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Offline Jorge

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Re: LED H4 bulb PATHFINDER
« Reply #25 on: November 04, 2018, 10:38:27 am »
Ted,
If I understand what you mean by two- or three-sided, mine are two sided. The light is basically made up of a flat stick, with two LED elements on each side.
I've seen some with the little hood, or deflector plate, and some without them. I think this is one item that makes a difference between a decent or good cut-off and a bulb that will bling on-coming drivers. Mine have the hoods.
I think Evitek is gone, and there are two things that make me think this: 1- you cannot find many listed on Amazon any more. Used to be you'd do a search for Evitek, and you'd get back many listings; now, and you get one, maybe a left over. 2- The rest of the story on ours... I ordered two packs of two. Two for my C14, and one for Irene's Vulcan-S. I gave the 4th one to a friend with an old Harley. That light failed within a month - probably couldn't take the Harley's smoothness. I contacted them, and after I sent them a photo of the serial number, and of the wire beign cut, they told me they'd send me a replacement. Then they told me they were having delays, but it was coming, then again, and then nothing.
We are still happy with the three we are using, and if one fails. I will replace with other LEDs.

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Re: LED H4 bulb PATHFINDER
« Reply #26 on: November 04, 2018, 04:53:50 pm »
I noticed that the ones you have include a deflector plate to keep from blinding other drivers.   :great: :great:
Do you notice that in the light distribution??

Ted, is your "deflector plate" reference the nose of the LED or the "shell"

An interesting discovery, not mentioned in install instructions
The "hood"or "shell", the reflector-looking pan in a halogen bulb low-beam, is engineered to be facing up. The concave side faces up. It's fixed in position
The LED "shell" can be mounted either facing up or down because the LED has symmetric locating pins, 180deg to each other
It should be facing up, concave side faces up as with the halogen shell
I initially installed mine "up"
I just re-installed both facing down to see the difference
There appears to be a difference
I don't know if it's good or bad
I cannot confirm anything with the bike just sitting in the garage

PIAA has their H4 9003 LED
$75ea
It's H4 base is adjustable to obtain best light distribution/beam pattern by rotating the LED's in the reflector
That's actually a nice feature if there is some gain in beam pattern, I suppose
Maybe even "really cool" feature
There's a lot of data to consider
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Re: LED H4 bulb PATHFINDER
« Reply #27 on: November 04, 2018, 06:57:32 pm »
I’ve had my cheap eBay led headlights in for about 4 or more years. I have them in all 6 bikes that get parked outside and driven7 days a week sequentially.  Rain, ice. Heat, No problems.  The brightest and best lights. And they use less electricity then stock lights.

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Re: LED H4 bulb PATHFINDER
« Reply #28 on: November 04, 2018, 07:37:23 pm »
I’ve had my cheap eBay led headlights in for about 4 or more years. I have them in all 6 bikes that get parked outside and driven7 days a week sequentially.  Rain, ice. Heat, No problems.  The brightest and best lights. And they use less electricity then stock lights.
Yes, I get it
You said basically the same thing in your earlier post
You apparently have at least six Led bulbs
"They're the brightest and the best"
What are they H4's H7's, H3's...what are they?
Who makes them?
Are they fan-type, with external drivers...what?
How many LU's and watts?
What bikes are they in?
How much were they? $3, $9, $12? How much?
EBAY has one, 240000LU 700watt
That's 6amps for one LED bulb that cost $12
Let me know
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Re: LED H4 bulb PATHFINDER
« Reply #29 on: November 05, 2018, 08:52:29 pm »
Various brands. I just looked for the brightest ones at the time. All have fans. But if fans bother you then there one I found with metal cables coming out where the fans would be for a heat sink. I always get pure white color. It seems to reflect back the best. The ones that say motorcycle are supposed to be the best against vibration. I usually get h4. But the kit comes with various sizes of adapters. If none of the adapters fit then I trim them  to make them fit. It doesn’t seem to matter if the little transformer is separated up the cable or built into the fan. I just zip tie them to something.

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Re: LED H4 bulb PATHFINDER
« Reply #30 on: November 29, 2018, 12:38:55 pm »
just installed the pathfinders after 1 philips crapped out after 4000 miles.after reading the info on this sight, i opted for the pathfinders.installed one of the pathfinders and left the still working philips in, started up and the philips looked anemic beside the pathfinder. i mean holy sunspot batman, i couldn't believe the brightness. thanks for the info on this sight... :)
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Re: LED H4 bulb PATHFINDER
« Reply #31 on: November 29, 2018, 03:10:51 pm »
I remember the thread and talk about the Evitek's and at the time, someone suggested the AdvMonster H4 R3's.
http://stores.advmonster.com/h4-r3-led-headlight/

So I bought the AdvMonsters early last year and agree its not necessarily about the lumens, but the beam patterns and cutoff. Lights are exposed enough on the sides during our fall rides very well that I'm able to see deer at a distance. No fans and a mesh heatsink-like which has worked well both in the hot and cold rides. On the summer rides I've been on, I'm been complimented on how bright they are and able to see from a distance where I'm at! They've come down in price and are a better buy over the halogens.



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Re: LED H4 bulb PATHFINDER
« Reply #32 on: November 30, 2018, 01:28:46 am »
I work with an electrical engineer that had a lot of exposure to bright LEDs in the past. His comment is that LEDs provide 8-10x the light output per Watt as halogens. Based on this, the LEDs in Ted's link are right on.
It claims 1000Lm for 60W halogens, and 4000 Lm for 28W LEDs... the ratio is right where it should be.
I plan to replace our car and Suburban, and motorhome bulbs with LEDs soon...

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Re: LED H4 bulb PATHFINDER
« Reply #33 on: December 06, 2018, 02:46:42 pm »
You guys have me considering getting some of these for my 2006 F150.
My wife drives it daily to work and back in 2013 she was in an accident that crunched the front end. The replacement headlights just don't seem as bright as the factory lights, even though they were replaced with OEM. She has complained about it ever since and of course, her eyes are getting older as well.

We need 9008/H13's for the F150 vs the H4 for the Concours.

I can't find Pathfinders that look anything like that in the H13, but there are Beamtech's that look like it for $39 for the pair:
https://www.amazon.com/BEAMTECH-Headlight-8000Lumens-Extremely-Conversion/dp/B06XHCQ8KY

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Re: LED H4 bulb PATHFINDER
« Reply #34 on: December 12, 2018, 01:34:16 am »
FYI, I ended up getting the BeamTech LED's for our F150 and it was an easy install. The only issue is that if you turn on the fog lights, the high beams turn on. I contacted BeamTech and they replied within about 15 minutes saying they will send me a resistor to plug in to fix it. That should be here in a few days.

I will report back to see if that fixes it on the truck and after some time passes for longevity, but so far so good.

The light pattern is better and brighter and my wife was impressed.
After seeing how these do, I may order some for the Concours as well. For $30 on the BeamTech web site ($39 on Amazon), it's hard to beat so far.

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Re: LED H4 bulb PATHFINDER
« Reply #35 on: December 12, 2018, 11:06:00 am »
Look into this place

https://headlightrevolution.com/

I haven't bought any from them, but I have watched their videos and they seem to be all about PROPER LED replacements, not just something that fits.
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Re: LED H4 bulb PATHFINDER
« Reply #36 on: December 12, 2018, 04:52:56 pm »
gooooing on year 4 with the Cyclops. Probably going to jinx my self ....still running the Kisan LED mode modulator with it as well