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    '04 R1150R LED Headlight

    Looking to convert the headlight on my '04 R1150R to LED. Anyone have experience with this bulb - http://stores.advmonster.com/native-h4/? Tried a conversion on my '00 Triumph Thunderbird 900 with the bulb with the copper braids on the rear (from Superbright LED), and it was a disaster - not enough room in the bucket, wouldn't work with the dust cover.

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    Pepperfool GSAddict's Avatar
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    You have to keep the LEDs cool or their life/lumen output is shortened. The only real way to do it properly is with a cooling fan which in many cases requires extensive modification to the bike. (The latest R1200GSW factory LED headlight has an internal fan)
    In your case you might have enough room behind the reflector to clear the cooling fan.
    Another thing to consider is the light distribution as the reflector was designed for an incandescent lamp. There have been lots of reports of LED lamps causing scattered light blinding oncoming traffic. Be aware of this potential problem.
    That being said there is one I would consider testing.
    Follow this link on ADV Vendors (many posts):
    http://advrider.com/index.php?thread...odules.948701/
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    Quote Originally Posted by GSAddict View Post
    You have to keep the LEDs cool or their life/lumen output is shortened. The only real way to do it properly is with a cooling fan which in many cases requires extensive modification to the bike. (The latest R1200GSW factory LED headlight has an internal fan)
    In your case you might have enough room behind the reflector to clear the cooling fan.
    Another thing to consider is the light distribution as the reflector was designed for an incandescent lamp. There have been lots of reports of LED lamps causing scattered light blinding oncoming traffic. Be aware of this potential problem.
    That being said there is one I would consider testing.
    Follow this link on ADV Vendors (many posts):
    http://advrider.com/index.php?thread...odules.948701/
    Website:
    http://www.cyclopsadventuresports.co...ulb-_p_83.html
    Thanks. As it stands now, with the high-output bulbs; i.e., SilverStart, the listed bulb life runs between 110 to 160 hours. Generally they are adequate for the night-time riding I do, but the bulb life is short.

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    This won't help you with your selection, but it may be of some interest in the LED-or-not discussion:

    https://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread...noise-headlamp
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