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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-14-2013, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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Finally Bright White Headlight

Trying to get Bright White headlight forever. Tryed many Zenon Bulbs but still got a low yellow glow. after seeing Kuryakyn's new LED Headlight with the Led Halo ring. I started to think How to save $300.00 plus with lots of fabrication or make it work! Self stick Side mount Leds (white) It worked just enough room around the glass bevel, wired to runninglights Cost $28 bucks But know the headlight looked yellow. Cleaned the stock headlight housing with vingar let soak And it got as kleen as is gets. Did some research. Piaa's new bulb is is stated to be the whitest put 100/110 watts @ 60/[email protected] 49 bucks. Well found the new Sylvania ZXE 9003/HB2 H4 Advanced had them 2 for $49.00 since they have no vibration rating figured I will have a spare. After doing some research I fount that they have a 4,000K rating Thats Daylight, 100 watts plus and still maintain a 60/55 Watt draw.
Result Bright White with a good pattern and Brighter that any bulb I tried. not bad for and old fart who needs all the light he can get including my 7Watt BRIGHT LED driving lights. Several bike forums have stated The ZXE's are Bright white and work good.With only 50 miles so far I am very pleased. Would be nice if they can be sold in single packs.
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If you are talking about an HID conversion, be aware they are seriously illegal, and dangerous. If your light blinds an oncoming driver, they are likely to become disoriented and take you out. And it would be your fault. I grew up with sealed beam incandescent lights, and find that stock halogen lights make plenty of light for driving/riding at any legal speed.

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It's a halogen bulb.

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50% brighter than a standard bulb of equivalent brightness - Provides up to 4200K color
Crisp, white light - the look, feel and attitude of HID
The best peripheral vision - great for reflective roadside signage or markers as well as identifying animals, pedestrians or other potential hazards
SilverStar zXe is not HID but, its the whitest bulb on the market

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Thanks for the heads up I may give these a try.

For what it's worth they have a 5 star rating on amazon.



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Piaa's new bulb is is stated to be the whitest puts out 100/110 watts @ 60/[email protected] 49 bucks.
I don't have any comparison except from the old bulb to the new PIAA. The old bulb was a dim yellow glow and barely noticeable during the daytime. The new PIAA is a bright white and highly noticeable.

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On the Vulcan, any of the "brighter" bulbs on the market are going to be better than the stock one. The PIAA lights have good reviews but are expensive. The Silverstars are comparable and cheaper. Early ones did seem to burn out sooner (likely do to vibration) but the new ones on the market seem to be made better now.
Yeah, only sold in pairs?
Perhaps those that have another member near them can go in on buying a pair together....?

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I went to the Silverstar when I converted to the dual rectangular headlights although I only use the top light at any given time. Any need for more light is easily accommodated with a flip of the switch to "hi beam". My second headlight is just for show and if I burn out the top sealed beam. I could see a huge increase in lighting when I did the conversion and since I live in deer country it comes in handy many nights.

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Has anyone else on here wondered if the HID Lights are "Seriously Illegal", why do they come stock on some of the newer high end bikes and cars ? I ain't buying that statement.




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its not that they are 'illegal' but they are NOT approved for use in normal halogen housings. the focal point of the beam is totally different, and therefore requires a different bulb placement, as well as different shape of the reflector, and different lens treatment.

as far as I know, all halogen replacement HID's are labeled as off road use (therefore DOT exempt)
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Has anyone else on here wondered if the HID Lights are "Seriously Illegal", why do they come stock on some of the newer high end bikes and cars ? I ain't buying that statement.
I was laughing at the "seriously illegal" thing myself...(sorry Jerry) Murder, Arson, Child Molestation... Those be seriously illegal....running non DOT headlights....about as illegal as a parking offense. LOL..

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