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Yellow headlight bulb and clear plastic headlight protection on the Ducati GT1000 | Billet LED Turn Signals - Brake Lights | wBW review of the world's first headlight modulator with built-in solid state relay by Comagination | Comparison of yellow light bulbs for motorcycle headlights | If you're going to install any electrical items where wires need splicing, make sure you read the wBW review of Posi-Lock connectors - these things are fantastic for doing any type of wire connecting or splicing! | Flexible LED lights | Custom LED light replacement for brake lights | Super-Bright LED 1157 replacement light cluster; first LED that's brighter than incandescents? | Improving Motorcycle Brake Light Visibility looks at installing a Signal Dynamics LED brake light bar and LifeBright LED's | Installing a Signal Dynamics LED brake light bar on a Triumph Thunderbird Sport | Halogen Brake Light Bulb Replacement reviews a halogen 1156 brake light bulb | Owner's Report on the effectiveness of Signal Dynamics LED and Lifebrites | Converting brake light bulbs compares different types of incandescent brake light and turn signal bulbs | The Comagination VisiPath Headlight Modulator and VisiStop Brake Light Flasher reviewed and installed | Installing a Kisan Pathblazer headlight modulator on a BMW K75 | Some thoughts on Using Turn Signals as Brake Lights | The Signalfly wireless brake light attaches to your motorcycle helmet! | More related articles on the wBW Motorcycle Safety Page and the Motorcycle Technical Articles Page, including information on U.S. and Canadian laws governing headlight modulators for motorcycles, including printable copies of the regulations for you to carry in case you get stopped by an uninformed LEO; the page also has information on the original Hurt Study which identified motorcycle visibility as one of the primary problems and causes of accidents
Motorcycle Lighting News: LED headlights are coming to cars (Audi) and we may soon see them on motorcycles, but the lights and reflectors must be very specifically designed for the task to adequately replace current headlight bulbs | wBW review of PIAA LED visibility lights | BikeVis makes a small LED visibility light for motorcycles
Sportbike Dual Headlight Conversion: Doubletronics has a module to convert dual-headlight motorcycles so both bulbs work at the same time | Double Headlights (NL) sells a kit that allows both the low and high beam headlights on a sportbike to work together
Xenon Headlight Bulbs - Halogen Headlight Bulbs: Be careful! Many different terms are used to describe light bulbs without reference to any standard meanings! This is also known as "hype"! | Coolbulb sells the high-quality Raybrig "Hyper Halogen" and "Whitesonic" bulbs from Japan; these are expensive bulbs, claimed to be very high quality and originally developed for auto racing. The Whitesonics claim up to 5000k of white light, with claimed outputs of 130/125W from a 60/55W H4 | Light Lens has many different types of Xenon, Halogen and other bulbs in all of the popular sizes | WhiteLight has Xenon bulbs at reasonable prices | Many different types of colored bulbs for headlights, brake lights and turn signals at Installer.comXenon Directional - Motorcycle Brake Light Bulbs: wBW Visitor D.J. also sent us a tip on using Xenon marker bulbs for directionals and brake lights; wBW hasn't reviewed any of these bulbs yet, but the potential exists for higher output from your directionals, turn signals or brake lights by using Xenon 1156, 1157 or other marker bulbs
Sources for Motorcycle Headlight Bulbs: 1stAutoBulbs (UK) carries Bosch, Philips, Osram and more and has free delivery in the UK | PIAA lighting is sold in many motorcycle shops; here is the PIAA Lighting page | CBT Imports carries PIAA bulbs and auxiliary lighting equipment | Fosmo Lighting from the U.K. (also known as Power Bulbs) - Large selection of light bulbs; free shipping anywhere in the world | Information on Motolights and various mounting options for motorcycles | Guaranteed headlight protective coverings available at X-Pel Light Protection; see the wBW installation article | Saeng makes the popular "Night Cutters" halogen driving or fog lights | The Blinker Buddy sends a vibration through the motorcycle's seat each time the directionals cycle on and off; this alerts you that the signals are still active so that you can turn them off | The Safetylight kit keeps all four directionals on and then flashes them at five times the directional flashing speed when you apply the brakes; in Dutch but with English translation available | Also see the wBW Motorcycle Safety page for more information and articles on motorcycle visibility
Wedge Turn Signals - Wedge Brake Light Bulbs: Some European motorcycles like BMW and Ducati are starting to use the wedge bulbs as turn signals; many different types of LED wedge and incandescent wedge bulbs are available at Autolumination and Superbright LEDs and Lighting Ever
Opinions, Facts and Fiction: More info on the difference in various types of H4 bulbs | The Road Safety Index has some interesting articles about the effect of lighting sources and colors on visibility
Bulb Replacements: Modern bulbs for vintage motorcycles (and cars) including the P45T, BA9S, BA15S and more in 6V or 12V; they also have replacements for many types of older marker lights, turn signals and indicator lights
High Output Headlight Wiring Harness - Headlight Relay Switch: See the wBW review of the Eastern Beaver Motorcycle headlight relay kit, a wiring harness to add a relay to headlights for better output | High output wiring harness claimed to increase voltage to the headlight bulbs by 2 volts; more power means brighter lights | More pre-packaged headlight relays and wiring kits available at Painless Wiring | Fuzeblocks makes a fuse block with a built-in relay, claimed to be "easy to install, fits into a small space, provides a built in relay..." and can be switched on and off with the bike if desired | More info on relays, headlights and visibility, reflective vests, decals and stickers and more on the wBW Motorcycle Safety Page
Sources for Motorcycle Headlight Modulators - Motorcycle Lighting: See below for more information on motorcycle headlight modulators and laws governing their use | Headlight modulators and brake light enhancement products are available at Comagination; their "VisiStop" brake light modulator is interesting -- it controls the amount of modulation depending upon traffic and how you apply the brakes; see the wBW Review of the Comagination Headlight Modulator and Brake Light Flasher | Kisan Technologies - Also has accessory brake lights and headlight modulators | WingThings carries the Diamond Star headlight modulator; it works like a normal modulator during the day, at night will flash momentarily when horn is engaged
Sources for LED Lights: wBW review of the Spider LED Light folding LED brake light bulb can fit into small diameter holes inside of motorcycle reflectors; review coming soon! | Custom Dynamics has a variety of LED lighting for motorcycles, including the huge Radiantz 1.85" LED array that replaces an 1157 bulb; see the wBW reviews of Radiantz lights: Radiantz Flexible LED lights | Radiantz 1.85" LED 1157 brake light replacements | Custom LED brake light - replace your bulbs with LEDs! | Hyper-Lites are LED blinking accessory brake lights | Signal Dynamics - accessory LED brake light bars, headlight modulators and more | "Rotating and pulsating" LED brake light bulbs; Back-Off brake light modulator; light bulbs and more are available at Accessory International (thanks to Norm for this link!) | Inexpensive LED tail light and brake light replacements at Digikey; they have 1156 and 1157 LED in red and white. The Digikey part numbers for the 1156 are 441-1012-ND and 441-1014-ND. In a dual filament replacement 1157 type array the part numbers are red 441-1016-ND and 441-1017-ND in white. The light output of the reds in both types is 5000 mcd and the whites are 7000 mcd. The 1157's are priced the same as the 1156's (Thanks to Bill S.!) | 32-LED brake light assembly at Motorrad Elektrik | Heavycycles will custom fit LEDs to any brake or tail light lens | Boogey has LED lights and auxiliary lights | MBW Motorcycle has custom-made LED lighting for cruisers and more | PIAA LED Driving Lights | Pivotal Powersports has remote control LEDs, LED engine lighting kits and more | Super Bright LED lights carries an large assortment of LED light bulb replacement options | Toy Box Trailers has some interesting novelty and other LED lights for motorcycles; check out the LED drink coaster! | LED "cateye" tailight conversions at Motorcycle Mods | LED style replacement stop lamps, tail lamps, directionals and more
LED License Plate Bolts: British Customs has a nice set of chrome plated LED license plate replacement bolts (with white lights)
Neon Motorcycle Lights: Dr. Neon sells custom lengths of neon motorcycle lights to install anywhere on the bike; they also have neon spark plug wires | City Glow has neon and LED lighting for motorcycles
LED Manufacturers - Sources for Individual LEDs: ETG, Inc. carries many different types of LED lights if you'd like to "roll your own"; they also have some assembled turn signal replacement LEDs
More on LED's: LED's can be bright (see above), they take less power, produce almost no heat, and they are more resistant to vibration. wBW Visitor "S.A." confirms this: "Greetings from Japan! One thing that you have not mentioned is durability. In off-road or dual purpose bikes the incandescent bulbs can take a beating. I have a 95 RMX250R that is a re-import to Japan, this bike in a US model that was brought back to Japan and at that point it was registered for the road (only the "S" model is road legal in Japan). There is not much under-tail support on this bike, so the stock incandescent bulb in the tail of the RMX would last about a week. I've had an LED light in there for over 6 months now! The LED also draws less and is bright even when the bike is idling, the incandescent light is almost nonexistent when the bike is just idling. Just a couple of points I thought you might want to hear about." | Interesting article explaining the importance of LED viewing angles and brightness
wBW Lighting, Brake Lights, Headlights, Headlight Modulator Technical Articles: On the wBW Motorcycle Repair Index page
Bulb Nomenclature: An H4 bulb is also referred to as a 9003 or an HB2; the 9005 bulb is also referred to as an HB3; a 9006 bulb is also referred to as an HB4. Many motorcycles take an H4 (9003) bulb - check your owner's manual. Be careful of how much juice your wiring and switches can take! You may need to rewire and/or go through a relay. Interesting light bulb FAQ on this page at Coolbulbs
Bulb Brightness - Color Temperature: Color temperature is measured in Kelvin units (K). Higher K values mean "whiter" light. For example, incandescent light bulbs are around 2800K; a stock halogen bulb has a color temperature of around 3200K; the so-called "performance" bulbs run about 3500K; Xenon bulbs run near 4000K; HID lighting systems run from 4000-5000K and daylight is 5400K . Note that there is a difference between output (lumens) and color, or "whiteness" (Kelvin units).
Turn Signal - Brake Light Bulbs: Check out this wBW article with conversion chart on substituting different types of incandescent brake light and tail light bulbs for your OEM bulbs - you can get more brightness with the correct replacement. Explains similarities and differences between 21/5W, 2057, 1034, 1157, 2397 and 2357 bulbs
Halogen vs. Xenon Bulbs: This is where it gets confusing. There are all sorts of unsubstantiated and marketing claims made for various types of lighting. Xenon gas is sometimes used under pressure to fill the bulb; it supposedly cools the filament, and the Halogen on the filament can create increased light output. Whether or not Brand "X" is manufactured correctly is anyone's guess! See below for online sources for light bulbs
HID Lighting: High Intensity Discharge (HID) is a type of lighting technology that replaces the filament of the light bulb with Xenon gas. An arc is produced when voltage is applied, which results in light. It is claimed that HID lights can produce as much as three times the output (lumens) of a standard halogen bulb. An HID light also has a higher Kelvin light temperature (almost near sunlight) that gives it a very "white" light. See the wBW article on installing an HID lighting system | Tips on installing an HID light on a motorcycle | HID systems for motorcycles; apparently HID systems with both low and high beam in the same unit are hard to find | Baja Designs H.I.D. lighting kit | HID lighting that supposedly plugs in to existing H4 receptacles | The Xenon Depot has a high/low beam HID replacement light for motorcycles | Various types of motorcycle Xenon headlight conversion kits at Sports Imports | J.W. Speaker HID drop-in HID headlight conversion for motorcycles, uses an HID low beam and Halogen high beam | Harley Davidson HID lights to fit stock or near-standard headlight shells | Nice HID information page on the J.W. Speaker lighting site
Can You Increase Your Light Output?: Opinions vary; it appears that a lot of it depends on the size, shape and quality of your motorcycle's headlight reflector and also the bike's wiring. Some tests on the "superwhite" type bulbs show that the bulbs actually decreased output! But many owners claim much better visibility; could it be the increased K values change the perceived brightness?
All LED's Are NOT Created Equal!: I'm a big fan of LED's for use on motorcycles (less heat, use less power, more resistant to vibration, etc.) but some LED's are much better than others. We occasionally will receive an email telling us that some company has an LED replacement for $5.95, and that we're crazy for spending more. Just for the record, there are cheap LEDs and there are good LEDs. The cheap ones can have as low as a 5 degree wide light spread plus they can be very dim. The really good LEDs currently have a 120 degree light spread and put out 4,000 milli-candela per LED -- but you'll pay for them. It doesn't make any sense to try and improve your rear lighting but use cheap LED's that actually decrease visibility instead.
LED Turn Signal Flashing Problems? In some instances, an LED bulb used for a turn signal may cause the bike's electrical system to indicate that a bulb is burned out. This may be manifested by an increased flashing rate. The reason for this may be that the bike's electrical system isn't picking up the fact that there's a bulb because of the very low power consumption of the LED. This problem can usually be solved by adding a load resistor wired across the turn signal bulb to simulate a filament bulb load. See the webBikeWorld article on adding a load resistor to your bike.