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Upgraded headlamp bulb for 07 C50

Looking to upgrade my headlamp bulb on my motorcycle. Looking for a brighter light without the need for modifications Etc. Basically want a plug and play, so to speak. Just want to know if anybody's done it and what they did and how they like it. Thanks
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Alot use the Silver Star Ultra bulb.

I can head East or West, it doesn't matter as long as it's on 2 wheels.
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Looking to upgrade my headlamp bulb on my motorcycle. Looking for a brighter light without the need for modifications Etc. Basically want a plug and play, so to speak. Just want to know if anybody's done it and what they did and how they like it. Thanks
A slightly cheaper option is Philips RacingVision H4 Headlight Bulbs (Twin) 12342RVS2 Xtreme Vision Upgrade https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LYNVQBC..._nPZ5CbJGTSAQ0

I have it on my bike, so far so good. The color is slightly whiter than your regular bulb, but it has a nice throw and quite a bit brighter. I had it for the past 2000 miles or so on my C50. Bought it when they were almost $40 a pair.
LED bulbs are often a hit and miss, and they run a lot hotter in the housing than regular bulbs: I’ve read reports of wires melting upon contact with cooling fins. Also models that have cooling fans in addition to cooling fins or strips are very prone to failure.
Most LEDs don’t have a clear cut off line and blind oncoming traffic, also beam pattern is often messed-up. After hours and hours of research, I haven’t found a decent LED bulb or LED assembly (swap out the whole lease) that has substantially more light with a usable beam pattern and not prone to failure. You might get lucky, but if your reflector is not designed for LED, better to stay away from them.

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Looking to upgrade my headlamp bulb on my motorcycle. Looking for a brighter light without the need for modifications Etc. Basically want a plug and play, so to speak. Just want to know if anybody's done it and what they did and how they like it. Thanks
A slightly cheaper option is Philips RacingVision H4 Headlight Bulbs (Twin) 12342RVS2 Xtreme Vision Upgrade https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LYNVQBC..._nPZ5CbJGTSAQ0

I have it on my bike, so far so good. The color is slightly whiter than your regular bulb, but it has a nice throw and quite a bit brighter. I had it for the past 2000 miles or so on my C50. Bought it when they were almost $40 a pair.
LED bulbs are often a hit and miss, and they run a lot hotter in the housing than regular bulbs: I’ve read reports of wires melting upon contact with cooling fins. Also models that have cooling fans in addition to cooling fins or strips are very prone to failure.
Most LEDs don’t have a clear cut off line and blind oncoming traffic, also beam pattern is often messed-up. After hours and hours of research, I haven’t found a decent LED bulb or LED assembly (swap out the whole lease) that has substantially more light with a usable beam pattern and not prone to failure. You might get lucky, but if your reflector is not designed for LED, better to stay away from them.
Here is a link to a thread with some pictures of me testing the aforementioned Philips bulb:

https://www.volusiariders.com/54-gen.../415278?page=1

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Thanks, that's my experience too with LEDs. I'm not a real fan not yet they got a long way to come. Thanks for your information will look into those
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I must be getting old, I can't find the original post where somebody explained how to adjust the headlamp on a C50. I just want to say thank you to that gentleman. Just adjusted mine and it makes a difference when you can see down the road LOL.
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I must be getting old, I can't find the original post where somebody explained how to adjust the headlamp on a C50. I just want to say thank you to that gentleman. Just adjusted mine and it makes a difference when you can see down the road LOL.
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i have tried several different configurations of led motorcycle bulbs and to date none have been satisfactory for me...i have tried ones without fans and i have tried ones with fans to no avail...they just don't focus right and they are never as bright as advertized...the only reason if keep them in my bikes is so that i have all led lights on the front(with driving lights and turn signal/running lights)...eventually i am going to spring for the $100 sealed led headlights that are a complete replacement for the H4 stock sealed headlights...actually i have already spent that much money just messing with the led bulbs...hope this helps you decide what you want to do
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i have tried several different configurations of led motorcycle bulbs and to date none have been satisfactory for me...i have tried ones without fans and i have tried ones with fans to no avail...they just don't focus right and they are never as bright as advertized...the only reason if keep them in my bikes is so that i have all led lights on the front(with driving lights and turn signal/running lights)...eventually i am going to spring for the $100 sealed led headlights that are a complete replacement for the H4 stock sealed headlights...actually i have already spent that much money just messing with the led bulbs...hope this helps you decide what you want to do
which sealed led headlight? link?

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