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Sure you could put a bigger battery in .What may happen is that the total proposed draw is too much for the dynamo and it will go flat.Even if it does not go flat because your appliance usage patterns are intermittent you will get a lower battery life because of the constant cycling .If dealing with the charging system is too hard or too expensive then ...


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I think you hit it. Cost, most of the LED headlights are made to just pack as many LED as possible into the H4 package as possible, but a small percentage of them are actually designed to mimic the H4 fillament. Most of the cheap LED bulbs aren't DOT certified, so look for the certified ones, they give you better performance. I'd recommend a brand, but ...


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It really looks like it's down to the switch, if the high beams work normally (Not just using flash to pass) and both low beams quit at the same time, and you are positive the bulbs are good. The one thing that can fail that would take out both low beams is the switch. Everything in yellow below is good based on your description of what works. The pink ...


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Sounds like the bulb socket is corroded. You could try spraying it with contact cleaner, or trim an emery board to fit and giving a couple of passes with that to remove the corrosion. With any cleaning method, I'd recommend putting a little petroleum jelly on the bulb contacts to try to prevent any further corrosion.


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I think there might be a regulatory component that effects stated brightness I found in CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) 49 The maximum wattage at 12.8 volts (design voltage): 65 watts on upper beam, and 55 watts on lower beam. BUT...there are some caveats to this related to headlamp type and additional components to the commercial regulations which ...


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The main purpose for this is so other drivers can see your turn signal. The LED lights are so intense, they do not allow the oncoming driver to be able to see the turn signal. By turning the LEDs off, it becomes readily apparent.


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I would not want to increase load to your dynamo. I'm skeptical that you actually have that type of charging system but can't back my claim. IF it is a dynamo then I would do something in order to add your accessory lighting load. - Replace your current headlight with an LED version, it will consume less electricity and give you room to add the accessory ...


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As Autistic and Chenmunka say, if you want to increase the electrical power you're using (by having a higher-rated headlamp), you'll need to generate more power - by having a bigger alternator or dynamo/generator. Simply fitting a bigger battery won't help, as it'll still discharge all the time you're using more power than you're generating. It sounds like ...


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Most vehicles not using an LED headlight have multiple filaments in the bulb. These frequently do burn out independently. Low beam is also the most used filament, and likely to burn out first. Given no fuses are blown or wires loose, it's most likely just a bad bulb. Bulbs are generally pretty cheap, a few dollars, so it's worth just replacing it just in ...


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The biggest issue with high-intensity LED's is heat dissipation. Heat is an LED's #1 enemy, regardless of the LED package. High-powered LED's that put out about 2 to 5 watts of light each (9 times more than the power they consume) need be be epoxied to an aluminum or copper heat sink, maybe even fan cooled. But I see many LED street-lights with LED's burned ...


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Yes there is, but first a little story to explain why the headlights are going yellow/cloudy so quickly. Any plastic headlight lens will yellow through exposure to UV radiation (which the Sun happens to have buckets of). Brand-new plastic lenses from the factory will invariably have a protective coating that is designed to deflect away much of the UV ...


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H11 Bulb connectors are readily available from Ebay sellers, but will no doubt be available from an automotive shop. They usually come with short wires fitted, so you will need some way of connecting it to you existing wires after chopping off the old connector. The best way of doing this is soldering and heat shrinking some insulation. An alternative to ...


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The filament could be broken in one spot, and moving the bulb could be shaking it so the broken section makes contact again and it illuminates. I've seen this before with household light bulbs. I'll go to remove the bulb (with the power on - I know, not a "best practice") and turning the bulb a little will make it come back on momentarily as the pieces of ...


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There are several things you can look for: Complete paths Electricity requires a complete path from positive to negative. In a car with that kind of age, I would be checking that you don't have bad grounds or corroded connections. Especially where the ground straps connect between the body and engine block. Slice and dice the problem First thing to ...


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As @Zaid said for the reasons for yellowing/clouding is spot on: UV rays. As for the fix, I would do it slightly different. First, you can use toothpaste to clean off the lens. This works to a degree, but to do the proper fix, take the wet sanding approach. Start by using a heavier grit wet sand paper, then use progressively finer wet sand paper. The idea ...


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You have another issue The battery doesn't sound like to the core issue that you are experiencing. I propose that your stator or rectifier have gone bad thus you are experiencing a situation where you have to have your battery serviced. The motorcycle should be 'servicing your battery' and charging it as you ride the motorcycle. You will want to test ...


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This post got way longer than I wanted it to be, but you've shown effort and I have some knowledge that could help you. Please read through this fully before starting any of it. This is information is based off the wiring schematics for a non-russian 2003 Ford Focus. Surprisingly, the russian model is quite a bit different. Regardless of if you have ...


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You are describing symptoms of a bad ground in your electrical system. Check your ground on the battery. The negative post. Make sure you have a solid connection. The clamp on the negative shouldn't wiggle or have any play in it. Check for corrosion. The white powdery substance. If you find any remove the battery post clamp from the wire and use baking ...


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A lot of times, I use a "water in a pipe" analogy when I think about electricity. In order to explain why the lights dim when you start the car, consider the following: your car, on average, uses a reasonable amount of electricity. This electricity can be considered equivalent to water flowing through a pipe, let's say a 2-inch pipe. When you turn your ...


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Wesayner explains how this works, but admits that the measurement is subjective. It's not a good way to tell the state of your battery, but it will tell you if a dead battery is the reason your engine won't start (or, more specifically, won't turn over.) The starter is connected to the battery by a relay: the keyswitch operates an electromagnet, that ...


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Kaseys answer sounds right to me. There is a sensor, that indicates the vehicles inclination relative to the road (I don't know how to call it either, in Germany we simply call it "headlight leveling sensor"). That sensor needs to be replaced probably. I'd just like to add two pictures, so you can see how the sensor looks like: Image source: ...


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Well, a car headlight will have a certain amount of lumens produced but that's not what you see. What you actually see its the brightness of that light (lux) which basically is the intensity of light relative to the projected area from a surface. Its a bit weird to explain because even if you read the classic definitions they all seem the same thing. To put ...


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You can repin the connector or most auto parts stores will sell a replacement harness connector that you can crimp or solder on. ECH LS6235 The xB takes a 9003 bulb.


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I suspect the contacts in the light switch are shorted. In a correctly working switch, In the off position you wouldn't have power on white/light blue or red/yellow. In the park lamp position it would only have power on the white/light blue wire. In the Head lamp position it sends power to the red/and white/light blue wire. If none of these are true ...


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The first place to look for the headlights would be the fuse panel(s). Often there are two: one inside the passenger compartment, either at the driver or passenger kick panel or on the side of the dash where the door covers the dash on the driver side. The other is the engine compartment (in a black plastic box--diagram will be on the inside cover or on the ...


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My suggestion is that the filament inside of the bulb is loose. When you rap on it, it reconnect briefly, which lights the bulb. It will continue to do this until it completely burns out. This will probably require a replacement bulb to fix.


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Your headlights are a four headlight system. These are sealed beam headlights. Two of the bulbs are strictly for high-beam use (inside bulbs). Two of the headlights function for both hi/low beams (outside bulbs). In each of the hi/low bulbs, there are two separate filaments which work for either of the modes. What is going on with your headlights is the ...


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Possibly a problem with the computer that controls them (which might be the BCM - Body Control Module, or might be a separate dedicated module). A friend of mine had the same problem with a 2001 BMW, and water had got into said module through a perished seal and shorted a number of connections within it, causing the lights to go on and off at seemingly ...


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GE makes a line of Nighthawk LED headlights which might be suitable. They claim to exceed all DOT requirements, and they also claim to be less obnoxious to oncoming drivers than HID lamps. They're promoted as being highly durable and suitable for off-road use. Sylvania produces the XEVO line There are also many smaller companies offering LED headlights, ...



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