Uprated headlight bulbs tested
With the nights drawing in, an uprated headlight bulb can help illuminate your way better. We test 21 to see the light
IT’S A SAD fact of life that, if you continue riding in winter, the chances are you spend more time in the saddle during the hours of darkness than daylight, particularly if you commute. And in these dark times, your bike’s headlight becomes even more important. It lights your way and illuminates upcoming hazards as well as alerting other traffic to your presence.
LED headlights, as used on modern bikes, tend to be super-bright and draw tiny amounts of energy. In fact, car technology has reached the point where headlights can be made up of multiple LEDS units that are switched on or off individually.
That technology hasn’t reached motorbikes yet and by far the most common form of lighting is the good old halogen bulb. However, the beauty of oldfashioned technology like this is that, usually, it can be improved upon. And that’s definitely the case when it comes to haologen headlight bulbs.
There is a huge range of uprated halogen bulbs on the market and we have assembled a selection of these to see if they offer genuine improvements in lighting and hence, safety in the dark.
It’s worth noting that all the bulbs here are direct replacements and are E-marked so are fully road legal. So are high performance bulbs worth upgrading to and, if so, which is the best?