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Does anybody know if there's an LED headlight out there that's brighter than our stock headlight, fits our bikes, and doesn't strain the electrical or charging systems? Is LED even the best?

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I`ve never heard of a LED headlight or seen anyone here on the forum refer to one.

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I use some led driving lights but there more for me to be seen than for me to see. I imagine 100 or so led's would be pretty bright but I doubt it would be bright enough for actual use at night. It wouldn't be to awfully difficult for someone to exparament with, if they felt like it.
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A link for making your own LED Headlight.

http://www.instructables.com/id/LED_...cle_Headlight/


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I was just reading, somewhere, about LED's being put on some new car soon. BUT....
In order for them to have enough light to drive by, they are REALLY expensive and make a tremendous amount of heat.
So, like Kanuck said, for being seen LED's are a good idea, but not for seeing(for now atleast)


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The ones that they are thinking about installing in cars are either Luxeon or CREE type LEDs. Both put out a lot of heat and need to be mounted on heatsinks. The standard LED doesn't project a bright enough light very far. Their use in tail lights and turn signals is fine since they aren't used for seeing.

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yeah the only problem with led's is their projection distance.... they are very efficient with energy consumption but that efficiency comes at that price.... great for being seen but at 20 feet your gonna be as blind as a bat... i have a 30 led flashlight thats great for indoors but once outside its worth about as much as a paperweight...
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Does anybody know if there's an LED headlight out there that's brighter than our stock headlight, fits our bikes, and doesn't strain the electrical or charging systems? Is LED even the best?

Thanks...
If you did find a LED replacement today, it would be prohibitively expensive given where the technology and manufacturing maturity. Currently the best option available that might satisfy your question is probalby HID (high intensity discharge) which produces 300% more, whiter light than the stock bulb with about 35% less power consumption. However, HID requires is a major rewire of the lamp and switch, but conversion kits and premade wire harnesses are available.

The cheaper and easier option is to go with a direct replacement PIAA or SilverStar type bulb. These don't consume less power, but they do produce a whiter, brighter light (PIAA's new bulbs especially). That makes the bike more visible, all the time, and gives the rider better visibility at night. Unfortunetly, these bulbs don't last very long, so I suggest buying the twin pack, if possible. I got 2 SilverStar Ultra bulbs on eBay for $22 delivered, a $10 rebated from Sylvania and it took about 5 minutes to install. The resulting light is whiter and brighter than stock, but not overwhelmingly brighter (like HID). However, for $6 a bulb and 5 minutes of my time, it was well worth it!


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The cheaper and easier option is to go with a direct replacement PIAA or SilverStar type bulb. These don't consume less power, but they do produce a whiter, brighter light (PIAA's new bulbs especially). That makes the bike more visible, all the time, and gives the rider better visibility at night. Unfortunetly, these bulbs don't last very long, so I suggest buying the twin pack, if possible. I got 2 SilverStar Ultra bulbs on eBay for $22 delivered, a $10 rebated from Sylvania and it took about 5 minutes to install. The resulting light is whiter and brighter than stock, but not overwhelmingly brighter (like HID). However, for $6 a bulb and 5 minutes of my time, it was well worth it!
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