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Re: LED's
« Reply #30 on: 26.10. 2011 10:56 »
I just went for a night ride with my new semi sealed beam h4 assembly with a 35/35w bulb in it.  An amazing difference with a nice clean lens and reflector.  I can now see where I'm going.  I might just search now for a slightly higher wattage bulb and fit a belt drive dynamo kit to it.  Can't think of anything left to do with her now, she's going very nice!

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Re: LED's
« Reply #31 on: 26.10. 2011 14:31 »
Dave
It is good to hear about your improved lighting. It is great to be able to see well and be confident it will stay that way. I agree you will improve matters further with a 45W headlight. A timing belt dynamo drive that will give the extra speed helps to reduce voltage fluctuations in the system. This in turn gives better lamp / bulb / globe life and also less stress on the battery so it should last longer as well (and less topping up if conventional type).
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Re: LED's
« Reply #32 on: 27.10. 2011 02:48 »
Thanks Mike,

Just need to find a place that does p43t bulb bases in 45w!

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Re: LED's
« Reply #33 on: 01.11. 2011 09:20 »
Well I'm still stuffing around with the headlamp.  I got a delivery today of BPF 18w/18w bulbs (one was already broken  *angry*) but after putting the good one in and comparing it to the brand new H4 lens with 35/35w bulb, the beam on the 18w with the old lens seems brighter.  Am going to go for a ride to confirm, and hope the beam is aimed better.  I'm wondering if it's because the H4 might be designed for a car, and that the black tip on the end of the H4 bulb restricts the dispertion of the light.

Will report back and see what it's like.

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Re: LED's
« Reply #34 on: 01.11. 2011 10:02 »
The best 6V light I have found was an old VW kombi reflector and the modern halogen replacement globe.
Even the original ( golf ball ) globe was substantially better then the Lucas pre-focus.
The VW reflector went straight into the Lucas rim & shell.
The globes were 35/45
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Re: LED's
« Reply #35 on: 01.11. 2011 23:39 »
After having a good look at my old BPF semi sealed beam, it was no good.  Reflector faded and glass stained.  Have ordered a new one and can play with BPF 30/24w bulb and 35/35w halogen when it comes.  It also will have a 6v LED pilot light.

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Re: LED's
« Reply #36 on: 22.11. 2011 03:05 »
Got the new headlamp and a
30/24w bulb in there.  Goes very well now.  Much better lighting, not as good as 12v, but alot better than what I had.  6v pilot light works a treat too so now the only non LED on the bike is the headlamp.  I have also just purchased a dynamp belt drive kit from dynamo regulators which claims a 20% increase in RPM.  This will definately help as some of my night riding is done at 35-50mph.  Belt life is stated to be 30,000 miles so I doubt I will ever need to replace it.

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Re: LED's
« Reply #37 on: 30.12. 2011 06:51 »
Finally had a chance to ride the bike at night with the dynamo regulators belt drive (+20% speed) kit in.  Massive difference!  35/35w globe, can sit on about 35mph with full lighting and see much more about!

Happy I don't need to go 12v now.  Last thing to do is fit a dry belt drive kit to the primary.

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Re: LED's
« Reply #38 on: 30.12. 2011 08:48 »
 G'day Hubie,
                  great you've got it sorted. Are you going blinkers as well?
 I need my 12 volt as I do more than  35MPH up my driveway *eek*
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Re: LED's
« Reply #39 on: 30.12. 2011 09:39 »
G'day Musky,

No blinkers mate, I have 6volt LED's from Goffy all round and just the headlamp.  I do wish though that someone would make a 45w bpf bulb though!  How are you doing nowadays after your nasty stack mate?
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Re: LED's
« Reply #40 on: 30.12. 2011 11:23 »
If you have a steady hand you can try the trick that a lot of vintage & veteran riders use.
Use a Dremel tool with a cut off wheel and remove the reflector from a Lucal headlamp.
You are saving the glass for an "original look".
Now down to your local oriential bike wreckers and get a headlamp from them.
Do the same with it but this time you are saving then reflector.
A dollop of your favourite silicon and you have a "new" headlamp that will take modern globes, provide good light but look original.
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Re: LED's
« Reply #41 on: 30.12. 2011 11:59 »
Finally had a chance to ride the bike at night with the dynamo regulators belt drive (+20% speed) kit in.  Massive difference!  35/35w globe, can sit on about 35mph with full lighting and see much more about!

Happy I don't need to go 12v now.  Last thing to do is fit a dry belt drive kit to the primary.

Cheers
Hubie.

Glad to hear the dynamo belt drive is a success, Hubie. Good to be able to see the way ahead  *eek*
More riding less fettling the 'lectrics.
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Re: LED's
« Reply #42 on: 30.12. 2011 18:44 »
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If you have a steady hand you can try the trick that a lot of vintage & veteran riders use.
Use a Dremel tool with a cut off wheel and remove the reflector from a Lucal headlamp.
You are saving the glass for an "original look".
Now down to your local oriential bike wreckers and get a headlamp from them.
Do the same with it but this time you are saving then reflector.
A dollop of your favourite silicon and you have a "new" headlamp that will take modern globes, provide good light but look original.

What a brilliant idea!
Ride Safely Lads! LJ.
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