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So I was browsing over at the 1199 forums and saw that alot of the guys are swapping these H11 CREE LED bulbs in.

I have HID in my 848 right now but was thinking I would try this to see how they fit. I know we have projectors so im not sure what that will do to the output and projection.

4500LM 5500K 39W High Power 3 Sides Epistar LED Headlight Lamp H4 H7 H11 HB3 HB4 | eBay

The plus side, is that I belive that we have more room in our head lights over the 1199/899 between our forks.

Anyone have any Ideas?


I like my HIDs but I prefer the look of LEDS and they are instant on. I would love to do a retro fit but im not the best at wiring/cutting/splicing etc.


HOW-TO: Cree LED Retrofit without removing headlight housing. - Ducati 1199 Forum
 

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I've been thinking the exact same thing. I only get the chance to ride in the dark these days and the HID's warm up time on the hi-beam is annoying the crap out of me. Just don't like the thought of the back of the lights being open, they suffer enough from condensation as it is.
 

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another upside I assume you don't have to have the ballast crap?
 

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Yeah but what I gathered is that on led bulbs, it the lumens must be higher to be used as functional headlights.
 

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Got the the led bulbs in. Install was a breeze. Ballast are super small compared to HID ballast. I forgot to take pics with the HIDS on. I will test output later at night but initial impressions are that it is brighter. I can't fit the covers over the bulbs so I will have to modify them. The back of the bulbs (fans) stick out I would say about 5 millimeters. They are noisy (if engine isn't running, it sounds like a tiny fan). Here are some pics. Will try to get better ones. uploadfromtaptalk1407545310697.jpg uploadfromtaptalk1407545316804.jpg uploadfromtaptalk1407545323223.jpg uploadfromtaptalk1407545329325.jpg uploadfromtaptalk1407545335896.jpg uploadfromtaptalk1407545341658.jpg
 

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Looks like those bulbs have a tiny fan on the end to cool the heatsink. If that is the case, i would highly suggest not putting them in an enclosed location, like the stock bulbs are. You would be surprised at the amount of heat those suckers can generate....
 

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The lumens is 4500 I believe. The wattage draw has not affected the bike yet. I believe its drawing less than my old 55w HID System. Bike is running like a champ.
 

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I'll be checking back on this thread!
 

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How did you end up modifying the housing that covers the bulb? From your pics it looks like the heatsink on the back sticks out alot further than the cap will cover.
 
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