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HEADLIGHT BULB IDENTIFICATION FOR MOTORCYCLES

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If you would like to order a headlight modulator from Kriss and want us to identify the type of bulb in your motorcycle
we'll be more than happy to check a special list that covers just about every model on the road today.
In fact you can place your order online and then call us and ask that we verify you've ordered the correct model.


OR
Visually inspect your motorcycle, call your dealer parts department or read the owners manual
your owners manual usually lists the bulb information
eg: 12V 60/55W - These are the wattage values and indicates an H4 bulb with two filaments. High beam is 60 watts and low is 55 watts.
(Some motorcycles use two H4 bulbs - see Kriss Conventional Dual H4 page for graphic example)

eg: 12V 51 + 60W These are the wattage values and indicates two separate H(x) bulbs. 51 watts and 60 watts.

 

Please note:
A single headlight housing (lens) may contain more than one bulb. The easiest method of determination is a simple visual inspection looking at the headlight.
You can also look at the bulb when it's lit, using dark shaded glasses, to determine the number of filaments when changing from low to high beam.

 



H4 type High/Low beam bulb (H4, 9003/HB2)
- identified by 3 spades (has two filaments - high & low)
- These applications -
7 inch headlights- use the Kriss Conventional Single H4 (#H44001)
5 3/4" inch headlights - use the Kriss Single H4 Short (#H44001S) or (H45883)
Harley-Davidson - use the Kriss Harley Single H4 (#H45003) or (H45883)
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Some motorcycles have a dual installation (two headlights) using two of these bulbs. - use the Kriss Dual H4 (#H44002)




Sealed Beam (H4 type) - Identified by 3 spades (has two filaments - high & low)
- These applications -
7 inch headlights- use the Kriss Conventional Single H4 (#H44001)
5 3/4" inch headlights - use the Kriss Single H4 Short (#H44001S) or (H45883)
Harley-Davidson - use the Kriss Harley Single H4 (#H45003) or (H45883)


H(X) type bulb ( H7, etc.). - Identified by 2 spades (has a single filament)
T
hese bulbs are used separately for high beam or low beam.

Two bulb installations use one bulb for low and one for high. - use the Kriss Single H7 (#H75001)
Four bulb installations use two bulbs for low and two for high). -

H(X) type bulb ( HB3, H9, H11, 9004, 9005, etc.).
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Identified by special 2 spade socket (has a single filament)
T
hese bulbs are used separately for high beam or low beam.

Two bulb installations use one bulb for low and one for high. - use the Kriss Single H7 (#H75001)
Four bulb installations use two bulbs for low and two for high). -



Halogen H13 type - identified by 3 special spades
(has two filaments - high & low)

- use -
Kriss Conventional Single H4 (#H44001)
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Some motorcycles have a dual installation (two headlights) using two of these bulbs. - use - Kriss Fat Bob (#H45008)




Halogen H5 type High/Low beam bulb (HB5, 9007) Operates like an H4 bulb.
- Identified by 3 special spades (has two filaments) (sometimes with a pigtail converting to H4 type of standard spades)
- Use -
Kriss Conventional Single H4 (#H44001)
Harley-Davidson - use the Kriss Harley Single H4 (#H45003) or (H45883)

Without pigtail conversion for spades use Kriss Single H7 (#H75001)

h1 bulb
H(x type bulb ( H1, etc.). - Identified by single spade, ground by case or Ground wire.
(has a single filament)
T
hese bulbs are used separately for high beam or low beam on some models.
- use -
Kriss Single H7 (#H75001)
 

LED bulb - This is a replacement for the H7 bulb.

LED bulb - This is a replacement for the H4 bulb.

LED Headlight - Used mostly on Harley-Davidson models.
(two LED types are offered - reflector and projector)
Kriss offers the only reliable LED headlight modulator that fully
meets d.o.t.
requirements.


 

HID (High Intensity Discharge) bulbs use a ballast to ignite the gas in the glass chamber. The HID bulb cannot be used with a Headlight Modulator.

Modulation and the Law


This is in effect how modulation should appear to the human eye.

Incandescent modulators accomplish this because the filament heats and cools slowly.

LED bulbs switch on and off instantly so they don't have a cool down period thus
it requires a special design to avoid looking like a strobe light and being illegal.


INCANDESCENT MODULATOR LED MODULATOR

 




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