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post #1 of 11 Old 07-16-2019, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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Quick Headlight question / Prime Day :)

Okay is there a difference between auto and motorcycle bulbs for doing an LED conversion on headlights? The car bulbs are about half the price, the designations seem the same. here are links.

Motorcycle - Amazon says it fits my Strom 9003/H4

Car - Amazon says doesn't fit my Strom 9003/H4/HB2

If they are the same thing, I'd rather pay $30 for two instead of $55....I'm cheap
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post #2 of 11 Old 07-16-2019, 03:00 PM
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I don't know what model or year your 'Strom is, but be sure you are very familiar with all the specs of your headlight pod and the brightness or lumens of the lights you have and the lights you wish to install. Some people are disappointed that the led light has a lousy pattern or is dimmer in some angles. check the dimensions of the led bulb to make sure it will fit in the housing. Some will not fit inside the housing because the heat sink area is too big in diameter or length or both.
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post #3 of 11 Old 07-16-2019, 03:11 PM
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Perhaps I was lucky but I got a set of $25 leds that replace an H4 bulb. H4 is an H4, no?
A simple change, didn't mess with the rubber boot or nuthin'. I haven't done too much night riding but they do light up the road.
Bright and more visible in the daytime to oncoming traffic.
I am carrying the original H4 around just in case though.
I noticed that charge rate when up with the led installation and I also got the EB cut out switch for one headlight.
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post #4 of 11 Old 07-16-2019, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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My strom is an 07 650 (k7). All of the lights have been set up for/converted to LEDs by a previous owner (member on here). I bought it from the guy he sold it to, but that guy misplaced a few extras like a fork brace and LED bulbs for the headlights. I'm just trying to figure out if there is any difference between these two in particular car vs motorcycle or if they just sell the cycle bulbs individually and jack the price up. I have read about previous LED issue, illuminating weird, these are newer ones that have the small "finger" sticking up to keep the light from blinding oncoming traffic. I don't ride much at all at night, looking more for daytime visibility, I have LED flood lights on crash bars and they make me feel safer as they are very visible to oncoming traffic. I just can't decide if I should pull the trigger on the car ones and give them a try. Would love for them to work. I've been ordering things like a madman today for the prime member deals, mostly stuff for wife/kids but now looking for my own summer Christmas list

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post #5 of 11 Old 07-16-2019, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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Bumping - Anybody know for sure if car and cycle lights are different? I don’t want to miss an opportunity to upgrade on the cheap
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post #6 of 11 Old 07-16-2019, 08:20 PM
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In terms of the halogen bulbs, no. They're the same thing. There are some that are better for motorcycle or 4x4 use (the long life ones are more tolerant of vibration) but that's about it. The kicker is the space behind the light shroud and the rubber boot, and that varies from car to car as well. Some motorcycle LED kits use smaller control/driver units. That's about it.
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post #7 of 11 Old 07-16-2019, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks unfortunately the deal ended and they are back to full price. Iíll do some more research and find some that will work and hopefully catch a sale. The reviews are really good for the Sealight brand I posted and I think there was someoneís who was able to use those without damaging factory boot. I like the brighter whit light look, but the few times Iíve ridden in the dark (usually really early morning) the strom headlight are more than adequate for me for seeing where Iím going. Especially with the flood lights on as well.
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post #8 of 11 Old 07-18-2019, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
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I found another deal yesterday and order these


There were several reviews by people with Stroms, so hopefully all is good. From what I have read, when people get goofy light patterns it is usually because the bulbs are installed incorrectly and just need to be rotated 90 or 180 degrees which will make them work as they should. These are fan-less bulbs but I am guessing they run cooler than conventional bulbs. Looking forward to seeing how they perform, and if it boosts my operating voltages on my voltmeter due to less current draw.
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post #9 of 11 Old 07-18-2019, 10:00 AM
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They will be fine. An H4 bulb is an H4 bulb.
These will be easier to install as they twist apart where that red washer is. That means that you can install the bulb half into the headlight, refit the OEM dust/water seal, and then secure the cable and heat sink back into the bulb. A smear of silicone or Armorall will make this easier. They are in my opinion a better choice.

Note: Regarding incorrect installation this should not be possible. The three pins that interlock into the headlight are unevenly spaced to prevent incorrect fitting. Have a food look at the bulb and socket to get the orientation correct. Don't force them.
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post #10 of 11 Old 07-18-2019, 03:56 PM
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My vote is for the Beamtech, easy to install and good light beam on my dl650.
$38 is reasonable.

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