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Old July 8th, 2019, 03:12 AM   #1
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Headlight bulb issue

Hi guys, hoping someone can help.

I bought my 2016 last year and so far, had no issues. Noticed a week or so ago that the main headlight beam wasn't working. Running lights and high beam are ok. Did a search on here and saw the main beam can go due to usage and found a link that someone shared for getting to the bulb which worked fine.
However, it turns out that unbeknown to me, the previous owner has switched the bulb for an LED set up. I wasn't made aware of this by the Ducati dealer.


Here are some pics when I got the headlight off...








So I'm a it stuck now as not very electrical savvy - the bulb has a round screw in connector which is like 5 small pins. Most replacement LED bulbs tend to be a 3 pin style connector.

Any advise/suggestions welcome.
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Old July 8th, 2019, 06:13 AM   #2
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Led bulbs have 2 parts - the bulb and base -which I see - and the driver. The driver is a black box. The driver cable runs from the bulb to the standard 3 prong plug and plugs into that plug.

The pics look like this is a messy install, but I'm thinking you should be able to unplug the connector I see, revealing the original connector, and follow the white cable back to find the black box tucked into the shell.
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Old July 8th, 2019, 06:30 AM   #3
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Actually scotch that reply. I can't really tell what's going on - did you remove the driver? Is that 3 prong female plugged into another connector? I can't tell from the pics, but if there is a cable attached to the bulb, where does it terminate.

Sorry not being helpful - usually these installs are plug and play, but I can't quite parse the pics.
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Old July 8th, 2019, 07:34 AM   #4
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Actually scotch that reply. I can't really tell what's going on - did you remove the driver? Is that 3 prong female plugged into another connector? I can't tell from the pics, but if there is a cable attached to the bulb, where does it terminate.

Sorry not being helpful - usually these installs are plug and play, but I can't quite parse the pics.
Hi, thanks for your replies. I'll grab a picture of the connector later.
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Old July 8th, 2019, 01:58 PM   #5
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The other problem being is that you have seemed to have taken out the LED bulb itself but left the spacer in the Duc housing.

Most LED bulbs (or good ones) will have the plastic spacer to add in installation. Whichever route you take (either replacing with another LED or go back to halogen) you'll have to remove the black circular spacer in the housing
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Old July 9th, 2019, 12:41 AM   #6
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Could just be a cheapo. Looks like they tried making the driver and bulb housing a single unit. Can't say if that's a bad idea, but all the higher end LED replacements I've seen had a remote driver that you had to mount or stow.
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