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Low beam headlight out

On the way home tonight, as I rode over a bumpy spot in the road, my low beam went out and stayed out. I am going to have a look at it in the morning. My question is: is the high beam bulb the same as the low beam bulb, just in a different housing? Can I use the high beam bulb to test the low beam socket to make sure it's just the bulb? Any responses will be appreciated. Thanks.

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Yes, both bulbs are the same.



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I've done that before when my low beam blew up....never buy Philips bulbs again as far as I know.
Osram Nightbraker are on my bike for the last 3 years and never had any issue with them.
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Definitely the same for both... I was actually just looking at the headlights in the fiche, my understanding is the array or shiny reflectors are slightly different in each lamp?.anyone else care to comment on the bulbs they use? im finally getting around to deleting these horrid hids..wasnt going to make a new thread for opinions cause I know it's been discussed...but maybe I can hijack this one?
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HIDs need to have their matching mirror to work properly and not blinding the opposite lane all the time.
RC51 like many other Honda bikes (CBR1000/600) uses the same bulb on both headlights and just makes each one's mirror to focus on different areas. That way, the LH one is focusing downwards for the low beam while the RH spreads the beam all over to make the high beam.


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It was the bulb. Replaced it and all is well.

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I wish I would have seen this earlier. Somehow, my highbeam bulb gave out recently. I think the filament got jarred a little to hard when I took my digger last fall. (Haha- last fall)
I went to ORielly's and come to find out, Sylvania has three different levels of brightness for their bulbs. I bought two of the brightest ones available, (~$25 each) replaced my high and low beam bulbs, and it made SUCH a huge difference in nightime visibility. I swear, they're twice as bright as the original OEMs.

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Good to know for whenever I need to change another one Jondog, thanks.

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Good headsups Jondog.


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I wish I would have seen this earlier. Somehow, my highbeam bulb gave out recently. I think the filament got jarred a little to hard when I took my digger last fall. (Haha- last fall)
I went to ORielly's and come to find out, Sylvania has three different levels of brightness for their bulbs. I bought two of the brightest ones available, (~$25 each) replaced my high and low beam bulbs, and it made SUCH a huge difference in nightime visibility. I swear, they're twice as bright as the original OEMs.
Plan on replacing them sooner than the regular ones. The brighter they are, the shorter the life. I gave up on these awhile ago.
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Plan on replacing them sooner than the regular ones. The brighter they are, the shorter the life. I gave up on these awhile ago.
Really? That's interesting. But that's still ok.
I wasn't exaggerating when I said they're twice as bright as the old original OEM's. I'll gladly pay the cost for these bulbs for the extra light they give me at night.

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