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LED H4 replacement 08 Oct 2019 07:23 #812056

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After having trouble with my HID H4 headlight AGAIN, I ordered a LED H4 replacement bulb. It was supposed to be plug and play and cost a little over $17 delivered. There are lots of different ones but this one looked sturdier so I bought it. I was looking at the full units like the Highlander but they were out of my budget range at least for now. I was also concerned it would draw too much power being it was advertised as 200 watt. I am pleased to find it takes less power than my old HID. The only drawback is it's not ice blue like the hid. I'm convinced the color got the attention of other drivers and prevented accidents. We'll see how this one does. I'd like to see what other members are using on their bikes. Please post them here for comparison.
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LED H4 replacement 09 Oct 2019 06:19 #812117

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Was the HID headlight some sort of conversion kit?

My 81 KZ650-CSR came stock with a sealed beam, but I replaced it with an H4 headlight from an 82 750 Ltd.
It was a direct swap >> lens unit, H4 bulb & dust cover. It's significantly brighter than the old dull headlight & changing the bulb will be easier.
I'd still like to get something brighter, if there is such a thing that swaps with the H4 bulb.
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LED H4 replacement 09 Oct 2019 07:16 #812121

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Exactly what this does. Fot under $18 it was worth a shot. Doesn't gobble power like the old styles and less than the HID. Got power to spare now. B)
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LED H4 replacement 09 Oct 2019 23:16 #812154

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martin_csr wrote: Was the HID headlight some sort of conversion kit?

My 81 KZ650-CSR came stock with a sealed beam, but I replaced it with an H4 headlight from an 82 750 Ltd.
It was a direct swap >> lens unit, H4 bulb & dust cover. It's significantly brighter than the old dull headlight & changing the bulb will be easier.
I'd still like to get something brighter, if there is such a thing that swaps with the H4 bulb.
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I fitted one of these, works great but you need to lower your aim quite a lot.
You fit adaptor then replace rubber then install your bulb.
Pre this I had 90/100 watt H4, so much better now.

www.cyclopsadventuresports.com/Cyclops-1...ight-bulb_p_192.html

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LED H4 replacement 10 Oct 2019 12:44 #812190

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It passed the first test.
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LED H4 replacement 10 Oct 2019 19:42 #812224

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Hey Steve I've been doing a little research on LED headlights... It seams the good ones have a wide pattern with a sharp cutoff line and a concentrated hot spot... how does this one stand up to those criteria. Do you know what Halogen carrier you installed?

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LED H4 replacement 10 Oct 2019 20:09 #812227

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The carrier came of a KZ550. That's all I know. I figured at $17 I'd give it a shot. Happy with it so far. If there's a better one I'm all ears.
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LED H4 replacement 11 Oct 2019 12:17 #812263

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This is what it looks like from the front.
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LED H4 replacement 05 Nov 2019 18:20 #813616

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Hey steve, saw your posts on the LED bulb,

Still works good for you after some time? No burnt dust cover or anything else in the headlight bucket?

Looks good seeing that I wouldn't have to fit a ballast or anything like that. Was thinking about getting one for myself.

Just for clarification talking about this bulb:
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LED H4 replacement 05 Nov 2019 19:01 #813617

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Still working fine. Can't beat the price.
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LED H4 replacement 06 Nov 2019 06:13 #813622

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For those with a 7 inch headlight, this is also an option.

www.truck-lite.com/webapp/wcs/stores/ser...=13089&storeId=10001
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LED H4 replacement 06 Nov 2019 06:35 #813626

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No price :huh:
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LED H4 replacement 06 Nov 2019 14:44 #813647

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LED H4 replacement 06 Nov 2019 16:32 #813652

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I purchased the same one Steve posted. I don’t have my gauges back yet but I installed the lamp into my halogen carrier and held it in place. Looks like I’m going to be happy. Nice wide beam with a clear cutoff line and a central hotspot on the high beam. Below are pics of it roughly hand held in place . I’ll post better pictures of pattern after the front end is reassembled. Your pattern will 100% depend on the reflective surface of the carrier. Unfortunately I tossed the box but mine was purchased thru Redline Cycle
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LED H4 replacement 07 Nov 2019 11:41 #813683

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good pics,

i know you havent had it long, but did it feel quality? feel like it would hold up in the long run?

my biggest concern is that tiny integrated fan, and the fact that it supposedly works well without a ballast.

i guess ill be able to form my own opinion when mine comes in.
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If it lasts a year it would be worth the $17. I can hear the fan with the engine off.
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LED H4 replacement 20 Nov 2019 19:32 #814274

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Finally received the light after a forever. they seemed reluctant to ship.

but the blub seems to work good. packaging was kinda poor. But the LED bulb fit very well in place of the h4 bulb, didn't have to bend the clip a lot, but had to stretch the boot a little bit.

so as I stated before I think, but I have a yellow lens Marchal headlight. The result: Green light lol.

In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil's might,
Beware my power...Green Lantern's light!

probably won't use it but the product itself seems to be decent.
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LED H4 replacement 21 Nov 2019 05:54 #814290

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Caleator wrote: ... but the blub seems to work good.


Would like to see L and H beam patterns on a flat surface like Mikaw posted.

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LED H4 replacement 23 Nov 2019 12:29 #814409

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Very happy with it so far. B)
Takes hardly any power.
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