Motorcycle headlights are an essential component of any motorcycle. They are not only necessary for riders to see where they are going, but also for other road users to see them. Over the years, motorcycle headlights have evolved significantly, fr...
Motorcycle headlights are an essential component of any motorcycle. They are not only necessary for riders to see where they are going, but also for other road users to see them. Over the years, motorcycle headlights have evolved significantly, from the simple bulbs that were used in the early days of motorcycles to the sophisticated LED technology that is used today.
THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR MOTORCYCLE HEADLIGHTS
Motorcycle headlights are a crucial safety feature for any rider. A motorcycle headlight helps you see the road in front of you, but it also helps other motorists see you. Driving in the dark when you don’t turn on your lights or your motorcycle headlights does not work, or they are not bright enough you could put yourself and other people at risk. Properly functioning headlights can help prevent accidents, especially during low-light conditions, the presence of lighting would announce your visibility nearby therefore reducing chances of accidents.
Upgrading your motorcycle headlights with our motorcycle headlight kits and motorcycle universal headlights, can not only improve visibility and safety but also enhance the appearance of your bike. However, it is essential to ensure that any upgrade is compliant with local laws and regulations.
WHAT ARE DIFFERENT TYPES OF HEADLIGHTS?
Nowadays, motorcycles can be equipped with different types of headlight technology, there could be more than one type of headlight technology incorporated, to provide better visibility and make riders visible on the road. The primary function of motorcycle headlights is to light the way for riders when they are traveling in low-light conditions.
The most common types of headlights used by manufacturers are halogen, HID, and LED headlights. Here are the detailed functionalities of each different headlight.
Halogen headlights are affordable and easy for replacement; however, they commonly have shorter lifespan compared to HID and LED headlights. Halogen headlights produce a warm, yellowish light with lower light output compared to HID and LED.
A Halogen bulb commonly contains a tungsten filament and a small amount of halogen gas, which is mounted in the center of a housing, that heats up and emits the light as an electric current passes through it. The housing can be kept simple by using a reflector that reflects light emitted by the bulb onto the road.
HID (High-Intense Discharge)
High-Intense Discharge lights are brighter, longer lifespan, brighter white lighter, and less heat production; however, they usually come in with higher price, and might require expertise to replace them.
The HID headlight bulb uses a lot of electricity to create an arc between the two electrodes, then causes the gas to glow. The bulb can be used in a reflector or projector setup, but a HID system is more complicated and may require a ballast and a wiring harness to function properly.
LED lights are energy efficient, with a longer lifespan with straight-forward installation; nevertheless, they are expensive for replacement, possibly larger than standard bulbs, not very common as standard reflective headlights.
An LED headlight bulb operates by pushing the electricity through a Light Emitting Diode, producing light in the direction that the bulb is located. LED lights give you the freedom in adjusting the level of brightness and temperature of the light they emit.
MOTORCYCLE HEADLIGHTS FOR SALE AT LOWBROW CUSTOMS
Lowbrow Customs carries a nice assortment of aftermarket motorcycle headlights for sale that will help you see the road safely. We carry a variety of motorcycle headlight sizes including 5 ¾”, 4 ½”, and 3 ½” in both black and chrome finishes. All headlights work on 12-volt systems and typically have simple 3 wire high/low beam connections.
Yes, it is very common for people to upgrade their halogen headlight to an LED light. There are a couple of different approaches you can take to accomplish this. First option, and probably the easiest, is to replace your halogen motorcycle headlight bulb with an LED bulb. The main consideration here is to make sure your light bucket has enough depth to accommodate the LED bulb. Another option is to install a sealed LED bulb. This will replace the headlight glass and everything. Again, the key issue is to make sure the sealed bulb will fit in the light bucket.
How do I make my motorcycle headlight brighter?
You can make your headlight brighter by replacing the bulb with a more powerful bulb, or you can change the type of bulb you are running. If you have a halogen light bulb and you want to stick with a halogen bulb, you can purchase high-intensity halogen light bulbs that produces more light. The issue is these bulbs draw a lot of power and produce a lot of heat. The better option is to replace the halogen with a good LED light bulb. LED bulbs do not produce as much heat, and they can produce a tremendous amount of light.
What headlight bulb do I need for my motorcycle?
LED headlights are great for producing a lot of pure white light, which makes it much easier to see at night. This combined with their vibration resistance and extended reliability make them a great choice all types of riding conditions.
Which headlights are the best for a motorcycle: halogen, HID (Xenon), or LED?
LED headlights offer a lot of benefits over halogen and traditional incandescent lighting options. LED lights can produce a tremendous amount of light without creating a lot of heat. This is a big benefit because halogen and HID (Xenon) bulbs can get so hot they can burn your wiring. LED lights also do not draw as much power as a halogen bulb. Less power means less of a strain on your electrical components. Finally, LED lights are vibration resistant. That makes them a lot more reliable on a motorcycle compared to the other options.
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