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120 Led headlight bad,HID good?

Well I got the 120 smd led headlight. I installed it. At first it did look bright when you looked at it. I tried at night and I could only see about 20 feet in front of me. So a warning "DO NOT TRY"!!!! I did not want to go back to halogen. So I found HID kits. Now most of the kits I were seeing were combined with halogen. Low beam HID high beam halogen. I was thinking what was the sense of that. Until I found this kit:http://stores.ebay.com/ProGear-Tech-...=p4634.c0.m322 It is both hi/low beam right on the xenon bulb. Plus it uses a ac ballast. It claims to be alot better then dc ballast. So I wasted $6 on the led headlight. No big loss. I still have led in the tail light,license plate light,and fog light. Now I am going up in wattage to 35watts. At least it is not going to be 55/60 watts. Pluss the lumens are going to go up. 500lm for the led,1000 for the halogen,3200 for the HID. I also want to get white led strip light for my front forks. I think a car will see me lit up for miles lol. Since my leds on the front are 6000k temp. I got the 6000k HID.


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thanx for the update on that led headlight ,was wondering if it worked for u

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They are bright, in fact legaly blinding. But they don't have enuff spread. They are great for up to 10 feet, after that you got nothing. If they are cheap, get them to try if you like. But, I promise you they won't stay in as your primary drive light at night.
Told you so...

I have no opinion about HID's, I'm against them. Good luck.
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Nothing wrong that I can see with HID lights. They last longer then halogen,they are 3x brighter,and they use less wattage. Am I worried about blinding another driver? Hey if it is going to prevent just one person from pulling out infront of me,then I am not worried about it. The first night I almost hit a deer from not seeing it till the last second. With the hid I am sure I will see it from further away. Plus 6000k will be a good spectrum of light to see more sharper at night. As far as the led I know you said so,but hey I needed to try. I will maybe now take that led headlight and design a house light bulb out of it. Maybe now I can be the next millionaire with my design!!!!LOL!!!!


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Here is a thread on HID lights from a couple of years ago.
Pay particular attention to anything lance328 says.
https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=15036

Unfortunately the links to the HID lights on Ebay no longer work, but you will learn a lot about the differences between different HID/halogen kits.
There are some advantages to having redundency of both HID and halogen bulbs in the headlight. ie. if one burns out, you still have the other to get home in the dark.

Having driving lights powered by a circuit other than the headlights gives you light to drive in case of headlight failure too.

Congrats on choosing the 6000k temp bulbs for max lumens. Read above link for explanation.

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Here is a thread on HID lights from a couple of years ago.
Pay particular attention to anything lance328 says.
https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=15036

Unfortunately the links to the HID lights on Ebay no longer work, but you will learn a lot about the differences between different HID/halogen kits.
There are some advantages to having redundency of both HID and halogen bulbs in the headlight. ie. if one burns out, you still have the other to get home in the dark.

Having driving lights powered by a circuit other than the headlights gives you light to drive in case of headlight failure too.

Congrats on choosing the 6000k temp bulbs for max lumens. Read above link for explanation.
That's what I was thinking.. It's a good idea to have a halogen/hid combo. you also take a chance with the ballast crapping out on you.

K-bass, did you change the light housing as well? I've never worked with hid's but I remember someone telling me you need a clear lens for it.

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Here is the pic of the LEDs in the front of my bike. The headlight is LED and the foglights LED


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