My weekend project, installing LED headlights. I have been running LED bulbs in a variety of my vehicles for years and generally like the results. I have found 2 big issues though with many LED bulb replacements. First in low quality in both light output (too dim) and beam spread (too blotchy). Secondly has to do with the heat sink. Earlier versions had a little radiator fin setup that coped poorly with heat and caused LED failures. Then there were the fan powered globes that helped but became a fitment issue due to the big fan design and many of these fan motors caused a whine to come over the radio as well.
After doing a bit of research I came across the Stedi LED globe replacements systems that used a flexible metal ribbon as a heat sink. This design allows it to fit into many more applications and the are no moving parts to fail. I have been very impressed with these in my 4x4 which has crossed the Simpson Desert in Australia and spent much time on heavily corrugated tracks. My Stedi bulbs have survived all of this while providing excellent output and beam spread.
When it came time to upgrade my Burgman headlight the Stedi’s were my first thought especially given the awkward rubber dust covers on the headlights. These Stedi bulbs have a removable base that allows you to install and lock down the base, install the dust cover than simply slide in the LED bulb, turn and click it into place. It is all very plug and play making it a very easy and clean install.
If you have searched on installing bulbs into the Burgman you know there are two main ways to do it. Either the full upper plastic removal or the reach behind the headlamp from underneath. Due to the fact that you need to secure the LED control boxes I chose to remove the top plastic. You do this removing the 8 screws attaching the top cover as shown in the pics. You can remove the handlebar plastics if you want more room as I did but it is not necessary. Once the plastics are off simply pull off the wiring connector from the back of the bulb, remove the rubber dust shield and then push the metal retainer wire on the right side of the bulb (looking at it from the rear) by pushing it forward and down. The bulb can now come out.
Now remove the plastic mounting bracket from the LED bulb by twisting to unlock it and pulling it off. You can now mount this into the headlamp and secure it with the metal retaining clamp until it clicks into place. Next install the rubber boot and then slide in the LED bulb. It will only go in one direction so you will need to rotate it until it slips in. Once fully pushed in you then rotate it to lock it into place. Connect the LED control box to the bulb and then to the connector that used to go to the old halogen bulb. Now secure the wires with the included cable ties and mount the control box to the side plastics with the included double sided tape. Test the lights before closing everything up.
I have found the low beams to be at least 50% brighter than stock and the high beams to be double the brightness. I am very impressed with the colour and the beam spread. I have tried to show pics of the difference but I found it difficult to get my camera to show how much better the LEDs actually are. Pair that with the facts that they put out more light, are better colour and use less power, these are very worthwhile.
These Stedi lights are an Australian company and I have found their products to be very durable and high quality.
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