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Anyone know of a LED Headlight for Vics? Was riding with some harley riders and these guys have LED's that are very bright and noticable. They got flashed alot from cars which means they are being seen.
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LED or HID?

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LED. There were four bikes with HID lights and one LED. LED was alot better I thought.
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LEDs have longer life span than HIDs and even lower power consumption. However, LEDs produce a much higher amount of heat per unit of light output. Instead of emitting the heat together with the light (as HIDs and halogens do), the LED's produce heat at the rear section of the emitters. While incadescent and HID bulbs tolerate high temperatures without problems, their LED counterparts do not fare well in higher temperatures. This is why LED equipped headlights are often designed with head-sinks and/or cooling fans, which end up raising the initial cost as well as maintenance cost to a point where LEDs are not a feasable option.

However, for lights that do not require to be left on for prolonged periods of time, and therefore do not get a chance to accumulate heat (ie. blinkers or tail lights), LEDs are the undisputed champion.

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I understand all that. Do you know if there is anything available in LED that fits the Vics?
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What about, for example, the Audi daytime running lights? They are LED and are constantly on.
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I understand all that. Do you know if there is anything available in LED that fits the Vics?
I might be able to get them for you. What year and model is your bike?

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What about, for example, the Audi daytime running lights? They are LED and are constantly on.
I believe the headlight assembly alone is around the thousand dollars mark for cars with LED headlights.

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I was just using that as an example for what you were saying about the heat issue with constantly running LED's.
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I was just using that as an example for what you were saying about the heat issue with constantly running LED's.
You're just trying to get me in trouble based on my own statements!

While the lights you're mentioning are not for illuminating the road, but more for looks, there are cars out there with factory LED headlights. Lexus and Audi pioneered them about 4 years ago on cars with price stickers north of $100,000. There was also the Escalade Platinum (which I believe got discontinued) featuring full LED headlights.

But you don't have to be rich to drive a car with factory LED headligths. The friendly Prius offers them an option (a rather costly option). Unfortunately they're nothing more than a very docile iteration of the LED headlight, and while they are brighter than halogens, they produce less light than an HID does - and the cost is much steeper than HIDs.

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Saw a new Chrysler 300 with LED's tonite. Looks alot like Audi's.



XRoads, my bike is a 09 Vegas 8ball. I changed the stock headlight to the wedge shaped one like all the bikes now have.
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