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    I did an HID conversion on my bike dip beam, the following might help if anyone is intending to convert from halogen to HID. Many of the kits come with a large grommet around the cables. You have to cut a hole in the rear cover to seat the grommet.
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    OK, so I have to admit that the LEDs I've put in are indeed fairly useless for illuminating the road ahead. So, where now?
    I really don't want to go down the HID route for a couple reasons. First, I don't want to faff around fitting and wiring up the ballasts. And secondly, because of the initiation time, I've read that you can't really use them to 'flash'.
    So I think I'll just stick in the highest powered CREEs and see how they perform.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OBC John View Post
    OK, so I have to admit that the LEDs I've put in are indeed fairly useless for illuminating the road ahead. So, where now?
    I really don't want to go down the HID route for a couple reasons. First, I don't want to faff around fitting and wiring up the ballasts. And secondly, because of the initiation time, I've read that you can't really use them to 'flash'.
    So I think I'll just stick in the highest powered CREEs and see how they perform.

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    Get the bulbs I told you about for the main beam and the HIDS for the dipped.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D3GGY View Post
    Get the bulbs I told you about for the main beam and the HIDS for the dipped.
    My dipped headlights are xenon. I don't need to replace those.
    But do those fan-cooled LEDs need the 'starters'? If not, then for sure I'll get some.

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    Let's get to the bottom of this, how many bulbs in a facelift headlamp unit? There is the indicator bulb, the high and low beam. Does the xenon provide both high and low, or is there a sneaky H7 in there as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OBC John View Post
    My dipped headlights are xenon. I don't need to replace those.
    But do those fan-cooled LEDs need the 'starters'? If not, then for sure I'll get some.

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    The starters come with them and they will fit in the lamp housing, that's how I did mine.
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    Replacement high-beam bulbs

    Quote Originally Posted by Stevie View Post
    Let's get to the bottom of this, how many bulbs in a facelift headlamp unit? There is the indicator bulb, the high and low beam. Does the xenon provide both high and low, or is there a sneaky H7 in there as well.
    On the facelift there is only one bulb, main beam is a shutter which lifts when you need it. You can hear it actuate.

    The bulb is a D3S if memory serves
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    Lifted from another forum . . .

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    But doesn't answer my question about what I need for the separate high beam on my pre-facelift. 😕

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    Quote Originally Posted by D3GGY View Post
    The starters come with them and they will fit in the lamp housing, that's how I did mine.
    Cheers Mark. I'll have a look.

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    From one extreme to the other - just ordered a pair of 110W / 20,000 LM led, fan-cooled bulbs. Will post results . . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by OBC John View Post
    My dipped headlights are xenon. I don't need to replace those.
    But do those fan-cooled LEDs need the 'starters'? If not, then for sure I'll get some.

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    The starters or ballast are needed for HIDs to produce the HV needed for the bulbs, the warm up time makes them unsuitable for flashing. It also strains the ballast doing a quick energise then off again.
    What you've ordered includes a constant current driver for the LED, and as the LEDs don't need a warm up time they'll be ideal for flashing and main beam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gav View Post
    The starters or ballast are needed for HIDs to produce the HV needed for the bulbs, the warm up time makes them unsuitable for flashing. It also strains the ballast doing a quick energise then off again.
    What you've ordered includes a constant current driver for the LED, and as the LEDs don't need a warm up time they'll be ideal for flashing and main beam.
    Good luck
    Great! Cheers, Gavin. My flashing career can continue uninterrupted. 😱

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    Great answer, thanks.


 

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