Most Harley Davidson motorcycles come with a 7″ round sealed beam or composite halogen headlight bulb and starting in 2012 a new OEM option became available at all HD dealers to offer their customers a drop-in replacement LED headlight. This new futuristic-looking LED headlight has 4 projectors built in with a chrome surface and creates a stunning light output with 100% LED light. It’s interesting to point out though that this is not a Harley Davidson special. This headlight has been available for quite a while under the part number of JW Speaker model #8700. See for yourself the similarities:
The Harley Davidson re-branded LED headlight.
Here is the Harley Davidson version of the headlight, with the Harley logo embossed into the middle of the light and very rounded lines surrounding the 4 different projectors. These headlights are drop-in plug and play for any Harley and they are DOT approved producing approximately 1,700 Lumens of light output!
JW Speaker Model #8700 LED Headlight
Now here is the original J.W. Speaker model #8700 7″ round LED headlight with the Speaker logo and original bezel shape. If you look at the two lights it becomes obvious that they are the same thing and the only differences are some subtle design cues. The #8700 has kind of this “figure 8″ or “hourglass” type of raised design around the two middle projectors and the entire outside perimeter of the JW Speaker light is segregated by a crease in the bezel face. Also you will see the Speaker logo embossed at the top of the bezel face and nothing in the middle where the Harley logo is located in the other one.
These headlights are identical aside from the small design changes from one to another so if you want to get your hands on this headlight but can’t find one from your local Harley dealer, just click here to buy your own JW Speaker 8700 and it will plug right in!
Here is a motorcycle sporting the Truck-Lite 27270C LED headlights and the matching #80275 LED fog lights!
In the Jeep and Harley communities, one of the latest hot topics are replacement LED headlights. The two most popular items being the JW Speaker 8700 and the Truck-Lite 27270CC 7″ round replacement LED headlight housings.
Watch this video review of the Truck-Lite headlights I did where I compare it to the JW Speaker variant. You’ll get a good idea about this new headlight and if you think the JW Speaker 8700 is worth the money when compared to the Trucklite product:
The JW Speaker LED headlights model #6130 are definitely a unique piece of equipment! Some people describe the way the high beam looks by calling them “spider eyes” and the low beam resembles it’s older brother, the more common #8700. Regardless if you like them or not, these lights are top notch and no purchaser of them will be disappointed in the build quality or the light output.
Coming in at about 4.6″ diameter you will be hard pressed to find an application where these lights just “slip into place” but they do come with a mounting bracket that makes them essentially universal! These would make for an epic street bike set of headlights or if you have a car or truck that takes 2 pairs of 6″ round headlights you could create your own method of installing these for a truly spectacular look and style like nothing you’ve ever seen before!
JW Speaker 6130 LED headlights custom-installed on a BMW car.
These headlights are also different than other LED headlights because they use an external LED driver. The reason for this is because the headlight housings are so small the driver cannot be contained inside. These lights are very powerful, and to create the amount of light output they do (about 1,200 low beam and 2,400 high beam) they need to use a 64w power driver. Finding a place to mount this driver is not that tough to do, and all the wiring hooks up very neatly and out of the way, but in order to use 4 of these lights you will have to get your hands on a pair of low beam headlights, a pair of high beam headlights AND a pair of the drivers. Each driver controls one low beam and one high beam headlight.
The 6130 low beam, the 6130 high beam and the driver to control them.
If you are interested in more information on these headlights, watch this detailed demo/review video that I made that shows you light output comparisons and everything about the lights you need to know: