Originally Posted by 2003 GL1800 POLICE
I have 55 W HID bulbs in the low beams, that takes care of "down the road", and they are relay switched from the Low Oil Pressure switch. ????????????????????????????
for a very good reason.
HID ballasts do not like to be "cycled on/off", each time you do that, you use up half of the "turn on cycles" that they will perform before failure. ( Goldwing typical ON/OFF/ON because of Start Switch )
Now, since my low beams are no longer controlled by the handlebar switch, they will not turn on until the oil pressure sensor is tripped ( takes away the ground path ).
there is a relay connected so that when the relay "opens" for lack of a ground path, the 'NC' contacts make and turn on the Low Beams.
That can only happen if the engine actually starts and continues to run.
There is a BIG plus with this system: I can run High Beams and the HID Low Beams at the same time, and I always do. With the Driving Lights also left ON all the time, it makes my bike a much larger glob of "white" down the road. You can see all six of those lights coming at you.
That was installed July of 2015 and I have covered 5000+ miles since, from Oklahoma to North Carolina down thru to Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and back to home in a 30 day span of time.
Not once, in that whole trip, did anyone ever attempt to pull out in front of me at an intersection. I have had vehicles come out of side roads that had weeds obstructing the other driver's view... .yet they stopped and they stayed there until I passed them by.
Not once, has an oncoming car turned left in front of me: and there have been several of those opportunities during that trip.
To me, it is a NO Brainer.... Get all of the up front light you can, and save a life. It could be your own.
There are no guarantees for us keeping the other guy from hitting us, but it makes sense to me, to do everything I can to help him see me.