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Headlight question

Hi folks, I stepped in to ask your folks opinion on sealed LED headlights. I understand, that good quality stuff cannot be cheap, but there are situations when we just pay for brand. That's why I decided to ask your opinion prior to buying an LED headlight. ANyways, I know, that JW Speaker makes decent stuff, including off-road lighting. So if their lights withstand off-road shaking, water, dirt, etc, one should work on by bike for ages. However, the price for the light is between $600-800, which is not cheap, especially for a guy who has recently bought a bike, you see. So I wanted to ask your folks opinion on the alternatives to JW Speaker if there are any... If no I just want to be sure that I am paying for the product, not for the brand. Also, can someone please explain me the difference between adaptive and


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The non-adaptive LED headlight is like a normal headlight, just an LED instead of an incandescent bulb. It shines straight out from its mounting point on the bike.

If you've ridden at night, you have noticed that with this arrangement there get to be some spots in your field of view receiving better and worse illumination as you lean into the curves. The adaptive headlights turn on additional lighting elements as you lean the bike, thus illuminating some of the dark spots.


The Rvzilla review of the J.W. Speaker adaptive head has a video that shows this pretty clearly:
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Okay, thanks for sharing the veideo, yea, the difference between the 2 is well-explained there.
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You could buy a Hogworks LED Replacement bulb. Reuses the stock lamp housing. Have one in my Sportster. What's nice is it uses the internal reflectors to disperse the light. Had a DayMaker in my 750. Found it was riding with a spot light. Really bright far away. But almost no light in front of the wheel. The light bulb I mentioned is around $40 vs the DayMaker of $300.
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You could buy a Hogworks LED Replacement bulb. Reuses the stock lamp housing. Have one in my Sportster.
I'm glad you like it, as I was looking into ordering a couple of those on pay day. Now that I've feeding two beasts I have to pinch pennies. I was a little concerned because people on here who have bought Brand X LED replacement bulbs off eBay haven't been impressed. Last week I saw Revzilla advertising the Hogworks bulbs and I figured those people know their business so should put out a good product. Good to hear that is so.
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Note: The Hogworks have optional Mounting brackets. Reuse the stock spring. Its a little tricky getting around the Fan/Module. Direct plug in for the H4(9003) bulb. Just carefully route the harness to keep from pinching. Got mine from J&P. The rubber boot wont fit over the LED module.

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Hey @Tucsonmax1, thanks for letting us know about the Hogwork. I have never even heared of them, maybe because a lot of HD stuff is still new to me. $40 is no way close to $800+ (JW speaker cost), so I must give them a try!
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https://www.jpcycles.com/product/832...00-lumens-bulb


Where I got mine from. Had it for several months now. Doesn't flicker. Fan is a little loud.

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This is the one I bought for my Street & changed over to my Street rod . The fit is right , high beam puts out a lot of light , low beam not so much . I only ride at night if caught out , but the high beam lets you be seen in full daylight .


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I have a friend who bought a pair of Cheap LED bulbs for his corolla. Don't know what he did. But they flicker. My Hogworkz never did.

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