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Anyone know the wattage of these ?

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My low beam went out on my '81, and since a current sportster's light is the same diameter, figured I'd check into it.
My indie has one of these in stock, and there's room for it in the bucket, but I forgot to ask him how many watts it puts out.

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Most of the OEM headlights run around 55/60 watts to be legal. People fit higher wattage bulbs but it's not recommended for our older charging systems.

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Most of the OEM headlights run around 55/60 watts to be legal. People fit higher wattage bulbs but it's not recommended for our older charging systems.

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Thanks. I want to keep at stock wattage, or close to it for the genny, so 55/60 would work.
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Unless you update your charging system go with the stock

ride safe

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I have the Candlepower headlamps on both of my Ironheads, using normal H-4 bulbs of 55/60 watts. No problems in over 10,000 miles of combined mileage so far. Much better lighting than a stock sealed beam headlight.

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I have the Candlepower headlamps on both of my Ironheads, using normal H-4 bulbs of 55/60 watts. No problems in over 10,000 miles of combined mileage so far. Much better lighting than a stock sealed beam headlight.

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Yeah the stock suck. I'm going to get the HD one my Indy has; great shop and I like to support them when possible.

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i got one off v twin for 35 dollars for my 81. works fine. knock on wood.
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go to your local auto zone and get a 5066 sylvainia or GE for 9.99 ,55 watts i think even walmart sells them, my last one lasted from 1993 till 2010
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check that its an H-5006 sylvainia or GE, halagen head lamp bulb, i had to go look it up, fits like a glove is alot cheaper and lasts a long time.
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