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Posted by Fritz Wettstein at August 17. 2017

I'm finished with LEDs.

I've sourced some from a, for me until now, reputable web-shop.

BA9S, wedge bulbs and yellow BA15S. The wedge bulbs didn't last. After the first removement the contact wires are out of order.

The BA9S' had to be repaired with one of those Zyanolit-Glues.

Today, when I had to fix some issue with the indicator, I've tried to refit the BA15S-LED. I only had the LED-part in my fingers. The socket stood in the  bulb-socket.

I have been in contact with the seller by email since May regarding the wedge bulbs. I've sent the remainings back to him asking for a replacement with BA9S.

Never get an answer since the 17th of May this year.

I've bought a new alternator-rotor, so now, there's no reason to stay with those erreanous LEDs.

Fritz

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Posted by Gordon Johnston at August 18. 2017

I haven't had any issues with stop/tail LED bulbs (now available at Halfords and any motor accessory outlet) but they are the only ones i would recommend. The headlight ones I have tried have a dismal beam pattern. I like having incandescent instrument lights which help keep the speedo and rev counter moisture-free. And it's a more acceptable light spectrum.

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Posted by john_holmes at August 18. 2017

I have found an LED headlight with good beam pattern, now got 2 bikes through MOT's with them fitted with the tester confirming the pattern was good on dipped with crisp cutaway and the main is good too. They are also fanless.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/2Pcs-High-Quality-LED-Headlight-Hi-Lo-Auto-LED-Headlight-Bulb-Head-Lamp-4000LM-White-Colour/32737422998.html

 

 

 

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Posted by anna jeannette Dixon at August 18. 2017

Hello I have Not seen any Pre focus LED replacements has yet but time will tell  so I will wait that bit longer     yours   Anna J 

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Posted by Fritz Wettstein at August 18. 2017

Removed by me, because contributions can't be deleted Frown

Fritz

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Posted by david_evans at August 18. 2017

The current trend for LED car headlights seems to pay no attention to the poor oncoming driver with a lot of glare from blue/white type bulbs. Even new cars with purposely designed LED headlight units. (particularly Range Rovers with high mounted headlights) Seeing these cars pass me on the motorway, their beam seems to not penetrate too far ahead compared with a good incandescent bulb and the normal incandescent bulbs seem to have a much more controlled dip and main beam. Just my thoughts.

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Posted by Colin Peterson at August 18. 2017

I agree that there seems to be way more dazzle from oncoming traffic these days, far too much!

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Posted by Dan Field at August 18. 2017

Aging eyes don't help either, I remember my Mum, complaining about dazzle well before LED/HIDs!

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Posted by christopher_winsby at August 18. 2017

I remember coming round a country road bend and being met by a wall of light as I slowed  I lost control on gravel and fell over. A large Jag or Daimler car with driving lights passed. When I regained my sight properly and picked the bike up I was on a large gravel entrance to a large property. No damage just my pride but it taught me that if you get dazzled you can loose your sense of direction, better to look away.  That was back it the 70's,  now I have  a Cibie headlight miles better on a bike than Lucas or Wipac. With  an H4 bulb it puts the light where you want it.

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Posted by Colin Peterson at August 18. 2017

Thinking of boosting what you've got, my Mk2A Commando has the halogen headlamp bulb – https://andover-norton.co.uk/en/shop-details/17437/headlamp-bulb-12v-60-55w-472- – I fitted relays to both dip and main circuits with the aim of boosting the juice and the increased brightness is very noticeable. But being now an old-fashioned bulb, in a pre-focused headlamp shell, I doubt it does much dazzling ...

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Posted by Mikael Ridderstad at August 19. 2017

Previously anna jeannette Dixon wrote:

Hello I have Not seen any Pre focus LED replacements has yet but time will tell  so I will wait that bit longer     yours   Anna J

They do exist, bought one in the UK. Has it in my 16H, works well at day. In my country that old bikes don't need MOT. Light pattern is a joke. Might work at night as cruising speed of a 16H is not impressive. If you have good nightvision.

Mike

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Posted by john_hall1 at August 19. 2017

Hi,

i was a little confused, why so many cars were using High beam at night when i had my Honda Civic, halogen equipped but having been given a later Mazda2 by the family, i now understand why! The main beam is just on the border of acceptability, but the high beam is good, not as good as  halogens but not bad!

It's another case of crazy practice, in that I believe LED units are hard to focus when compared to a Incandescent lamp bulb, like the headlamp units themselves yellowing and being made ineffective by U.V. light!

 

There is the additional issue of sharp cut off points too, in a light, no light type scenario, was going to get a Wipac Quadoptic unit, but advised against it as the light cut off points can be disturbing as against a Lucas reflector!

 

Are there use safety orientated, energy use, or cost as in cheaper charging equipment can be used in the build?

 

 

Cheers

 

 

John

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Posted by john_hall1 at August 19. 2017

There's an interesting test on the Web re-bulb effectiveness

http://ridershandbook.com/the-best-motorcycle-bulbs-put-test.html

I found it quite helpful and it identifies dodgy suppliers of equipment!

 

 

Cheers

 

 

John

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Posted by john_hall1 at August 19. 2017

Anyone played around with HID units?

 

Cheers

 

 

John

P.s. Anyone remember Cibie "Z"  beams?

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