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Another Headlight thread...

I had originally put this in the TBird "chat" forum, but hadn't had any responses...so thought I'd put it our here for anyone to chime in on:


I know the whole headlight issue has been beat to death on this forum as we know the night driving with the stock light is poor at best.

The reason for this thread is does anyone know if Triumph has any plans to "fix" this problem? I've thought about the dual headlight change for my bike, but really...it's a "Triumph" problem, and Triumph should fix the issue. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my bike, but I'm having to stop riding to work because it's oftentimes dark when I leave, and seriously fear a "critter" being in the road, and I would NOT have time to stop if something is encountered after dark.
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I installed a different bulb today - Extreme Xenon H4 - definitively brighter in daylight.
Don't know what Triumph can do retroactively to "fix" the problem though.

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I believe the issue is with the headlight itself. I tried the Xeon bulbs, but it is not really the brightness that is the problem.

Triumph has to follow DOT guidelines that requires the headlight to illuminate areas to the sides. I replaced my headlight lens/bulb with an aftermarket and it makes all the difference in the world. The beam is more like a spot than a flood. I also have the aux light bar installed to illuminate a wider path if needed.

I had the same problems with my other bikes too... Replacing the headlight lens/bulb with an aftermarket is the answer.

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Greetings,

I believe the issue is with the headlight itself. I tried the Xeon bulbs, but it is not really the brightness that is the problem.

Triumph has to follow DOT guidelines that requires the headlight to illuminate areas to the sides. I replaced my headlight lens/bulb with an aftermarket and it makes all the difference in the world. The beam is more like a spot than a flood. I also have the aux light bar installed to illuminate a wider path if needed.

I had the same problems with my other bikes too... Replacing the headlight lens/bulb with an aftermarket is the answer.

hagatha

Thanks Hagatha...so what was the exact lens/bulb you went with to improve your bike? Thanks!
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Greetings,

I believe the issue is with the headlight itself. I tried the Xeon bulbs, but it is not really the brightness that is the problem.

Triumph has to follow DOT guidelines that requires the headlight to illuminate areas to the sides. I replaced my headlight lens/bulb with an aftermarket and it makes all the difference in the world. The beam is more like a spot than a flood. I also have the aux light bar installed to illuminate a wider path if needed.

I had the same problems with my other bikes too... Replacing the headlight lens/bulb with an aftermarket is the answer.

hagatha
Please tell me what type lens did you use ? Have looked at several and can't decide what would be better.
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Yes, please post a link to the new light.
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OK...update. I did a little...um...engineering of my own, using the original headlight housing (I had already updated the light bulb to a inexpensive (appx $25) xenon). Took it out for a spin after dark last night and it's perfect. Great illumination distance! I am now very pleased. I'll try and break it down this weekend and add some pics on how I "fixed" it.
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Try Daniel Stern, http://www.danielsternlighting.com/p.../products.html. I believe he's got some Cibie Head lamps and H4 Bulb combinations that are much better than the stock unit.
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I bought the Kury crystal ice headlight and the H4 PIAA bulb. Waiting for both to arrive.
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Headlight issue solved

At the advice of hagtha (Thanks! ) I bought the Adjure Diamond Cut Ice 5-3/4" headlamp #2350. I also bought the PIAA H4 Extreme White 4000 K 55/60W vibration proof powersports bulb. Installed both and wow is it bright.

In the Stock headlamp there is a second smaller light bulb which is a parking light but also illuminates when you hit the high beam switch. I taped off the plugs with electrical tape and pushed them back into the wiring harness in the bucket. The Triumph headlight bucket ring has a tab that holds the stock lamp which needs to be bent back so the replacement can fit snug to the face of the bucket. Installation took about 30 minutes. Now it looks custom.

Note your stock light & the Adjure light both have H4 bulbs. Not as bright as the PIAA but they will work. I wanted the extreme blue white so motorists will see me approaching an intersection.

Thanks again to hagatha for the easy tip.

Cost: Lamp $72 PIAA Bulb $39

Tested the new light tonight and after raising the bucket about 1/4" it works very well. I live in a wooded area with no street lights and many deer. This light throws ample light to travel safely at 50mph on an unlit rural 2 lane road at night

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