LED Projector Headlight for BMW F800GS

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  1. GoPlaces

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    Oops....
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  2. thleon

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    Waiting for your opinion how it works. If the price drops a bit I will buy one also. :)
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  3. RyLaN

    RyLaN 14 F800 GSA

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    Oh yeah...duh
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  4. Mongo357

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    I just noticed that my reflector has one foot in the grave, so I was looking at this too. Only works for 2013+ models, though
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  5. bmwroadsterca

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    "I just noticed that my reflector has one foot in the grave, so I was looking at this too. Only works for 2013+ models, though"

    For less money you can get a new CEV headlight housing off of eBay and fit it up with a LED bulb that won't damage the reflector. Don't bother with a LED for the high beam unless you use it a lot.
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  6. Dorito

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  7. GoPlaces

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    So it is a Sept delivrry so be patient.

    Also, the video above somewhere notes in the subtitles the wattage draw... which I find hard to believe- at any rate if electronics suck I have the housing to mcgyver something tith lupine LEDs or the like..,
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  8. Mongo357

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    Ya I saw that too. I've tried the LED replacement "bulbs" and didn't like them. They are blinding to oncoming traffic, but as the rider I didn't think the light was that useful. Maybe my eyes don't like the "temperature", maybe it was the focus of the light. As for the CEV - I hate buying something that I know will eventually self-destruct, but if it lasts as long as my original unit then it won't be that bad.
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  9. bmwroadsterca

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    Blinding to oncoming traffic? Was the headlight adjusted to spec (cut-off 15 cm below center of headlight at a distance of 10 m)?

    Sent from my SGH-I747M using Tapatalk
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    My 2 cents- the reflectors of the headlight assembly are designed for a single all encompassing point source of light- aka the filament of the halogen bulb.

    Insert a Cyclops... and you find that the two side by side LEDs are supported by a spine and that spine would be where the filament was.

    After inserting the Cyclops you will see that there are two brighter spots in the lens when viewed from afar.

    The reflective engineering of the F800 silver lens was not designed for two spots offset the center spine.

    As a result, the light throw is sub optimum- so I agree largely with Mongo.
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  11. Mongo357

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    It was adjusted to "I can see the cutoff at the end of my driveway". Pretty damn tough to measure 15 cm below center at a distance of 10 m when I'm sitting in the seat for ballast. (The cement pad in front of my garage has a nice downslope, I can't just mark the garage door.)

    The LED bulbs are labeled "for off-road use only" - while I think they are good, the reflector isn't designed for them. Or maybe I should give the next generation a try - has there been significant improvement in the last three years?
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  12. Gaspare

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    Don't think so: the old headlight (63127697753) is superseded by 63128543114.
    The new part (Hella) then is applicable to all the MY 2008-2017.
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  13. runnr548

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    Very cool! I might give $250 for it.
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    Supposedly xenon lights require a specific reflector shape as well. However, I put xenon bulbs in my Tiger 1050 and they worked fantastic lighting up the highway and ditches like peak daylight. Never got flashed either since they were evidently adjusted correctly.

    My Yamaha FZ-10 came with 100% LED lighting. The headlights were totally different, looking like binocular lenses. The technology is out there, but some manufactures are slower than others to break the old paradigms.
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  15. 1or2Cylinder

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    Led lights or HID lights need controllers or ballasts. On a bike those are the parts that most often fail on the cheap aftermarket stuff. When that happens folks ride with no headlight or are stuck somewhere at night, not immediately fixable. Even though the H7 bulb uses more power when it blows you can replace with a carried spare or easily swap with your high beam. And the reflector is designed for it. at least the newer ones.
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  16. Gaspare

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    Anyway...

    https://m.italian.alibaba.com/p-det...tml?s=p&spm=a2706.8168354.1998817009.4.vzPpM8

    with negotiation, at home in italy with 221,80 € with 4% paypal rise.
    Possible to contact Sammy Fei, whatsapp 8613094971558 (to be checked: I've talked only by Alibaba chat)

    PS - GREAT! ...necessary a twilight switch to separate DRL from low beam, otherwise they'll be operate together, but it is a huge improvement. ...with such a lower price ;-)
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    Received notification it has arrived. Picking it up in a while. Good find Gaspare!
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  18. Logan.spencerVT

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    let us know how it goes!
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  19. GoPlaces

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    I have installed it... first impressions great- will go out tomorrow night and take some pics.

    Overall- the kit is heavier than the stock lamp assembly, as you would expect.

    Quality of housing is good, not a glass protective lens. Tolerances of fit into the OEM mounting bracket excellent.

    The low beams LEDs push out the heat for sure. Will attach my volt meter tomorrow and take some measurements.

    Each LED is 10 watts. The low beam is a 4 LED spread of light with distinct cut off to prevent blinding of oncoming traffic. It is night and day better than the stock with Cyclops bulbs, which itself is better than the stock halogens.

    High beams are 2 LEDs, each with its own magnifying lens- the high beams are "meh"- nothing to write home about... the win is in the low beams.

    The last 2 LEDs light the C.

    At full darkness, the low beam in city driving is way better than the cyclops with the associated "two hot spots of intense light" in the reflector which scatter the white light a bit more since the cyclops LEDs are not in the sweet spot for which the OEM reflector was designed for.

    So, a bit tired, all for now.
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