so after the daddy of bulbs it s time to know about the HALOGEN bulbs.

the halogen bulbs are one of the most widely used bulbs used in the whole world for its affordability and output factor.its also very very robust.if your voltage is limited to 16 volts and you dont expose it to water(some of the newer bulbs can even withstand water spary like phillips xtream power) it will run for a really loooooooooooong time.i still remember of those old says that our elders used to say.old day incandacent bulb of cars and bikes were very prone to fuse just in case from any cause,vibration,water,low/hi voltage,usage of flash feture you name it.things were and still is diff with halogen bulb.

here is a picture of most widely used halogen bulb,its called h4,having twin beam capability.

simple halogen bulb,h4

the biggest plus point of halogen bulb is it s avialable just about anywhere.other plus are……

  • CAN BE USED AS A HIGH BEAM FLASHER TO CAUTION ON COMING TRAFFIC,the bulb reacts in seconds and reaches the full operational state in seconds.
  • NO EXTRA CONVERTER OR WIRING NEEDED,if the wires are appropriate to the bulbs ratings its just a plug play.
  • ITS FULLY LEGAL IF ONE USES THE OEM BULB RATINGS!!!using higher watt bulb then oem is not legal!
  • ALMOST ALL MECHANIC CAN CHANGE A FUSED BULB.
  • CAN MODIFY ITS CONSUMPTION AND DROP THE AMPERE RATING OF IT WHEN THE VOLTAGE DROPS-this helps to run the bulb longer time in a failing charging situation then hids,in simple words the battery can push a bit more while not charge while its on halogens while the charging is not there.
  • WHITE LOOK ALSO AVAILABLE,THOUGH IT CUTS OFF THE LIGHT AS ITS A BLUE COATING ON THE BULB WHICH REDUCES THE ACTUAL LIGHT.

so as halogen is still the most widly used bulb ,we should have a solid idea about how to use it.

a 55/60 watt h4 halogen bulb from a reputed brand is more then enough.varoius brands are in the market for this,few good are

phillips

osram

halonix.

now price varies from 50 inr to 1500inr!!we need to know some imp things as our heard earned money dosent get looted away.

brands like phillips and osram make some exclusive bulbs namely

xtream power/blue vision/silverstar/nightbreaker etc.these bulbs are priced from 500~1500 for a pair.i have used personally extensevly the phillips and osram .

i tested them extensivly and i came to one conclusion.DONT WEAST YOUR MONEY ON THEM.they are good no doubt but not as good as they claim.the increase is max 10~15 percent which in this range is simply not visible that much.but yes they are very well made ,err,not the osram night breaker though.it s ahving a tendency to get fused very early specially if used on ac.on the other hand the phillips x tream power is a bit better in terms of light and many many fold better in terms of reliability.i have a pair still workin for past2 years,tiptop.

so waht bulb you should get??

IF YOU NEED 55/60———–

good question ,,,go to any service centre of car and buy there oem bulbs pack.they come in white pack in a pair.these are at least 90 percent good of xtream power(personally tested of maruti,tata,mahindra).

IF YOU NEED A GOOD 35 WATT—–

according to our very own hunky,the admin of the site ,the oem bulb of pulsar 200 is very good,much much better then other stuff.made by halonix.

if you need a h7 55watt for your p 220 or ninja.–

the bajaj p 220 already using the best h7 bulb made by halonix,no direct upgread.though as the bulb is coated by a blue coating some lumen are def lost.if you can find a good oem 55 watt h7 of tata or fiat car with clear glass it will give more lumen output.other wise the h7 80 watt bulbs are avl in the market.

should you use them in pulsar 220 or ninja?well its a trail and error.

SEE,THE REFLECTORS ARE MENT TO TAKE THE HEAT OF 55 WATT BULBS AS THE SAME WAY MOST OF THE INDIAN BIKE REFLECTORS ARE MENT TO TAKE 35 WATT.BUT WE ARE USING 55/60 BULBS TIP TOP,NO PROBS.ALSO MANY OF THE CAR OWNERS USE 90/100 BULBS ON THERE OEM REFLECTORS WHICH ARE RATED FOR 55/60.SO YOU SEE THERE IS A MARGIN OF EXTRALOAD CAN BE GIVEN IN ANY PRODUCT. so its upto you you will use it or not.the light will def better.and the system can manage them if you change the pilot bulbs to leds.

if you need 90/100 bulb———–

Phillips premium and Phillips rally is the answer…..


IF YOU NEED(YOUR BIKE) ?? NEED 130/100 WATT BULB……

donot go for local made bulbs ,these bulbs are worse in case of heat and no extra light then 90/100 bulbs.if you can use 130/100 then there are only 2 player in the market.mind these emit a huge amount of heat and light also.these lights are per as HIDS!!yes you heard right.thease will def require a relay and high gauge wires and a robust alternator to work with.not at all ok for city use.only very few bikes can pull these type of load in india.

they are…..

karizma

ninja 250

zmr.

A MODDED COILED BIKE

but mind this they will def burn your reflector so u need to think of an other glass type setup…

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Bulbs-from the scratch…..

So,what is the core of headlights, yes it’s the bulb.it can be of so many types but one is for sure its one of the most important key factor that produces good light.

We can broadly classify automotive headlight bulbs into the following…

  1. THE incandescent TYPE.
  2. THE HALOGEN TYPE.
  3. HIGH INTENSITY DISCHARGE.
  4. LED.

Here I will talk about the incandescent type bulb.

So most of you will think what is the incandescent bulb? is it a type of halogen bulb? I say no. the story goes wa back in the time line. Back in the 60 s and till 90 s in India most of the vehicle produced be it a 2 wheel be it a 4 wheel or be it a 6 or more most of them was having at least one thing in common. THE BULB!!! It was the grand daddy of these days hids,halos.its made of simple things,in active gas, a filament made of tungstane and voila.

The light production was pretty less,heat production was more(now you know why the old reflectors were all made of glass and metal!!).they were only one word –SIMPLE.

The wattage of them were 30 watt to 45 watt to 100 watt in some limited cases.

The cars were using the 30 watt varity. The bike and scooters are using even less,only trucks were armed with 50+ watts power.

In reality these bulbs production were a bit less then these days 35 watt halogens which comes in bikes,but as they were used in minimum 2 at the same time ,so it was okok in case of cars.till these days these are used widely in case of tail,break,indicator,parking bulbs,these are cheap and we must say thanks to sir Thomas Edison which is showing the way in night till date.

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  1. nice piece of information from mr. doc.
    i have a question to ask, which hid will be okay to install in pulsar 220 sf for lower beam as i am not happy with its sector of illumination. it hardly goes for 15-20 mtrs which is not enough if you are riding at higher speeds as by the time you see the thing it is already has arrived tou.

    • it seems like the projector is not properly focused.try to focus it better.PARK YOUR BIKE 30 FEET AWAY FROM A WALL,SIT ON IT.SIT ON IT.TRY TO LOCATE THE LEVELLING ADJUSTER.ITS A KNOB BEHIND THE HEADLIGHT,THE LOWER IS FOR LOW BEAM.THE LOW BEAM CUT OFF SHOULD REACH 1.5 FEET ON THE WALL.ADJUST IT,THEN TRY TO RIDE.
      still if need the hid then reply here.i will give you the best hid avl in india with warrenty and proper color temp.

  2. i tried wht u told n i can see, yes now the focus z better. although im nt happy by the intensity, it seems quite low and dnt boost confidence to go with it for longer journeys.

  3. I have changed the stator plate on my pulsar 150 dtsi ug3 with Avanger and using a philips 60/55W Primium No dout I notce a diferene between the 35/35W But the problem is that at upeer light wil littel bit get dimer as the RPM meter goes over 3.5K as per the same for dipper at 2.5K i it is not noticble but i dont no what is the reson wether i have to change the RR unit withe the Avanger RR unit,bothe ar same?

    and also sugest me a good bulb for beter light and vission i need mor than that on HIGH WAY ( normal light colour no white )

  4. thats a very good update you have done.as i strted the thread for bulbs i willans that first,the bulb i already mentioned on the thread,any good oem or branded like phillips will do.frankly the xtream power or others are not that worth of money as the increase isnt that good over normal oem bulb.
    as per rr ,no the ug 3 rr and avenger rr are diff in the internal diode settings thats why the rpm factor plays in in pulsar.so if you can change the rr that will solve the problem.
    \there are two more ways though.
    if you get rid of the front position lamps with led bulbs then you can have some improvement as each bulb consumes 5 watt so 10 watt will be saved.

    also you can try to fit a relay unit which will basically bypasss the bikes oem wiring and use higher gauge wiring which will def improve the light,but installling it is not at all a straight job you need to convert ac voltage to dc by the help of bridge rectifier in the terminal of the relay whuch if you dont understand very nicely is a nighmare.

    hope this helped….http://vmtm.blogspot.com/

  5. How to fit a relay to bypasss the bikes oem wiring and what gauge how to cunvert ac voltage to dc what is bridge rectifier and how it is install

    and last Que. how should i install i think it requiers to cunvert AC to DC current for led bulbs

  6. Avanger 180 RR unit will get match for my pular 150 DTS-i ?
    Wiering and its male female conectors are the same ?
    Please replay
    Thanks and regards
    your sugesstions helps me a lot

  7. I have changed the stator plate on my pulsar 150 dtsi ug3 with Avanger and using
    a philips 60/55W Primium No dout I notce a lot diferene between the 35/35W & 60/55W
    and also sugest me a good bulb for beter light and vission i need more than that on
    HIGH WAY 50%,80%,90% No mater with the percentage what may be but the colour of light
    shoud be as like as standerd with beter illussion and longer distance longer life but not blue or
    white thats not ideal for me all seasson and others coming from frunt or up coming trafic please
    sugest.

  8. Hi Hunky remember me Sanchay Orkut waaala
    one problem in my bike(r15) i am using stock bulbs , stock pilot,stock horn , and alarming system(branded xenos) bt at lower rpm when i blow horn , i can notice some variations going into it and its performence is also decreased.
    any solution to increase performance of my horn
    .
    .
    one more question can i also fit high wattage bulbs in my r15
    if yes then till what wattage….
    .
    .
    and how to fit led in pilot , they get fused if i do so,if they require resistance then which resistor should i use…..
    .
    .
    yur frnd
    sanchay
    m now on facebook got any account on fb, if so giv it link…….

  9. which bulb should I use in my pulsar 180 ug4?now its fitted with its stock bulbs.I need white colored beam.please suggest…

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  11. I want to put a 60/55W bulb on my pulsar 180 ug4. The stock is 35W, my bike is full dc 12V. What changes do i need to make to the motorbike?

  12. frndz
    i hv fz16 …can i change the orginal bulb to thiz…iz thiz bulbs hv dim & bright???

  13. Hi Hunky!i have duke 200.i want to add 130/100 watt halogen bulb.can i fit it or the reflectors melt?if melt then how to rectify that?

  14. hi. just wanted to know as we all know that Yamaha fazer 3hw/35w stock headlights are not enough bright an vivid can I go for 130/100w ,or70/65w,or 60/55w which would be good enough for my fazer,
    thank you.

    • Hey Ronak,

      Sorry to inform you that the bulbs are the not thing which hampers your night visibility.. Its the reflectors of the Fazer..

      Fazer and FZ shares the same engine and power specification.. We have successfully ran 60/55w (Osram Night Breaker) with FZ.. So if you want you can install 60/55 in fazer also but make sure at a time you only light up one bulb since fazer has twin setup, if you light up both, you would be crossing the permissible limit..

      Thanks,
      Hunky :)

  15. i’d like to ask about changing halogen bulbs for my car from 55/60 to higher bulbs what factors should be taken in consideration to avoid damage of any other part of car
    i already change to 200/260 but still didn’t use it for long time and afraid to use it and damage another part please advice

    • Hello,

      You are quite right, there is a limit which you have to keep in mind..

    • Heat Limit of your reflectors Since higher output bulbs will also generate heat, and reflectors may get burnt due to that..
    • Limit of Fuse / Relay and Wiring You have to be careful about the vehicles electrical aspect also as whether your alternator is generating enough power to pull the extra load, even if it is, then your fuse and wiring needs to be looked into as whether they can pull such high load or not..
    • So you may get the wiring checked once by mechanics to see if everything is ok or not..

      Thanks..
      Hunky..

      :)

  • Hi Hunky,

    Thanks for the info. I just need your suggestions. I’ve R15 that has twin headlamps. As per my observation R15 has the worst headlights among all bikes, either it’s because it has the worst reflectors. I’ve replaced the stock 35 watts halogens with 35 watts philips crystalvision-moto but no gain at all just a dim slight white light. I’ve tried replace the halogens with 55 watts osram halogens also but they are more more pathetic than 35 watts one. Can you please suggest me some good or more 35 watts halogen bulbs those are actually brighter? Do we have some nightbreakers in 35 watts, I think this bike internal electric system doesn’t have a capability to take the load of more than 35 watts bulbs that’s why I’m asking for any good 35 watts brighter bulb.

    Thanks
    Jitender

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