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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-04-2008, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
 
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in my kawy book it said that my headlight uses 55/60 watts. does that mean that the low beam uses 55 and the high beam uses an extra 60 watts, for a total of 115 watts ?? or low beam uses 55 watts the high beam uses another 5 watts, for a total of 60 watts
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55 for low beam, and 60 for high.
Not added together.
There is 2 filiments in the bulb, it does not use both, just one of the other.

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k thanks, in arkansas headlights are not required during daytime driving. i'm thinking about adding a switch to the headlight so i can turn it off, i would like to have the extra power to use for an electric vest.
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k thanks, in arkansas headlights are not required during daytime driving. i'm thinking about adding a switch to the headlight so i can turn it off, i would like to have the extra power to use for an electric vest.
That would be nice, but please remember, people in cars have a bad enough time seeing us on a bike even with a headlight.
If you do go this route, I'd suggest atleat some kind of low powered driving lights.
LED's are a good idea.

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guess i'm asking for a reconfirm on the lights. i have a lighting problem, the Light indictor is coming on when i go to high beam. the light is fine. i think the problem is in the "reserve lighting device". i have 2 volt meters. both black leads are connected to the black/yellow wire (ground). one volt meters red lead is connected to the red/yellow wire. the other volt meters red lead is connected to the red/black wire. when i start the bike with the low beams on the volt meter connected to the red/yellow wire goes to 12 volts, the other voltmeter stays at 0 volts. when i go to high beam the volt meter connected to the red/black wire goes to 12 volts BUT the first volt meter connected to the red/yellow wire is also staying at 12 volts. what i am seeing here is that both filaments are being used at the same time. i think that is incorrect but i would like to ask again because i know i have a problem here on this side.

so to repeat:
low beam uses 55 watts.
high beam uses 60 watts.
both beams are never on at the same time (and using 115 watts).
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