Features and Benefits of L.E.D. Lighting

L.E.D. lights seem all the rage these days and there’s good reason for that. Not only do they look great when illuminated, L.E.D. lights also provide a number of performance and visibility benefits. To better understand the many benefits of L.E.D. lighting, here’s some useful information to consider when making the switch from conventional incandescent lighting to low draw, high power L.E.D.’s.

So what does L.E.D. actually stand for? L.E.D. means Light Emitting Diode which in technical terms is a semiconductor light source. They’ve been around and known to the masses since the 1960’s, however experiments in the early 1900’s led to the discovery of a phenomenon called electroluminescence in 1907, and later the creation of the first LED was in 1927. Though the use of L.E.D.’s in production was not as practical or cost effective until much later.

The first thing that most people think when you mention L.E.D. lighting is how much brighter they appear than a conventional halogen bulb. This is due to the fact that the light emitted is much closer to daylight in color temperature, around 5000K. This allows for a more user friendly environment resulting in less eye strain. The better illumination provided also allows the rider to see objects sooner when compared to conventional lighting.

Whether it be cruising down the highway or traveling cross country down a dirt path an L.E.D. light is perfectly suited to the high vibrations that can occur on a motorcycle. This is due to the fact L.E.D. lights use a diode to emit light which is much more resistant to damage caused by vibration when compared to a conventional halogen bulb which uses a thin wire filament to create the light source. Because of this resistance to vibration many L.E.D. lights last far longer than their halogen counterparts.

Another benefit of L.E.D. lights is they require much less current to operate. This translates into less of a load on your charging system. By reducing the load on your charging system, the system produces less heat and less heat may help to prevent premature failures of the charging system or wiring. Furthermore, by reducing the amount of current needed to operate your lighting, you have may have more power available for other electric accessories such as heated grips, heated clothing, or even audio equipment.

Now of course it can be argued there are drawbacks to using L.E.D. lights instead of conventional halogen lights. For instance, when L.E.D. lights are installed in place of conventional halogen bulbs in turn signal applications, the system may not function properly. Imagine, not having turn signals! That is a big drawback. Fortunately there is a remedy for that. By installing a load equalizer along with the L.E.D. lights your system will operate and function normally.

What is a load equalizer you ask? A load equalizer is a parallel circuit to the turn signal circuit designed to increase total circuit current flow. This helps ensure the Turn Signal controller or flasher does not detect low current flow sending feedback (fast flashing turn signals, or no flash turn signals) that a turn signal bulb has stopped functioning. That’s why a Load Equalizer is recommended when removing stock turn signals or replacing incandescent bulbs with L.E.D. lights.

Here are a few products for a late model Harley Davidson Ultra Classic that you can buy today to make the switch from inefficient incandescent or halogen lighting to high efficiency, high output L.E.D.’s.

Phase 7 L.E.D. Headlamp P/N 2249






Phase 7 L.E.D. Passing Lamps P/N 2247






L.E.D. Front Turn Signal Inserts P/N 5440







Panacea Tail Light P/N 5420






Panacea Turn Signal Inserts P/N 5428


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