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Re: LED H4 bulb PATHFINDER
« Reply #50 on: July 02, 2019, 01:53:30 pm »
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Re: LED H4 bulb PATHFINDER
« Reply #51 on: November 10, 2019, 11:07:38 pm »
So far, so good
It has been 1 year since I replaced my 2 PIAA Xtreme White Plus H4's with 2 Pathfinder H4SFS 4000LM's in my 2016 C14.
The heatsink's are hot-to-the-touch when I'm stopped in traffic with low beams.
The heatsinks are warm-to-the-touch in cruise, highway traffic, so the airflow around the heat-sink is a plus.
I routed the wires above the heatsinks so there is no obstruction to the heatsinks from the airflow up and into the cowling.
The white intensity, as it appears to oncoming riders, is quite noticeable during daylight op's. It's been commented on many times by other riders.
Some mfr's state that degradation will occur with service life due to heat-dissipation. Heat is an LED killer. I haven't experienced any degradation as yet.
Night illumination, compared to the PIAA's, is improved and appreciated with all the wildlife present on mountain passes.
Side illumination is improved, noticeably, as well. PIAA's throw the light forward quite a bit but they're not as white as the Pathfinders.
I have not been Hi-Low blinked by oncoming vehicles at night but I don't ride enough at night to know.

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Re: LED H4 bulb PATHFINDER
« Reply #52 on: January 15, 2020, 12:39:42 pm »
I just noticed the other day on a ride, that I have one HIGH beam out on my LED drop in headlamps.   ::)
Those lasted approx 2.5 years.
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no longer available.
I was never particularly pleased with the light pattern, and I had to modify the rubber boot to fit them.
They do have an external fan, which I like for cooling, and an external Ignitor.
Yes, they are "loud", but who cares??  They cool the units more effectively than those without fans, and undoubtedly prolong the life of the LED's.  I'll buy units with fans again.  :great:

I'll be looking for replacement now, and after paying $100 for this set, I think I'll go the cheaper route this time (ebay or amazon).  Of course I want what everybody else wants: max output, longevity, and tight beam pattern.
But honestly, I've been reading these threads for years, and can see NO DIFFERENCE in any of these offerings, except price and marketing.  Ok, within REASON - Im saying.

Hopefully more people will continue to chime-in about how the units they purchased are holding-up, and how they perform.  :beerchug:

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Re: LED H4 bulb PATHFINDER
« Reply #53 on: January 15, 2020, 02:12:38 pm »
Coming in a little late on this thread.  FWIW, LED's are bright, true, but if you expect to have long-range, anti-bambi, night riding in the twisties lighting, look elsewhere.

Ever notice a car with LED high beams passing you on the interstate? Bright - yes; focused - no; big blob of super bright light - yes; long range - no so much.

HID's & halogens in a good reflector are tough to beat.  Just my .02 cents.
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