Replacing standard H7 55w headlamp bulb with 80w

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  1. neilferris

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    Wanted to replace the standard 55w headlamp dip bulb with an 80w bulb, not for increased night vision, I never venture out at night on the bike. Purely for the fact, it's something I came across when tidying the other day and if it makes me more visible to 1 in 10,000 pick-up drivers then it's worth the 2 minutes to fit it.
    So, was after the advice of someone who has done this with no problems/problems or a "sparky" with more electrical knowledge than myself.
    I do not want to modify the wiring.......fitting relays......but do not want to take the chance of "frying" the standard wiring and switch....
    Bike is a 2014 Kawasaki Z800
    Bulb is a Ring Rallysport H7 80w (it is marked "safe for use in plastic headlamps")

    Plug and Play.......or a no, no?

    Many thanks in advance for any comments.
     
  2. Joelthailand

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    I don't think a 80w bulb would make any significant improvement in daylight hours.

    High intensity LED daytime running lights are designed to work in daytime light! A pair of lights on the forks or a short strip of lights discreetly mounted under the headlight fairing might work. They are low wattage & don't drain your power, also anti-glare which works well at dust/night.

    The Thai headlight & sound system shops usually have a wide variety copy Audi/BMW style short strips to play with!

    This website shows a few examples:
    http://www.bikevis.com/motorcycle-led-ultimate-running-light-pods.html
     
  3. Ian Bungy

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    PIAA or Osram nightbreakers ot phillips Extreme are normal wattage but 50% brighter they are the way to go with no risk to wiring or need of relays , i have them in my Ducatis ,

    I have experimented with HID light kits too ,, but not that much different from the Phillips Extremes I have used and no need for ballasts
     
  5. neilferris

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    Thanks for the comments...

    Best option, not risk the higher wattage (80w)....will go for those PIAA/Osram or similar...standard 55w but higher output ..
     
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    Yep that's what I have on my Honda.
     
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    A bit late, but I finally found the package for my "super duper" headlights.

    Philips..

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    an easy way to go.
     
  8. neilferris

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    Many thanks guys for your comments and time...

    Didn't want to risk 80w...or turn the bike into a Christmas tree...have gone for H7 55w OSRAM Night Breakers Unlimited...("Up to" : 110% more light, 40m longer beam and 20% whiter light).....

    For Info. and anybody else looking to upgrade, ordered from www.powerbulbs.com ...in the UK.....huge selection....some good discounts off MRRP and free delivery to Thailand.
    Cost 15.96 GBP for a twin pack (approx. 850฿).......
     

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