Zapino Headlamp LED upgrade
I am interested in upgrading my Zapino's headlamps to more energy efficient LED bulbs. Has anyone done this and can it be done?
Somewhere on this site someone showed pictures of a "hack" they did of using a normal headlamp housing to house several LED lights.
I'm sure those LED lights might be bright enough to be useful.. but I'm also sure it's not DOT compliant. I'm interested in LED headlamps that are DOT certified. Haven't been able to find any on a few hunting forays.
Actually, now that I think about it, the real need here isn't exactly "LED Headlamp" is it? It's "Headlamp that uses miniscule power, is bright, is DOT certified for use on a motorcycle, is affordable". Yes?
I wonder what the power consumption is of a comparable HID lamp?
ZAPINO Headlamp is only 36W12V,it is very small consume compare with 3000W motor power.....only 1% but it is DOT approval already
So change the the headLamp is not a wise idea,don't have any help on power consume....and very dangerous.
I have big problem on electric consume too...is it 2007 ZAPINO or 2008 ZAPINO ? did you release the speed limiter ?
HID's are 35 watts plus what the ballast draws, I am planning to do a HID conversion on my Z20. I am looking for better lighting and visibility, DOT approval is not a high priority. As long as I am not blinding people, no one is going to notice.
Since the lighting runs off 12 volts, I have been looking at DC-DC converters. I found a 150 watt converter for $85, it looks like it is made for a dry controlled environment, it has a mesh cover. If water splashed on it, the water would get into the circuitry and let out the magic smoke. I found a 120 watt converter that looks like it could take the environment for $130.
Another options is to use a small 12 volt battery for the lighting and let the current DC-DC converter charge that battery. I am leaning toward this option; because, it would be the simplest and least costly.
That page says it's for interior lights. I dunno about you, but I'd want my headlights to be a lot brighter than the usual interior light.
dont know if this will help anyone i know its for a car, but its the first DOT LED
Just to be sure, LED turn signals and brake/rear lights can be DOT compliant, right? Has anyone installed those $4 LED 1156 or 1157 bulbs for these applications?
I am interested in upgrading my Zapino's headlamps to more energy efficient LED bulbs.
Has anyone checked new Vespa ET4's European headlight? It has separate short and long beam bulbs H3/H7. If that headlamp would fit Zapino I think we would have a solution to have LED headlights. ET4's headlight looks very similar to Zapinos...