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post #1 of 23 Old 05-04-2019, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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Plug and Play H7 LED Bulb

I was tired of the H7 Halogen bulbs burning out and wanted LED replacements. I didn't want anything that required modifications to the enclosure.

I saw these on Amazon:



"H7 LED Headlight Bulbs All-in-One Conversion Kit Super Bright CSP chips 55W 12000LM 6500K,2 Pack"

They are plug and play and the same total size as stock H7's.

Since they were only $45.99 Can$ for a pair I thought I would give them a try. I installed last night and the closest to a snag was having to turn the power plug 180 degrees so they would work. They seem to work fine but I did not get a chance to try them at night (hopefully this eve.)

The beam looked like I may need to lower the aim a bit but seemed to be a relative flat cut off.

Should I be concerned these don't have an external heat sink/fan or has the technology now matured to the point where that is no longer a concern?

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How is focus on those? I have used quite a few LED conversation bulbs only one lasted pass 1.5 year mark.
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I didn't get a good check on it last night (it was late by the time I got to it.).

I will try and check it out properly this eve.

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Pretty sure LED's don't get hotter than halogen bulbs
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Pretty sure LED's don't get hotter than halogen bulbs
Not the bulb itself but the heatsink at the rear gets very warm.
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Not the bulb itself but the heatsink at the rear gets very warm.
And that is probably my biggest concern (assuming the pattern works out to be decent) because it doesn't have a heat sink, at least not like others do.

Their description says this:

"♥[Fanless]:Unique 6063 aviation aluminum lamp body heat sink design extends the heat dissipation surface,Adopted high thermal conductivity copper substrate, constant thermal conductivity, heat stable output."

which I take to mean the body of the unit itself is the heatsink and the design takes the heat from the LED itself to the outside of the body.

Do I risk overheating the headlight unit where the bulb attaches? Is there likely to be more heat inside the headlight unit than halogen (my thoughts ae there shouldn't be.) I am hoping to check the beam pattern tonight, perhaps I will also get out my Infrared thermometer and see if it gets hot at the back.

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LED bulb development appears to be leaping ahead in bounds. Look at the size of the actual LED's! Perhaps that is part of why they generate less heat.
I would install and forget. Surely the manufacturer must have deemed that this generation does not need a large heat sink.
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And that is probably my biggest concern (assuming the pattern works out to be decent) because it doesn't have a heat sink, at least not like others do.



Their description says this:



"[Fanless]:Unique 6063 aviation aluminum lamp body heat sink design extends the heat dissipation surface,Adopted high thermal conductivity copper substrate, constant thermal conductivity, heat stable output."



which I take to mean the body of the unit itself is the heatsink and the design takes the heat from the LED itself to the outside of the body.



Do I risk overheating the headlight unit where the bulb attaches? Is there likely to be more heat inside the headlight unit than halogen (my thoughts ae there shouldn't be.) I am hoping to check the beam pattern tonight, perhaps I will also get out my Infrared thermometer and see if it gets hot at the back.



..Tom
I am inclined to say no. My last LED failed due to fan failure and after fan croaked it worked a few weeks before burning out. New generation fanless have built in thermal protection they will reduce output to prevent overheating.

Speaking of reduced output if you think this would happen when you get stuck in traffic on hot afternoon. Not an issue when you need light at night.
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It was a busy day and eve for mw so I didn't get a lot done.

I looked at the light pattern a bit as evening set in and the cutoff wasnt as sharp as I thought. I guess the best description is btha some light was leaking above what I would think would be the cutoff I went out for a short ride as it darkened (maybe only 50 km / 30 mile) and I can't say whether it is an improvement over normal halogens or not. Nobody seemed to mind the beam. Coverage seemed okay. But I think it just wasn't as bright as I expected. My stock high beams seemed plenty bright. The led lows weren't dark. Maybe the whiter colour on the low just didn't seem to illuminate as well in twilight while bthe yellowish highs seems plenty bright.

A bit confused... I think I'll try again tomorrow night.

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I'm curious on the final results Tom. I purchased some H4 LEDs bulbs for my DL650 but the heatsinks were huge and would require I cut the plastic covers. I was hoping an LED design like the ones you posted would come along. Do you have a link?

With the extended aluminum housing on the inside its' venting heat on the inside, just like a halogen .

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