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Sealed beam LED headlight crapped out
#780968 08/09/19 2:02 am
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I felt I should share this information, since I really talked up the LED headlight.

The first sign of a problem was a blown fuse. Then, after changing the fuse and doing some checking, I noticed that the headlight had only partial function. With the headlight in hand, I can hear something rattling around inside it. Apparently, whatever broke in there caused a short circuit and blew the fuse.

So back on went the sealed beam incandescent.The problem with buying things directly from China is that there's no sending them back. OTOH, this venture only cost me $25.


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Re: Sealed beam LED headlight crapped out
Mark Z #780983 08/09/19 4:03 am
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I guess it wasn't up to the British bike heart beat Mark....pity.

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Re: Sealed beam LED headlight crapped out
Mark Z #781004 08/09/19 12:14 pm
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And yet, people still complain about the old Lucas stuff!

Re: Sealed beam LED headlight crapped out
Mark Z #781076 08/10/19 5:26 am
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I have an H4 LED lamp in the Bonnie. Probably Chinese, only cost about $10 on FleaBay. So far so good, but I'm sure that its time will come. Most likely at 4am, 50 miles from home, in the rain. laughing


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Re: Sealed beam LED headlight crapped out
Mark Z #781093 08/10/19 1:16 pm
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I just received a BPF led bulb from CBS last and tried it for a night ride in a 1958 T110. Even with a less that perfect reflector was a way better than original and no black area.

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Mark Z #781098 08/10/19 2:04 pm
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Should have been ( last week) , also was 0n 6 volt positive ground. Going on my 58 TR6 12 volt, negative ground later.

Re: Sealed beam LED headlight crapped out
Mark Z #781110 08/10/19 5:20 pm
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If I decide to go LED again, I'll try the BPF bulb. I didn't go that way because I don't have an OE lens or reflector (been running sealed beam auto headlamp for a long while now).

For now we'll see how the battery charges with the incandescent sealed beam unit. Concurrent with the LED headlight, I also installed a new alternator rotor and a good used stator. (The leads were questionable on the old stator, and broke on removal.)

I don't typically ride at night, so the priority is improved charging over improved lighting.


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Re: Sealed beam LED headlight crapped out
Mark Z #781166 08/11/19 6:47 am
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Buy Wipac Quadoptic lens and your problems are over regardless of bulb type.


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Re: Sealed beam LED headlight crapped out
Allan G #781187 08/11/19 3:11 pm
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Originally Posted by Allan Gill
Buy Wipac Quadoptic lens and your problems are over regardless of bulb type.


Allan, I assume you mean lighting problems as opposed to charging problems. But ok, if I do have to purchase a lens, I look for that one.


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Re: Sealed beam LED headlight crapped out
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I just thought I'd mention, after riding around for a bit with the old automotive sealed beam headlight, my battery is still up to snuff. After sitting for a few days, static voltage is 12.8.

So maybe refreshing the alternator had more to do with the improvement in charging than did the LED headlight.


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Re: Sealed beam LED headlight crapped out
Mark Z #781437 08/14/19 6:38 am
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Originally Posted by Mark Z
Originally Posted by Allan Gill
Buy Wipac Quadoptic lens and your problems are over regardless of bulb type.


Allan, I assume you mean lighting problems as opposed to charging problems. But ok, if I do have to purchase a lens, I look for that one.



I believe they were used on the NVT bikes from the mid 70’s, far better beam pattern and uses a H4 bulb


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Re: Sealed beam LED headlight crapped out
Mark Z #781506 08/15/19 3:00 am
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I have been using the SoCalMoto gear H4 bulb in my A65
Just bought a housing and the bulb again for my T120
My initial test was on my Trail bike Suzuki 400. A hard riding (and hard to ride) machine that I beat and wheelie relentlessly. The bulb has never failed.

I have been using it in my customers since it's release in May. It is absolutely excellent

Here is the website:
http://www.socalmotogear.com/PATHFINDERLED-DF-SERIES-LED-HEADLIGHT-p/df0000.htm


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