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Headlight Globes

Discussion in 'Technical and Troubleshooting Torque' at netrider.net.au started by thelodger, Sep 26, 2004.

  1. I am looking to change the headlight globe in my Firestorm at the moment i have one of those Narva %30 plus blue jobs but i am far from hapy with it.
    Can i put in a 90/130? The headlight is one of those pollywhatsits so is heat a problem?
    What are you useing?


     
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  2. There was a full rundown of globes in RiDE Issue 106 (on sale 29/1/2004 to 24/2/2004) pages 52 - 57, 37 Bulbs were tested in two categories, H4 Bulbs and H7 Bulbs. I think its a H7 blub you are looking for, correct?

    Anyway I scanned in the summary of the results and they can be found at the link below.

    http://home.swiftdsl.com.au/~matt232/mb_headlight_bulbs4.JPG
     
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  3. I checked out the wattage capability of my headlight wiring, and configuration of connectivity, and found that it could take some 10//70 H4 globes. I gave some NARVA's a try, but they didn't last anywhere near as long as proper/factory globes for my bike. Tried another brand of standard H4's, and they didn't last too long either. Have gone back to using proper/factory globes which last 2-3 times longer.

    In reading some forums and google searching, I found many riders have problems with longevity of H4 and H7 globes you get from auto-parts stores. Seems they (or the filaments) just aren't up to the sort of vibration and movements found from being on a sports bike, and 'blow' much faster. This equalled with my experience.
     
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  4. Hey Jase didn't Mr Honda put some weird globe fitting into the Viffers?
     
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  5. How does that saying go ... "if you have to advertise it...." :p
    That just makes you a wanna-be!
    Or in my case, bend it back.
    True, but in my case they last 3 times as long so are equal
     
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  6. Lodger, the VFR has a H6, which is very close to a H4..... The base if dirrerent!!! If what you need is a H6 all you do is get a H4 and bend the top 2 "things" and it will slot in to place. I have done it to my viffer and got rid of the original 45/45 H6 - they are shite! I would advise not increasing the watts to much - with the lights being on constantly you could have a problem with melting headlights!

    If your interested have a look at my headlights at coffee one night and see if you like, if your interested I can get globes from work! A few of the VFR boys have changed and are very happy!
     
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  7. Thanks Caroline.The Firestorm uses good ol' H4s so the choices are many but i would like more light (grrr Tim the tool man growl).So what would you recomend?
    Andy
     
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  8. If your interested have a look at my headlights at coffee one night and see if you like. A few of the VFR boys have changed and are very happy![/quote]

    Shouldn't this be in the QoTD on bra sizes?
     
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  9. I'm interested in why your headlight globes aren't lasting? I've had the same original globe in my bike for five years now...
    Cheers,
    Pete
     
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  10. It won't be about time, but distance travelled with globe on, frequency of use, and type of road surface travelled on.
     
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  11. hella (in joint with osram) have long life globes part # CA1255LL is a 55 watt H7 the long life rating is 930 compared to a standard 550, or the part # XD1260/55LL is a H4 60/55 with a long life rating of 1500.

    I would only use the premium phillips or hella globes. i would be suprised if the originals are not made by either of these.

    Just my 2 cents
     
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  12. Now can I have my change please?
     
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  13. I agree... 45,000 klicks, headlight hardwired on all the time, country Queensland roads... I'm still interested why the globes aren't lasting.
    Cheers,
    Pete
     
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  14. Its been rounded....Sorry [​IMG]
     
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