Originally Posted by Sparrowhawk
This comparison would be more useful if the lights were aimed in the same direction. HID aimed into the trees and dark sky while the LED is aimed in the field of vision and on the ground. LEDs win every time.
The lights *are* aimed at the same spot. The bike isn't moved for either of those pictures, but to be fair, it was raised, and pointed towards the downhill slope you see.
A large part of the difference is the scope of the LEDs. Yes, the HIDs are good, but they don't light up the surroundings like the LEDs do.
Here's another shot of the bike:
EDIT: changed pictures for .GIF:
Let me know if there are other comparison shots you'd like to see? I'm very happy to show what I can to demonstrate the light output.