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Old 11-23-2010, 05:17 PM   #16
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If you want the wow difference go HID. With the HID's installed my low beam is now brighter than my High beam was with the silverstar's. They pull less current and are a super easy install. Try DDM, they have a set of the motorcycle units with slim ballast at like $60 bucks.
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Old 11-24-2010, 02:22 AM   #17
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What about the safety argument for the orange thing with the MotoVision then ...
Look at them indtalled on my x-Vstrom




There,I had better result,better lighting for sure.As for the optical difference,I could see an orange lighting down of the light,not on the road only on Vstrom's light.They say that is better looking,more visible for human eye,that is the reason you are more visible on the road from other drivers.
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Try DDM, they have a set of the motorcycle units with slim ballast at like $60 bucks.
Give please a link,is that easy?thanks
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Old 11-24-2010, 05:33 AM   #18
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If you want the wow difference go HID. With the HID's installed my low beam is now brighter than my High beam was with the silverstar's.
What do you use for oncoming traffic now your low beam is so bright?

The light source in an HID capsule is a completely different shape to a halogen globe filament; quite apart from the extra light, you inevitably send light places it shouldn't be going, glaring oncoming traffic even on low beam. That's why HID conversions of halogen lights are illegal.
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Old 11-24-2010, 10:00 AM   #19
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the orange glow in the motovision bulbs are not really to see more on the road. it's meant to make motorcycles more visible in traffic.

when riding at night in busy traffic, a single small motorcycle headlight is often overlooked through all the car headlights.
the orange glow makes the motorcycle to stand out of the crowd and get's other drivers attention.
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Old 11-24-2010, 01:56 PM   #20
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I dont know how it is effecting the other drivers, I do know that I am very rarely flashed by oncoming traffic letting me know the lights are too bright. As far as the police, my philosophy is simple, if I get pulled over for having lights that are too bright, then they did their job, I got noticed! When riding I want to be safe, and if having extremely bright lights gets me noticied than so be it!

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What do you use for oncoming traffic now your low beam is so bright?

The light source in an HID capsule is a completely different shape to a halogen globe filament; quite apart from the extra light, you inevitably send light places it shouldn't be going, glaring oncoming traffic even on low beam. That's why HID conversions of halogen lights are illegal.
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Old 11-24-2010, 02:28 PM   #21
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the orange glow in the motovision bulbs are not really to see more on the road. it's meant to make motorcycles more visible in traffic..
that is exactly what I could not describe better,thanks.
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Old 03-29-2012, 06:42 PM   #22
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Heat buildup?

Does anyone have problems with heat building up inside the lamp, after changing the original H7 bulbs for a high-intensity aftermarket bulb?
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Old 03-29-2012, 07:08 PM   #23
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Does anyone have problems with heat building up inside the lamp, after changing the original H7 bulbs for a high-intensity aftermarket bulb?
I can not say what was the cause of this melting since I bought the bike used. It had H7 55 watt lamps when I got it. But you be the judge and take your chances with high output bulbs in the plastic reflector housing. Btw: the headlight housing is priced at $400+ to replace.

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Old 03-29-2012, 08:39 PM   #24
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1 off HID

I'm in the process of upgrading the lighting on our GS's. After looking at all the bulb choices and not being overly impressed I decided to go the HID route. Very happy with the results. Its not just the brightness of the light but the color. It really catches your eye. Very nice kit and super easy to install.


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Old 03-30-2012, 02:38 AM   #25
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guys I have totally destroyed headlight by homologated 55w osram nightbreaker.

will post pics when I get to the office
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:20 AM   #26
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I installed a Sylvania/Osram SilverStar when my stock high beam lamp burned out.
Since the Sylvania was rated at the same 55W of power I "assumed" (yes ... I know) that it would not make the headlight housing any hotter than the OEM bulb ....
Some might think that if it's brighter light and the same input power that it would actually run cooler ....

Anyway .... I can see "tarnishing" of the high-beam reflector above the bulb...

I wonder if it is really the Sylvania bulb's fault???
The High beam cavity is very small ... perhaps it retains too much heat?
I think I have heard of several folks with problem using just stock H7s ???

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Old 03-30-2012, 11:22 AM   #27
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I can not say what was the cause of this melting since I bought the bike used. It had H7 55 watt lamps when I got it. But you be the judge and take your chances with high output bulbs in the plastic reflector housing. Btw: the headlight housing is priced at $400+ to replace.

When my bike was new I have exactly that same problem, so I went to the BMW dealer and they exchange it (guaranty). Since then I haven’t had any problem with the original bulbs and the lamp assembly.

But I still think that the newer more efficient halogen bulbs have more to offer than the stock ones. So I came across the HELLA Xenon Premium H7 bulbs. HELLA claims that this bulbs, at the same nominal output (55W 12V), will give up to 80% more life and up to 50% more light. So far the more light part has been true. But I feel that this bulb might be emitting more heat that the stock one.

This weekend I am conducting some field testing about all of this and next week I will post the results.

If any one have some insights on this subject please let me know.

Happy and safe ridding everyone…
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Old 03-31-2012, 04:06 AM   #28
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output (55W 12V), will give up to 80% more life and up to 50% more light. So far the more light part has been true.
yep.. but not by 50%.. there are norms permitting only a slight better light output.

Some guy in our CZ forum even measured that with some calibrated device.

But still.. it's a clear difference compared to the stock bulbs.

I use this, they claim it has 90+ output.. it's a nonsense.. but still, I love 'em:

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Old 03-31-2012, 07:21 AM   #29
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In addition to ruining the reflecting surface inside the headlight housing, a bulb with too much wattage or too hot no matter the wattage, can melt the headlight connector plug.
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Old 03-31-2012, 05:58 PM   #30
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I'm still trying to figure this out ...
for bulbs with a published power draw of 55W that all meet the H7 "standard" i.e. a halogen-style bulb,
is it possible that some run significantly hotter than others while still only drawing 55W and yet putting out the same amount of light or more?

Seems like some laws of physics might be violated ...
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