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"city light" continually burns out

The "city light", what the auxiliary driving light on the front above the headlight on 2010 to 2014 models is called in the manual, continually burns out on my bike. I've gone through 3 bulbs in the space of 2 months. Any ideas?
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in proper connections & check your grounding.
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I used to have to replace my license plate light every year to pass inspection. No idea how long it would last, but I always failed the inspection. I finally bought a LED replacement, and have been good for 4 or 5 years now.

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I fitted LED's to my city light and licence plate light and they have lasted 3 years so far, but that doesn't solve the OP's problem. As Fastoman said check connections and grounds that is the most likely cause, might not hurt to check the fuse connections and the fuse itself. You are looking for loose connections and / or corrosion of any sort.
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Which brand and quality level of bulbs are you getting? Did you leave fingerprints on the bulb's glass?

Here are some LED's:

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/2pcs-168-194-...87ee13&vxp=mtr

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/20-Pcs-Xenon-...a63666&vxp=mtr
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When I got my 2010 with 9000km the stock incandescent bulb was burnt out. I replaced it with a multi LED bulb which burnt out it a week. It looked like the base around the LED's melted a little. This was replaced by a CREE single LED which again burnt out in about 2 weeks. I'm thinking there is insufficient cooling in the small cavity for this bulb and as a result I perhaps need a low intensity, cool running, LED or low wattage incandescent bulb. LEDs seem to be very intolerant of heat.

This is what I got to replace it with..... http://www.ebay.ca/itm/200806939262

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This is the type of LED I used

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I'm just glad I don't live in a city.

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I'm just glad I don't live in a city.
Exactly. I've never looked at mine. Don't suppose I'll ever know if it did/has burned out.
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Exactly. I've never looked at mine. Don't suppose I'll ever know if it did/has burned out.
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I got a multi LED bulb for my city light.

It uses 5 x Rounded Optics 3mm LEDs similar to these here:
https://www.superbrightleds.com/more...rofit-car/199/


rather than using the unprotected SMD style LED.

Also note, that cheap Chinese LEDs are cheap and can fail at any time.
I bought a whole heap of cheap $0.85c LEDs from Hong Kong about 8 years ago, 3 died in 10 minutes use. I have 2 more die after about 6 months. I noticed that the 3 that died within 10 minutes got very very hot during use. The Others did not and survived longer.

My City light is still from the same purchase and has been running on the Versys now for nearly 2 years and 11,000km.
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If I had a light that continually burned out I'd be inclined to check my voltage regulator. While excess voltage will cause things to burn out, not sure that repeatedly losing that bulb and nothing else is a likely indicator. Still I'd check.

When mine went I replaced it with an LED bulb from ijdmtoy.com
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I had this on for 2 years. been good.


then i took this out from my wife's car since one of the pair spoiled due to a broken leg (that damned thin wire), and replaced the above bulb just for fun.


meanwhile wife's car gets a pair of these, less chance of having a broken legs with these.

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