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This may be a dumb question. 1998 Shadow Aero vt1100c3. What bulb do I buy when getting a replacement?

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It’s an H4 bulb.

12v 60/55watt

Sylvania Silverstar or Xtravision is what I always use.

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I like my Silverstar Ultra. Brighter than original bulb. Dan

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can the wiring handle 100/80 watt? Off road only, of course?

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can the wiring handle 100/80 watt? Off road only, of course?

Short answer …No ……. it may not fail right away , but eventually it will,unless you do an upgrade to the wires such as the relay upgrade .

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You can run one of these and not overload your wiring.

I have used this 85/80w on over a dozen bikes and not had any problems.

Read the product description for the 85/80w bulb, I have not even had one burn out either. I do change the bulb every 5 years because they do lose some of there lumens over time(all bulbs do). For $20 it puts out a lot of light.

H 412XO H4 12v Osram Hyper, each – RallyLights.com

ROD

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You could also put in HID 35 watt and have twice the light with less power draw.

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I tried a few different “premium” H4 bulbs and was not sure I could see farther although some were whiter and some cast a broader light. Consumer Reprts did a study in 2005 and found NO improvement in distance viweing between preium and standard H4 bulbs. Since then there have been some slight improvements but the bulbs have a shorter lifespan. In the end I went back to standard H4. Our headlamp shells just don’t allow much improvement unless you go full HID.

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Silverstars DO shine further and brighter and have a better dispersion pattern. Been running one since i got it in ’06 and only replaced it once in 25,000+ miles. Thinking of going HID since my friend has a spare 1-off set with no twin.

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I run a silverstar h4 and can tell a huge difference!…

The problem is there is a perception that there is a difference in distance rather than color and dispersion. I used Silverstar and for the first few weeks I thought great but then began to notice that on familiar roads at night I wasn’t really seeing much farther. I could see the shoulders better and the light was whiter but not sure about the distance. ISince then I have read the test results and on another forum there was a lab test that indicated the Siverstar was not superior to standard H4. On youtube

he tests Osram (Sylvania) vs standard side by side and although the Osram is whiter I cannot see that he sees farther at all. Take a look at the signage and lights on the road and let me know. I think the whiter light may help people who have cataracts or glucoma since everything looksb more yellowed to begin with.

Anyone have any test results on H4 bulbs other than those I mentioned?

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Here is what Daniel Stern said about light bulbs

“The laws of physics are the laws of physics. They don’t bend even for the highest-paid advertising agency. There is no way to get “85 watts of light for 55 watts of electricity.” Tinted bulbs aren’t better.”

Daniel Stern Lighting Consultancy and Supply

That is why I use the 85/80w bulb, to get more light on the road and to see and be seen better. There are no tints on that bulb to diminish the out put of the light bulb. If you want more light to see the road better you have to use a higher wattage bulb. The 130/90w bulbs take to much amp’s for the stock wiring and burn out to quickly, but that 85/80w bulb lasts a long time and does not draw to many amp’s for the stock wiring.

If you want to really brighten up your headlight you should wire it directly to the battery and use a relay.

ROD

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Here is what Daniel Stern said about light bulbs …

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Thanks for the informative article. Sounds like time to try some 85s but I will check the forum.

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I run Hella H4’s on all my bikes… they’re the same ones Honda installs from the factory, and they’re <$5 each from Amazon… with Prime shipping, they’re at my door in two days!

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You could also put in HID 35 watt and have twice the light with less power draw.

Can the HID be plugged into the stock headlight connector? Anything else needed?

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HIDs are not plug-and-play replacement bulbs, and they require a ballast to initiate the high voltage “spark” to start the lamp, and to regulate the voltage to maintain the reaction.

You can see similar “discharge” lamps in the Sodium or Mercury vapor lamps used in street-lights.

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If you go with 35 watt they are plug and play but you do have too stash the ballast somewhere. I like it for several reasons, not much more money than a silverstar, way brighter and less load on the system.

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If you go with 35 watt they are plug and play but you do have too stash the ballast somewhere. I like it for several reasons, not much more money than a silverstar, way brighter and less load on the system.

How do you wire one of these puppies into the bike? How large is the ballast? I have right much room in the headlight shell. Where do I buy these?

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You unplug your headlight and plug ballast into headlight connector. For ballast some have got it to fit in headlight bucket, on mine I hid it under the plastic neck covers. Some stick them under the tank, the main thing is get one for a motorcycle as they have longer leads on them and give you more options on mounting. I got mine on Ebay but I know a lot of guys get them from DDM Tuning. 4300 to 6000k are bright white the higher you go the bluer they are, I have a 4300k in mine and will do the same on the wife’s 750 Aero. My ballast is older and about the size of a deck of cards. I know they have got smaller since I bought mine.

How do you wire one of these puppies into the bike? How large is the ballast? I have right much room in the headlight shell. Where do I buy these?

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