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Best Motorcycle H4 55/60W Halogen Bulbs? #4519777
09/18/17 08:56 PM
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I want to upgrade the headlight bulbs on my bike with something slightly higher color temp, but stay with Halogen don't want LED. I'm looking at Osram Night Breaker and they look pretty good and are built as motorcycle specific usage in mind, i.e. more tolerant of vibration (and the Guzzi has some vibes).

Any other vibration resistant H4 bulbs out there competitive to Osram?


https://www.osram.com/am/light-for/light-for-motorcycles/index.jsp



'09 Subaru Forester ...................(QS HM 5W30)
'16 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 .....(ENI i-Ride PG 10W60)
Re: Best Motorcycle H4 55/60W Halogen Bulbs? [Re: LoneRanger] #4519782
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I've had good luck with PIAA products.

Re: Best Motorcycle H4 55/60W Halogen Bulbs? [Re: LoneRanger] #4519786
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Philips Xtravision are working good on my bike

Re: Best Motorcycle H4 55/60W Halogen Bulbs? [Re: LoneRanger] #4519824
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may want to have a look at the wiring; if it's light duty (ie. high resistance, and hence low voltage), you may get some significant benefits from upgrading it with a relay kit (like the plug-and-play Eastern Beaver kits).... (could also combine this with a decent 100/55 bulb and you'll be pleasantly surprised at the lighting you get - did both of these with my VTR and it worked very well, am now running a Cyclops LED kit, very happy)

Re: Best Motorcycle H4 55/60W Halogen Bulbs? [Re: LoneRanger] #4519850
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Osram is a good brand. They/were Sylvania.

My 2


There's no such thing as:
Too big of a battery,
Too large of a gas tank,
or too loud of a horn,
or too bright headlights.
Re: Best Motorcycle H4 55/60W Halogen Bulbs? [Re: LoneRanger] #4519865
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A relay kit will help a lot. It is amazing how small OEM wires are for bikes.

I am debating making a relay kit for mine, but there are pre-made ones for not too expensive as well that are plug and play.
The Eastern Beaver kit is a popular option. It has smaller relays that fit almost anywhere.

With a relay kit, you could run a higher wattage bulb as well for even more light (so long as the housing does not overheat).
I have seen a few running this 80w/85w H4 bulb. With an upgraded relay kit, it will put out a lot of light.


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Re: Best Motorcycle H4 55/60W Halogen Bulbs? [Re: LoneRanger] #4519879
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This is the Osram bulb I run in every bike that takes a H4 bulb, it is a 85/80w bulb but if you want light you need the watts.
http://www.rallylights.com/h4-12v-osram-hyper-bulb-not-legal-for-highway-use.html
I use it in my two Honda's and my Suzuki, great bulb. Have not had one burn out in over 15 years(I do change my bulbs every 50,000 miles). I also changed over my '13 Jeep to run H4 bulbs and now I can see at night and no, no one has flashed their lights at my Jeep or bikes. Well, not unless I forget to switch off my highbeams. LOL

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Re: Best Motorcycle H4 55/60W Halogen Bulbs? [Re: LoneRanger] #4519904
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Uggghhh.... You got a brand new Moto Guzzi, and you're already changing stuff!


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Re: Best Motorcycle H4 55/60W Halogen Bulbs? [Re: Linctex] #4519945
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Originally Posted By: Linctex
Uggghhh.... You got a brand new Moto Guzzi, and you're already changing stuff!


Whats wrong with upgrading a lackluster stock cheapy?


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Re: Best Motorcycle H4 55/60W Halogen Bulbs? [Re: Mik] #4519953
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Originally Posted By: Mik
may want to have a look at the wiring; if it's light duty (ie. high resistance, and hence low voltage), you may get some significant benefits from upgrading it with a relay kit (like the plug-and-play Eastern Beaver kits).... (could also combine this with a decent 100/55 bulb and you'll be pleasantly surprised at the lighting you get - did both of these with my VTR and it worked very well, am now running a Cyclops LED kit, very happy)


As long as heat build-up is properly considered.


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Re: Best Motorcycle H4 55/60W Halogen Bulbs? [Re: bubbatime] #4519996
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Originally Posted By: bubbatime
Originally Posted By: Linctex
Uggghhh.... You got a brand new Moto Guzzi, and you're already changing stuff!


Whats wrong with upgrading a lackluster stock cheapy?


Thank you !!



'09 Subaru Forester ...................(QS HM 5W30)
'16 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 .....(ENI i-Ride PG 10W60)
Re: Best Motorcycle H4 55/60W Halogen Bulbs? [Re: ArcticDriver] #4520026
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Originally Posted By: ArcticDriver
Originally Posted By: Mik
may want to have a look at the wiring; if it's light duty (ie. high resistance, and hence low voltage), you may get some significant benefits from upgrading it with a relay kit (like the plug-and-play Eastern Beaver kits).... (could also combine this with a decent 100/55 bulb and you'll be pleasantly surprised at the lighting you get - did both of these with my VTR and it worked very well, am now running a Cyclops LED kit, very happy)


As long as heat build-up is properly considered.


duly considered. At low speeds (with little cooling air), the 55W low element works and the 100W only sees use at higher speeds when there is sufficient cooling air. Of course, every bike has its particularities, but |I ran this set-up for a few years on my VTR and never had a problem.

Re: Best Motorcycle H4 55/60W Halogen Bulbs? [Re: blupupher] #4520029
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Originally Posted By: blupupher
A relay kit will help a lot. It is amazing how small OEM wires are for bikes.

I am debating making a relay kit for mine, but there are pre-made ones for not too expensive as well that are plug and play.
The Eastern Beaver kit is a popular option. It has smaller relays that fit almost anywhere.

With a relay kit, you could run a higher wattage bulb as well for even more light (so long as the housing does not overheat).
I have seen a few running this 80w/85w H4 bulb. With an upgraded relay kit, it will put out a lot of light.


thanks for confirming what I wrote a few posts earlier.....

Re: Best Motorcycle H4 55/60W Halogen Bulbs? [Re: LoneRanger] #4520127
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I have to watch heat. The Guzzi is a side-by side dual headlight bucket, plastic, and there is already a known issue with the reflective layer peeling off topside if guys run with high beams on most of the time. Granted, I don't believe in running high beams during daylight, but those who have apparently have reported that issue?



'09 Subaru Forester ...................(QS HM 5W30)
'16 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 .....(ENI i-Ride PG 10W60)
Re: Best Motorcycle H4 55/60W Halogen Bulbs? [Re: LoneRanger] #4520132
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Might try yellow tinted bulbs, depending on how well they work at night. Saw a bike the other day in daylight with them and they stood out in traffic pretty good. Want to be seen seen seen by motorists but not by excessive glare or poor cutoff characteristics (LED in Halogen housing). Or high beams in daylight.

http://mtqinc.com/nokyausa/headlights/hyP/hyP.php

http://www.piaa.com/store/p/45-H4-Plasma-Ion-Twin-Beam-Halogen-Bulbs-Single-Pack.aspx




'09 Subaru Forester ...................(QS HM 5W30)
'16 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 .....(ENI i-Ride PG 10W60)
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