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Author Topic: Testers Needed - LED Headlight Bulb  (Read 5414 times)

Offline Sonreir™

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Re: Testers Needed - LED Headlight Bulb
« Reply #30 on: Feb 19, 2015, 00:35:54 »
It's a fan.  The cooling is active which is why we're able to get a lower profile bulb.  You can only just make out the sound of the fan when the bike is on, but not running, and definitely can't hear it all with the engine running.
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Re: Testers Needed - LED Headlight Bulb
« Reply #31 on: Feb 19, 2015, 08:40:58 »
It's a fan.  The cooling is active which is why we're able to get a lower profile bulb.  You can only just make out the sound of the fan when the bike is on, but not running, and definitely can't hear it all with the engine running.

Won't prevent me from buying these for sure... "but" the heat issue has been a major part of the commercial LED debacle, the diodes can last for 50K hours "but" the drivers have proven to fail faster than a fluorescent ballast due to heat dissipation in dead space. The T8 tubes that were so popular are failing at an amazing 60+% and counting in under 1yr. I personally sent last week 65 MR16 lamps to TCP that failed all in one month at only 12-1600 hrs... Cooling fans!! whoda thunk?

Whats the consumption/life expectancy of the fan... PC type stuff?
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Re: Testers Needed - LED Headlight Bulb
« Reply #32 on: Feb 19, 2015, 10:23:34 »
Whats the consumption/life expectancy of the fan... PC type stuff?

Yeah, unfortunately.  About 10,000 hours (or a little over a year of continuous use).  Still... it should still last long enough to make $45 worth it.
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Re: Testers Needed - LED Headlight Bulb
« Reply #33 on: Feb 19, 2015, 11:15:30 »
Yeah, unfortunately.  About 10,000 hours (or a little over a year of continuous use).  Still... it should still last long enough to make $45 worth it.

I agree, Just waiting for the order to arrive at this point... if you are set on a price, you could do pre-order invoicing. I'm in for 3ea.
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Re: Testers Needed - LED Headlight Bulb
« Reply #34 on: Feb 19, 2015, 11:18:16 »
I'm still waiting on final marginal cost from the manufacturer, but I'm about 90% sure on that price point.  And as always, no shipping costs for USA customers.
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Re: Testers Needed - LED Headlight Bulb
« Reply #35 on: Feb 19, 2015, 15:14:01 »
Yes, seems like the fan will be the life limiting factor. I wonder how moisture intrusion will affect the life.

What happens when the fan goes bad?  The chip overheats and it just stops working?

Still worth it to me for the lower power draw. The 35w bulb I use now isn't very bright.


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Re: Testers Needed - LED Headlight Bulb
« Reply #36 on: Feb 19, 2015, 15:15:57 »
Although, I had a computer fan that lasted 14 years operating inside a refrigerator. But it also wasn't exposed to the vibration environment of a bike.


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Re: Testers Needed - LED Headlight Bulb
« Reply #37 on: Feb 19, 2015, 15:16:57 »
The fan (and associated electronics) is meant to be moisture resistant.  It can definitely deal with condensation and the like, but full on water will be a no-no.  Keep your headlight bucket from filling up and you should be OK.

I haven't yet tested a unit with a bad fan, so I'm not entirely sure.  That might be an interesting idea.  Disable the fan, turn on the high beam, then wait and see what happens...
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Re: Testers Needed - LED Headlight Bulb
« Reply #38 on: Feb 19, 2015, 17:19:46 »
Well, I know so far it's enduring off road riding very well.  It's been exposed to rain, dirt, mud and dust.

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Re: Testers Needed - LED Headlight Bulb
« Reply #39 on: Feb 19, 2015, 19:08:08 »
Looks the goods mate. I was planning on running my TS as a 12v system so I could use L.E.D lights. Looks like I have another option now.