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

RiDE (UK) - - Contents - Words Jim Black­stock Pho­tos Jac­ques Por­tal, Mark Man­ning, Jim Black­stock

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?

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