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Defective headlight lamp

Yes it's me again, apparently the bad luck streak continues today. As I was commuting from work (11.30pm) one of the lights went off. Probably burnt. I noticed this immediately as I exited the highway and entered a dark alley that goes along to my house.

I read the manual and although I saw the specifications for the lamps, I'm not sure which lamp to change. Only the 'medium' bright lights are off. Pictures below.

Manual says one lamp is H4/12V/60W/55W and the other is W5W/12V/5W. Is it correct to assume that the H4 is the defective one? Also, is it safe to assume that any decent electric store will have those? Replacement seems easy to do it myself.

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If the high beam works and not the low, it is the H4. Here in the US every auto parts store will stock that bulb. Carry the old one with you to make certain you get the right one. There have been discussions about headlight bulbs. A search will get more information.

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Seems like the low beam on the main light is blown. Although another member had a problem with the low beam cable not being properly crimped and coming loose.


For the headlight I would recommend an Osram night racer 110 H4 if you can get your hands on one.


Also consider changing the park lamp to a brighter LED light such as the Philips 194LED T10. T10 is the type of connection.
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If the high beam works and not the low, it is the H4. Here in the US every auto parts store will stock that bulb. Carry the old one with you to make certain you get the right one. There have been discussions about headlight bulbs. A search will get more information.
Called a nearby auto/moto electrician, he said he can do the job, it's like 5 minutes tops he said. Thanks.

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Seems like the low beam on the main light is blown. Although another member had a problem with the low beam cable not being properly crimped and coming loose.


For the headlight I would recommend an Osram night racer 110 H4 if you can get your hands on one.


Also consider changing the park lamp to a brighter LED light such as the Philips 194LED T10. T10 is the type of connection.
Is there anything I need to know about overheating etc? If not, I'll order one from Amazon, found it here https://www.amazon.co.uk/motorcycle-.../dp/B00N1SXH08
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Is there anything I need to know about overheating etc?

No overheating issues for me for either of the lights, the led park lamp is relatively small and does not emit much heat, but puts out a much whiter and brighter light than the stock park lamp.


when you put the led park lamp in, keep the lamp cover open and turn on the light, if it doesn't work, quickly turn off and turn the led lamp around the other way.
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No overheating issues for me for either of the lights, the led park lamp is relatively small and does not emit much heat, but puts out a much whiter and brighter light than the stock park lamp.


when you put the led park lamp in, keep the lamp cover open and turn on the light, if it doesn't work, quickly turn off and turn the led lamp around the other way.

Thats good to know, the only reason I didn't mess around with the headlight was due to certain heat warnings I remember I read from another thread. Another question, single blister or double blister?
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Thats good to know, the only reason I didn't mess around with the headlight was due to certain heat warnings I remember I read from another thread. Another question, single blister or double blister?
I got the single pack because my original headlight still worked, so I have a backup. probably best to get the double pack for the headlight.


For the park lamp, I think they only come in packs of 2, but if you can get a single pack, get this instead, as they have a life of around 10 years.
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I got the single pack because my original headlight still worked, so I have a backup. probably best to get the double pack for the headlight.


For the park lamp, I think they only come in packs of 2, but if you can get a single pack, get this instead, as they have a life of around 10 years.
Seems a good friend of mine has also put the same bulb; he says it's hands down the best small modification he's made to his bike. My order came today, I will replace the bulb tomorrow and post the results on Sunday, pretty excited.
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Results are pretty substantial, I expected a slight boost in visibility but that thing is very bright. On low beam it's pretty normal like the factory bulb, but on high beam it seems like it's 50% better and clearer. Thanks for the recommendation! The blue-ish tint is also pretty nice.
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