Best Motorcycle Headlights - Halogen v HID v LED

24 Spa 2019
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Upgrade your bulb or headlight with these helpful tips and side-by-side comparisons. Which beam is brightest? We test aftermarket halogen, HID and LED solutions for motorcycles.
Gear Breakdown:
Drag Specialties Superwhite Halogen -
PIAA Xtreme White Halogen -
BikeMaster HID Light Kit -
ODX LED Bulb -
Kuryakyn Orbit Prism -
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  • "The cops will pull you over for being too white" Wait that's illegal

    Soundwave SuperiorSoundwave SuperiorPrieš dieną
  • My motorcycle only takes H1 12v 55w!

    ROY WALLSROY WALLSPrieš 4 dienas
  • No, having multi faced LEDs is not the way to go for reflector housings. The housing is designed for a point source of light which both halogen and HIDs offer, there are some LEDs that have very small chips but they are generally more costly, but the beam pattern will remain stock and not blind other drivers.

    RevökerRevökerPrieš 23 dienas
  • DON'T GET MULTISIDED LED, THEY'RE RUBBISH instead get the 2 sided, slimmest, and light source as close as the halogen it replaced

    Kresna 113Kresna 113Prieš 23 dienas
  • Don't ride at night.

    Magic RoosterMagic RoosterPrieš 24 dienas
  • LED last longer but do they really?

    Kevin LoweKevin LowePrieš 25 dienų
  • So just replace the entire headlight, got it

    VeritasOneVeritasOnePrieš 28 dienų
  • Due to the reflector not being designed for a led you will never get a proper legal and safe reflection. There's a reason we don't have legal LED for cars and bikes when it comes to headlights, so be mindful of that.

    SnulfurSnulfurPrieš 29 dienų
  • why do you get it way too expensive?

    Le HughLe HughPrieš mėn
  • Cyclops LED ftw

    jjPrieš mėn
  • I would like to see an update to this video, choosing the right LEDs is confusing!!

    Kevin SmithKevin SmithPrieš mėn
  • Wrong. 2 sided leds with the lights going out to the sides is the best way

    Shane CotterShane CotterPrieš mėn
  • This man is the Bill Nye of motorcycles

    abe gabe gPrieš mėn
  • Very informative I love how you get your point across very thoroughly without a canadian accent.

    C AC APrieš mėn
  • Would anyone know how to dim the LED bulp a bit? It's just Tooo Bright... Im sure that I will get negative attention from the cops

    KeesKeesPrieš mėn
  • hey fortnine what brand of led bulb do you recomend i want to upgrade my 81 cb900c to led lights ands signals without replacing the signals and headlight housing

    Gabriel DombachGabriel DombachPrieš mėn
  • What about considering installing an LED bulb inside a projector housing with lens? would that be better than using it in the stock reflector housing?

    TheMonitorTheMonitorPrieš mėn
  • Thanks China

    Mike VanderlindeMike VanderlindePrieš mėn
  • Only the highest of society, sir.

    ProfesserNutButterProfesserNutButterPrieš mėn
  • Xl80 on the yz250.

    Brian MorrisonBrian MorrisonPrieš mėn
  • Led all the way

    Brian MorrisonBrian MorrisonPrieš mėn
  • for watching.... 😌

    sankalp vyassankalp vyasPrieš mėn
  • Those LED’s go for les then 15 bucks now a day on aliexpress

    Jasper Ellens - 27 gradenJasper Ellens - 27 gradenPrieš mėn
  • What colors enable you to see depth and movement efficiently with out night or day blindness ? I await your educated answer. Perifial and pot holes gravel and or sand etc tunnel vision mitigation etc. Tactile experience . Practical experience a forte. PS. What do you think of a 238 dollar Yamaha 82 750 and that movie that Clint Eastwood rode a chopper in the desert so deftly in ?

    John RutledgeJohn RutledgePrieš mėn
  • What’s the name of the song the guitar is playing in the background in the end of the video?

    scem891scem891Prieš mėn
  • Thank y'all if y'all have advice.

    Kenneth EllisKenneth EllisPrieš mėn
  • I need a white low voltage led for a 84 gl1200 aspencade. ANY help?

    Kenneth EllisKenneth EllisPrieš mėn
  • Just changed my headlight to LED and headlight bucket. Just look out for bucket volume, the LED unit I got won’t fit the bucket due to being to shallow. The LED unit hits the mount inside the bucket and the trim ring that secures everything together don’t fit correctly. Just looking to help out.

    Kevin CollinsKevin CollinsPrieš mėn
  • You can get leds cheep on amazon just 15 bucks for most bikes and even cars but you need 2

    lil.Mountainlightinglil.MountainlightingPrieš mėn
  • The best motorcycle content on LTworlds... Just sayin

    josephshealeyjosephshealeyPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • I learned the hard way about too much wattage through the wires. If I played with the button just right, I could have both the the low and high beam on at the same time on my 93 Harley fxrs. I was really impressed with myself for figuring this out until I took the headlight out an saw the plastic headlight socket melted.

    Cpcsof1Cpcsof1Prieš 2 mėnesius
  • I passed on the cute color-change halo and got an LED replacement that is all business, with a 3,000 lumen low beam and a 5,000 lumen high beam. supposedly the brightest that the DOT will approve. It does light up the night much better than the stock headlamp it replaced.

    AppealsmanAppealsmanPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • End of the Video...information overload

    abdurrahman shoukryabdurrahman shoukryPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Made a elephant merch for myself

    Rahul GhoshRahul GhoshPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Such great content..! By far the best motorcycle content but in general so damn good!

    Etienne BeldeEtienne BeldePrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Is there any solution for small bikes that run the main headlight on AC current? I was thinking about making a separate circuit so that I can pull power from the battery's DC source with a relay, but I don't think their alternator and battery are designed for constant 35w load.

    Jonathan SmithJonathan SmithPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Didn’t help

    Rene GRene GPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Problem is that except for the first 2 all of them are illegal

    Mr.PlowMr.PlowPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Ryan using inline resistors isn't a clever idea as they can get hot and cause a fire if you leave your bike with the hazards on.....Don't ask me how I know!

    Kevin TaylorKevin TaylorPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • 1:11 Shouldnt that be the relation between power and perceived brightness instead of lumens

    Floris KuipersFloris KuipersPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Just saved $1500 on a new old stock G310GS. BMW finally put an LED headlight on the 2021 model. I got a $40 LED on Amazon. Brighter is great but the LED longevity saves me money and installation time on avoided future bulb replacements, and not having a headlight burn out an an extended adventure ride is priceless. All headlamps should now be LED.

    Liberty4EverLiberty4EverPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Super good stuff as usual! Enlightening plus how about a sister segment to this and auxiliary lighting on devices like a Hyper-light or Billie brakelight? Visually, they certainly seem to be worth it but what do the stats show and what does RFN think?

    Neil MackeyNeil MackeyPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • 5:37 This is soooo freaking true. I hate our American News.. OMG!!

    Mandown666Mandown666Prieš 3 mėnesius
  • just found your channel. off the bat, creativity and effort is on game! new sub bud

    JourrapideJourrapidePrieš 3 mėnesius
  • If I'm being blinded on the road, it's one of 4 things. In order of frequent occurrence; a dumbass with an led in a halogen reflector, newer Ford truck with the 4 headlights, a jackass with their high beams on, every single motorcycle on the road. Seriously... Motorcycles are almost always blinding with their light, even on low beam.

    Herpn DerpnHerpn DerpnPrieš 3 mėnesius
    • Oh, I know. They'll spend $150 on led replacement bulbs and slap em in there and wonder why they are lighting up trees.

      Herpn DerpnHerpn DerpnPrieš 2 mėnesius
    • Because people don't adjust things.

      HerlaHerlaPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Dude: in previous, you had said that smaller is more fitting for the common man (ie those $30k machines are ridiculous). So, pls move to the small. And in that direction, there is nothing smaller than mountain bikes. So, please move towards more coverage in that direction. thx. I am a common man, and I no longer ride motor cycles, as I have moved smaller, to a machine more fitting for the common man, the commonest of all common mens. thx There is a lot of us out here, waiting for your coverage.

    Poker ChannelPoker ChannelPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • In england we are not allowed hid unless fitted stock. you will have your bike taken

    dantae666dantae666Prieš 3 mėnesius
  • I totally agree, bulbs can make a world's difference... I have a Suzuki gn 125 2012 model, but because its a modern day classic it still has the old 35w incendecent bulbs, which is as bright as a candle... So I modified it to accept a H4 halogen bulb which worked a lot better, however the halogens combine with the round headlamp lense produced only a small bright spot in the road... Then I bought a H4 led bulb of Banggood(as they are very expensive locally) they are extremely bright and blinds oncoming drives, but atleast I can see

    Black VersysBlack VersysPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • Can you HELP verify if the LED will fit in a Honda CT125 Hunter Cub? Also in an “”2008 APRILIA SPORTCITY 250””? Most Humble Appreciation! For your Guidance!

  • I dont own a motorcycle but damn do i.. love the vids

    Ricely RokesRicely RokesPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • I have a scooter with an AC powered BA20d base H6/S2 bulb. I was able to replace it with a BA20d base LED bulb rated for AC (internal rectifier?) or DC. The bulb has LED elements at locations which mimic the filaments of the original bulb so the headlight reflector geometry still works. It's much brighter but it does flicker a bit. The downside is that there are no headlight modulators that run on AC and very few that work with LEDs so I may be converting it all over to DC.

    Don KrapfDon KrapfPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • Hid kits on eBay are 28 dollars not 80. I've used them in most my vehicles with very little issues

    Anthony MacalusoAnthony MacalusoPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • Thanks for shining some light on that mate.

    Curly.Curly.Prieš 3 mėnesius
  • What about headlight upgrades for dirt bikes that have existing stock headlights but are not equipped with a battery? Like the Suzuki DR350 dirt model.

    Rob AtwoodRob AtwoodPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • Or for the flasher you could just replace the relay for an LED compatible one (usually about 15-20$)

    rwiersemarwiersemaPrieš 3 mėnesius

    Andrew HarrisonAndrew HarrisonPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • The best H7 leds I found were the Nighteye versions available on Ebay. £20 and the beam pattern for both main and dipped beam match that of the original halogen.

    Andrew HarrisonAndrew HarrisonPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • So would something like the eyeball you have there be a plug and play for a 1983 GS850GL?

    ZeroplanetzZeroplanetzPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • I got one of those super nice "angel eye" LED bulbs for my Yamaha. It fit in just like the stock bulb but of course looks and works many times better. For visibility lights are hard to beat.

    PramienjagerPramienjagerPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • LED bulbs and headlights almost always have poor CRI and tint. CRI is kind of the balance of colors that make up the final tint. It may look white, but so do old school fluorescent tube lights. They look like they're missing something, and that's because they are. Then there's tint. It's rare these days to find either one with a tint below 6000K. I'd love to see a manufacturer to charge more for great LED's, which for me would be 4500K and CRI 95+. Although going as low as 3500K may work better at reducing glare off of rain and fog. Beam pattern is another big issue. Retrofit HID and LED bulbs change the beam pattern, especially in reflectors that were made for halogen bulbs, although people using only notice the cutoff getting worse, if that. LED headlights might have a decent cutoff if you picked a good light, but most will have a poor beam pattern, especially the white label chinese lights. Hopefully the LED situation changes soon, but for now the best upgrade still seems to be retrofitting HID projectors. If you ever come across a LED motorcycle headlight that has 3500-4500K tint and CRI 95+, please review it.

    leaftyeleaftyePrieš 3 mėnesius
  • Great review. I agree, LED is the best lighting system for vehicles. My 2019 Benelli Leoncino 500 (European Spec.) comes with full-LED lights: headlight, rear light and indicators as standard. I like it.

    ניר כהןניר כהןPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • Only do the HID upgrade in a projector style enclosure. Using HID in a reflector style enclosure scatters the light and dazzles any on coming traffic.

    VDRNWVDRNWPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • Hi Ryan. There is not even a single video on LTworlds with respect to Clearwater, baja and denali lights and thats because nobody will be able to do justice to it apart from you. Request you to make a video about these lights comparing them so that we all can make informed decisions. Thanks and love.

    Sidhant MalaiyaSidhant MalaiyaPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • I am all for a bright headlight but am not a fan of the LED and HID craze that we have now. In a few years time perfectly good bikes will be scrapped because of the cost of replacing failed stock LED/HID units. The cost of replacing these is much more than even the most expensive bulb. We bikers rightly complain about overly bright car lights especially when they are not aimed correctly. What about overly bright dazzling bike lights ? Remember, if you are in the eu, any bulb or headlight unit must be "E" marked. Anything cheap from China will not be....

    C CooperC CooperPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • Silly question. What do I do with my 40 year old XT500 Yamaha's light? 6v power. Impossible to see anything at night.

    Lawrence AtkinsonLawrence AtkinsonPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • You can get LED headlights for $27 now... I can't believe incandescent lights even exist at this point.

    Some GuySome GuyPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • The elephant in the room is the blinded by the light old lady careening...blindly toward you in your lane. This whole headlight fiasco by car manufacturers to stand out from the crowd is becoming dangerous. It needs to be reigned in and regulated. Some headlights are particularly dazzling, Acura’s for example, and that’s an observation shared by a lot of people.

    TheKitchenTechnicianTheKitchenTechnicianPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • This guys just reads the product brochure.

    Soul MachinesSoul MachinesPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • Music name please!

    Chaitanya DinkarChaitanya DinkarPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • If you’re going to go LED, don’t cheap out on the EBay or Amazon cheap ones. You get what you pay for.

    Joel MacDonaldJoel MacDonaldPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • I built a super bright hybrid headlight for $100. Ford fusion projector with 55w hid on the right side. 2018 toyota corolla bi-led projector on the left side.

    VengerVengerPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • Note. LEDs need the Phillips developed emmitters ( others now copied) that exactly emulate the size, shape and position of the halogen emmiter filaments so will correctly mask the low beam...unlike the LED emmitters shown.

    Greg JetnikoffGreg JetnikoffPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • No, thank you! 👍

    Alejandro PortilloAlejandro PortilloPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • "cops pull you over for being too white" omg you got me rolling laughing on that one. CHEERS

    Someone NearyouSomeone NearyouPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • Looked at the ODX website but they lost me at "customer are happy" and "our product are warranty". Unsure if these are legit companies or if they put the same care into their products as they do in their product description.

    TheLoneWandererTheLoneWandererPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • Tell me if im wrong but one sided leds are actually better because they replicate the original filament bulb, the goal is to get as close to the original fitment of the filament, gtr lighting has great models for exemple

    Louis DuboisLouis DuboisPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • To get an LED bulb to blink in an older bike the restive load needs to go in parallel with the new bulb not "in line" or series.

    Mark JohnsonMark JohnsonPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • What a suck ass

    BigwuBigwuPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • Could you shed some light on the Osram Night Breaker bulbs? I used them before and they're brilliant.

    Shady JanzeirShady JanzeirPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • "In theory, the cops could pull you over for being too white." Zing! 🤣

    Shady JanzeirShady JanzeirPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • Gotta stop thinking like an engineer. Not all LED's last 15,000 hrs, some last 50 hrs. Manufactured goods are always subject to "shit happens".

    Christopher KingChristopher KingPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • Love the amusing, yet extremely helpful appendices.

    DrStrangluvDrStrangluvPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • The problem with LEDs as a retrofit is that it's tough to get one that doesn't look bug-eyed, even in a round bucket. My Monster S2R800 had a 8" round headlight with a horrific glass fresnel lens, so a drop in LED bulb wasn't a good option.. and the LED projector drop-ins ruined the classic look of the bike. I ended up retrofitting a round mini HID projector into the stock bucket with a LED halo around it to fill in the blank space and keep the round-headlight look, even during the daytime. Lights up the road and ditchline extremely well with brilliant white light and a sharp cutoff on low beam.. admittedly more complex, but I've had a lot of people say that it fits the "modern retro" look of the bike so well that it could have come from the factory that way. If there was a LED projector module that would've worked as well I would've preferred the simplicity and longevity, though!

    Matthew BrownMatthew BrownPrieš 4 mėnesius
  • 0:28 : cops will never pull you over for being white (pun intended)

    Syed AmeedSyed AmeedPrieš 5 mėnesių
  • How did you know about my spider hand? 😧

    kingyachankingyachanPrieš 5 mėnesių
  • Man I need to update my headlight

    Abyss WillAbyss WillPrieš 5 mėnesių
  • I tryed all of them I found the LED is best.

    Nec Big Dog OzziNec Big Dog OzziPrieš 5 mėnesių
  • No no no on the multi sided LED. Go watch a video on Headlight Revolution about the truth about led bulbs

    Will LyonWill LyonPrieš 5 mėnesių
  • What about wavelength? Each light color has a different wavelength, change the color and it reflects differently. Was hoping that you would address this in this video.

    Seth StevensSeth StevensPrieš 5 mėnesių
  • Hey I have question. Ryan says with led bulbs, to get a multi sided one. Headlight revolution says to stay away from multi sided bulbs and to stick with a narrow 2 sided bulb in a reflector housing. Which answer is more appropriate?

    Chad RidsdaleChad RidsdalePrieš 5 mėnesių
    • I read further into the comments and found the answer that I was looking for.😀

      Chad RidsdaleChad RidsdalePrieš 5 mėnesių
  • LMAO, "like an American news show, extremely one sided"! You don't even know just how bad it is!!!

    Brian ShanahanBrian ShanahanPrieš 5 mėnesių
  • In india you can buy projector led lamp from $13 to $50

    Maneet SinghManeet SinghPrieš 5 mėnesių
  • I wonder what your take is on these J.W. Speaker 8790 Adaptive headlights

    Mark LeeuwisMark LeeuwisPrieš 5 mėnesių
  • Isn't the HID an LED? I asked for LEDs but on seeing this, it looks like they fitted LEDs. I've got a huge ballast under the fairong. OLX LEDs weren't an option 2 years back, were they? How do you waterproof OLX LEDs? I have a BMW F800S 2007.

    Frederick MaloufFrederick MaloufPrieš 5 mėnesių
  • Best solution is additional spotlight which used only when is necessary. Rapid flashing light mode is good for safety.

    Jari KinnunenJari KinnunenPrieš 5 mėnesių
  • Good info, might I suggest though, that you should consider the consequences regarding your charging system and it's ability to keep up depending on your choice?

    Me HereMe HerePrieš 5 mėnesių
  • LED's are great, but there is a lot more to it then just put a LED in and done. It should match the original light point for correct reflections from your reflector housing. And more. The guys from "Headlight Revolution" have tested LOTS of lights and know a lot about it. So before buying a LED on Wish or something, check their guides as well ;) The LED Ryan used in his video isn't good. But for this video's purpose it's good enough. You should NOT buy a triple (or more) sided LED, but just a two sided LED that is really thin ("...match the original light point...")

    Matthias HeijnsbroekMatthias HeijnsbroekPrieš 5 mėnesių
  • Be careful with the higher wattage bulbs the oils from your skin can boil on the surface and rupture (explode) the glass. 9/10 times a customer would be returning a bulb that mysteriously just burnt out and the culprit was always a giant thumb print.

    Nathanael BrownNathanael BrownPrieš 5 mėnesių
  • LED headlights suck! And LED lights dont last that much longer than traditional bulbs because they have circuit boards and connectors that corrode. The led bulb itself will last yes but not the other electronics required

    jeff westbrookejeff westbrookePrieš 5 mėnesių
  • Very illuminating...

    Bob van ButselaarBob van ButselaarPrieš 5 mėnesių