Need recommendation for headlight replacement bulb

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by miro9, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. miro9

    miro9 Been here awhile

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    Any recommendation for a replacement bulb for low beam bulb for 2010 R1200GS? Thanks.
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  2. Robert_W

    Robert_W Does your dog bite? Yup!

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    Only recommendation you need. Upgrade it to a HID.
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  3. miro9

    miro9 Been here awhile

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    Other than going HID route, what bulbs to buy and where, please?
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  4. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    H7 cheapie from AutoZone or similar. No point in expensive bulbs that last no longer or less.:deal

    Jim :brow

    PS I third the HID!
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  5. Gezerbike

    Gezerbike Hey Rocky...........

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    Sylvania Siverstars are nice, but the wording on the package tells you they won't last as long as a cheaper bulb. HID is the way to go for more light and less costs.
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  6. hyena

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    The basic Sylvania H7's are around $10 at Wal Mart. They sell several different variants, Extra Vision, etc. Look on the back of the package, and Sylvania has bars to indicate projected life. I think the highest is 5 bars, and that's on the $10 bulb. Whiter, brighter = fewer bars. Of course, it's all relative. I think I'm on my third replacement in three years, just buying the cheap ones.
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  7. JetSpeed

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    I had tried various lighting on my 05 R12GS I finally settled on the Phillips MotoVison bulbs, inexpensive and built for motorcycles.
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  8. mike-munich

    mike-munich Adventurer

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    This! Running Philips H7 MotoVision on my '05 R1200GS. 15 bucks at Amazon.
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  9. rebake

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    Buy extras,you will need them.
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  10. miro9

    miro9 Been here awhile

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    Just bought Philips H7 MotoVision on E-Bay. Does it have any different color / brightness? Thanks.
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  11. mike-munich

    mike-munich Adventurer

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    They have a reddish glare to them, making them stick out a little so other motorists can see you better.
    They also have 40% more output in the white light spectrum. The beam travels about 50 feet longer as the OEM bulb.
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  12. def

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    That's about 3/4 of a second at 65MPH. At that rate, you have likely already bumped Bambi and are skidding down the pavement, leaving a trail of sparks, skin, clothing, bone fragments and motorcycle parts. Go HID if you ride at night.
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  15. mike-munich

    mike-munich Adventurer

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    HID would be nice.... Unfortunately VERY illegal here in Krautland...:eek1


    EDT: inquiring minds want to know what the best color/temperature would be. 5000K or 6000K?
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  16. Gezerbike

    Gezerbike Hey Rocky...........

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    I like 4300. The higher you go, the bluer it becomes.
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  17. JimVonBaden

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    4300 is what auto manufacturers use, and the best compromise between useable light and power.

    Jim :brow
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  18. Hambonee

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    Osram Night Racer Plus

    About 20 bucks a bulb but MAN are they bright and with a god throw. Built for motorcycles also....

    Made one hell of a difference on my GS:D
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  19. def

    def Ginger th wonder dog

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    You folks over in the EU must behave and never install non-compliant equipment on your vehicles.

    As for lamp color, the HID equipped Benzs, BMWs and Audis use 4300K lamps for good reason...this color provides the optimum visible light at the highest lumen.

    Also, LEOs will most likely not be alarmed by your blue lamps, thereby removing or reducing the probable cause likelihood for a stop and look at your headlight, license, registration and proof of insurance.

    If you do install HID lamps, make sure you aim them properly to reduce offensive glare for oncoming drivers.
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  20. Robert_W

    Robert_W Does your dog bite? Yup!

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    5000k. I've run 6k in a couple of different bikes/cars. Too blueish / purple. I've switched them all to 5000k. Nice and white. And to me anyway just a smidge better visibility then 4300k.

    So what is the reasoning behind HID being illegal in der fatherland? Seems a bit obscure being as they seem to be all about high tech. :ear
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