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post #1 of 47 (permalink) Old 08-27-2017, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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Headlight Upgrade

Just wondering what you guys did for headlight upgrade over stock
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I Use a 90/130 h4 globe in my rebels
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So far I've resisted and kept the stock light, but that doesn't mean I won't fall for something later on.
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I replaced the stock bulb with a Sylvania Silverstar H4 bulb... much brighter than stock.

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Haven't done anything yet, but been playing around with the thought of getting a dual headlight on it some day.
In the more near future, I might replace the bulb with xenon light instead.
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So... this is what I've done so far and the road map as there is no easy solution right now.


1. I have installed the PIAA 15224 H4, thought it would be righter and whiter, boy was I lied to... I've switched it back to stock after riding at 4AM one morning.


Future: still deciding between these 2, feel free to provide opinions please.


Phase 2


JDM ASTAR


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B018F3FKVW...=23TSHN9KNFEAZ


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Paradise Lights


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B010QBCZ1O...=23TSHN9KNFEAZ


Phase 3: When Honda realizes it's 2017+ and all should have HID or LED and do a minor update to the headlights, I will order parts and retrofit it.
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I don't get you guy's "obsession" with changing the bulb to a LED bulb?
Here in Norway they aren't legal for road use, since the light produced from they ain't strong/bright enough compaired to regular bulbs, and thus is only allowed as a park light or daytime running light, but not as a main light source.

I've been looking at a Xenon set for my bike, which gives you 5-10 times more light. Pluss I've got the options for either 35 watt (normal/standard) or 55 watt, and from 3000 kelvin to 10.000.
I've always had Xenon on every vehicle I've own.

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I don't get you guy's "obsession" with changing the bulb to a LED bulb?
Here in Norway they aren't legal for road use, since the light produced from they ain't strong/bright enough compaired to regular bulbs, and thus is only allowed as a park light or daytime running light, but not as a main light source.

I've been looking at a Xenon set for my bike, which gives you 5-10 times more light. Pluss I've got the options for either 35 watt (normal/standard) or 55 watt, and from 3000 kelvin to 10.000.
I've always had Xenon on every vehicle I've own.
LEDs are absolutely brighter than standard bulbs, despite Norway's faulty reasoning for not allowing them.

I'm not sure what the lumen rating is for the stock OEM bulb, but I replaced it with a Sylvania Silverstar which is much brighter and whiter, and is around 1500 lumens. The two previously linked LEDs are in the 2000-3000 lumen range, and you can get LED bulbs with much higher outputs than that (the OPT7 is over 4200 lumens, for example).
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LEDs are absolutely brighter than standard bulbs, despite Norway's faulty reasoning for not allowing them.
Sure, they can be brighter, but an LED bulb doesn't shine it's light as a regular bulb does, thus not achieving the right casting of the light, sort to speak.

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Sure, they can be brighter, but an LED bulb doesn't shine it's light as a regular bulb does, thus not achieving the right casting of the light, sort to speak.
Yes, if the bulb is not designed to work with the housing it's being installed in, yeah.. it's not going to work right.

That doesn't mean that there aren't bulbs that will work in the OEM housing... not to mention that the entire housing can be replaced with a new headlight unit designed solely for use with LED bulbs.

Unless you're saying that any LED bulb is not going to shine as far as a non-LED bulb, in which case I'll just say you're flat out wrong lol
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