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Lightbulb Best Headlight Bulb Recommendations

My low-beams have finally given up after about 6-7 years on my 2011 Versys. I was considering purchasing the OEM bulb, but figured I'd see what else is out there for low and high-beam aftermarket headlight bulbs. So shoot me your bulb recommendations!
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I just used a 'regular' H7 when I had to replace one. On my Gen1s I spent a "whack" of time adjusting the two beams till I was satisfied, and my coverage is really good.

On my Gen 3, however, the beams are 'split-up' by the fact that the headlite "glass" has many small facets, so I believe I have a better headlite on my '08....

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I have converted to LED bulbs. I'm not pleased with the beam pattern produced by the bulbs I currently have though. They have 4 large "COB" emitters all around and produce a lot of light, but it is not well focused. I've been doing some research and have found that there are LED bulbs that have good beam patterns. Here is an example on eBay.ca. If you search eBay.com for "H7 F2 LED" you will find them. Note how the LED emitters closely resemble the filament position of the original bulb. That is the key factor to having a good beam pattern. The LED's have to be in the same position as the filament was, or darn close to it!

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LED bulb emitters should face left and right

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I have converted to LED bulbs. I'm not pleased with the beam pattern produced by the bulbs I currently have though. They have 4 large "COB" emitters all around and produce a lot of light, but it is not well focused. I've been doing some research and have found that there are LED bulbs that have good beam patterns. Here is an example on eBay.ca. If you search eBay.com for "H7 F2 LED" you will find them. Note how the LED emitters closely resemble the filament position of the original bulb. That is the key factor to having a good beam pattern. The LED's have to be in the same position as the filament was, or darn close to it!
To get a good beam pattern, LED bulbs should be oriented so the emitters are facing left and right,, or 9 and 3 o'clock.

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I've been very happy over the years and several bikes using Philips X-treme Vision. They plug right in, put out a much whiter light, and won't melt anything. They usually only last me about a year/8-9K miles, though. I checked directly with Philips and was told that's a typical life span for that model bulb.

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+1 for Phillips X-treme and their other bulbs. I use them on my bike and Subaru. Do some shopping before just snapping anything up. I bought my bulbs on Amazon for half the price that my local Walmart was hawking them for. Keepa and other price trackers on Amazon are a great tool for spotting deals and ripoffs
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What to look for when buying LED Headlight Bulbs


With regards to what to look for with regards to beam pattern see 18:45 onwards
Best new type of LED is at 26:30



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Stop recommending LED drop in bulbs, they are a downgrade from good halogen bulbs.

"But halogen isn't sexy..."

Uh... seeing deer keeps you sexy!

Best halogens: https://www.hidplanet.com/forums/for...-halogen-bulbs

Why HID/LED can't work in reflectors: Daniel Stern Lighting Consultancy and Supply
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Stop recommending LED drop in bulbs, they are a downgrade from good halogen bulbs.

"But halogen isn't sexy..."

Uh... seeing deer keeps you sexy!

Best halogens: https://www.hidplanet.com/forums/for...-halogen-bulbs

Why HID/LED can't work in reflectors: Daniel Stern Lighting Consultancy and Supply
Super helpful info!!! Thanks.

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I run cheap and cheerful generic bulbs in it. IMO the difference between oem and premium is not that noticeable. If you want lots of extra light buy some aux LED lights off of AliExpress or EBay. Narrow beam pattern and ~4000 lumens each.
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I find it amusing that Phillips (a light bulb manufacturer) has designed and sells US DOT legal LED bulbs. Including some headlight and fog light bulbs.

Not all LED bulbs are junk. There are some that have been designed correctly to replace halogen bulbs. Their main benefit is they consume much less power, which reduces the load on the charging system and wiring. They can also output twice the light of a high power halogen bulb, while maintaining a correct beam pattern.

LED lighting technology is continuing to advance, regardless of what Mr. Stern and his friends think.
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LED are a controversial topic so heres my experience.I also have an E-bicycle so LED is the only option as you have have to be very energy efficient.I changed most of my main household lighting to LED years ago as our hydro rates keep going up.More cost up front but a lot cheaper to run.Uses a lot less current than halogen,incandescants answer to brightness,I uses household dimmers when needed.And a lot less heat.Had to change one bulb,it was a defect.On my gen 3 Versys 650 I changed all my lights to LED as I added more lights,heated gear,chargers ,etc.Our alternator has to generate the current and it all adds up,especially heated gear.I needed the brightest headlights I could get away with for my aging eyes.I got the Denali LED headlights,a tried and true system.They are made to fit the Versys and other similar bikes.The improvement in brightness and distance at night is big.They emit at the 3 and the 9 sideways to assimilate to our reflectors.Because this is a single emmitor(bulb) to retrofit our incandescent system it produces some heat.As opposed to a LED array(like the gen 3 rear brake light),which uses a series of emmitors which dissipates the heat best option.The LED headlamp single emmitor(bulb) therefore needs a heat sink.Mine have a micro fan built in,best option,and better than the ones with the strands hanging off the backside.Now that I know what to look for I could probably get cheaper online.Theyre all made in China I believe.Pay attention to the color rating,the lower numbers can be bluish which some people like. 35,000 K and all lights still going,my experience on all LED fronts is they last a long time as they produce little heat.
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I bought the Cyclops LEDs for the KLR/Versys. Requires modding the rubber weather boot to fit but holy goddamn! Thems some bright lights! There are a few hot spots in the beam, but it keeps the OEM cutoff so I think it was worth it. They are MASSIVELY brighter, it isnt even funny.
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