i guess i was just thinking the stock halogens are about 1250 each, so this would still be an improvement without requiring ballasts etc.
i think the 35W HID with ballast is somewhere around 3100LM, so definitely a jump on these LEDs...but ballasts can be a pain in the ass (and throw random errors & reset your clock/DTC from time to time)
I have a new headlight unit, fitted with Angel eyes, 4500 HID kit - small ballasts and the whole wiring kit... I initially went this route then decided to go another so its been sitting about getting dusty - It was going on Gumtree but if you think its what you may want give me a PM.
They contain Chinese clone of CREE XL LEDs (read: short lifespan, reduced efficacy in comparison with original) .
they claim them to be 80W, but I measured draw of 0.7A at 13V (which equals to around 9W instead of 80W claimed!!!). So again, BS chinese product. You will simply not gain anywhere near usable luminosity and the light spread is pretty awful anyway.
waste of money.
There is no retrofit LED headlight substitute on market apart from custom solution as seen on Lexus/Panigale/BMW or Hella LED housing.
yeah, it's annoying they cant make an LED bulb that's at least as bright as the stockies. that's really all I'm after.
re. the ballasts, the size isn't an issue to me. it's more having to put them somewhere, and the potential for dash errors etc...2 of the 3 sets of HIDs I've had (including a set of $$$ Philips) have thrown intermittent errors - it's just one of those things that annoys the $hit out of me. i know some guys dont care if their clock resets every now and then, but it really irritates me.
anyway, i might take the above advice and just grab some nice halogens until someone puts out a reasonable LED bulb.
These ballast are super small. they fit inside of the healight. How ever the bulb has a fan on the back that does not let you use the cover. So my solutuion is to cut the cover enough to let the fan come out.
They dont throw any codes and when I had my HIDs I had to leave the bike on a tender or I would lose my settings (clock, trip). With these, I dont need to plug it into a tender. And look as bright, if not brighter than my 55w kit.
sorry to bring this back to life but i have been using these guys for all of the led for the last few years. Was thinking about running the H11 leads they have. A bit on the pricy side but i havnt had any trouble with any of their products and they have good customer service. H11 H16 6500K 3000LM LED HEADLIGHT FOG LIGHT | 1 PAIR - Headlights
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