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Old 03-06-2019, 07:02 AM
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I know there's a ton of LED bulbs on the market, I'm looking into going with bulbs instead of the whole lamp assembly, simply because I want to keep the nostalgic look of the bike. The past few days I've seen so many different brands and so many different prices. I don't mind paying a little extra for quality, I'm just looking for a couple solid performing bulbs in the H4 and the 881 passing lamps. What do you have and how much do you like them?
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Old 03-06-2019, 07:19 AM
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I had an early model LED and while they put out a lot of light, the light is very diffuse and unfocused. Some newer versions are indexable so that you can rotate them to get a decent, focused light pattern. Look for one of those. I eventually went to a Daymaker I found in the classifieds in here for a decent price. I will add that a good conventional bulb like an Osram Nightbreaker put out a lot of good, white light and are worth looking into.
 

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QC thanks, I'll give them a look. I had a PIAA bulb in my Dyna before I went LED. It was bright but not what I expected from PIAA, I ran their lights on my trucks and ATV's for years. Thanks again
 
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I replaced the lamps themselves on my 2016 Heritage. I don't feel like it changed the look at all. And getting the headlight and the passing lamps for under $100 (and being totally satisfied with how bright it is) was worth it to me. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B017OPE860/ (There's another that's $112, but it seems to come with an extra part I didn't need.)
 
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Since there are no American made brands, it doesn’t matter who you buy from.
Yeah, there are Amarican based companies that sell patented in America. But have them made in China.
Going though a buying process I made about 10 days ago with a well known American brand and they won’t be able to ship till March15
But they sell led bulbs for every application
 
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The LED bulb that replaces the H4 is not really compatible with the stock light. It doesn't reflect properly. So I've heard.
 
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The LED bulb that replaces the H4 is not really compatible with the stock light. It doesn't reflect properly. So I've heard.
This is very true. The stock reflector housing is meant for a halogen bulb. I had a led bulb in my 06 dyna that originally came with an H4 halogen, and the beam pattern was quite scattered and unfocused. Not at all what I expected from a much brighter led bulb. The light output was only barely improved over stock.
 
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I have a 2014 heritage. I changed the bulb to a Rivco { part# is led100} I am very please with the bulb and the light it puts out. I also changed the passing lights bulbs. I got them from DK customs he is on this forum. I compared it to my friends 2013 heritage in a dark parking lot and the led puts out more light and its white light not yellow. Also when we ride as a group during the day our lead rider always says he can easily spot me a mile away.. long story short all the guys I ride with are doing it to their bikes... swifty
 
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Originally Posted by splattttttt View Post
Since there are no American made brands, it doesn’t matter who you buy from.
Yeah, there are Amarican based companies that sell patented in America. But have them made in China.
Going though a buying process I made about 10 days ago with a well known American brand and they won’t be able to ship till March15
But they sell led bulbs for every application
I'm pretty sure JW speaker makes their headlights in America.
 
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I recently put Paradise bulbs on my Heritage (headlight and passing lights), big difference and very happy with my decision.

https://paradiselightsllc.com
 
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