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Old 04-12-2013, 01:51 PM   #1
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Head light bulb,... Is there a better one?

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I have too many projects going on right now to do more research and call upon the CRUSH for some insight.

Is there a direct replacement bulb that is better and brighter that the stock bulb and does not require any modifications? Looking for a direct swap with no need for heavier wires or relays.
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Old 04-12-2013, 02:55 PM   #2
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Brighter output for the most part comes fomr more current. Ther aint no free lunch..

I've used the GE premium bulbs with good success. THey are marginally brighter than standard.. The main limit is the crappy reflectors in most US spec lights.. and the plastic lenses.. Cant overome it easily...

I definitely dont recommend the PIAA wonder bulbs. Not enough improvement for the $$

Heavier wire is the freebie,, it makes stock bulbs brighter and reduces load.
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Old 04-12-2013, 03:02 PM   #3
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I use an anti vibe PIAA white light. Same wattage, but considerably better light output. Still not a replacement for a set of good LED's to really turn night into day though. The PIAA lamp was about $40 Canadian.
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Old 04-12-2013, 03:18 PM   #5
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I use an anti vibe PIAA white light. Same wattage, but considerably better light output. Still not a replacement for a set of good LED's to really turn night into day though. The PIAA lamp was about $40 Canadian.
Thanks for the information. DO you have a link,... Part Number?
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Old 04-13-2013, 09:43 AM   #6
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PIAA Extreme White Plus 60/55 Anti-vibe. These are noticeable brighter than a stock H4 bulb. $38 Amazon Prime http://www.amazon.com/PIAA-70456-Xtr.../dp/B000TK3U4O
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Old 04-13-2013, 10:09 AM   #7
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I put in HID's and it "was" awesome! Until it fried the reflector.
No choice but to upgrade to the Euro headlights and some anti vibe PIAA's.
It's better but not optimal. Need some Led auxiliary lights for sure. Mo Money.
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Old 04-13-2013, 10:32 AM   #8
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Avoid blue bulbs if you can, the blue doesn't do anything to help you and it actually robs some light output.

If you bike does not have it already, running a relay to power the lights is a good way to get a healthy bump in output. Basically the problem is the stock thin wire, and mostly the headlight switch, rob a bunch of power before it reaches the bulb. If you let the stock wiring trigger a relay and feed direct battery power to the bulbs through the relay you get a couple volts more and a bunch more light.

Sylvania Silver stars are high output bulbs, but shorter lived than regular bulbs and I'm not sure how they do with vibrations.
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Old 04-14-2013, 01:05 AM   #9
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I've run the silverstars in my Jeep Wrangler,, I didn't notice any shorter life than a standard bulb.. And my jeep shakes the crap out of stuff....
I started buying 60W/100 watt H4's (Cibie Buckets) Jeeps have issues with headlights as well, the narrow placement kinda buggers the light distribution.

+1 on the "blue" PIAA the blue light trashes night vision, a warmer light is way better for seeing detail in the dark. IMHO the PIAA light starts brighter and wear out faster,,, They seem to shade the envelope of the bulb faster So they are working, but dimmer faster. I change out my headlight bulbs about every 18 to 24 months, they typically have lost illumination level buy then.

But thats me,,

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