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pricey for sure but not satisfied with OE especially on highbeam , i have aux. lights that burn on lowbeam . i don't do much night riding but would like to be able to see a larger footprint ahead and to sides of the roadway , by the examples illustrated in the 2012 acc. catalog the LED provides a much larger area , any of you able to give a comparison of your own?
Truck Lite makes a 7" LED dual beam bulb for aproxamately $200.00.
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I have a set of Rigid Industries Dually LED spot lights (taken off a truck I had) that I thought about mounting on my Iron. Im afraid they wont look very good though...

They are super bright though, follow the link below to check them out.

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I don't do a lot of riding at night. Will the Osram or Sylvannia Ultrabrites make me more noticeable to cage drivers during the day? I want to be as obvious as possible and know the bulb I have in there now isn't doing the job.

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Not a fan of the SilverStar lifespan.
Am a fan of the HD LED in my SG. Huge difference in distance and wider view.
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I don't do a lot of riding at night. Will the Osram or Sylvannia Ultrabrites make me more noticeable to cage drivers during the day? I want to be as obvious as possible and know the bulb I have in there now isn't doing the job.
They'll be quite a bit brighter but nothing compared to LED or HID. My Phase 7 light practically melts the asphalt because it's so bright.

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My money is on HID. Available for $50.00 USD or so and while a pain to fit the ballast to a Sportster, it's worth the effort!
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i really appreciate all the good info and comparisons of different

lighting options , probably going to go with LED , may be forced to rein in favorite funmoney spending for a bit of time. LED aux. lights next trip.

bike extras , kinda like sex : can't get it all at one time , a piece or two at a time is OK though.
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lighting options , probably going to go with LED , may be forced to rein in favorite funmoney spending for a bit of time. LED aux. lights next trip.

bike extras , kinda like sex : can't get it all at one time , a piece or two at a time is OK though.
So what's the verdict Ralph? Are you melting asphalt yet?
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post #29 of 32 (permalink) Old 11-25-2012, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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i should have posted back sooner , took my bike for new tires

relocate front turns and some bling and opted for the HD high performance (xenon bulb) instead of LED . learned a lot in this thread and appreciate the info , still may consider LED in the future , i don't nighttime ride much and haven't tried the new bulb since installed.
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post #30 of 32 (permalink) Old 11-25-2012, 01:24 PM
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Yes and no....
It is one bulb but 2 filaments. So you will only loose your low or high beam at once.

Personally for 20 or so bucks I'll take my chances!! I carry the stock one as a spare anyhow
Well I've never lost a headlamp while riding at night probably because I carry spares (you have to package them like they were nukes).

But I've been with people that lost them and both filaments always seem to burn out one right behind the other not giving them any leaway to limp home.
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