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Sylvania Ultra bulbs

I see a number of riders converting to LED headlight bulbs, but given the spotty results with them, at $150 or so a pop, I am reluctant to go for them. The last issue of Rider magazine showed the new ones out from Rivco. As usual, it showed a photo taken from the front of the motorcycle showing that the LED is brighter -- that doesn't really help me out knowing how good the actual throw pattern is of them. So, instead of going for LEDs, I went a more economical route and installed the Sylvania Ultra bulbs which I've read some good reviews of.

Admitedly, I am also only posting a shot of them from the front, but they are definitely a whiter light that the stock bulbs which is what I wanted -- something to better match my LED fog lamps.

Anyway, for about $30 bucks and ten minutes install time, I'm happy.
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Let us know when one fails. I'm interested in the durability of them in an MC application!

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Let us know when one fails. I'm interested in the durability of them in an MC application!

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I have them in my low beams. Durability varies. I've had one for 3 seasons and the other have replaced twice in 6 months.



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Right at 6 months per pair for me. Brighter yes, but don't last as long. That is a trade off that I don't like but accept.

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Cost, brightness & life; all trade offs

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And at 85 hours life, I had one blowout just after my trip west this past fall. So I bought 2 again. I keep considering LED's but I'm not committed yet, so I keep buying the ultra's.
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I tried a set and got about 7 months. I am going back to the regular h-7's.

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I tried some of these, but I noticed that the reflector plastic above the bulb appeared partially melted. I suspect they run hotter and the enclosure was not designed for that temp.

I'm no engineer, but I went back to the stock ones that Honda supplies.
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Before you give up on LED's. check out these pathfinders. They are real bright, and white in color, and I do not get flashed by oncoming traffic.
http://www.socalmotogear.com/HONDA-G...M-p/g18led.htm
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Tried many different sets of bright, white halogen bulbs in the Connie over the years. As everyone has mentioned, didn't last long. Given the price and lack of longevity I don't think they are that economical myself. In the long run LED or HID conversions are more cost effective.

Little annoyed at SoCalMotoGear on the Pathfinder LED bulbs. They used to be $145 LB and $155 HB. I have the low beams currently installed. Wife got me high beams for Christmas. AT $155. Then beginning of this year they lowered the price to $110 for each. I feel ripped off $45. I know its just the way it goes, but....

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