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Old 11-21-2010, 03:33 AM   #1
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Better bulbs for F8?

I just change the OEM bulbs of F8's light with a set of Philips X-treme Power H7.Hmmmmm...I cannot say there is a WOWWW difference.Is that the fact that the F8 has allready good lighting or there is any other bulb doing this different?What do you believe?
Take a look of the VS of my F8.Left as looking is the OEM(Osram)and right side is the new Philips X-treme Power...
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Old 11-21-2010, 04:26 AM   #2
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the philips looks a little bit brighter in the middle section. but not much difference in range and spread of the light.
so the standard bulb looks to be just fine.
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Old 11-21-2010, 09:56 AM   #3
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the philips looks a little bit brighter in the middle section. but not much difference in range and spread of the light.
so the standard bulb looks to be just fine.

changing lamps wouldn't change the spread, that's determined by the reflectors.



I think the GS has extremely good stock lighting, and might not have believed it could be improved if I didn't see it with my own two, excellent, lighting professional trained eye's.


I've been meaning to tell you folks I put new lamps in my bike and can't believe the substantial improvement they made.
I haven't taken the time to take photos like the OP but trust me these lamps make a noticeable improvement. I don't believe online photos will do them justice.
I'm currently commuting 70+ miles home in the dark, half on two lane country roads daily. I have plenty of miles under my belt to know what it looked like with OEM lamps and now what it looks like with these.
I highly recommend them for a cheap upgrade that improves safety, or when your OEM lamps fail, as was my case. (3rd set of lamps for me)













Thanks for posting mAthosalas
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Old 11-21-2010, 10:10 AM   #4
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Hi thanks.I also had the motovision installed on my previous bike,a DL650 Vstrom.There it was better the difference between the stock bulbs and the motovision.Yes.But now with my F8 I think that the stock are so good to be different.So I think it's a waist of time(and money-but that the less)to change that.In my opinion :)
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Old 11-21-2010, 10:34 AM   #5
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Well, everyone's eye's are different so this whole thing is subjective... but my headlight now puts out more useable light with these lamps over the OEM to me.
I was just replacing failed EOM lamps instead of upgrading so I figured why not and was pleasantly surprised. It's not like I'm going to go buy new lamps from a BMW dealer?
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Old 11-21-2010, 11:27 AM   #6
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I changed mine this week also. I used the Osram 65w H7's and its easily a noticeable difference and well worth the $40 it cost. I ride home past a state park at night and I see 5-10 deer every night. Both of my brothers have hit a deer in the last month alone so anything that might help is worthwhile for me.

I have the Touratech xenon fog light on order so when it gets here I will be lighting up the night ;)
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Old 11-21-2010, 05:22 PM   #7
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...I used the Osram 65w H7's...
Wouldn't be there any problems with the 65w instead of the 55w?
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Old 11-21-2010, 05:52 PM   #8
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I tried the sylvania ultra's they might have been a tad brighter but burned out in 3,000 miles
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Old 11-22-2010, 08:16 AM   #9
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changing lamps wouldn't change the spread, that's determined by the reflectors.
most of the the way the light shines is determined by the reflector yes.
but the bulb itself also makes more difference then most would think.

read an article not to long ago where they compared a lot of different bulbs, using the same lamp for each one. and really measuring the light output and the range and spread (in a special laboratory). and there's a real big difference between bulbs, especially between the very cheap ones and the better (more expensive) ones.
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Old 11-22-2010, 09:49 AM   #10
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most of the the way the light shines is determined by the reflector yes.
but the bulb itself also makes more difference then most would think.

read an article not to long ago where they compared a lot of different bulbs, using the same lamp for each one. and really measuring the light output and the range and spread (in a special laboratory). and there's a real big difference between bulbs, especially between the very cheap ones and the better (more expensive) ones.
You mena the MOTORRAD's test?
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Old 11-22-2010, 10:06 AM   #11
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yes (the dutch version)
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Old 11-22-2010, 01:27 PM   #12
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Somebody that have tried Philips newest, the XP Moto on their 800GS ? The XP Moto should according to the advertising be a tad more brighter then the MotoVision ...

Also, that thing with the orange light from the MotoVision (when you look at the bike, not the actual beamed light), is it actually an argument for safety ?

MotoVision:
http://www.lighting.philips.com/in_e...ghting&lang=en

XP Moto:
http://www.lighting.philips.com/in_e...ghting&lang=en
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Old 11-22-2010, 02:00 PM   #13
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Somebody that have tried Philips newest, the XP Moto on their 800GS ?
Just take a look of the 1st post above... I can't say that I found it a really upgrade.
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Just take a look of the 1st post above...


Ye ... XP = Xtreme Power.

What about the safety argument for the orange thing with the MotoVision then ...
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Old 11-23-2010, 03:44 PM   #15
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Ye ... XP = Xtreme Power.

What about the safety argument for the orange thing with the MotoVision then ...
Dunno if it works, but many South African riders swear by orange lighting, they even put orange tinted lenses over their lights for daytime use.
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