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HID wattage vs. OEM wattage question

loopsryder2011-01-31 06:31:02 +0000 #1
Hey,

So I am thinking of throwing an HID kit on my bike for my low beam...and no, I don't want to discuss the legality/glare issues about it. The owners manual for my bike states that I have an H1 bulb/55W as a high beam, and an H7 bulb/55W low beam. Seems odd they are both 55W, but whatever...

Anyway... Since HID suposedly puts out 2-3 times the lumens of a normal bulb, should I be only using the 35W HID kit or should I match the OEM wattage of 55W?

thx..
Mr.Sushi ya ha2011-01-31 06:42:41 +0000 #2
I rather see and be seen. So I put HID in everything I own. Once you experience driving with them you can never go back. You only need a low beam kit. The brightness over stock makes needing a high beam unnecessary, I ran only low beam for 2 years, when I turned on the halogen high beam it was like turning off the lights.

35 watt kit runs about $60.00 and if you got a friend you can split costs.

The bulbs are a bit longer so depending on the bike and if it has a deflector in it you might have to pull it out. And you have to watch it doesn't hit the lens.
schmii2011-01-31 07:00:23 +0000 #3
One good resource on various bike bulbs.

www.ridethatbike.com...rginal/HEADLIGHT.htm

looks like 1000-1200 lumens for standard 55 watt H4 halogen

35 watt HID seem to run around 3000 or 3 times as you mentioned. If you match 55 watt lights you're looking at 5000 lumens or 5 times the light. Matching output doesn't matter and HID only uses its advertised power on startup anywho then use less. There's inconsistent quality and power usage with low cost knockoffs that could use more firing up.

Light can also be decreased as you step farther from 4300K. Don't get those high temperature bluish things. Having a focal point significantly different than stock lighting dims output and you may need shims. Aiming is of course important and with the additional lighting you might be able to have it lower while keeping great visibility.

As an alternative there's lots of aftermarket bulbs that can be (shouldn't be) used for better light.
dasein2011-01-31 07:34:22 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by loopsryder

Hey,

So I am thinking of throwing an HID kit on my bike for my low beam...and no, I don't want to discuss the legality/glare issues about it. The owners manual for my bike states that I have an H1 bulb/55W as a high beam, and an H7 bulb/55W low beam. Seems odd they are both 55W, but whatever...

Anyway... Since HID suposedly puts out 2-3 times the lumens of a normal bulb, should I be only using the 35W HID kit or should I match the OEM wattage of 55W?

thx..

I have a 25 watt hid I can sell you. Bright as hell. The other one is in my bike.

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