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    Quote Originally Posted by Frodo View Post
    Now I have a +150% 55W bulb in my high beam and a normal one in my low beam, plus have Stonk LED running lights, as I find that the +150% bulbs don't last nearly as long as the standard one.
    Just over 2 years with my +130 xenon bulbs. I reckon that's fine with the light improvement I get over standard

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbird View Post
    Just over 2 years with my +130 xenon bulbs. I reckon that's fine with the light improvement I get over standard
    +130% bulbs might be the best compromise.

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    So are there any more opinions about the 55 watt +120% / +150% lamps, versus a standard halogen 100watt lamp?
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    So would that wording make full HID conversions legal or illegal, or up to the inspector’s lack of morning coffee?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taxythingy View Post
    So would that wording make full HID conversions legal or illegal, or up to the inspector’s lack of morning coffee?
    HID build conversions sold offshore are not legal. If you change the entire headlamp unit from a approved vehicle onto something else they should be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honest Andy View Post
    So are there any more opinions about the 55 watt +120% / +150% lamps, versus a standard halogen 100watt lamp?
    The 100 W bulbs are brighter but they do run hotter. Given that the headlights are plastic and usually expensive, a Plus bulb would be a safer choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honest Andy View Post
    So are there any more opinions about the 55 watt +120% / +150% lamps, versus a standard halogen 100watt lamp?
    My Blackbird with 100W halogens used to run fairly hot but the headlight volume was reasonably large to dissipate the heat. I wasn't game to try them in a smaller volume (the Street Triple) so that's when I tried higher output Xenon bulbs of the standard wattage. They were quite sufficient to do the Grand Challenge 1600 km ride with plenty of illumination on unlit back roads.

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    I've had an issue in the past with a 100W bulb melting the socket on the end of the wire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaferRides View Post
    Given that the headlights are plastic
    Haha nope, HQ Holden headlight in the old 'Wing, to replace the stock sealed beam which is, get this, 40watt standard (not halogen). You can see why I changed it!
    I've always run a 100 watt lamp in it and wondered if the xenon jobs were better and if so by how much. Always good to reduce load where possible, to make connectors, switches and relays last longer

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbird View Post
    They were quite sufficient to do the Grand Challenge 1600 km ride with plenty of illumination on unlit back roads.
    Great recommendation, that's a serious road-test

    Quote Originally Posted by Cadbury View Post
    I've had an issue in the past with a 100W bulb melting the socket on the end of the wire.
    Yeah, connectors are a pain, always semi corroded and usually slightly loose and ready to cause trouble when you least expect it. It's difficult to catch faulty connectors early, usually you only find out after they've had a meltdown. Or after changing something...
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    I think this is a good idea, people fucking around with shit for their own benefit and screw the effect on other road users.

    Some technical stuff, the light emitted by a LED is very directional, quite similar to laser and why its so harsh on the eyes. The light from an equivelant LED source vs halogen doesn't throw the light as far ahead either meaning you need even higher power and more glare for oncoming traffic.
    The directional aspect means less side visibility for traffic approaching from side roads too.
    Proper LED headlights on some high end cars and trucks seem ok though.

    Now if they'd just throw as much scrutiny on front and rear fog lamps (we don't have 70mph plus motorways here so no need) and lightbar infestations.....

    My LED daytime RL/spots have their own housing so only half illegal now lol......

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    Ok so what about leds in tailights? Is some bloke going to tell me my tailight is to bright
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    Quote Originally Posted by R650R View Post
    Now if they'd just throw as much scrutiny on front and rear fog lamps (we don't have 70mph plus motorways here so no need) and lightbar infestations.....
    Fitting some fog lights to the lads car presently. Law is clear on the use of fog lights - they can only be used when duh foggy! Changed to that a few years back mainly due to knobs in 4WD's with 7 inch fog lights using them like DRL

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    Just tidying up the law to match the existing HID requirements - i.e. only in a headlight that's designed for it. Anything else and the focus is shit.

    As the light emitting surface moves further away from the focus point of the headlight, the amount sent in the wrong direction gets rapidly worse. 1-2mm makes a big difference, let alone some of this shit:

    H1 bulb vs not-bad LED vs fairly shit LED vs OMGROFLLED.
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    Just realised that last pair have almost nothing emitting at the focal point. They would probably blind all the possums in trees and rabbits in the grass, yet fail to illuminate the sheep in the middle of the road.

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    I have a pair of low beam leds in my ute which has projector style low beam lights. They are fantastic! They cut off at exactly the correct place with zero scatter above that line and produce a much better spread of light. I drive at night a lot and have not been flashed at once.
    Generally you can tell if your lights are annoying others I have found in the past...of course that is nothing to do with whether I will be allowed to keep them and, as I asked before, is it low beam only or will it be extended to all other lights, high beam, spotties etc?
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