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This is a discussion on had to replace my guage cluster lights, so i went LED... within the ZR-7 Accessories forums, part of the Kawasaki ZR-7 category; Originally Posted by DaddyFlip FTR... I just replaced my headlight bulb with this same bulb and it is brighter than the Philips bulb that was ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyFlip View Post
    FTR... I just replaced my headlight bulb with this same bulb and it is brighter than the Philips bulb that was in there. It could have been an age thing; I don't know if halogen bulbs become dim with age or not. Picked it up at Wal-Mart for 18.88 then removed the fifty dollar PIAA from my amazon shopping cart. I'm not going to experiment any further with headlight bulbs like I did on the C14. I'm probably going to add a set of LED spot lights for better visibility in the dark (probably Denali D2).
    Check out the Clearwater lights as well. https://clearwaterlights.com/

    I like the look of the PIAA reflectors PIAA | RF Series LED Light Bars: Cube 3" to 4" but they are somewhat bulky plus pricey.
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    BTW, Halogen bulbs do dim over time.
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    not sure those will clear...

    instead do yourself a favor..clean out the buckets and paint the insides WHITE or rattlecan chrome..then use whatever cheepo led's you can find..the reflectivity of the bucket has more to do with how your stuff lights up than what bulb you use...and removes the led "spotlight" effect

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    Thanks carry.

    Yes... I saw your reco on painting the inside in an earlier post and that makes perfect sense. I'm doing that.
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    Although I'm sure I'm in the minority, I found if my gauges were really bright, they were kind of distracting because they also reflected a lot of light up on the inside of my windshield. I suppose it depends on the bike and angle of the windshield in relation to your eyes. As for painting in side them, I wonder how "glow in the dark" paint would work?
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    If you want more light and aren't trying to save a few watts, you can just put a brighter regular bulb in there. They make different wattage bulbs in that size. I have a couple of brighter ones in my tach side. I forget the exact wattage's.

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    considering my led's i put in are now flickering on one half of the unit im none too please.....vibrations KILL led's....i know this from my dirt bikes...i kill a tail light unit every year or 2 on my xl6..always starts with flickering and i loose led by led across the unit

    i went to LED in the dash of my zr7 cause the old stuff was DIM..and a couple had burnt out.....but mine are especialy hard to change...headlight covering , windshield, and loosening the upper fairing attachment points...and it all has to be done in a specific order just to get up in there.....i didnt want to have to ever do it again

    LED's are not the "end all"

    as for being "overbright"..i have a trick for that too..."frost" them take the lightest sandpaper you can to them..idealy 800+ grit but 400 will do..anything courser do not try...in a pinch steelwool or the green side of a sponge.....do this to the entire end of the LED..it will difuse the light more and dim them slightly but the distribution of the light will be MUCH better and closer to that of incandesent while still retaining the led clarity....it takes about 25% or so of the edge or harshness off the led giving a nice bright light that doesnt hurt the eyes yet is still brighter

    as for higher watt incans..do note that the higher the watt the more heat and potential for meltage....secondly "brighter" ones typicaly burn out in half the time

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    I'm not particularly enamored with the prospect of switching to LED and I don't necessarily want more brightness. I notice I only want brighter gauges in those minutes of dawn and dusk. I thought about clipping on one of those stalk reading lights and just pointing it at the speedo when needed.

    On the auxiliary lighting front, I really don't want to spend 500 bucks... I'm not that hard core of a night rider. I notice Mondo Moto is out of stock right now
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyFlip View Post
    I'm not particularly enamored with the prospect of switching to LED and I don't necessarily want more brightness. I notice I only want brighter gauges in those minutes of dawn and dusk. I thought about clipping on one of those stalk reading lights and just pointing it at the speedo when needed.

    On the auxiliary lighting front, I really don't want to spend 500 bucks... I'm not that hard core of a night rider. I notice Mondo Moto is out of stock right now
    Are you looking for conspicuity lighting to be seen better, or so you can see better? I've got some good ideas for you if you want the conspicuity route. hat is if you like what I did to mine. As for seeing better there's also quite a few discount LED fixtures out there on Amazon. Just need to do your homework on size, beam angle and true brightness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Obo View Post
    Are you looking for conspicuity lighting to be seen better, or so you can see better? I've got some good ideas for you if you want the conspicuity route. hat is if you like what I did to mine. As for seeing better there's also quite a few discount LED fixtures out there on Amazon. Just need to do your homework on size, beam angle and true brightness.
    So I can see better. Yeah, I think the discount route is the way to go. And I've seen your setup too.
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    I'm currently looking at these. If I go that route they will be mounted with L brackets on the front fairing hex bolts (I already have an L bracket camera mount on one of them.)

    20W 12v

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    I wanted something more like this but the costs are stupid here.

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    My current 18w setup under the main headlight is more of a flood vs a spot. I really didn't know the difference when I ordered it a few years back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyFlip View Post
    So I can see better. Yeah, I think the discount route is the way to go. And I've seen your setup too.
    I found this old link in my favourites. Discount prices. Not sure how the lights are but the site *should* be reputable.

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    Obo, thank you for the tip on the phillips t10 led bulbs.


    I'm only @85% blind after dropping one in while it was powered up. It's unreal how far that technology has progressed over the last year,or two.

    The cheap ebay led bulbs are probably still a joke, but those little 13.00 per pair Phillips bulbs are serious.

    Sorry for the typing mistakes, I'm partially blind now.
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