I need some advice to upgrade my headlight to an LED. I have a 1997 PX 200 (registered as a 1979), electric start. For as long as I have had this bike (about 4 years), my headlight visibility has been weak, weak, weak..My initial attempts to upgrade got as far as a halogen bulb, which, comparatively, was like, okay, before it was a matchstick, and now it is maybe a candle. So, not much improvement from the standard bulb.
Recently, Scooter Mercado sold me a headlight assembly which does not fit my bike. (This was after I inquired, mind you.) Perhaps it was me who mis-communicated, or didn't articulate, but when I read "headlight assembly conversion," well, I take that to mean that the assembly part is what is being converted. I don't take the "conversion" reference to mean changing from a standard to a halogen bulb, which, thank you very much, I have already managed on my own, and how is that a conversion?
Long story short, I have committed myself to upgrading to an LED. In so doing, I am equally committed to avoiding any blow-outs, which I understand can occur. When I first looked into upgrades, just going by the availability of bulb size, it seemed there were more options for models which had the same type of assembly Mercato sold me. I have attached a photo of the kind of assembly I have presently.
My question is, in converting to LED, do I not need a voltage regulator, first and foremost?
Secondly, do I retain the assembly I have now?
Or do I rewire it to the kind of assembly Mercato sold me?
Apart from finding a greater selection of bulbs/lights, is there any difference in how each assembly receives/takes charges from the 12v battery?
Has anyone had to switch out/convert the assembly before they could put in an LED? Or does it even make a difference at all?
Priority wise, let's focus on the regulator for now. Has anyone had to put in a voltage regulator? Would the new one replace the Ducati one that is standard? Recommendations? Things to watch out for?
Or would this be some kind of add-on somewhere? What is the new one going to do, differently, from what the Ducati regulator does now?
I am open to whatever works BRIGHTEST without putting my bike in electro-mechanical risk or jeopardy.
Any comments or recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
Assembly Mercato sold me as a "Conversion"