Daymaker Headlight Review
Riding a Harley is an experience you cherish especially long highway rides and high speed tours. The long wheelbase and higher rake angles are best for stability. Cross country rides are cool when you are on a Harley Davidson. One irksome factor that mars the beauty of the ride is the lack of bright lighting in low light conditions.
Fortunately there are replacement headlights of dual LED design that come to your rescue. The Funlove Daymaker dual LED headlight is one such component that can enhance your ride and make up for the lack of proper lighting while on the road.
Is the LED dual headlight from Funlove the right addition for your treasured Harley Davidson?
Let me get you through the features, pros and cons of this Funlove Daymaker Projector Dual LED Headlight For Harley Davidson Road Glide 2004-2013, so you will know whether it is right for your bike or not.
Funlove Daymaker Dual LED Headlight Features At A Glance
Funlove Headlights are uniquely designed to provide maximum illumination in dark conditions. Designed for use in the Road Glide series ranging from 2004 to 2013 models the important features in the headlight include:
· Easy to install with the help of provided manual instruction
· More than 50000 hours life span
· Color temperature of 6000k
At the outset, I thought the dual headlights looked a bit odd replacing the single stock headlight of my Harley. But once I had the headlights fixed and running, they actually looked stylish and cool than the single headlights. And not to mention the bright light beams they emitted which were more powerful than the stock one.
According to the makers, the valid irradiation cover is much more than what a normal bulb will have. The headlights are designed with powerful LEDs and are placed in durable aluminum housing with chrome back plate that is black in color providing a nice contrast.
The black bezel further adds aesthetic attraction. Inside the LED dome, the product has Cree LED chips that are 12 in number. This ensures the light beam whether it is low or high provides powerful and bright light.
The item weighs 5.9 pounds and dimensions include 17.1 x 10 x 5.5 inches. The outer casing of the headlight is made of durable material that can withstand extreme weather conditions effectively. The construction is such that the material is waterproof with IP67 certification, dust proof and shockproof. The headlight carries a one year warranty.
With 12 LED chips embedded inside the durable casing, the headlight provides white and bright light that illuminates your way effectively in dim lighting conditions. The 6000k color temperature further enhances the lighting effect.
The high beam has a power of 90 W while low beam works at 40 W and the voltage ranges from 12 V to 30 V. The dual headlights together provide lumens of 6300 LM when you use the high beam and the low beam has 3200 LM. This makes way for good illumination. At the same time it ensures you ride safely.
I also like the aesthetic improvement the headlight addition gives to my Harley.
The irradiation distance provided by the LED light is greater than when you use a normal bulb. The standard incandescent lamps do not give out the white and bright light that these LEDs are capable of. In comparison to the yellow halogen bulb lights, the LEDs give out a more natural light that mimics daylight hues.
The manufacturer ensures a life span of 50000 hours, which is good value for the money you shell out. And as LEDs consume less power, the headlight draws less power intake and does not have annoying flicker.
Package Contents And Installation
Package contents include a set of headlight for Harley Davidson Road Glide with brackets and pins, and an installation manual for the LED headlamp. The handbook provides easy to understand instructions and I could install the headlights easily with the simple set up steps.
The headlight housing has dual lamps that are mounted on a back plate which you can fix easily to your bike in place of the stock head lamp. The conversion kit for the headlamp makes the switch over easier.
While the instructions looked pretty simple, I faced a few issues. First of all, the fairing was difficult to remove. The support bracket required some modification when I used it on my HD road glide. I had to take off some material off the bracket. The bezel too proved to be a disappointment and I used the stock bezel instead. The plugs and wires for the light also need replacement for proper installation. I replaced the stock wires with rubber ceramic coated wires for better connection.
The product comes with DOT approval for US users and I guess it could be used in countries that have standardization similar to DOT. You may have to confirm with the certification requirements in your particular locality before you consider using this headlight.
The Funlove Daymaker headlight is designed to be compatible with Harley Davidson road glide models 2004 to 2013 including EFI FLTRI, CVO FLTRSE, CVO Ultra, Custom FLTRX, Wide Glide, Super Glide, Street Bob, Night Train and others.
Priced at around $130, the headlights are a bit on the expensive side. For budget buyers, the price may work against the product. However the LEDs save a lot for you in terms of energy efficiency and longevity which will add up to more savings in the long term when compared to using the conventional headlights. I would definitely consider the LED a good investment due to the savings and the performance level it promises.
Funlove Daymaker Projector Dual LED Headlight – Buyer’s Guide
I have compiled a few important questions that users ask prior to purchasing Funlove Daymaker Dual Headlight.
How do I adjust the beam direction of the headlight?
The adjustment knobs will protrude out inside the fairing when you install the headlight properly. The knob has to be turned clockwise for upward beam direction and counter clockwise for downward direction.
Will I have to remove front fairing for the set up?
Yes, the faring has to be removed for properly securing the headlight to the motorcycle. The metal back plate will be screwed to the fairing. This helps support the headlights and avoids damage to fairing due to the weight of the headlight.
Should the stock bezel be changed for installing the new headlight?
The stock bezel should be changed for the bezel provided with the dual headlight as it eliminates the headlight cover made of plastic and further appearance wise it looks trendy.
Does the set up need additional wiring support or can it be plugged directly?
The design of the headlight is such that it can be plugged and used directly. There is no necessity for any added wire support.
Should the complete headlight assembly be removed for placing the dual headlight?
Yes, you have to remove the complete old assembly. Place the metal bracket on the fairing’s center so the predrilled hole in the bracket is used to drill a hole via the fairing. The installation is easy and takes under 30 minutes.
The unique design of Funlove Daymaker headlight is a definite advantage. The LEDs included are ideal for providing the brightness and lighting you want for low light or dark lighting conditions.
I found the high beam to be a bit over the top. They can easily blind the oncoming vehicles. I would suggest using the high beam sparingly. The lumen and color temperature settings for the high and low beams are quite good making the headlights a worthy replacement.
The durable aluminum casing, sturdy back plate and stylish build are good points in favor of the headlight. However the expensive price tag is a big drawback for budget conscious customers.
Furthermore, the installation is not as simple as the instructions make them to be. As I mentioned earlier, a bit of modifications were needed to make the headlights fit snugly in place of the stock lighting unit.
On the whole, the long life span, waterproof, dustproof and shockproof features and high power capacity make the headlights a valuable addition to a Harley, especially if you are into frequent night time or low light riding and need the powerful illumination that a headlight like the Funlove Daymaker dual LED lamps can provide.