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Another headlight discussion!

I have a first gen Z. I'm thinking about replacing my low beam with a Sylvania Silver Star and my high beam with an HID conversion. Thoughts?
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I've heard that HID conversions take time to warm up, and aren't great for high-beams because you won't want to run them all the time. LEDs aren't perfect either, but they'll start up fast, and they're bright. You can find a pair of H7 LED replacements like these, and use the Silverstar in the low-beam to be polite to other drivers.

https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B017M571...DV5TDBQDO&th=1

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https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B01M69PA...RGS2CBZSY&th=1

Update us on what you do, and how it turns out. I've been thinking of doing this with my high-beam and my Concours 1000 headlight..


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I would go the other way around. HID low beam and silver star high beam. That way when you need a high beam it turns on instantly instead of taking 3-6 seconds to warm up. By then it's usually too late.

Also, I've never seen anything good from the drop in LED's. The only good ones come in a factory housing.
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I would go the other way around. HID low beam and silver star high beam. That way when you need a high beam it turns on instantly instead of taking 3-6 seconds to warm up. By then it's usually too late.

Also, I've never seen anything good from the drop in LED's. The only good ones come in a factory housing.
This makes sense. I forgot that the HID for ours are probably better than the H4 variety, because H7 only need the one filament/arc, and it doesn't really need to move or be shielded at all.


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Thanks for the input. I didn't even think about the HIDs needing time to warm up, since I've never owned a vehicle that had them. I just know that whatever is in my bike now, needs a serious upgrade! I don't even feel comfortable going 50 mph at night.
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Thanks for the input. I didn't even think about the HIDs needing time to warm up, since I've never owned a vehicle that had them. I just know that whatever is in my bike now, needs a serious upgrade! I don't even feel comfortable going 50 mph at night.
These come pretty well-recommended by the Concours forum: Amazon - Philips X-Treme Vision H7


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Is your headlight adjusted properly?

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These come pretty well-recommended by the Concours forum: Amazon - Philips X-Treme Vision H7
Are these plug/play?

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Is your headlight adjusted properly?
No doubt. I've always been comfortable riding at night with the stockers.

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Are these plug/play?
They are, but I haven't gotten any yet. The Z1000 takes a pair of H7 lamps, for every generation. One on the rider's left for low-beam, one on the right for high. I'm considering one in the H4 size for my Concours this year, as the headlight as it is now is frighteningly dim.


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I installed this on my 2003 Z.
It really works great. The high beams are instant because they're operated by a solenoid that flips a metal panel up and down, blocking the top portion of light when on low beams. There's also two lights on all the time. The scariest part, for me, was taking apart my headlight housing.
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