My base to LED headlight swap

Jan 2015
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201
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So, I found the wiring diagram for a 2015 Panigale 1299S here:

https://www.manualowl.com/am/Ducati/2015-Superbike 1299 Panigale S/Manual/10271?page=333#manual

You can zoom in to item #65, which is the headlight. You then find the following colored wires that correspond to the LED headlights function:

V key +12: W (white)
GND: Bk (black)
Hi beam: Y/Gr (yellow/gray)
Low Beam: Y/W (yellow/white)
Pilot Light: Y (yellow)

Unfortunately, the 1299S LED headlight I have in my hand, of which I am reasonably confident is from a 2015 bike (p/n 52010341B, date of mfg. 13/05/15) does not have the same colored wires as shown in the diagram above. Instead, I have the following solid colored wires:

Red
Black
Green
Yellow
Blue

Can anyone offer any suggestions?

Thanks

Hi beam - Yellow/Gray to Yellow (headlight)
Low beam - Yellow/White to Green (headlight)
+12v - White to Red (headlight)
Pilot light - Yellow Blue (headlight)
-12v - Black to Black (headlight)


Use a Sumitomo HM-6p plug instead of butchering the headlight plug
You can cut off the relays and direct wire using the above plug.

or be really gangsta and add 2x diodes (or rewire relays if you must) so you can have low beam on during high beam.
 
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Hi beam - Yellow/Gray to Yellow (headlight)
Low beam - Yellow/White to Green (headlight)
+12v - White to Red (headlight)
Pilot light - Yellow Blue (headlight)
-12v - Black to Black (headlight)


Use a Sumitomo HM-6p plug instead of butchering the headlight plug
You can cut off the relays and direct wire using the above plug.

or be really gangsta and add 2x diodes (or rewire relays if you must) so you can have low beam on during high beam.
Outstanding, Sir. Thank you, so much.

Before I disassemble my 959, I would like to bench test this 1299S LED headlight, with the bikes battery removed and on the bench.

To do so, I will use temporary jumper wires (leaving the headlight plug intact) from the LED headlight's plug going to the battery.

I assume it will look something like this:

Red: Battery (+)
Black: Battery (-)

I imagine I will then connect the remaining Blue, Yellow, and Green wires to the battery to test their individual functions (connecting them individually, one at a time).

If the above is correct, do I connect the Blue, Yellow, or Green wires to the positive (+) or negative (-) battery terminal to get them to illuminate?

Thanks
 
Jan 2015
599
201
Australia
Outstanding, Sir. Thank you, so much.

Before I disassemble my 959, I would like to bench test this 1299S LED headlight, with the bikes battery removed and on the bench.

To do so, I will use temporary jumper wires (leaving the headlight plug intact) from the LED headlight's plug going to the battery.

I assume it will look something like this:

Red: Battery (+)
Black: Battery (-)

I imagine I will then connect the remaining Blue, Yellow, and Green wires to the battery to test their individual functions (connecting them individually, one at a time).

If the above is correct, do I connect the Blue, Yellow, or Green wires to the positive (+) or negative (-) battery terminal to get them to illuminate?

Thanks

I bench tested mine via the bike.

The signal cables (blue/yellow/green/ from the left hand switch go via the Dash panel to the light. the hand switch is feed 5v.
I havnt confirmed that the output to the headlight is 5v or 12v

In theory you are correct, but as i havnt myself confirm signal voltage, its your risk...
 
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I bench tested mine via the bike.

The signal cables (blue/yellow/green/ from the left hand switch go via the Dash panel to the light. the hand switch is feed 5v.
I havnt confirmed that the output to the headlight is 5v or 12v

In theory you are correct, but as i havnt myself confirm signal voltage, its your risk...
That's what I'm afraid of. It would be a tragedy to fry a perfectly good (read: expensive) LED headlight on the bench.

Conversely, I don't want to disassemble the entire front of my 959, start cutting/stripping wires, only to then find that I have non-working 1299S LED light.

Do you agree with the wiring strategy in my above post? Temporarily touching the Blue, Yellow, or Green wires to the positive (+), not negative (-) battery terminal?

How can I now find out if the LED wants to see 5V or 12V?

Thanks again for getting me this far.
 
Jan 2015
599
201
Australia
That's what I'm afraid of. It would be a tragedy to fry a perfectly good (read: expensive) LED headlight on the bench.

Conversely, I don't want to disassemble the entire front of my 959, start cutting/stripping wires, only to then find that I have non-working 1299S LED light.

Do you agree with the wiring strategy in my above post? Temporarily touching the Blue, Yellow, or Green wires to the positive (+), not negative (-) battery terminal?

How can I now find out if the LED wants to see 5V or 12V?

Thanks again for getting me this far.
somehow you need to measure the voltage coming out of the switch to the relay on the bike.

put 12v on a 5v circuit will more than likely release the magic smoke on your expensive headlight.

Also did you get the air conveyor for the headlight?
 
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somehow you need to measure the voltage coming out of the switch to the relay on the bike.

put 12v on a 5v circuit will more than likely release the magic smoke on your expensive headlight.

Also did you get the air conveyor for the headlight?
Regrettably, the bike is in storage for the winter, so I can only bench test the LED headlight.

Is the air conveyor aka 'cover/meter', p/n 4601D4171A (item #8, as shown in the link below)?

https://www.bike-parts-ducati.com/ducati-motorcycle/Superbike/2015/1299_Panigale_S/1299-Panigale-S/FRONT-HEAD-LIGHT-AND-INSTRUMENT-PANEL/107/30/0/107

Regarding testing with 5V, I have a Variac, which dials Voltage up & down from 0-120V, but that's for AC current only.

If I'm unable to confidently verify if the LED headlight wants to see 5V or 12V, can you suggest an appropriate 5V power source I can use for this test?

Thanks
 
Jan 2015
599
201
Australia
Regrettably, the bike is in storage for the winter, so I can only bench test the LED headlight.

Is the air conveyor aka 'cover/meter', p/n 4601D4171A (item #8, as shown in the link below)?

https://www.bike-parts-ducati.com/ducati-motorcycle/Superbike/2015/1299_Panigale_S/1299-Panigale-S/FRONT-HEAD-LIGHT-AND-INSTRUMENT-PANEL/107/30/0/107

Regarding testing with 5V, I have a Variac, which dials Voltage up & down from 0-120V, but that's for AC current only.

If I'm unable to confidently verify if the LED headlight wants to see 5V or 12V, can you suggest an appropriate 5V power source I can use for this test?

Thanks

its part #10 in that picture. they are different between the LED and Non LED headlight.

get a 5v power supply charger or the like from a electronic store. Or a adjustable DC power supply.