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Old 01-07-2019, 11:29 PM   #15
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more than you ever want to know:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headlamp
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...ght_bulb_types

The "inspector" quoted from amazon is full of crap.

however, what you get out of a legal sealed beam halogen setup is about 700lm on the low beams and 1500lm on the high beams (55W low/65W high). You can improve the voltage at the light, but at ~12.8V, you get the maximum designed capability. Since the US primarily goes off of wattage, you have to use a wattage vs bulb technology chart to figure out the lumens. HIDs go as much as 3000lm but it needs to be applied through a proper projection lens.

Always amazed at the nervous nellies on this site. While you might get caught if you took your coach for inspection in a state that requires a yearly sticker, your chance of being caught with a non-DOT compliant headlight on the road is essentially zero. The CHP has bigger fish to fry. just don't put a full width 100 led array on the front and run down the highway like you're in the middle of the Baja 1000 at 2 AM.

The headlight experts LED conversion kit referenced above is a E-code assembly with a H4 compatible LED bulb in it. It looks like they took pains to put the LED in strip form about where the H4 tungsten elements are located, which means the light might actually go where it's supposed to.

I believe the 9600lm claim on the Amazon bulbs is a TOTAL of all four on high....not for each.

A set of E-code headlamps can be fitted with higher output bulbs without blinding oncoming traffic due to the beam cutoff, and you'll see more down the right shoulder as well. I have 7-inch rectangular e-codes with 100W low/130W high, so basically twice the output of DOT compliant sealed beams. There weren't LEDs available when I got these several years back, and they are much cheaper, but the power draw is considerable and the relay kit is absolutely necessary with a high-current draw halogen setup.
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Old 01-17-2019, 06:42 PM   #16
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Ive been dissatisfied with the old original headlights also. Haven't done any upgrading yet but I will say this. Changed the UPGRADED headlight bulbs on 2 motorcycles to LED's and YIKES! What a difference. For me thats the way to go. Less power consumed also.
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Whose bulbs did you use, and where did you get them?
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""just don't put a full width 100 led array on the front and run down the highway like you're in the middle of the Baja 1000 at 2 AM.""

I have one of those but it is connected to the hi beams.
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Whose bulbs did you use, and where did you get them?
Hi AnotherMike. The bulb is made by "Rivco" The part #is LED-100. Its a replacement for any MC headlight that uses an H4 bulb. There is a local bike shop that sells them but Im sure they're available online.
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I will add, only purchase headlights, from known quality manufactures. I've purchased Hella headlights for all our classic German cars. Love them!

But,... before I ordered Hella headlights for our rig, I figured I'd try something different and go for an updated look. Found these on Carid. https://www.carid.com/lumen/4x6-rect...leid=608633057
Once installed they looked awesome, emitted a nice glow from the perimeter LEDs and were nice and bright (viewed from outside).

However, on the 10PM test drive....
the beam pattern onto the pavement was atrocious. I honestly could not believe that anything would be worse than the original GM sealed beams. I was so wrong!

Could not pull them from the coach fast enough. Ordered the Hella headlights the next morning.
I have a question for you about the Hella lights you ordered. As we know these coach manufacturers use automotive headlights. Did you get the same manufacturer lights as were originally on your coach?
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I have a question for you about the Hella lights you ordered. As we know these coach manufacturers use automotive headlights. Did you get the same manufacturer lights as were originally on your coach?
The factory original lights were 2A1 Hi/Low beam, and 1A1 Hi beam.
When I pulled them, I laughed, as they were the exact same headlights that were in my mothers 1980 Buick Regal.
Manufacture identification for both light sets were blank, but I suspect GM would have been supplied by GE or Sylvania.
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My hubby is a bit of a headlight nerd and always upgrades headlights on his cars and now 2 RV's. He installed a set of Osram LED headlights that are great. The light and light pattern are a massive improvement from the dim, sketchy oem style headlights that were on our 1998 class A when we bought it.

We've not had any oncoming motorists flash us so they must not be bothersome - and we've done plenty of miles of dark/night driving. We've had no issues with water/vapor condensation inside the housings. Very happily recommend them, at $125 for the set!
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