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    Brighter Headlights

    Has anyone else tried running brighter headlights in their motorcycle?

    I currently use an 80/100W light but noticed that the socket and rubber boot have melted a little from the extra heat. I've bought a replacement socket but haven't used it yet.

    The spade connectors are probably rated at 5A. The brighter lights would be pulling about 7.5-8.5A. The wire capacity should be fine but I don't want to keep replacing sockets if I don't have to.

    Just looking for some comparisons.

    thanks
    '88 K100RS ABS

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    Re: Brighter Headlights

    Originally posted by Cuervo
    Has anyone else tried running brighter headlights in their motorcycle?

    I currently use an 80/100W light but noticed that the socket and rubber boot have melted a little from the extra heat. I've bought a replacement socket but haven't used it yet.

    The spade connectors are probably rated at 5A. The brighter lights would be pulling about 7.5-8.5A. The wire capacity should be fine but I don't want to keep replacing sockets if I don't have to.

    Just looking for some comparisons.

    thanks
    I've run 55/100W bulbs without difficulty, but really only ran the high beam at night.
    Dave Swider
    Marin County, CA

    Some bikes. Some with motors, some without.

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    I could never get a high-output bulb to last in my K75, but eventually added relays after a wiring issue. Now I have no need for a bigger bulb....the direct connection produces a lot more light than the stock setup. See IBMWR.org for details on adding relays.
    Jon Diaz
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