I've been agonizing over LED headlights since my last bike. :-) After *way* too much research, I finally pulled the trigger on a pair earlier this week and hoped for the best. They arrived yesterday, I installed them, and must say: I'm happy! Here's what I ended up with.
I bought the H4 version of this set off ebay for my 04 DL1000.
I liked them for a few reasons:
1. Phillips LED chips
2. No balast; just plug it in
3. No fan; I like riding in the dirt, and so far I'm always behind the leader, so...lots of dust. Figured a fan would get clogged in about a day.
4. Very inexpensive compared to others
5. Shipped from the USA
There was a "make an offer" button so I offered $28. The seller countered with $29.99, and I accepted. So I got them for less than $30. They only took a couple days to arrive because I'm only a couple hours away from where they were shipped from. :-) Here's the box:
I decided to read the instructions (odd for me!!), and found this "interesting" feature: you remove the mounting plate from the light, mount the plate in the bike, then push the light thru the factory rubber grommet into the plate, and twist to lock it into place...just like an 1156 bulb. Hmmm...how well is *that* going to work?
Here's the light with the plate removed:
Since it looked like you could install the light either "up" or "down", I did a quick compare between the original and the new bulbs. I immediately noticed that the LEDs have an absolutely *brilliantly* copied setup! OEM bulb has a "cup" under the low beam, and that filament points "up" (to reflect off the top of the reflector, which I suppose is what creates the low beam cutoff line). The LED bulbs have copied that setup, and there's a "cup" under the low beam. Awesome!
Ok, on to the show! I removed the right-hand light's dust cover, then removed the light. I test fitted the LED setup, and found, again brilliantly, that I wouldn't have to do *any* trimming at all! So I installed the plate into the housing:
Then I put the LED thru the dust cover, checked my orientation to be sure that when I locked the light in place the "cup" would be pointing up, poked the light thru the housing, twisted it, seated the dust cover, plugged it into the bike's connector, and BAM...I was done! I didn't for some reason get a picture of it installed. :-)
I installed the 2nd one in about 1/3 the time it took to install the first one, and rode to work this morning with no issues, and my voltage with both lights on is higher now than it was with one OEM light unplugged.
I can't wait to ride in the dark now and test it out for real, and also can't wait to follow
to Auburn, CA on Saturday to see how annoying these lights are. :-)
I'm very, very pleased! And pending a night test, I'll say I recommend these lights for this year Vee!
(Please forgive the rotated pictures; they are all the correct orientation in my album