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post #1 of 35 Old 05-01-2018, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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replacing lights with LED... 12 wee

so i would like to replace as many lights (directional, brake, running) with lower consuming yet brighter LED bulbs......

-is it a simple swap out he bulb thing?
-if not how much of a pain in the A$$ is it?
-how expensive?
-good sources for the bulbs?

i am pretty happy with the headlights.......


........ but if there is a way to get more noticed, that is simple and doesn't cost an arm and a leg you've got my attention

themain thing is to get as much visibility as possible......


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so i would like to replace as many lights (directional, brake, running) with lower consuming yet brighter LED bulbs......



-is it a simple swap out he bulb thing?

-if not how much of a pain in the A$$ is it?

-how expensive?

-good sources for the bulbs?



i am pretty happy with the headlights.......





........ but if there is a way to get more noticed, that is simple and doesn't cost an arm and a leg you've got my attention



themain thing is to get as much visibility as possible......





thanks and cheers


It took me about 30 mins to swap the bulbs, I took down the windshield, odometer and the plastic around it (I have big hands).

MOSTPLUS 6000K H4 (9003) High and Low Beam LED Headlight Kit 8000LM Cool White 3 Years Warranty https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LQ6T3ZE..._xKj6AbDFQFY2R


You may as well replace the 2 little yellow presentation lights for these while youíre in there

Botepon 4Pcs 7443 T20 7440 7441 7444 992 Led Reverse Light, 5630 33-SMD 900 Lumens 8000K Extremly Bright Led Bulb for Car Led Backup Reverse Lights Tail Brake Stop Lamp 12V White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074PYQ9VR..._ZNj6AbC4W8DP6
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It took me about 30 mins to swap the bulbs, I took down the windshield, odometer and the plastic around it (I have big hands).

MOSTPLUS 6000K H4 (9003) High and Low Beam LED Headlight Kit 8000LM Cool White 3 Years Warranty https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LQ6T3ZE..._xKj6AbDFQFY2R


You may as well replace the 2 little yellow presentation lights for these while youíre in there

Botepon 4Pcs 7443 T20 7440 7441 7444 992 Led Reverse Light, 5630 33-SMD 900 Lumens 8000K Extremly Bright Led Bulb for Car Led Backup Reverse Lights Tail Brake Stop Lamp 12V White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074PYQ9VR..._ZNj6AbC4W8DP6
30 mins is doable....

for the "2 little yellow presentation lights" are those the directional lights or lights in where the headlight assembly is?

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30 mins is doable....



for the "2 little yellow presentation lights" are those the directional lights or lights in where the headlight assembly is?



thanks for the reply


Yes those 2


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........ but if there is a way to get more noticed, that is simple and doesn't cost an arm and a leg you've got my attention

themain thing is to get as much visibility as possible......


To me bikes with yellow aux lights are the most noticeable.

That's why I did this:Yeller Lights

Total cost was < $40

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Auto parts stores sell 1157 bulbs for the brake/tail light which are LED. No mods, just plug in the bulb. I'm considering this, not sure it will make a difference due to using the reflector and lens designed for regular incandescent bulb. Somebody on another thread suggested it might cause the light to "scatter". I guess there's only one way to find out.

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To me bikes with yellow aux lights are the most noticeable.

That's why I did this:Yeller Lights

Total cost was < $40
nice set up....,i have these coming in on the slow boat from china.... they aren't yellow but have a strobe funtion (good for disco parties and get noticed too i suppose)......not my hand

here's the claimed specs.... With U5 LED Lamp Beads
waterproof, Service life over 30,000 hours, .aluminum alloy material
3 Light modes:High Beam, Low Beam And Strobe Functions
Light Color: White
Input Voltage:12V-80V DC
Actual power: 10W
Light Power: 15W
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Auto parts stores sell 1157 bulbs for the brake/tail light which are LED. No mods, just plug in the bulb. I'm considering this, not sure it will make a difference due to using the reflector and lens designed for regular incandescent bulb. Somebody on another thread suggested it might cause the light to "scatter". I guess there's only one way to find out.
i will try them....are they all 1157's...incl directionals?

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Good timing. I'm just about done replacing all my bulbs with LEDs. I have had the front parking lights replaced for a couple years with some rather expensive PIAA LEDs, that I bought to use up a gift certificate. Don't think they are available any longer, but there are other good options available.

I recently was convinced to replace my headlights with LED lamps after my 2nd stator failure. Didn't go with the highest output lamps, because my priority was saving amps and not having to use cooling fans. Based on how much I liked those, I have done my turn signals and rear brake light. I also have a license plate LED on order.

These are the lamps I ordered.

Headlamps: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074GZ3S4P?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf

Turn signals: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BXT4WRN?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf

Brake light: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074GPX2Q8?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf

Plate light: https://www.superbrightleds.com/more...fit/3698/8009/

Here are some pics. I have different turn signal housings on the front that use wedge bulbs, so didn't mention those. I can give info on those if desired. All lights seem plenty bright considering the bright sunshine.
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kenstogie, all I saw was 1157 for brake/tail lights. They probably have 1156 for directional as well, but I didn't think to look for them.

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