Headlight bulb issue

Apr 2019
4
0
Sheffield
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.
 
Jun 2014
967
4
Boston
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.
 
Jun 2014
967
4
Boston
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.
 
Apr 2019
4
0
Sheffield
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.
 
Oct 2018
3
0
Los Angeles, CA USA
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
 
Mar 2013
2,334
4
Naples, IT
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.
 
Sep 2018
32
0
Torrington
netaron, those look pretty much plug and play? Just what I'm looking for.
Thanks for the great find.
 
Feb 2018
117
1
Scottsdale AZ
It's plug and play like you say, nothing to look for except making sure it's inserted right side up, otherwise your high and low-beams will be reversed, but very easy fix.
 
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Sep 2018
32
0
Torrington
Just a quick follow up. The install was indeed plug and play. It's a major improvement over stock, but that's all I have to compare it to. Really like the color.
I had to figure out the screws to pull to get to it, but really not bad. I ended up with the headlight assembly on the bench which made it a piece of cake.