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Old April 3rd, 2020, 09:55 PM   #1
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Should I buy LED or HID Headlight Bulbs

I'm looking to upgrade the bulbs on my 1098s from the awful halogen to either LED or HID. HIDs appears to be the no-brainer upgrade for quality and performance, butLEDS in general appear to be very popular, which attribute to it's lower cost. I'm looking for an upgrade that will not only enhance the bike aesthetically, but also provide something that is going to perform better than stock at night.

Please provide opinion from experience with LED or HID, but also provide brand recommendations. Thanks
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Old April 4th, 2020, 02:57 AM   #2
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How old are you?

Seriously leading question.
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Old April 4th, 2020, 08:36 AM   #3
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Lol. I’m not looking to add red and yellow lights. I’m looking for an upgrade to the headlight bulbs. No different than my M3 having xenon bulbs and a 325i having halogen.



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Found this thread. Sharing for all other age appropriate riders looking for an upgrade:

https://www.ducati.org/forums/how-to...x98-848-a.html
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Remember that anything that reduces the electrical loads will put more heat into your R/R unless it is a SH847. Must be a FH020 at minimum and ideally relocated to right side where there is more air.
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Ok.. here’s where I was going..

If your over 45 you’re eyes start to deteriorate and the led lights or high k lights actually can make it harder to see or define things on the road. A whiter light is ok but older eyes will work better with the yellow tinge from halogen.

Blue from led lights with older eyes can disappear especially with the blue tinge in bitumen.

Next up the blue and even white will be really shit in the rain and wet roads.. noticed that highway overheads are yellow??

You can buy better halogen globes..

Or you can not ride stupidly beyond your lights or abilities.

To be honest most of the time your lights are for others to see you mostly.. and for you to see a lesser amount.
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Good point Shrek. Im an old fart 57 yrs and I have a 1098R Bayliss Ltd Ed. I was thinking of an upgrade but will settle for a better halogen bulb.I very rarely ride at night but if I do, I want to be able to see a bit better that the current bulbs ability! Thanks for the insight.
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Is the R/R thing similar for the ST3 as they are mounted in the air scoop in the fairing nose?
I note the size of the copper wiring which may have something to do with the company saving weight and money on the wiring loom,much smaller than on 20+ year old bikes
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I've never used HID's but from what I have read on here in the past, the problems some people have after fitting them I personally wouldn't bother.
If you do a search I'm sure you'll find plenty on the subject.

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I fitted a pair of these LED H11s:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Pretty much the same size as the original H11s - fit inside the covers. Much brighter than the halogens and the beam pattern is the same. I got them mainly for the cosmetic appearance, a more modern white. I do have an upgraded FH020 RR so no probs there.

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Ok.. here’s where I was going..

If your over 45 you’re eyes start to deteriorate and the led lights or high k lights actually can make it harder to see or define things on the road. A whiter light is ok but older eyes will work better with the yellow tinge from halogen.

Blue from led lights with older eyes can disappear especially with the blue tinge in bitumen.

Next up the blue and even white will be really shit in the rain and wet roads.. noticed that highway overheads are yellow??

You can buy better halogen globes..

Or you can not ride stupidly beyond your lights or abilities.

To be honest most of the time your lights are for others to see you mostly.. and for you to see a lesser amount.
40 seems to be the "magic" number. The doctor says I still have 20/20 but I can't focus anything closer than a foot or two. And I agree the white light is much harder than the yellow light. I'm 49 and apparently at 50 I can get an operation to correct the problem. I still prefer the look of white light over yellow. LEDS have come a long ways you can get them in yellow now.

As for the OP question go with the LEDs they are now plug and play I took out the HIDS as soon as there were viable LEDs
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