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post #1 of 9 Old 03-11-2008, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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PIAA Powersports Bulb H4 Xtreme White?

I saw those on Adventure Motostuff and was wondering about the actual benefit in increase light in front of the bike.

I've had experiences in the past (cars) where the output of the light was indeed much whiter, but the amount of light (lumens) was less than the standard halogen bulbs. Thus, the net result was less darkness penetration in front of the vehicle.

Anybody uses those on their bike? I drive in the desert at night, and on a cloudy moonless night it gives a new meaning to 'dark'... I don't want to install aux lights (...yet).

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I had a pair of these on my first DL650. It was mostly a change in color. I can't say they were brighter.

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I had one of these in my KLR and also did a harness upgrade at the same time. The difference was amazing. On group rides I always had someone ask me if I had my headlight on high beam because it was so bright and they could pick me out so easily in a group of bikes in the mirror.

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I had the PIAA lights on my Beemer and they were great. I wired them into my high beams with a relay. Use the powersports 35w lights so you don't overide you elec system. I'm putting the same on my DL1000.

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post #5 of 9 Old 06-17-2008, 03:02 AM
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I really like the Xtreme Plus PIAA bulbs! Very very bright with less yellow light.

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Relevant thread, I was thinking about putting either better H4 bulbs (like the PIAA's) or LED replacements in my '07 DL1000. Current bulbs are possibly original equipment (11+ years old!) and so could probably use replacing just on general principles, regardless.

Considering LEDs more because I'm going to be running a lot of heated stuff this winter (grips, gloves, jacket liner) and not sure I have enough electrical capacity overall, so LEDs would be a way to save power.

I was also thinking about putting in one of those Eastern Beaver relay headlight harnesses because, well, apparently they're a Really Good Idea.

If I could only do one of the above, which is likely to be the most bang for the buck?
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FWIW, I installed Beamtech LED H4 replacements (the ones that claim 4000 lumens per, or 8000 for the pair). They're working great.

Upper cutoff in lo-beam is not as sharp as with the halogens, but I don't seem to be blinding anyone. Hi-beam pattern is practically the same.

In both modes, distance vision and lighting to the side have improved.

Installation was easy. I also solved the power scarcity problem. I now have plenty of juice to run heated gear.
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Considering these plus the Eastern Beaver relay. Or do I try relay first with new bulbs?
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If you use the LEDs, I don't think you don't need the relay harness. They draw a lot less current than the stock halogens. I can't say how much less because measuring is kinda hard, but they draw only about half the power. It's probably safe to assume the wires are getting way less hot due to resistance losses.
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