A Better Brighter Headlight bulb

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A Better Brighter Headlight bulb

Postby BottleCap » March 14th, 2012, 8:29 pm

Near half my riding is done in the dark and I've made due all this time with the stock headlight. I don't want to change the whole headlight. What's a better brighter bulb I can use?
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Re: A Better Brighter Headlight bulb

Postby Rob » March 14th, 2012, 9:34 pm

I'm pretty sure this is the one I've been using for years:

http://www.amazon.com/Sylvania-H4ST-BP-SilverStar-Performance/dp/B000AM8BN6

Be careful not to touch the bulb when you install it. I hear that can shorten the life significantly.
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A Better Brighter Headlight bulb

Postby ron2k_1 » March 14th, 2012, 10:06 pm

What do you mean not to touch the bulb?

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Re: A Better Brighter Headlight bulb

Postby Ratboy859 » March 15th, 2012, 5:21 am

ron2k_1 wrote:What do you mean not to touch the bulb?

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I believe he means that the oils from your hand/fingers are left behind on the glass of the bulb. Use an oil free/lint free cloth to remove the bulb from the package and install the bulb. The oils that are left behind cause premature failure of the glass when heated up.

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Re: A Better Brighter Headlight bulb

Postby Ratboy859 » March 15th, 2012, 5:21 am

ron2k_1 wrote:What do you mean not to touch the bulb?

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I believe he means that the oils from your hand/fingers are left behind on the glass of the bulb. Use an oil free/lint free cloth to remove the bulb from the package and install the bulb. The oils that are left behind cause premature failure of the glass when heated up.

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Re: A Better Brighter Headlight bulb

Postby Doc » March 15th, 2012, 7:01 am

not sure what your bike looks like or what look you like, but a light bar can really light things up as well. I have a Cobra light bar. It's extremely bright, but I don't recommend them because of the fitment issues with some windshields. Plus, they're also a little expensive.

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Re: A Better Brighter Headlight bulb

Postby Da-Mack » March 15th, 2012, 8:45 pm

I got a Silverstar-Ultra bulb last summer. There is a remarkable difference. The beam is wider and farther than the stock bulb. It was more expensive...I think $30 bucks for a single bulb but still way cheaper than buying an HID upgrade.

Some info for you...chack out the comparison chart.
http://www.sylvania.com/en-us/products/automotive/Pages/default.aspx#

In regards to the "Do not touch" remarks; these high tech bulbs get so incredibly hot that the oil from your fingers or any other contaminate will cause the bulb to explode.
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Re: A Better Brighter Headlight bulb

Postby The Volusianator » March 15th, 2012, 9:45 pm

See if you can find this lightbar for your bike. TRUST ME, you'll have plenty of light. Just ask anybody who's ridden in front of me at night, that SOB is bright.
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Re: A Better Brighter Headlight bulb

Postby BottleCap » March 16th, 2012, 2:11 pm

That bar does look like it'd be bright.

I got a Sylvania Silverstar Ultra 9003/HB2 SU (also meets H4) bulb. Perfect fit to replace the Phillips that was in there. The package says it does have a shorter life than their standard bulb, but it's rated higher on brightness and range. Those things count more.

In the garage, it looks plenty bright. Certainly brilliant white. We shall see tonight.

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Re: A Better Brighter Headlight bulb

Postby Da-Mack » March 16th, 2012, 6:28 pm

I noticed that I see many more eyeballs along the side of the road since I upgraded the bulb. Kinda scarry.
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