The function of your bike’s headlight is simple – you turn it on, and voila – there’s light.
But the types of headlight bulbs is anything but simple – you’ve got both the tried-and-true quartz halogen bulbs to more cutting-edge LEDs types.
In this blog post, you’ll discover:
- Characteristics of halogen vs. LED headlights – the most common motorcycle headlight bulb types
- The pros and cons of each type
But first, there’s a question that needs to be answered:
What is a filament?
In layman’s terms, a filament is a thin wire that glows when a heavy current flows through it – this is what makes the lightbulb glow. Therefore, if a bulb has a “twin filament”, it has two of these glowing wires inside of it.
“This bulb has a twin filament”
Halogen vs. LED Headlights
Quartz halogen lightbulb
Instead, power is delivered through a metal cable that tensions as you squeeze the brake lever - similar to how many motorcycle clutches work.
Although not so much on modern motorcycles, these brakes are highly common on bicycles and e-bikes.