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Old September 27th, 2016, 12:35 AM   #1
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Lightbulb LED Bulb Replacement - a fix for heat scalding

I have installed (but not road tested yet) 2 x Philips AirFlux 6000K X-treme Vision LED's to my low beams.

They are common knowledge in the RSV forum as they have the same headlights and suffer the same heat degradation of the reflectors under the H11 standard halogen bulbs.

These Philips LEDs are very pricey (read approx $200Aus a pair), but claim to not blind oncoming drivers with scattered light and to run very cool temps......and of course look white and clean compared to the yellowish halogen colour. They don't have those ugly heat sink ribbons but have a neat vented heat sink design and they fit very neatly with all wiring/connectors concealed up under the dash panels.

They are packaged as 'fog' lamp replacement bulbs but this is probably for regulations.....a bulb is a bulb, so long as it performs similar to the OEM H11 (which Philips state on the packaging) .

I have yet to install my front wheel c/w new PR4 tyre, so cannot give a night test opinion until then. Hope to get everything done by the weekend!

Ps I first noticed my 'burnt off plastic chrome reflectors' at 32,000kms.....have a look at yours......it will happen.....

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Old October 2nd, 2016, 02:00 PM   #2
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Update......at last, got the front wheel in and brakes cleaned.....test ride at night..

Ok, they are not better than OEM h11 halogen's (but they are good enough for occasional urban night work), but I didn't install them for that purpose. I was after less heat which was scorching the plastic reflector's and a better looking (I know, so vain...) more modern daylight beam colour.

So, I have achieved what I wanted, but must report that (as has been discussed on the forums) fitting an LED bulb into a halogen reflector will not improve night lighting......never that simple eh?

The bulbs were packaged as 'fog' light replacement and would be perfect in that roll as they don't spread glare into on-coming drivers eyes (found a dark lonely secction of road to check this). Might look at some 'bright white' position lamp bulbs to match the clean white low beams for an neat integrated headlight colour...........then again, I've spent enough already......

I have left the high beam h11 alone ( I rarely use it and it is a stronger beam than the LED's...just in case I need to see....). It has heaps more room between the hot h11 bulb and the shiny plastic reflector so I don't expect it to 'brown off'.

If anyone has fitted higher power h11 (extra bright or 50-60-100% more light etc etc ......marketing....) be aware these run even hotter than the standard h11 bulbs.

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Old November 2nd, 2016, 12:36 AM   #3
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Latest info to hand.......I was at my local Auto barn store and they showed me the 'JW Speaker' brand LED H11 direct replacement bulb.

It has 2000 Lumens and is 6200 Kelvin - much better than the 700lumen 6000k Philips fog lamp bulbs I am trying as daylight lamps........maybe somebody has already installed these JWS bulbs and can give an appraisal of their claimed 'high performance' beams......
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Update - I must have been soft in the head, but I shelled out $200Aus for a pair of these and fitted them.

They are brighter than the 700Lm LED but I wouldn't claim they are better for night use.

The design of 'direct replacement' LED bulbs is better but they cannot replicate the focal point (the source of light) of a halogen lamp and the reflectors don't create the same depth/spread/pattern.

They do give a beautiful clean white daylight running light and 2000 lumens is adequate though very expensive compared to halogen lamps.

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