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Headlight: Halogen vs. LED vs. "Widow Maker"

Discussion in 'Customizing & Add-ons' started by Fat_Bastard, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. Fat_Bastard

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    Stock headlight bulb barely cuts it any more... $5.

    Halogen bulb not bad in its hey-day... $13.

    LED bulb with fan motor -- very nice light; but expected more than 2 years?.... $28~$290 !

    "Widow Maker" LED assembly - Just installed (will try tonight 11-8-2018) _______ $32.

    Then there is the coolness factor! Gotta say this new deal looks a little like a "UFO"
    and like the slightly blue color...


    What I ordered from Amazon delivered in 24 hrs. no shipping cost!
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    My 2 year old burned out LED/fan light bottom of photo and new LED assembly in upper part of photo (mutualy exclusive setups).
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    Stock Halogen next to new "Widow maker" assembly photo.
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    New Assembly installed - had to mess around with rubber O-rings to get it just right...
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    New Assembly with Low Beam on
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    Old Halogen Low Beam
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    New Assembly Low Beam
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    New High Beam
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    Would like to hear which headlights you like and why ___________ .
     
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    The LED light is great the benefit of this over the bulb replacement options is the way the light is reflected. The LED housings are designed for LED lights and therefore the beam is flattened out and shows the road better. Far Left and Right and multiple lanes over.

    Stuffing a LED in the halogen housing just reflects the light in 360 degrees and therefore you end up putting light where it's not needed like the ceiling. Just look at the pics in your garage.

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    Sorry I missed the Daymaker Party! :cheers:

    My LED Headlight took a dump and did not want to miss the Ride with "cdog" John; so I put a Halogen back in just to be legal. Then I saw John's headlight and was impressed... Ordered it a day or 2 later!

    Hope your doing OK now Eric! :patriot:
     
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    Looks great Rob! :old2:
     
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    Makes a big difference, and can't beat the price..:old2:
     
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    Night Test Ride -- headlight pretty good, wider angle, "blue-ish" light.
    Gotta say not quite as bright as the LED/Fan bulb in the old assembly... but I like the price more $32 for widow maker vs. $90 for LED/fan bulb; and then there is the coolness of the UFO style...

    Most of all admittance to the "Day Maker Party" with all-ya-all ! :oldsmile: :oldlaugh: :oldhardlaugh: :rofl: :whoop::chopper:

    Excuse me while I go out and FLASH some people tonight with my new thingy... I will try not to play with it too much, don't want anyone to go blind... :smash:
     
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    Your opinion is it's not as bright? I think it's similar but the wider angle and getting the light in the right spot for me is more important than brightness.

    Interesting blueish? Must be your eyes..ahah. It's probably about the same K rating as the LED you had. 6000K.



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    If it is blueish, it would indicate he got a different color temp and while its as bright, the tint can deceive the eyes and make you think there is not as much light.

    I know for mre the color temperate (measure in degrees K) is as important for my old eyes as is the beam pattern.
     
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    After I put the LED light on the dog I went out and bought new headlights and bulbs for my truck too and wow..what a difference. Especially considering I only got one Fucking eye now

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    Mine has a blue tint to it as well, all three of them have and they are rated at 4K, I love mine and wouldn’t change em at all!!
     
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    Rob I thought the same thing when I installed mine then I realized that I had it angled to low, so I moved it up and it makes s huge difference, I did notice that your bucket looked like it points pretty low, might be worth a try to move it up a bit and see if it's any better.
     
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    Not so sure this is better than my LED/fan bulb was; but definitely cheaper in price...

    Just had an eye exam, my head examined, and a complete physical to be sure...:oldeek:

    Went out for a spin to FLASH the goods, aside from freezing my ass off in 54 degree weather, this is what I found:

    Regarding the new light beam as compared to the LED/fan light that burned out.
    I see green on the bottom horizontal, moving up to center dimmer oval white, then upper horizontal band is slightly blue-ish. (tilted a little left cause on kick stand)
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    High Beam brighter, just more of same.
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    Low Beam: appears to work as it should. Slightly "blue-ish"
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    High Beam: round center bulb/lens does not seem to be as bright as others within this set up...
    bottom round High Beam two bulb/lens appear slightly green.
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    Looked at the AD photos and read the reviews and Q & A, Looked at the LEDs on the board and
    think this is just the way this set up is supposed to work... I will wait to ride with "cdogg" John again to do a side by side comparison before I say anything is wrong.

    It appears that the designer made the dead center of the beam dimmer than the rest. Just my opinion since this is kinda the reverse of what I had... :skep:
     
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    That may be possible. I run mine on hi beam all the time. Only one out of 20 cars will flash their lights at me to dim them, because it seems to shine more out the sides than straight forward
     
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    I'll tell ya right now that it's not brighter than the LED bulbs we were getting, but I went through 3 of them damn things cause they are basically junk, not built well at all, so the thing about the daymaker is it's one piece, comes with the lens and all in one, nothing to viberate loose and it looks great, I also was leaving my high beam on like Shannon until I raised the angle of the bucket and then it covered more area, all in all for the price it can't be beat, but if brighter is more important, probably better to go back to the led light. ;) :)
     
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    Lot of us have been running the Sunpie for about a yr now
     
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    I don't even know what that is, got any info on it Jonathan?
     
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    It's just the brand of the one you got...go take a look at Fats picture it's on the box!

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    Agee with everyone's comments! :cheers:
    Just getting used to this bulb set up (probably not going back to LED/fan bulb with old style lens...)
    I am starting to like the rainbow colors and "UFO" look! :)
     
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