Originally Posted by RX Therapy
I ride My Street Glide 5 to 6 days a week and most days I'm not getting home until after dark. I would like to upgrade my headlight
with more than just an aftermarket bulb and noticed HD is offering an
LED replacement to the tune of $400++. Was looking for some feedback from anyone who may have made the upgrade, before
spending this kind of dough.
LED's tend to be not as bright as conventional bulbs. Focusing the light for a headlight can be difficult too because LED arrays are big with not as much reflector as conventional bulbs. While LED's have a long life, they do get dimmer as they age. And they do fail, despite the advertising.
If you ride a lot at night, and I do, the best option that I have found is to replace the stock headlamp bulb with one of the aftermarket brighter and whiter bulbs like the Silverstar. These bulbs, available at auto parts stores and even Wal-Mart are a lot brighter than the stock Harley bulb. The next thing to do is to add a pair of 55w driving lights and wire them so that they do not go off when the high-beam is turned on. I have a small push toggle switch installed next to my high-beam switch. When running at night the twin 55w lamps are always on and the high beam is switched on and off as needed.
I have a pair of Harley's crash bar lights on my 2009 Dyna Super Glide. They really light up the road; projecting a wide beam that helps when making turns and cornering. At 55 watts each, they light up the road. I like them better than the light-bar style round lights that project light way down the road but are not so good at illuminating to the side of the bike. You know, those spots where the deer like to hide.
If you have a windshield, replace the plastic with clear, not smoked, not solar, not tinted - clear! If you wear a helmet with a visor the same applies. My daytime visor is lightly smoked and I mean very lightly smoked. At night it absorbs enough light to reduce my clear visual field by at least 40%. I use a clear visor at night.
Riding at night means that you need to be seen as much as you need to see. I just had one of those accent light kits installed. It comes with 139 white LED's, other colors are available, and it lights up the bike at night, making it a lot more visible to anyone looking at the bike from the side. The lighting is also visible from the front and rear, but it really lights it up in profile.