just thought i'd mention, that i just replaced my stock High beam bulb on my 2006 LT, with an LED H9 from xenon depot. Awesome. I had put their HID kit in, and although somewhat brighter than the LED, the instant on is way worth the change. The HID was too slow in getting to full brightness. The LED is a direct replacement, and only cost 75 bucks.. Check it out.
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BMWCoolk.. Just thought i'd mention, that i just replaced my stock High beam bulb on my 2006 LT, with an LED H9 from xenon depot. Awesome. I had put their HID kit in, and although somewhat brighter than the LED, the instant on is way worth the change. The HID was too slow in getting to full brightness. The LED is a direct replacement, and only cost 75 bucks.. Check it out.
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Joe, the LT, or at least mine has a strange shaped hole for the HB plus it is deeply set in a tube so as of yet, I have not found any H3 LED bulb which is what my year LT takes being integrated into the main light assembly that would fit through the hole. I ordered several H3 types and all were a bust so I went with the HID which does fit with modification to the carrier behind it and added the light bars to compensate for the delay. Not sure you can see it in this picture but the hole is actually square and just big enough for the normal H3 bulb to fit through. the HID is smaller around so it does fit. All the LED so far are larger around.

Really glad that the H9 fit perfectly though. I really do like my LED low beam.
 

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Oh ok.. now i see your problem.. My 06 has separate light assemblies for high and low beam.
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Oh ok.. now i see your problem.. My 06 has separate light assemblies for high and low beam.
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Yep, The owners probably made so much noise about the LT's poor lighting system that they changed it up.
 

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You have a model / part# for that low beam LED?
 

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You have a model / part# for that low beam LED?
James, I went to the link I have in my Amazon orders and there is no H7 listed there any longer and it took me to an H1 bulb instead. No idea if they are interchangeable. Here is one that is very similar, even brighter. I believe my bulb is 2500 lumens and that is pretty bright. Since the light is emitted from the sides of the bulb, these are particularly well suited for the LT with the integrated HB as it blocks what might be any dead spot in the center. The ones I bought with the braided heat sink fit entirely inside the headlight and I could place the back on with no holes. The other bulbs with big fans on the back may not fit with the cover on. These being so much brighter, may not be suitable, either too bright or make too much heat to be enclosed. For me, 2500 lumens at 6K color is more than enough for normal night riding.



https://www.amazon.com/Headlight-Fivanus-Vehicles-P7-Lighting/dp/B01IOX6RVK/ref=sr_1_63?ie=UTF8&qid=1486323091&sr=8-63&keywords=h7+bulb+led
 

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Found one on ebay. 45W 6000k with a metal,Aluminum heat sink Is that decent? Or too bright?
 

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Found one on ebay. 45W 6000k with a metal,Aluminum heat sink Is that decent? Or too bright?
6000K is the color which is going to be bright white, no yellow and not blue so that is good. The heat sink unless it is the flexible braided band type may not fit inside and still allow the cover to go on plus, if there is a fan, if the fan dies, the light will overheat and shut down. Most with the aluminum heat sink also have a fan which would be the weak link. Post a link and I will look at it.

Here is one that would be comparable to what I bought. Yes, it is a 2 bulb kit but so what. You have a spare if it ever dies. 5000 lumens and 6000k color. I gave my spare bulb to Panzer and he almost didn't use it because he thought it was too bright at 2500 lumens but I told him to go out with his wife and let her drive at him in the dark to see if it was too blinding. She said he was the brightest thing on the road but it wasn't too much. These newer bulbs are twice that output so I don't think I would go with one of those at 8000 lumens. Not sure what the 45W would equate to as I don't think it is a direct power conversion.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/5th-Generation-H7-Philips-LED-Conversion-Lamp-Kit-40W-5000LM-Headlight-Bulbs-GMC/282136869968?_trksid=p2045573.c100507.m3226&_trkparms=aid=555014&algo=PL.DEFAULT&ao=1&asc=20150817211758&meid=358d32ba35b24523933351c123bc70ae&pid=100507&rk=1&rkt=1&
 

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Gordon, does that 5000 lumen LED plug directly into the stock wiring?
 

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Gordon, does that 5000 lumen LED plug directly into the stock wiring?
I am not Godon, but it does plug directly into the existing socket. There should be enough room to fit everything inside the socket. If not, your bulb cover should already have a hole in it since there was a hid there at one time.
 

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Thanks Mike! (We can't all be Gordon)
 

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Thanks Mike! (We can't all be Gordon)
Bob, Mike is right as long as you get the right kind. The one I have has the copper band heat sink, no fan and is 2500 lumen and 6k color. It is white with maybe a tiny hint of blue but mostly white. Really lights up the street signs even in the daylight. They are making much brighter bulbs now but I would stick with nothing more than what I have or you will likely be flashed in the daytime as well as at night.

Yes, it all fit inside the cover ballast and all but the exact one I got no longer seems to be available

Here is one on Amazon that is 6500K so it will be slightly blue
https://www.amazon.com/QuakeWorld-LED-Headlight-Conversion-Chevrolet/dp/B012KF2866/ref=sr_1_35?ie=UTF8&qid=1488756328&sr=8-35-spons&keywords=h7+led+headlight+bulb+6000k&psc=1

Here is another one that is pretty close.
https://www.amazon.com/Amak-Latest-H7-Headlight-Bright/dp/B01ABNX09S/ref=sr_1_76?ie=UTF8&qid=1488756430&sr=8-76&keywords=h7+led+headlight+bulb+6000k

The hardest part is getting the little clips fastened again because there is usually a big connector block on the back where the wire connects. The second one may be easier but it is not quite as bright. There are some monster bright bulbs out now so be careful what you get and stay away from the ones with a fan on the back. I gave my spare ( 2 bulb set) to panzer and at 2500 lumens at 6K, he almost gave it back thinking it was going to be too bright.

I just got an H3 set that I am going to try and mount if they fit through the odd shaped hole in the reflector for the high beam. I have ordered several and all were too big to fit through. Currently have an HID and it is a small bulb so it fits fine but the start time for this one is unacceptable so I added some monster add ons till I can figure out an H3 solution for instant on. Thanks to jzeller on the heads up that the high beam wire is not stout enough to handle a super power regular bulb without melting some wires. The LED low beam made the standard High beam almost useless so you may not feel the need for an upgrade there and be happy with what you get on the low beam. Newer LT's use an H9 in a separate fixture as mentioned above and that can apparently easily have an LED installed.

I think my latest set are thin enough to fit the H3 high beam hole but I am not sure how I am going to keep them in yet. It is already a cut and mod the high beam parts to change to HID so not sure till I pull it all apart if these will work. They are 4800 lumens at 6K so should scorch trees on dark mountain roads as I pass by if I can get them working.
 

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Thanks Mike! (We can't all be Gordon)
Thank God, one insufferable know it all is enough ;) Just don't ask me a question about an RT or I-ABS ;)

If I know anything about it, it is because of the others on this forum who helped me figure it out.
 
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