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Easy LED side lights from Wal-Mart

I've never liked the way the side lights/running lights/whatever they are look on the versys. They're very yellow, and due to that, they appear dim, even though they are running at the proper brightness.

Using this handy guide from GE, I found out that the versys side lights are W5W lamps: http://www.gelighting.com/LightingWe...m181-18015.pdf

Turns out that the W5W bulbs, which are hard to find, are cross-compatible with 194 automotive bulbs, commonly available in LED form at your local Wal-mart (and a bunch of other places you probably have near you: http://www.pilotautomotive.com/dealers.html), so I picked a pair up for $7




They are similarly sized to the stock bulbs and have the same contact fitting



All you have to do is pull off the side body plastic that runs from the headlight to the tank on each side. You can access the side lights from there, no removal of the headlight needed.

Comparison shot of the stock bulb (left) and the LED (right)




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So for about $7 you can get rid of those yellow bulbs and go with something closer to the headlight, temperature-wise, not a bad setup for the cost

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I can't tell from the pics - are they brighter now? Or just bluer?
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those are what i have in mine now you need the 36 led head light and high beam like mine too http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Xenon-Whit...324745?vxp=mtr
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I can't tell from the pics - are they brighter now? Or just bluer?
they are not "brighter" but give better "whiter" light that is clearer
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those are what i have in mine now you need the 36 led head light and high beam like mine too http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Xenon-Whit...324745?vxp=mtr
Do you have a comparison picture?

The stock low beam bulbs are terrible.
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those are what i have in mine now you need the 36 led head light and high beam like mine too http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Xenon-Whit...324745?vxp=mtr
What is the wattage of the low beam? High beam?

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I can't tell from the pics - are they brighter now? Or just bluer?
They are both 5-watt bulbs. The LED is maybe a tad brighter, but not enough to warrant doing this for a brightness increase. I really just didnt like the orange hue of the original bulbs.

Its a cosmetic thing, hence posting it in the cosmetic forum

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What is the wattage of the low beam? High beam?

Thanks.
both are the same
and here is from the ad
Features:

Super Bright Projector lens design
High Power, 5 Watts total per bulb
New Premium quality 2835 type SMD LEDs
36 LEDs total per bulb (3 on top under a projector lens & 33 on sides)
Non-Polar LED circuitry. Plug & Play.
Brand New - Never Used
Fits for H7 bulbs
Super Bright 6000k Xenon White Light Color
50,000 Hour Life Expectancy
Will never flicker or fade after extended use
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Do you have a comparison picture?

The stock low beam bulbs are terrible.



my camera really really sucks (8 mega pixel) but a way to tell how bright it really is is look how dark everything around it is...
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To silviefox - do you think that LED headlight gives you any better distance or is is just clearer? How about the dispersion? Any different than the OEM bulb?
have sadly not rode with it bike is trapped inside for the winter and i dont ride at night much to start with as i only have a tinted visor :/ but when i tested the bulbs (out of housing) they put off alot more crisp white light in all directions (front projector works nice) as appose to stocks intense light yellowish only off to the sides..
oh and it also uses about 1/11th of the wattage as stock
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I like the white light.... and that frees up more juice for my heated gear.
that and gps is exactly why i got them =p
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