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Author Topic: Sealed beam vs. non-sealed beam?  (Read 7165 times)

Kevin Mahoney

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Re: Sealed beam vs. non-sealed beam?
« Reply #15 on: July 19, 2007, 02:20:43 PM »
The sealed beam variety are ususally of a higher wattage than the single bulb type. the single bulb type are more period correct so the choice is yours. If you buy on  from Wal-Mart etc, be sure it is s motorcycle bulg as they are different internally. An auto bulb will owrk, but the aim internally is different.

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Re: Sealed beam vs. non-sealed beam?
« Reply #16 on: July 19, 2007, 04:59:15 PM »
I hope this is a before and after picture of my recent 7" conversion.  I'm a little shakey on the tools.........Leonard



Well, there is obviously something I don't understand about inserting a picture........Leonard


I am nothing if not persistant.  Here, thanks to Rhett's help is the picture I wanted to post.  Hope it isn't too late to help out........Leonard

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Re: Sealed beam vs. non-sealed beam?
« Reply #17 on: July 19, 2007, 05:43:45 PM »
Leonard-  I would like more light at night as well but I really like the retro look of the chrome ring on the 5 inch light. I have converted to the 5 inch Halogen for more light, it is just barely enuff light to live with.
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Re: Sealed beam vs. non-sealed beam?
« Reply #18 on: July 20, 2007, 02:33:37 AM »
Actually, the chrome ring on the five-inch light is not retro. It's there for the adjusters that the DOT requires. Real retro look is without the funky inner chrome ring. As I slide toward buying one of these things, I think the first change to make is the seven-inch light kit!
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Re: Sealed beam vs. non-sealed beam?
« Reply #19 on: July 20, 2007, 03:07:17 AM »
I am leaning very much towards getting the 7 inch.. probably in a day or two.
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Re: Sealed beam vs. non-sealed beam?
« Reply #20 on: July 20, 2007, 03:25:45 PM »
A sealed beam bulb is one that is the entire glass assembly in one piece. The lighting filament is an integral part of the glass enclosure. The other and older type is three pieces. The glass enclosure, a removable bulb socket and a removeable bulb

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Re: Sealed beam vs. non-sealed beam?
« Reply #21 on: July 23, 2007, 04:18:35 AM »
Hmm, there is one, uhh, glaring ( he he, I said glaring, in a headlight thread) point to make. A sealed beam is cool, but, it's hard to haul a spare & IF it dies, well, it's the only eyeball ya have. If I was gonna mod something & I used the light much, I might consider sticking a light on I could fix on the side of the road. I dunno if its a big enough deal to worry about, but, just tossed it out, food for thought. I can haul one of those little halogen lightbulbs in lots of little places. I suppose a guy wouls need a trouble light to work on the headlight. Maybe we need support vehicles following us?
Now, someone should ask me when was the last time I had a headlight go out. Man, been years. I cant remember seeing a full sized headlamp out on a bike, but I have seen some on crotch rockets, the little ones on each side of the fairing, I see one side out a lot, maybe its supposed to be that way? So, which way suits ya? I dont know what I will do, I havent got mine yet.

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Re: Sealed beam vs. non-sealed beam?
« Reply #22 on: August 08, 2007, 06:18:54 PM »
Emmet, I love those panniers.  I wish I could get those in the UK!

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It's OK - I've found them.....  in our hosts' accessories section!

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Tom, I found a great way to hang these things.  I took off the straps and replaced them with two boat hook hangers riveted through strong leather pockets that I stitched on.  A shock cord secures them to my luggage rack or the curvy thingies that support the mudguard.  I plan to put a handle on top of each, and,  Voila -  a quick detatchable saddlebag/attache case.  I work in a high crime area, and I like to keep what is mine.
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Re: Sealed beam vs. non-sealed beam?
« Reply #23 on: August 08, 2007, 07:29:11 PM »
Hmm, there is one, uhh, glaring ( he he, I said glaring, in a headlight thread) point to make. A sealed beam is cool, but, it's hard to haul a spare & IF it dies, well, it's the only eyeball ya have. If I was gonna mod something & I used the light much, I might consider sticking a light on I could fix on the side of the road.
My experience is that when the bulb goes out, you still have high-beam (or low-beam if you use high-beams for safety) to use.  That should give you plenty of miles to get another sealed beam to put in. 

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Re: Sealed beam vs. non-sealed beam?
« Reply #24 on: August 08, 2007, 07:49:41 PM »
Doooh! Right you are,, I do like the look of the 7" on it.

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Re: Sealed beam vs. non-sealed beam?
« Reply #25 on: August 08, 2007, 08:48:54 PM »
ordered my sealed beam today, along with other goodies

x-mas in august ;D

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Re: Sealed beam vs. non-sealed beam?
« Reply #26 on: August 09, 2007, 03:46:43 PM »
Actually, the chrome ring on the five-inch light is not retro. It's there for the adjusters that the DOT requires. Real retro look is without the funky inner chrome ring. As I slide toward buying one of these things, I think the first change to make is the seven-inch light kit!
Just for information;
If I'm interpreting the picture in the catalog correct, you loss the adjustment with the 7 inch conversion kit. That's why they are not DOT approved. I have never met a motorcycle headlight that I haven't had to adjust. This is weather straight from the factory or after replacement of the bulb.  That's why I haven't converted mine, even though I like the look and would like some more candles to see with.
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Re: Sealed beam vs. non-sealed beam?
« Reply #27 on: August 09, 2007, 03:47:56 PM »
Actually, the chrome ring on the five-inch light is not retro. It's there for the adjusters that the DOT requires. Real retro look is without the funky inner chrome ring. As I slide toward buying one of these things, I think the first change to make is the seven-inch light kit!
Just for information;
If I'm interpreting the picture in the catalog correct, you loss the adjustment with the 7 inch conversion kit. That's why they are not DOT approved. I have never met a motorcycle headlight that I haven't had to adjust. This is weather straight from the factory or after replacement of the bulb.  That's why I haven't converted mine, even though I like the look and would like some more candles to see with.

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« Last Edit: August 09, 2007, 03:51:40 PM by gapl53 »

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Re: Sealed beam vs. non-sealed beam?
« Reply #28 on: August 09, 2007, 05:04:04 PM »
Just for information;
If I'm interpreting the picture in the catalog correct, you loss the adjustment with the 7 inch conversion kit. That's why they are not DOT approved. I have never met a motorcycle headlight that I haven't had to adjust. This is weather straight from the factory or after replacement of the bulb.  That's why I haven't converted mine, even though I like the look and would like some more candles to see with.

I replaced mine early on with the 7" TriBar.  It made a huge difference, and the pattern on my garage wall was not unlike the original.  It washes the street more, and also has a wider beam, but elevation and windage are in the ballpark.

I did find that the lamp housing is very deep, even with the adaptor ring.  I had to bend the terminals out and move wiring around quite a bit to get it to close properly.  Once the pressure from the wiring harness ejected the bulb housing at about 60 mph on a highway.  The wind held it in place until I stopped on the shoulder, where the whole assembly bounced twice as it left the nacelle and struck the pavement.  Amazingly, it did not even crack!  I have since made a little bend in the rim and filed a notch in the retainer that makes it far more secure.  I don't park my bike in the garage here at USDOT's Office of Vehicle Safety Research,  though.

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Re: Sealed beam vs. non-sealed beam?
« Reply #29 on: August 10, 2007, 04:02:35 PM »
Nice! Don't do as I do, Do as I say!