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Old 03-11-2014, 01:13 PM   #1
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Replacing the High Beam bulb to increase visibility?

Looking for input and ideas!

I have been recently to the ClearLight presentation and the guy implied that "yellowish" light of the regular headlight is too "normal" and people tend to not see it after some time.
He explains that adding the set of LED light of different temperature essentially makes it more visible to drivers.

Before spending 500$+ on that, how about just replacing bulb in one of the headlights?
I was thinking replacing High beam with "white/blue" H7 bulb should be a good start?

Any thought?
I see many people converted to HID e.t.c, so was wondering did you notice others see you better. Less cars turn in front of you?

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Old 03-11-2014, 01:16 PM   #2
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Replaced both bulbs with Philips XtremeVision Moto. Nice upgrade for the price, but I still want some aux spot lights
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Old 03-11-2014, 01:16 PM   #3
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Seen these?
http://www.amazon.com/Philips-MotoVi.../dp/B001CB0358
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Old 03-11-2014, 01:16 PM   #4
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Yes, I want LEDs too, but just can't bring myself to spend the money yet
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Old 03-11-2014, 01:22 PM   #5
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Nope, I was looking at the Sylvania SilverStar or Philips H7 CrystalVision.
But that looks like an interesting option. Did you noticed the difference?

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Old 03-11-2014, 01:38 PM   #6
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These ones are XtremeVision ;)
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Old 03-11-2014, 01:42 PM   #7
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These do look good!
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These ones are XtremeVision ;)
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Old 03-11-2014, 01:44 PM   #8
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LED HID conversion

I have just noticed these on ebay. Have not tried them myself but they look interesting.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-F650GS...3D151143554122
Does anyone have any experience of them?
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Old 03-11-2014, 01:48 PM   #9
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And going back to the original statement - I do not want to invest much time or money on it right now.
If I would go LED, I would go with AUX lights

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I have just noticed these on ebay. Have not tried them myself but they look interesting.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-F650GS...3D151143554122
Does anyone have any experience of them?
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Nope, I was looking at the Sylvania SilverStar or Philips H7 CrystalVision.
But that looks like an interesting option. Did you noticed the difference?
I had one on my old bike (SV650n). They were definitely an upgrade over the stock bulb, and looking at the lamp head-on, you can see that it had an orange color to it (you don't see this in the beam, though...). I would think it would definitely catch my eye in the rear-view or if I saw it coming towards me in a sea of other headlights, similar to the way you 'notice' a riced-out Honda with fake blue HIDs.
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Old 03-11-2014, 04:38 PM   #11
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Strangely I can't find Philips Extreme Moto bulb in US.
Only EU Amazon has these.

This is the only bulb available:
http://www.amazon.com/Philips-12972X...productDetails

Not sure if this is the same?
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Old 03-11-2014, 04:52 PM   #12
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Strangely I can't find Philips Extreme Moto bulb in US.
Only EU Amazon has these.

This is the only bulb available:
http://www.amazon.com/Philips-12972X...productDetails

Not sure if this is the same?
Claims 100% more like the extreme moto bulb. As long as it's H7 should fit. Have the PH Xtreme on my 8GS and find them much brighter than stock. Wouldn't order them on the internet/motorcycle dealer since they cost 2x as much as in your supermarket. Same bulb, same brand, same everything and I got them for 9.90 instead of 20 at my bike store.
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Old 03-11-2014, 05:02 PM   #13
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That is a good idea, I will stop by my local moto store to see if they have it first.

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Claims 100% more like the extreme moto bulb. As long as it's H7 should fit. Have the PH Xtreme on my 8GS and find them much brighter than stock. Wouldn't order them on the internet/motorcycle dealer since they cost 2x as much as in your supermarket. Same bulb, same brand, same everything and I got them for 9.90 instead of 20 at my bike store.
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Old 03-11-2014, 05:20 PM   #14
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People run into police cars and fire trucks with all their lights flashing and blinking. Do you really think changing one little bulb will wake up the brain-dead texter who thinks they're the only person on the road?

Forget the lights, the high viz and the neon strobes. Ride like people do NOT see you and you'll be fine. As always, YMMV, Do Not Try This At Home, AFAIK and I Am Not A Lawyer.
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People run into police cars and fire trucks with all their lights flashing and blinking. Do you really think changing one little bulb will wake up the brain-dead texter who thinks they're the only person on the road?

Forget the lights, the high viz and the neon strobes. Ride like people do NOT see you and you'll be fine. As always, YMMV, Do Not Try This At Home, AFAIK and I Am Not A Lawyer.

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Gleyfman if your aim is solely to increase your conspicuity in daylight and avoid people pulling out in front or you, IMO just increasing the amount of light your headlight emits will achieve exactly the opposite effect.

You appear to have taken away the wrong message from the Clearwater presentation. What they (and others) advocate is a three point triangular light source to increase conspicuity.

The reason is that a single point light source is more difficult to judge distance and speed than a multi point light source (eg a car) and beefing up the amount of light emitted by a single source makes it even more difficult to judge distance and speed. Which is why people who drive around in daylight on main beam thinking they are more conspicuous and safer are deluding themselves.
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