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I have been trying to get an LED into my 2012 Shadow Spirit with no success. The housing is too small.
The best option I found is to replace the stock bulb with a high-intensity bulb. It's about $40.
Now thinking about the brake light and if there is a similar option for the back.
 

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I have been trying to get an LED into my 2012 Shadow Spirit with no success. The housing is too small.
The best option I found is to replace the stock bulb with a high-intensity bulb. It's about $40.
Now thinking about the brake light and if there is a similar option for the back.
I've put 2 in my 1100 spirit and one in my wife's VLX. The Opt7 in my spirit was a challenge because it has a ballast but it will work. I've replaced it and put one in the VLX with one from superbrightleds with no ballast. Very easy plenty of room in both buckets.

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I have been trying to get an LED into my 2012 Shadow Spirit with no success. The housing is too small.
The best option I found is to replace the stock bulb with a high-intensity bulb. It's about $40.
Now thinking about the brake light and if there is a similar option for the back.

The bolded above does not say anything. Need more information on what you are referring to.

I have a "high-intensity bulb" in my Suzuki cruiser that would melt the start button switch (very expensive to replace) and possibly the wiring if I used it on my Honda Shadow Spirit. That's because it pulls 100 watts.

If the bulb you have your eye on is what I think it is, that's exactly what will happen to your Honda.
 

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Silverstar is what I use and have gotten as much as 50,000 mi. I travel at night a lot but my Valk headlight reflector is far superior than the average Shadow headlight. Silverstar Ultra are brighter but don't hold up as long and $30 a pop..
 

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I installed a better bulb, 50 watts. Meh. It's certainly brighter than the stock, but probably not enough to significantly increase visibility during daytime.
I wish LED's could be put in there, but so far no one has come up with a solution.
 

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Is there a type LED unit that the ballast is separate from the bulb ?

My 1983 vt750 bucket is very full of wiring also and I wondered if there is an alternative LED set up?
Many of the HID types have a harness out to the ballast.



Here is one I found but it still has a big piece on the tail end. But I read that is a cooling fan so it may be necessary that way.


https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/bike-master-led-headlight-conversion-kit
 

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Is there a type LED unit that the ballast is separate from the bulb ?

My 1983 vt750 bucket is very full of wiring also and I wondered if there is an alternative LED set up?
Many of the HID types have a harness out to the ballast.



Here is one I found but it still has a big piece on the tail end. But I read that is a cooling fan so it may be necessary that way.


https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/bike-master-led-headlight-conversion-kit
Look at this one. I put it both my spirit and my wife's VLX. works great!

https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/motorcycle-high-beam-and-low-beam-headlight-bulb/motorcycle-h4-led-fanless-headlight-conversion-kit-with-compact-heat-sink-2000-lumens/3930/8566/?make=32&model=3533&scc_id=1940&year=2002

Good guys ride black bikes!!!!
 

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Great idea !
 

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Alec where in LA are you? I put LED headlight on my 1100 ACE with no problem. I'll try to find thread where I put instructions but if you want maybe we can meet up.

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Here's the thread where I had put instructions and link to opt7 bulb.
https://www.hondashadow.net/forum/53-general-bike-discussion/565680-headlight-driving-light-suggestions-2.html

I will add, my low beam went out after about 3 or 4 months (used daily), I emailed them and they shipped me one right away free of charge. I think they have a 2 year warranty. Good customer service.
 

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I installed a better bulb, 50 watts. Meh. It's certainly brighter than the stock, but probably not enough to significantly increase visibility during daytime.
I wish LED's could be put in there, but so far no one has come up with a solution.

Do you run in high beam during day light hours? I do. That makes the headlight brighter without blinding people, at least during the day.
 
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