First off; yes, I'm fargen crazy!. Now that this issue is settled...
In my vast amount of power toyz, for the last 10 years, I have been outfitting my toyz to HID. Dang, it was that Caddy CTS I bought that started my craze on this expensive hobby!
So I naturally have been (trying) to migrate over to LED. It's been a tough, long road people. I'm now on my 8th pair of LED's that I'm currently testing (in my different toyz, from snowmobiles to this K16 project).
Here's the bottom line for retrofitting 3rd party LED capsules with a reflector not designed for it, and this IS wrote in stone....
, yes, they look bright looking at them. But it's funny. Take them out on the road and this so called brightness is magically gone! yep, disappears.
, the reflector housing is built for a halogen where the light source is much closer to the reflector. With LED, the diodes are much further out and away from the reflector. Next
and this is very strange to someone without the LED experience that I have with these, but the light type (not just the Kelvin scale color either) is "absorbed" differently. Signs and reflective stuff will stick-out way more with LED's (or HIDs) BUT!... with LED's other objects like trees, grass etc somehow "absorb" some or a lot of the LED luminance light wave.
, You have to "way" overpower (luminance wise) to make up for the two problems above^. So equal lumens for halogen vs. LED? Halogen wins hand down as far as USEABLE light goes. The second issue of placement within the reflector is a Mfgr' issue and not really at that. These reflector housings are built for what they are intended to use. So no fault of the Mfgr., there housing works as intended.
Solution Part 8
, Well, save yourself the money, and "let me do the testing". That pretty much is the theory on my snowmobile, atv and FJR forums. I'm Okay with it and I'm known as the lighting guru lol. I do own a Sound & Stage Lighting Co., certified in both Argon and Diode Lasers, so yes, this is in my field of expertise. So, here is my No.8 test. This set boasts 3600lm and a draw of 40watts (each).
No canbus error.
Halogen on left, LED on right (of course!)
Now as far as this application goes. Look at how much father out the actual cree diodes are from the reflector.
This changes 2 things dramatically. 1; beam is wider, not nearly as narrow as the halogen was. I myself however always thought that this bikes HB was to be way too narrow. I would like a more disbursed light as well, but don't eally wanna give up the spot (long distance spot beam) either. Now if you're following along w this, I mentioned^ how LED's luminance get absorbed (or do not illuminate as much on certain objects/things, but do better on reflective surfaces?) you need fire-power! Lots of it! well, if you wanna make up for the reflector's offset to the light source anyways.
, In the garage, it's like a carbon arc Super Trooper spot light. Okay, you probably have no idea what I'm yapping about, but it's very super intense. On-the-road tests (so far) have only included me pointing the bike outwards and to the neighbors yard. Looks really good so far, I don't wanna jinx it though, as I said this is my 8th set I've tried so far. Things change once the 100% outside tests begin (when the sand and salt get washed off the roads here). This HB only application has an advantage over some of my other T&E dual beam applications. So maybe, just maybe... this 8th time will be a charm! (TBC)
On my other Forums ...remember, I'm the lighting guru
, I've had plenty of excitement from peeps buying the cheap Chinese junk on eBay, looking at the color temps in the housing (fool!) and thinking they just bought the world. hehe.
Checkout one of my FJR friends video who did a lower powered LED outfit. Do yourself a favor (if you have any inkling of doing this) and watch the video. Yes, the whole video. His excitement and what happens next is worth the price of admission. Enjoy