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Has anyone had any success with finding good a LED headlight that can throw light more than a few feet?

I have been hunting and found these, dont know much about them and was wondering if anyone has used them?
http://www.putco.com/products.cfm?ac...D-2E7E8B3E0D9A
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I've got a buddy that's just bought one from LifetimeLED

This one. I'll have some pics in the next few days in difference between halogen and it.

https://www.lifetimeledlights.com/le...orcycle_lights

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Cree is a reputable company in the LED technology field. I have not seen these or know anyone who has installed them, but I have used and installed other bulbs that they make and have been extremely satisfied with the results.

If the bulb itself throws light in the same pattern as a standard bulb, then it should work fine with the headlight reflector so long as the lumnes and the color are acceptable. Of coarse heat generated and actual wattage need to be considered to determine if it is even cost effective for the application.

It mentions Lumens per watt...but what is the total wattage??
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I just spoke to them are here are the details

Color Temp is 6000-6500K and they are 1200 lumens low and 2400 high beam 6watt/12watt

just for comparison sake

Silverstar ultra

Color Temp is 4100K and they are 910 Lumens low and 1500 high beam 55watt/60watt

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I just spoke to them are here are the details

Color Temp is 6000-6500K and they are 1200 lumens low and 2400 high beam 6watt/12watt

just for comparison sake

Silverstar ultra

Color Temp is 4100K and they are 910 Lumens low and 1500 high beam 55watt/60watt
that is a good color range - slightly in the Blue range
Those Lumens numbers are pretty impressive, not to mention the current demand reduction.

If you try it, take some pictures.
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that is a good color range - slightly in the Blue range
Those Lumens numbers are pretty impressive, not to mention the current demand reduction.

If you try it, take some pictures.
actually those lumens are rather disappointing i have flashlights in the 1100 range. the one from lifetimeled is low beam of 3200 LM and a 3600 LM high beam. that's a healthy jump. But I'll have a review of those up probably friday.

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I looked a the one you posted in your link.

It appears that they are not a direct plug and play like the putco and require a converter box of some kind. Also the site states that This is a 70 Watt LED Motorcycle Light, not sure how that's possible for an LED, but the putco is 6watt
Lastly considering the stock head light is around 700 lumens and the silverstar ultra that everyone raves about is 910 , the 1200 will be a nice bump

Plus you can get 2 of the putco for ~150 while you can only get 1 for 130 of the lifetime...

No stating one is better then the other , just the facts that I saw.
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ah didn't realize the putco was plug and play.

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remember, its not just the lumen output to watch, its the pattern in which the light is emitted. unless it perfectly matches our halogen headlight, the reflector and lens will not properly focus the beam. so even if you have 3000 lumens output, the effective light put down the road in front of you may be less. Not to mention possibly blinding oncoming traffic.

There are DOT legal led headlights for replacing our bulb, but not even sure they match the light pattern.

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remember, its not just the lumen output to watch, its the pattern in which the light is emitted. unless it perfectly matches our halogen headlight, the reflector and lens will not properly focus the beam. so even if you have 3000 lumens output, the effective light put down the road in front of you may be less. Not to mention possibly blinding oncoming traffic.

There are DOT legal led headlights for replacing our bulb, but not even sure they match the light pattern.
you sound like one of those guys from the candlepower forums lol. But that is very true. I'll keep it in mine when testing.

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