- Feb 15, 2010
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- Fredericton, NB
My 2011 OEM halogens are still alive after 160,000 km. and 12 years. Very unusual, I know - I got long life on my '07 bulbs, but not this long. I rarely use high beams so almost all of my "burning" is on the low beam filaments. (Which is why I made the comment about not knowing why some last much longer than others.) These are getting replaced this year, irrespective of whether one or both fail. Vibration (engine or rough roads) contributes to reduced lifetime.All bulbs are made to last only x number hours of 'burning', ... so since (usually) both headlights are on at the same time, they will burn out quite close in time. You will find that hi-beams last longer.
Halogen behavior has nothing to do with the OP's situation. For the OEM LEDs, the expected lifetime should exceed the life of the bike. I will be most interested in seeing what happens with this.