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    Re: LED headlamp bulb
    Reply #72 on: May 25, 2022, 06.49 am
    May 25, 2022, 06.49 am
    Sorry for the delay in replying - I am away from home at the moment
    on a vacation heading down to South Spain - This Reply is composed
    from memory, so please accept my apologies if I've missed anything !

    I know exactly the problem you have - it is the new retaining ring
    that fits into the recess where the original bulb locates,
    and is then clamped in there by the fiddly spring wire clip.
    The new LED Headlamp bulb then locates with a bayonet action into the new retaining ring.

    I know this because before setting off for Spain I fitted some very similar LED headlamp bulbs
    and the same thing happened to me - one of the Retaining Rings ended up inside the Headlamp !  :138:

    Before trying with a Magnet - check the other Ring to make sure it IS magnetic ! - Mine are not !  :164:

    I had to get mine out to be able to fit the bulbs fro my trip,
    and it was also out of reach so I took the complete Headlamp Unit off the bike.

    A few careful shakes later and the Ring was retrieved.  :152:

    It's quite an involved process to remove the Headlamp Unit, but once done it provides the benefit
    of being able to install the new Bulbs easily, and make sure the Rubber dust covers
    fit fully into place before inserting the Bulbs through them, and twisting to lock them in place.

    To remove the Headlamp Unit, first you need to release the Instrument Panel surround screws
    and separate it from the Headlamp panel.  There's a Topic here for that :

    HOW TO : Remove the Instrument Panel

    With the top of the Instrument Panel separated and pulled slightly away at the top from the other panel,
    two more button headed screws are revealed that need to be removed.

    From underneath the headlamp remove the horizontal panel above the mudguard
    which is secured by two Button headed bolts, and pull the panel forwards to disengage it.
    Unplug the electrical connector to the Sensor mounted in that panel.

    You will see the very front of each main side fairing panel "hangs" on a hook
    moulded into the side of the Headlamp Unit, next to a Button headed screw,
    and one or maybe two more button headed bolts around both the sides of the Headlamp Unit.
    Remove the screws from both sides, and ( having already removed the mirror covers,
    there should be enough movement in the panel to be able to unhook the fairing from it - CAREFULLY !
    Those hooks can be broken off !

    You then need to remove the four Hex headed bolts from the front of the Headlamp Unit.
    From memory I think they need a 10mm socket.

    Place a sheet / blanket over the front mudguard to protect it from scratches !

    The Headlamp Unit can then be withdrawn, checking that those "Hooks" are still free.

    As you withdraw the Headlamp Unit, unplug the two Headlamp Bulb connectors, if still in place,
    and release the electrical connector to the Headlamp Adjuster Motor by depressing
    the little retaining clip on the side of the connector body to release it.

    The complete Headlamp Unit can now be removed from the bike.

    Cheers  :821:


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    Re: LED headlamp bulb
    Reply #73 on: May 25, 2022, 07.31 am
    May 25, 2022, 07.31 am
    Coconut, I'm more interested in hearing from you how the LED bulbs are performing,  because a) I bought the same bulbs but haven't fitted then yet, and b) Redmerle's reputation is on the line for recommending them  :745:
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    Re: LED headlamp bulb
    Reply #74 on: May 25, 2022, 08.58 am
    May 25, 2022, 08.58 am
    So far Iím very impressed with them.

    Much brighter, crisper white light,
    and the beam pattern looks like
    the ďMOTĒ testers wonít have any
    Issues - Iíll let you know next month.

    The bike is currently parked in an underground ( dark ) garage in Salamanca, waiting to be ridden to Merida, so I might grab a Photo and see if I can upload it later from my iPhone.

    Redís reputation is still intact.  :028:

    Cheers  :821:



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    Re: LED headlamp bulb
    Reply #75 on: May 25, 2022, 11.31 am
    May 25, 2022, 11.31 am
    Thank you for the detailed explanation Coconut. I am sorry to hear that you faced the same issue. Have a great trip!

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    Re: LED headlamp bulb
    Reply #76 on: May 25, 2022, 12.38 pm
    May 25, 2022, 12.38 pm
    The Garage ( Lights Off ) :




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    Re: LED headlamp bulb
    Reply #77 on: May 25, 2022, 12.57 pm
    May 25, 2022, 12.57 pm
    Thanks Coconut. I'm guessing that is dipped beam? It's the high bit to the upper right that concerns me... from the point of view of dazzling oncoming traffic in the UK.....
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    Re: LED headlamp bulb
    Reply #78 on: May 25, 2022, 07.15 pm
    May 25, 2022, 07.15 pm
    Yes itís the Dipped Beam, and set at mid point on the height adjustment.

    That ďtickĒ running up to the right is more clearly shown in a picture that RedMerle posted in another Topic which I have copied here :



    His Trophy passed its MOT with those bulbs fitted so it doesnít seem to be a problem, at least for that particular Tester !  :164:

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    Re: LED headlamp bulb
    Reply #79 on: May 27, 2022, 11.36 pm
    May 27, 2022, 11.36 pm
    Apparently there is a big variation in performance between the various LED headlamp bulbs out there.  And the performance for the same bulb may be significantly different depending on if it's installed in a projector or reflector style housing.  Of course the Trophy has a reflector style housing.

    I found this comprehensive test by Alla Lighting of 5 different vendors LED bulbs.  Of course the Alla bulb came out on top.  Maybe there are other vendor's bulb that are just as good as the Alla that weren't tested.  But the Alla bulb's performance look very good in this test, regardless.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoKSuK142qo   The reflector housing tests start at about the 12 & 34 minutes marks if you don't want to watch the entire video.

    I bought a set of the Alla's for my Trophy.   I haven't had a chance to test them at night yet, however.

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