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post #1 of 4 Old 10-05-2010, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
 
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HID lighting for my DL1000

It all started with the neighbor kid installing HID lights on their Silverado truck. I immediately saw the difference (but at $100+ it was too pricey).Looking into conversion kits I found HID Geeks.com for $36., they offer HID conversion kits for almost every halogen bulb out there. So I ended up buying kits for all my vehicles. Most cars have individual light bulbs for low and high beams. So the HID 6000K bulbs with approx 3X the lighting as Halogen make a huge difference at night. The H4 kit for my Vstrom has no high beam circuit but with just the one brightness it provides much better lighting at night. HID replacement bulbs cost $10. for a set of 2 (and I keep one on the bike as a spare just in case). The bulbs have no filament and instead use a very high voltage balast to ignite the bulb drawing 35Watts and producing 2600 volts. 6000K is the whitest light and with the standard 35 Watt balast really does the job. Because there is no filament to burn out or break they last a lot longer than Halogen bulbs. So far the kit has been absolutely terrific and does not seem to affect oncoming drivers. No one has flashed me yet anyway .HID lighting is usually found on high end cars and trucks so if you are not happy with what you have on your car or truck HID geeks.com has an inexpensive upgrade. Plus all their lights are 100% waterproof and plug and play (no cutting or splicing / the hardest part is mounting the balast about the size of a pack of playing cards). I have the lights set on my high beam switch and no longer have a daytime running light but I have other bikes without daytime lighting and I'm OK with it. I'll update if any problems come up but so far sooooo good.

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No daytime running lights? I hope then that you are doing all your riding at nite. Riding without any front lights in the day time is an invitation to get yourself run over. I've been there - it hurts. I don't recommend it. I'd encourage you to reconsider and revise your installation so that you always have some front lights on.
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In Manitoba all vehicles newer than ( i think) 1970 have to have daytime running lights...you would be amazed how many times I get pulled over when i am on Vincent for not having them on......

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HID lighting is usually found on high end cars and trucks so if you are not happy with what you have on your car or truck HID geeks.com has an inexpensive upgrade.
Yes, but the light reflector and lens are designed for the HID light source.

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A halogen bulb has a cylindrical light source: the glowing filament. The space immediately surrounding the cylinder of light is completely dark, and so the sharpest contrast between bright and dark is along the edges of the cylinder of light. The ends of the filament cylinder fade from bright to dark. An HID bulb, on the other hand, has a crescent-shaped light source -- the arc. It's crescent-shaped because as it passes through the space between the two electrodes, its heat causes it to try to rise. The space immediately surrounding the crescent of light glows in layers...the closer to the crescent of light, the brighter the glow. The ends of the arc crescent are the brightest points, and immediately beyond these points is completely dark, so the sharpest contrast between bright and dark is at the ends of the crescent of light....When designing the optics (lens and/or reflector) for a lamp, the characteristics of the light source are the driving factor around which everything else must be engineered.
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You live in the land of beach waffles (sandy Eggo). Nights are usually clear. If you lived where there was a lot of fog, or rain, or rain-mist on busy highways, or snow, you would see the glare from your headlights reflected back to you.

As said above, running in the day with the headlight on is a huge safety advantage. If you venture into other states that require headlights day and night, keep it on.

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