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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-25-2017, 05:25 AM Thread Starter
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Need headlight upgrade

I just picked up a 2003 vulcan 800 classic for my 17 year old son. It is a beautiful bike in perfect condition but it certainly needs a headlight upgrade if i am going to let him ride it. I live off the beaten path a little bit and there are no street lights near me and a lot of wildlife so i need something brighter than stock. The bike does have a add on light bar but still doesn't put out enough light. I have heard the wagner 1210 80/100 is nice and bright but am concerned about the fuse due to the light bar. The bar does have an on off switch but that seems like playing with fire. Any reasonable priced options? I have harleys version of the daymaker on my harley but that was a $500+ Light i would rather not spend that. (Although if mine ever went I would replace with the non harley version, same thing I believe and about $ 200 cheaper.
Please help me out my son gets his motorcycle license at the end of the month so time is of the essence

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Nh,

I used the Wagner 80/100 on my 800 for about three months before it burned out, without a light bar, it was definitely brighter. I've read a lot of positive comments on this site from others that went with LED lights. You can find them by searching led lights. Here is a link to super bright lights that may be what you're looking for. Hope this helps.

https://www.superbrightleds.com/more...FcmPswodUK8CEw
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I have an 03' Vulcan Nomad that I put LED lights on. Makes a world of difference, especially at night.

https://www.vulcanforums.com/forums/a...1&d=1492449295



Here's the thread with more info:

https://www.vulcanforums.com/forums/1...ed-lights.html
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Nh,

I used the Wagner 80/100 on my 800 for about three months before it burned out, without a light bar, it was definitely brighter. I've read a lot of positive comments on this site from others that went with LED lights. You can find them by searching led lights. Here is a link to super bright lights that may be what you're looking for. Hope this helps.

https://www.superbrightleds.com/more...FcmPswodUK8CEw
Would go with the led,since upping the wattage ,take from experience,is risky,Melted my housing, bulb and plug on a 100w,was bright tho,almost 200 bucks to replace,what a pain
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Does the LED bulb have the same spread as a stock bulb, but brighter? Can you use high beams with it?

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I would suggest using a Sylvania Ultra if you want to light up further down the road. Halogen bulbs do tend to dim over time and even a stock type replacement can make a world of difference. If you just want more light without the added distance, LEDs may be what you want. I have seen several reviews that comment much better light, but no added distance, actually better with Halogens. There is also a big difference from one LED bulb to another as far as light scattering, unfocused light. With this all said, a lot of people have been happy with the H4 plug n play LED bulbs available.

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I would suggest using a Sylvania Ultra if you want to light up further down the road. Halogen bulbs do tend to dim over time and even a stock type replacement can make a world of difference. If you just want more light without the added distance, LEDs may be what you want. I have seen several reviews that comment much better light, but no added distance, actually better with Halogens. There is also a big difference from one LED bulb to another as far as light scattering, unfocused light. With this all said, a lot of people have been happy with the H4 plug n play LED bulbs available.
I try to stay away from anything sylvania. I bought silverstar ultra in the past for my work truck and they are absolute garbage. The first bulb burned out in 3-4 weeks the second in 3 months. Sylvanias responce was all lights have different life expectancies. That is unacceptable.the headlights i had pulled out were 8 years old and working fine just not bright enough so i know its not an issue with wiring.
I may try led bulbs
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I have the Sylvania H4 Ultra gold or gold ultra a in my bike. Longer beam (further down the road) and wider at the bike (on a 2 lane road fence to fence) , much brighter than the stock halogen bulb, $25 bucks at O'Reilly's. Plug n play of course......

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Granted it's not an LED, other than the current draw I don't think I'm losing that much light anyway. The bulb has been there for 2 years so far.

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This is what I used...i hope the link works
1Pc 36W 4000LM US BridgeLux COB LED Chip Motorcycle Headlight High Beam Dual Hi / Lo Conversion Kit - Cool White 6000K 6K Bulb - H4 / HS1 / HB2 / 9003 https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01M0DWJMT/..._tv6XG5YoHVLF2

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