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6 Volt LED Bulbs

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Post by Fixman » Sun Oct 28, 2007 5:39 pm

Mike provided this link http://www.superbrightleds.com/other_bulbs.htm This outfit has 6 volt 1157 dual contact base, cluster LED replacement bulbs. (Thanks MIke)

Is the 1157 the right form factor for our six volt tail lights?

Will it provide a brighter light than our standard incandescent bulbs?

Kent



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Post by FlatHeadSix » Sun Oct 28, 2007 8:23 pm

Kent,

The LEDs are a LOT brighter than the incandescent filament bulb. Also, take the company's advice and use the red LED bulb behind the red tail light lens. I tried it both ways and the red bulb is actually brighter than the white one.

The reason I didn't mention putting an LED in the tombstone tail light is that the 15mm bayonet base LEDs originally were only available in a straight bulb. They are very directional, most of the light is projected straight away from the base, so in a tombstone it puts most of the light upwards through the clear lens and all you get is a blinding glare off of your license plate. They now offer a right-angle bulb with a 15mm bayonet base, I'm going to order one and see if it fits in the tombstone.

I'll let you know how it works after I try one.

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Post by Fixman » Sun Oct 28, 2007 8:47 pm

Mike, I think I will try the 1157-x19-6V LED cluster bulb. I have the stock tail light on my 57 and wonder if I will get any light to the license plate with the configuration of the LED cluster. I know I need the red LED bulb and that would seem to make the license plate illumination even more doubtful. Hey for $7.95 it is sure worth a try.

Kent

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Post by john HD » Mon Oct 29, 2007 2:39 am

here is an interesting LED setup for non stock applications or for those of you into hot rods. http://www.visibolt.com/

i put a set of the license plate bolts on my fatboy.

(yeah i know, i was gonna have to fess up sooner or later. i never ride it though!)

john :oops:

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Post by Skip » Mon Oct 29, 2007 1:48 pm

For the past couple of years I have been running a 6v Halogen bulbs....tail light only....also, no more draw on the battery than regular bulbs......Skip

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Post by Cotten » Mon Oct 29, 2007 2:49 pm

Halogen taillamps are great!

But plastic lenses do not last long.
(I think think halogen's power draw is significantly higher.)

Back to topic: Aren't they making omnidirectional LED bulbs yet?
(I'm holding out for those....)

....Cotten

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Post by fourthgear » Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:11 pm

Some LED bulbs/systems do not hold up well with vibration . It took me a few diff. kinds to find ones that would hold up in my bullet lights on the rear fender. The ones I have in there now have held up for almost two years, most did not make past a month or two( it seemed the tail light quit working ,more than the brake light function.) My four bullet lights are two wire , both brake and tail . I still use a incandescent in the main tail light , of course I have a 12V. system .

Gotta love the L.E.D.s, they are bright doesn't matter 6 or 12 v. systems.

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Post by FlatHeadSix » Mon Oct 29, 2007 6:59 pm

Cotten,

I have not been able to find an omnidirectional yet, best thing available is something they call "wide angle" but it still projects most of the light straight up and away from the base. Not suitable for beehives or tombstones.

As I mentioned above, I have one of the new "right angle" bulbs ordered; I'll report on results when it gets here.

mike

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Post by ridermike » Wed Oct 31, 2007 2:27 pm

What about a bulb for a speedo? It would be nice to actually see how fast I'm going at night.

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see the speedo

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Post by Moose » Thu Nov 01, 2007 8:27 pm

you don't need to see the speedo if you are going too fast the blue and red led's following you will go on

moose :0

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Post by ridermike » Fri Nov 02, 2007 3:25 pm

Moose, I can't argue with that, but in my little speed-trap hick town a speedo is a must.

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Post by 51Hog » Mon Mar 17, 2008 4:38 pm

This post is for 6v systems--

Is everyone happy with their LED tail light bulbs?
Did the right angle bulbs work well with the Tombstone tail lights?
Are the "duel element" LEDs working well?
I read that red works better in the tail lights than white?
Has anyone located a good reasonably priced electronic flasher for turn signals yet?
Thanks

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6 volt LED bulbs

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Post by 108 » Mon Mar 17, 2008 11:35 pm

One more question--- with the 6 V LED bulbs, is there a good increase in brightness from" tail"to "stop" ?

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Post by FlatHeadSix » Tue Mar 18, 2008 2:24 am

man you guys ask a lot of questions! The answer to most of them is YES.

I am happy with the switch to LED, so far they have been just as reliable as the old filament bulbs but much brighter. There is a very noticeable increase in brightness when you hit the brake. The red ones are much better than white ones behind the old original glass lens, I tried them both.

Cotten, the omnidirectional bulbs are now available, I forgot to post the link when I found them. they work great in a tombstone or behive, plenty of light in both directions.

My stock 6 volt '49 FL has turn signals which work great with an old style (bimetallic) flasher unit. the flasher will not work if you put LED bulbs at all 4 corners because it needs resistance in the circuit to trigger the flasher, I put the highest watt incandescent bulbs I could find in the front bullets behind the frosted glass lens and they work great. You can use the original bullet bulbs but the flasher will flash much slower, the single filament bulbs I had the best luck with are for interior dome light application.

here's a new link:

mike

http://www.highspeedmotors.com/Webled.html

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Post by FlatHeadSix » Tue Mar 18, 2008 2:59 am

I forgot to add that Highspeed motors is a little pricey. I'm pretty sure that the bulbs come from the same place as the first link I posted but I can't find the omnidirectional 6 volt on their site. Highspeed guy may have them made up special for his store. IMO, they are still worth the money, even at $20 a pop.

Here's a neat photo that Rick fixed up of us at Davenport last summer in front of Cotten's stall. The front signal lights are very visable on my bike and I think Rick has some on his '62 also.

mike

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