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Ok, so I have to drive through country roads without street lights - it's pitch black sometimes and the headlamp on my scooter is rubbish. Even the full beam light is rubbish. Will changing the bulb make much difference or is a bulb a bulb?

Cheers peeps!
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Not sure what your stock bulb is in this scooter, but...

If it's an H4 Halogen, there are several good bulbs available the would produce more light. I would stick with major manufacturers though (i.e PIAA, Phillips, Sylvania, Osram). A word of caution, some of the high performance bulbs will pull more power and generate a lot of heat, which can cause problems with your wiring and/or housing being damaged by the heat. Likely shouldn't go more than 65W powered Halogen.

I went another route, I installed a full HID conversion with this kit...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CQCEF60/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It is a 35W HID kit that produces a terrific amount of light and throws it pretty far down the road. The electrical hookup and ballast mounting was very easy, the light bulb base required a bit of work with my Dremel tool on the bulb retaining ring in order to complete the install.

A word of warning regarding HIDs. If installed in a standard reflector bowl housing, it can create light dazzle for oncoming traffic. On my Fly it doesn't seem to be an issue as I adjusted my headlight aiming downward a bit.
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Thanks for the good advice! I'm gonna check out the link now!
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Installing a HID on an ET4 is non-trivial, as the headlight is powered by regulated AC, not DC. The DC side of the electrics may not have enough spare capacity.
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I have the H4 on my LX and love it. I can see better and be seen better. You do need the kit tho. I got mine from HID Nation. I think ScooterWest has a plug and play. Mines ice blue but SW has a yellow one. Either is good. Good luck
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Based on Jim's reply, I did a little more digging.

Your ET4 likely has a 12v 35W BA20d bulb in the headlight. So an HID conversion is not likely to be available.

There should be higher performance bulbs available locally, but if not, try this or another search...

http://www.easyparts.nl/showarticles_info/010116FD12353/0-512/199/Lamp-12v-35-35w-Ba20-Xenon.html

http://www.amazon.com/Headlight-Halogen-BOSCH-BA20d-Motorcycle/dp/B00710481Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1387473840&sr=1-1&keywords=ba20d+bulb

Good Luck!
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Hi , the best thing for an et4 is the euro headlight , I have had one for 5 years now , 2 bulbs , h7 and h3 55w
http://beedspeed.com/lamp-headlamp-unit-et2et4-euro-specification-p-4514.html

you may find them cheaper on e bay
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add some aftermarket driving lights.
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Arg. I want the LED light off of the 946
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I did the whole HID route, as I drive at night often, from a more country area to the bright city. The unit I got was plug and play has both low and high beams and I have never been flashed by on-coming cars. It is very bright and throws light a long way. Unit came from ScooterRS for about $98 I highly recommend .......
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