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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-11-2018, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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hi beam vs. low beam?

if you're running your high beam while riding and it goes out, are you still able to use your low beam? and vice versa? if your low beam goes out while riding, are you not able to still use your high? is it different if you're running a halogen vs. an LED vs. an HID bulb? i have an HID kit on mine, and before i hooked up my projector, there was no difference in light output between switching from high to low so i don't even know if mine has a true low/high function.

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-12-2018, 05:19 PM
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Yes they should be different filaments in the bulb itself so one should work independent of each other.. If they both don't work than you either have a bulb that broke the filament and than shorted the other one out or a wiring issue.

Not sure with the LED.. but should be separate circuits so should work some what i would think using the other circuit.. all LEDS might not be on at the same time high vs low beam setting.

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the standard low beam / high beam filaments are not that much different, something like 50W / 60W.

the real difference is the filament is in a different physical location, which changes the projection of the beam of light low and high.

That is what allows you to see down the road with hi beams, the headlight is pointing higher, and only a little bit brighter.

If the LED elements are not in the same physical location as the lamp filaments, it will not utilize the reflector correctly.
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the low beam filament has a hood so it only shines on the upper half of the reflector the high filament lights the whole reflector, i use low in daytime for two reasons 1 i like to use passing lamps as an alert at times and 2 i wan't high beam at it's best when i really need it, on any h-4/9003 bulb both filaments are never lit at the same time unless someone did some rewiring, the better conversion leds adjust in and out and rotational for focus so you can get a fairly good pattern with those they also have a hood over the low beam for the cutoff, with leds both filaments are lit on high beam unlike an h4/9003

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Guess I'm inconsiderate to on coming traffic. I use high beam 99 percent of the time, night or day. Also have my passing lights on. Hope I look like a train coming down the road. I want to be seen. In Houston with all the traffic I feel like just maybe the other drivers will see me better. I know it's not right but works for me.


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Guess I'm inconsiderate to on coming traffic. I use high beam 99 percent of the time, night or day. Also have my passing lights on. Hope I look like a train coming down the road. I want to be seen. In Houston with all the traffic I feel like just maybe the other drivers will see me better. I know it's not right but works for me.

problem with blinded drivers is they can steer right into you.
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problem with blinded drivers is they can steer right into you.
That's why I said 99 percent. I do flip to low beam when oncoming traffic is close on two lane roads. Most of my ride in to work is on divided interstate with concrete barrier, so oncoming traffic can't see my headlight.

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I run low beam 24-7 unless I need the extra light so that I can see where I'm going. Intentionally blinding people I share the road with is neither courteous, smart or safe.
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I run low beams during the day. I have lights on my highway bars & those are on all the time. Night riding ... I use the high as much as possible. & do my best not to blind on coming traffic.

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I rarely use my high beam... whether there's oncoming traffic or cars ahead of me on the interstate I do not want to blind them, which I think is common courtesy. When there are cars traveling ahead of me there's also no reason for me to use high beams because their headlights shine up the road far ahead of mine and I use theirs to see into the distance.

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