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Smile H7 V Headlight Bulb

Been using these bulbs.
Notice a marked improvement during night riding.

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Osram Silverstar

On previous bikes I have used Osram H4 Silverstar bulbs. 60/55watt
They give 50% more light for the same wattage as standard.
I found them very good and I have intended to get some for the Versys. Has anyone tried them?
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Thanks for the post I have been wanting to change the low beam. I run around at night with the high beam on all the time so I can see.


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Osram's Hyper H7 clear 65 watt bulb (bigger H9 burner on H7 base) from their high-wattage rally and professional offroad bulb line offers 2100 lumens (brightness) and a 500 hour life, compared to:
1780 lumens, 340 hours for the Osram Night Breaker
1750 lumens, 350 hours for the Osram Silverstar
1620 lumens, 200 hours for Philips X-Treme Power H7...
(Standard H7: 55w, 1500 lumens, 500 hours)

I got a pair of the awesome Osram Hyper H7 for $21 each plus $8 shipping to Canada from http://www.suvlights.com/advanced_se...7b8cf5eb003ebc
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Smile

Thanks for the info, Invader. Maybe will try it sometime.
Actual the postage charges to here is what that spoils the deal.

Honestly, I think the factory headlight vertical beam is too low.
Refer to the V manual section periodic maintenance 2-39.
Attached a snapshot of it.
I turned the vertical adjuster clockwise till I got the height I want.
also works for the high beam adjustment.

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Invader does it again with another tasty bit/mod for the V!!!
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Osram's Hyper H7 clear 65 watt bulb (bigger H9 burner on H7 base) from their high-wattage rally and professional offroad bulb line offers 2100 lumens (brightness) and a 500 hour life, compared to:
1780 lumens, 340 hours for the Osram Night Breaker
1750 lumens, 350 hours for the Osram Silverstar
1620 lumens, 200 hours for Philips X-Treme Power H7...
(Standard H7: 55w, 1500 lumens, 500 hours)

I got a pair of the awesome Osram Hyper H7 for $21 each plus $8 shipping to Canada from http://www.suvlights.com/advanced_se...7b8cf5eb003ebc
Lit up any moose with those?

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hdlight bulbs

Just received a pair of Osram `Night Breaker`H7 yesterday seem to be the same code ( PX26d ) under the name of HYPER, over there,
Technical info = 55w But 90% more light- 10% Whiter light ?
Will fit them soon and report back the results..
Cost here in the UK £15.65 INCLUDING POST

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Hence, the Beauty of the V forum is revealed.

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Is the general concensus that Osram bulbs are the best 'plug-n-play' bulbs available? I've read lots of posts about HIDs, ect. However, I'm still trying to sort out which bulbs are best for plug-n-play applications.

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Mine was also aimed too low and to the left, as are most V's...

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Lit up any moose with those?
I sure did, on my last ride last fall. Even with my sligthly orange tinted shield, I saw a moose crossing the highway a good distance away in total darkness, and was well able to slow down for what was three moose. The third one kept following the road, and I was rolling wheelies on its hind until it finally joined his two buddies in the bush...

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Just received a pair of Osram `Night Breaker`H7 yesterday seem to be the same code ( PX26d ) under the name of HYPER, over there,
Your Night Breakers are not 65W Hyper clear bulbs using a larger H9 burner on H7 base... PX26d is the code for an H7 bulb base.
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I sure did, on my last ride last fall. Even with my sligthly orange tinted shield, I saw a moose crossing the highway a good distance away in total darkness, and was well able to slow down for what was three moose. The third one kept following the road, and I was rolling wheelies on its hind until it finally joined his two buddies in the bush.
Sounds like a close call. I've found that they'll run down the road for quite a ways before heading into the ditch. I think they can't see very well and they're so scared they'll run where they can see, in other words wherever your lights are pointing. So wheelies just might be the answer....

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I did side-swipe a moose that was in my lane in the same direction with my car near Temagami once in a slight snow storm. It left dents and moose hair on the right doors and fender. Driving into a right bend, I also ripped open the left rear door and wrecked the wheel on the sharp end of the guard rail on the opposing side. We checked for the moose but it was gone... The small spare disinflated and the rim started breaking up... We just made it to Cochrane, roto-tilling the shoulder.

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speaking of hooves

I had a deer jump over me while on my vfr once...talk about a surreal moment.
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The trouble with lighting up moose is they're so tall your headlights shine below them. Slow down at night...don't overrun your lights.


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Forgive me but I like a few opinions before I spend my money.

Contacted Daniel Stern Lighting for his professional comments as below:

Any of the blue-glass "extra white" bulbs are an absolute nonstarter as
far as seeing better is concerned. Sylvania Silverstar/Ultra, PIAA, Hoen,
BlueVision, CrystalVision, TruView, Nokya, Polarg, etc. -- all a scam.
Such bulbs produce significantly less light than even a standard bulb, so
we'll start our comparison with standard bulbs.

Osram Silverstar, Narva Rangepower+50, and Philips VisionPlus are all
"Plus+50" H7 bulbs. Philips Xtreme Power and Osram Night Breaker are both
"Plus+80"/"Plus+90" bulbs. They are, as a class, the best 55w H7s you can
buy. But, Osram offers (and I stock) an even better option with higher
output and longer life. Here is the comparison (figures at 13.2 volts):

Standard H7:
55w, 1500 lumens, 500 hours

H7 ultra "Plus+50" (any brand):
55w, 1580 lumens, 225 hours

H7 Xtreme "Plus+80" (Philips) or "Plus+90" (Osram):
55w, 1620 lumens, 200 hours

H7 rallye+65 (Osram only):
65w, 2100 lumens, 500 hours, obvious choice.

The extra 10w is of no consequence as far as electrical power or heat --
those 80w to 100w bulbs are a different story, and they produce less light
and have a shorter lifespan than the Osram 65w item. Direct order link is
http://store.candlepower.com/osraulhiouh7.html


Now, intend to try the Osram H7+65 as also recommended by Invader.
Trouble is, probably have to order overseas.

Personal note: Have a look at your V vertical beam adjustment first, made a lot of different after bring the beam higher.


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After burning out the light switch contacts on my 1975 Corolla rally car, I'm a bit cautious running higher wattage bulbs. Although I supppose, it IS a 1975 car, and I was running 80W bulbs. Still, who's to say that an extra 10W isn't going to do damage? If an extra 10W is okay, is an extra 15W? Where do you stop? Maybe someone can test what the safe threshold is...

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Hi Demuire,

I guess that's why we call it aftermarket.
There are always risk when trying something new and untested.
My say is if putting higher wattage lights than stock, good idea to beef up the wiring first.
Same goes like relays if installing horns like the the stebel nautilus.

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Yeah for sure. I think it would certainly be a good idea to run the headlights through a relay (if it isn't already, some cars are wired like this and I wouldn't be surprised if some bikes are too). I suppose the next question then is if it would damage the lens/reflector...

I'm probably being pedantic here - I mean 10W probably isn't going to make any real difference - the stock stuff is probably designed to cope with that much extra buffer. However there's always a risk, and I guess you just have to factor that in...

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This is about the end all on light info....

Assuming you believe everything this fella says, and he seems to have his **** together. So, even though I don't have my bike anymore, I still love to get in on these discussions. In my endless search for better lights for everything, I found this article...It is a great read and good food for thought.
ENJOY.
http://www.honda-tech.com/showthread.php?t=2151068

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EDIT: Oh yeah, forgot this little bit. I've only used them once, but the best bulbs I ever used were IPF bulbs, I had them on my YZF. They were painfully bright, and lasted as long as I owned the bike, but you will pay a premium for them. I found a couple of their bulbs at http://www.automotivelightingusa.com , and they are actually not that expensive.

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