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On the subject of electrics I was thinking about fitting an LED headlight to my wagon, Suzuki Gladius because it's brighter and consumes less power than the QH fitted as standard.

On the internet it mentions that it may reduce battery life. Has anyone any experience of this?
 
On the subject of electrics I was thinking about fitting an LED headlight to my wagon, Suzuki Gladius because it's brighter and consumes less power than the QH fitted as standard.

On the internet it mentions that it may reduce battery life. Has anyone any experience of this?
Just change bulbs.
I use Osram night breakers. Excellent bit of kit
 

Chef

LE
Just change bulbs.
I use Osram night breakers. Excellent bit of kit
Sounds like a plan to me. It did occur to me as I pondered the matter that I've bimbled all over Europe with QH bulbs without feeling hard done by. Just getting sucked in by the shiny things.

Thanks for that.
 
On the subject of electrics I was thinking about fitting an LED headlight to my wagon, Suzuki Gladius because it's brighter and consumes less power than the QH fitted as standard.

On the internet it mentions that it may reduce battery life. Has anyone any experience of this?
I bunged LED's in the '57 Matchie G3C, 6v, V/good., and I can run on main beam and still show a charge.
 

Joshua Slocum

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On the subject of electrics I was thinking about fitting an LED headlight to my wagon, Suzuki Gladius because it's brighter and consumes less power than the QH fitted as standard.

On the internet it mentions that it may reduce battery life. Has anyone any experience of this?
you would need to change the entire headlight, as the reflector is not designed to cope with an LED
you see so many twatmobiles fitted with them now, all dazzling other road users
also they require a steady current, any surges can cause the driver to fail
bummer if you are out in the middle of nowhere
a lamp is easy enough to change though
 

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I bunged LED's in the '57 Matchie G3C, 6v, V/good., and I can run on main beam and still show a charge.
I knew it used less power, I just wondered if there was a downside. Apparently not it seems.

you would need to change the entire headlight, as the reflector is not designed to cope with an LED
you see so many twatmobiles fitted with them now, all dazzling other road users
also they require a steady current, any surges can cause the driver to fail
bummer if you are out in the middle of nowhere
a lamp is easy enough to change though
I hadn't thought of that, oops. I think just getting a Night breaker or similar will suffice. The difference between Tungsten and QH was amazing, the QH to LED seems less so. Plus I don't have to faff with new reflectors etc.

Arrse always a source of useful info when really needed.
 
On the subject of electrics I was thinking about fitting an LED headlight to my wagon, Suzuki Gladius because it's brighter and consumes less power than the QH fitted as standard.

On the internet it mentions that it may reduce battery life. Has anyone any experience of this?
Fitting after market LED headlight bulb upgrades is now a specific MOT fail.
 

Joshua Slocum

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They are also bloody dangerous, many of them especially the EBay and online section, very quickly lose the colour output and it changes to a mauve or blue-ish colour
I was on the M4 in thick fog and pulled out in front of a Chavstra, didnt bloody see him
he had his lights on but they were LEDs he had fitted, and simply did not show up in the fog
a 14 year old banger, why not leave it as the makers intended

I have an LED rear light conversion in the Guzzi, first one I fitted ( Ebay)nearly failed the mOT for the poor distinction between stop and tail light
the vibes tend to kill rear lamps on my bike

the tester gave me a name of a specialist who supply approved LED conversions, what a difference, the colour is much better and the difference between rear light and brake light is much more noticeable

Another problem is that the drivers crreate a large amount of RFI, drivers have found audio systems failing and instrument warnings coming up
 
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Thanks for all the info gents.

So MOT and legal wise it's a minefield. Electrically and structurally the same. For a marginal gain in lighting.

I'll stick to QH as Mr Suzuki intended.
 
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Thanks for all the info gents.

So MOT and legal wise it's a minefield. Electrically and structurally the same. For a marginal gain in lighting.

I'll syick to QH as Mr Suzuki intended.
I have a suzuki vitara.
Swapped bulbs out for Osram, I generally swap OE bulbs as a matter of course tbh. £22 quid very well spent. You can get Night breaker plus.. Not tried them though.
 
They are also bloody dangerous, many of them especially the EBay and online section, very quickly lose the colour output and it changes to a mauve or blue-ish colour
I was on the M4 in thick fog and pulled out in front of a Chavstra, didnt bloody see him
he had his lights on but they were LEDs he had fitted, and simply did not show up in the fog
a 14 year old banger, why not leave it as the makers intended

I have an LED rear light conversion in the Guzzi, first one I fitted ( Ebay)nearly failed the mOT for the poor distinction between stop and tail light
the vibes tend to kill rear lamps on my bike

the tester gave me a name of a specialist who supply approved LED conversions, what a difference, the colour is much better and the difference between rear light and brake light is much more noticeable

Another problem is that the drivers crreate a large amount of RFI, drivers have found audio systems failing and instrument warnings coming up
Now you tell me! The woofers and twatters on my Matchbox IBE system are going to give me gre.....oh, 'ang on....
 
I keep looking at these , should I get professional help?

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Joshua Slocum

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Now you tell me! The woofers and twatters on my Matchbox IBE system are going to give me gre.....oh, 'ang on....
Nah on old classic bikes with their straightforward charging system leds are the way to go
And being mot exempt means its not a problem
The better quality lamps supplied by the specialist dealers are well up to the job
 
Modern HDs are lot better machines now days, especially with their new engines. They’ve had to play catch up , to get younger riders.
Still vastly overpriced though, as an alternative if you want a Yank VTwin give Indian a look.
Too much bling & chrome on Indian`s for me.
 

Joshua Slocum

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