If you don't have enough light while riding your motorcycle in the dark, you'll be in danger. People often take for granted the ability to see other vehicles, obstructions and the road until their headlight's bulb goes out in the middle of nowhere, far from home. Luckily, by paying attention to some warning signs your bulb is in danger of burning out, you can prevent this situation from ever happening.
Stay safe on your bike by knowing when you should replace your motorcycle headlights and learning how to install new ones.
A few warning signs let drivers know it's time to replace their headlight bulbs. Headlights that are out, dim or flickering are all factors indicating the need to replace your bulb.
Learn more about these warning signs below.
If your light has started flickering off and on, that's one significant indicator your headlight bulb is reaching the end of its lifespan. Damaged or worn-out bulb filaments will often cause this issue. A bad connection or harness can also be the culprit, so it's usually a smart idea to inspect the bike to see what's causing the flickering.
Flickering headlights can be dangerous while driving at night or in inclement weather, as they can distort or reduce your visibility. If a damaged bulb is causing the flickering, it will likely burn completely out soon after the phenomenon begins. Since you probably don't want to ride your motorcycle in the dark, replace the bulb at the first sign of flickering.
Dimming is another major indicator you need to replace your headlight. Dimming light is a natural byproduct of a bulb getting older. Since a dimming light won't provide riders with enough illumination, it's best to replace bulbs before they burn out entirely.
Burned-out headlights are the surest sign you should replace your headlight. A burned-out bulb can't produce any light. Driving without a working headlight can lead to wrecks and accidents. As such, riders must immediately replace burned-out headlights, and never drive when it's dark and the lights aren't functioning.
If your motorcycle has two headlights, it's also essential to note that you should replace both if a single bulb goes out. When one headlight dies, it's likely the other is also nearing its service life. Replace both headlights to save time and make sure the still-functioning headlight doesn't burn out while you're on the road.
Though lights can burn out without notice, it's best practice to replace your headlights as soon as possible. When you notice lights are flickering or dimming, it's time to replace the headlights. Even diminished lighting can cause you to get pulled over or get into an accident, so switch out the older bulbs for new ones.
A new headlight's lifespan can vary widely, based on the light you choose. Four common types of headlights include tungsten-halogen, xenon, HID and LED. These lights have major differences in how long they last. To give you an idea of the differences between them, take a look at the average lifespan of each:
As you can see, there's significant variation in the average lifespan in each type of bulb. LED lights are becoming more popular among riders due to the high level of lighting they offer and their superior lifespan.
If you like to work on your bike and perform basic maintenance tasks, you can probably replace your headlights without much difficulty. Follow the steps for replacing motorcycle headlights below.
Replacing or upgrading your motorcycle headlights should start with investing in high-quality bulbs from Fat Head Cycles. We're proud to offer our customers various LED lights to improve their visibility on the road and reduce the frequency of changing burned-out bulbs.
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