Headlight Bracket Install

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Custom Headlight Bracket for the Springer Fork Assembly

Here’s a really cool item from Roland Sands. Check out this relocation headlight bracket for your Springer fork front end. This bracket allows you to move your headlamp mounting bracket to the lower shock mounting point, as opposed to the upper mounting location. You can use the headlight bracket with your stock headlamp, or with just about any other alternative of similar configuration. You can use a smaller style light, or a larger size. This is an ideal alternative for a custom look on the front of your Springer. Not only is it a relatively cheap upgrade, but it is also easy to install, even for the less experienced wrench.

When it comes to choosing lighting for your headlamp, you will find that you have a few choices.

Halogen Bulbs: The most commonly used bulbs. They’re simple and cost effective. Basically a halogen light bulb has a lifetime of about 1,000 hours under normal conditions. Replacement costs are usually very low compared to the other types of bulbs. Halogen light bulbs have a number of advantages that make it the number one option for most vehicles: They create a decent illumination for the least amount of money; they come in a number of different sizes, they are dimmable. Cons of the halogen bulb are that they create a lot of heat. The heat created is wasted energy. They also require extra care in handling.

HID Lamps (Xenon): Xenon headlights, officially known as high-intensity discharge headlamps (HIDs), are usually defined as a more efficient solution, mostly because of the color temperature and the amount of light they generate. A Xenon bulb is much more efficient than a halogen bulb. Xenon bulbs produce 3000 lumens and 90 mcd/m2, while a halogen light generates 1400 lumens and 30 mcd/m2. Another big plus comes because xenon lights have a pretty long lifetime, exceeding the one of halogen lamps: estimates are pointing to an operation life of around 2,000 hours in normal conditions. Disadvantages are: Too much glare and thus, potential problems for the incoming traffic. High costs. More complex system than halogen bulbs.
Possible harmful materials could be used. They take up a few seconds to reach full brightness.

LED (light emitting diode) Bulbs: LED’s need very little power to operate. LED headlights are stacked in between the halogen and HID lamps regarding their luminescence, but they provide much focused rays and can also be played with to create different shapes. They are brighter than halogen and warmer than HID. Cons are: High production costs. High temperature created around adjacent assemblies.

How about using a laser beam to light your way? BMW and Audi are pulling hard to make laser headlights happen, with the new technology promising to be 1,000 times better than LED headlights.