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post #1 of 17 Old 05-31-2019, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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Seriously??? Lights out

High beam only is a crappy way to drive to work. Not only do I blind everyone, there is not much direct illumination of the road.

This is the second time in 6 months. I wonder if I have an issue.

Freaking hate changing light bulbs.
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post #2 of 17 Old 09-19-2019, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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Welp, another headlight went out.
I dont remember the last time I changed a headlight in my car.
I change my headlight more often than my oil!
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I've never changed a headlight bulb on a bike.

Two things:

Are the bulbs of good quality, not cheap Chinese stuff?

What is the system voltage with the engine at speed?

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something is definately wrong.

Is it OEM?

My bike is 08 and OEM. Hadn't had to replace the bulb yet.

I did add the Easter beaver h4 relay light kit.

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post #5 of 17 Old 09-19-2019, 10:19 AM
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You did not mention your bike year or the bulb. If it is an H4, consider going to an LED - it is a plug and play replacement that I have done. The F2 is your best bet, and this is probably the best price...LINKY. I put them on my DL650 and love them. Btw, they are a whole lot easier to swap on the Suzi than on my ST 1300.

If you want more background on LED headlights, read this thread...Info on LED Headlights. The author of that post is extremely knowledgeable about LED lamps and helped design the shield on the lamp that provides a cut off of the beam to avoid blinding oncoming traffic.
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Buy motorcycle-specific headlight bulbs. they are designed to work in an environment where there is greater vibration and less heat ventilation typically found on motorcycles. If you are already installing MC bulbs, you may have a grounding issue.
I gotta go with the flow here; the only headlight bulbs I've ever installed on bikes was for increased wattage over OEM. I've never had an OEM or aftermarket MC-specific bulb burn out.
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I saw the light, it was LED. Less current draw, more and better light, and they will see me out.Put in LED and worry about other things. I am going to slightly lower my headlights because they put more light on the road. the less amp draw is great for the small cheap wiring in the electric system. don't even need relays.

Also they are more tolerant of the high and low voltages that burn out incandesant bulbs.

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Never had a bulb fail on me. So something odd is going on with yours. Touching the glass portion of the bulb with your fingers or putting it down on a surface can contaminate the bulb, leading to early failure.
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Welp, another headlight went out.
I dont remember the last time I changed a headlight in my car.
I change my headlight more often than my oil!

What bulbs are you using?

I've found that regular ol' generic bulbs like you can buy at Walmart last longer than more premium bulbs like Silver Stars (for example, can get those at Walmart too!)

Typically a low beam headlight bulb will last me at least a couple of years. I don't run my high beam much so it lasts forever!
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twice in 6 months is odd. I don't recall burning a headlight bulb for many years.

over voltage or low quality bulbs?

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