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Twins Technical Talk Technical Talk for Hinckley Triumph Twins: Bonneville, T100, Speedmaster, America, Thruxton, and Scrambler.

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Old 10-03-2012, 03:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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An education on Bonnie lighting...

... for me!

I hear a lot about the Hella and Cibie lights like this one


what I am trying to understand is why something with a clear lens like this one




or this one




wouldn't provide a brighter throw of light. It seems that in the Hella light, some of the glass is designed NOT to allow a lot of light through. I would imagine that's to prevent blinding oncoming traffic.

However, I would think that as long as you aim the light a little down and to the right (in the US) so as to not blind oncoming traffic, then the ones with a clear lens should give you more light?

Can someone please explain this to me?

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Older headlamp designs had a smooth parabolic reflector and relied on the lens ribs to shape the light beam. Newer types do the shaping at source, as it were, by having a multifaceted reflector to shape the beam and therefore a clear lens.

All modern vehicles have that now so I must assume it's more efficient or at least easier to manufacture.
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Ah Forchetto! I know would come through!!

The master again giving a lesson.

So the ones that I posted should work well, then. I really like the projector beam one and think that it would work well with the HID Kits.

Thoughts?
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The clear lense unit that came fitted from the factory on my '10 model didn't seem to put the beam anywhere useful. That's why I swapped to a Hella unit instead. I did make several attempts at realligning the original before swapping, and a couple of different bulbs as well.

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That's what I'm finding. If I adjust the low beam so that the top of the beam is high enough to be useful, the Hi beam lights up the sky. If I adjust the high beam to be useful then the low beam is 20 feet in front of me.


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I think I'm going try the projector lamp setup with the HID lights.


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I just installed a hid bi xenon 6000k, in my 12 mag wheel bonnie and i love it. I have used hid's in my last three bikes and will never go back.
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I just installed a hid bi xenon 6000k, in my 12 mag wheel bonnie and i love it. I have used hid's in my last three bikes and will never go back.
did you use the original lamp? where did you get the HIDs?

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I'd say the Hella I got is a lot clearer than my stock reflector/light to the left:
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I have been been thinking about HID's too. But I still
like my Marcel housing with the 80-100 watt bulb.
Marcel's are expensive. Hard to find. I wired 2 relays
to the bulb for a full 12 volt at the connector. More light
than my car. I didn't like the Hella. I doubt it matters
if the facets are in the lens or the reflector if done right.
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