I've got a 1980 Honda XL 185s that has a 6 volt electrical system. The headlight uses a 6V AC, 30 watt bulb powered from the generator. The other lights (tail, blinkers) operate off of the 6 volt battery on 6 volt DC. I'm attempting to increase the intensity of the headlight in order to make it safe enough to ride at night. Presently the headlight is very dim anywhere near idle speed and just slightly dim at any other rpm.
I'm assuming that changing my 6V AC to 12V DC and then installing a manufactured 12V LED bulb will be easier than changing 6V AC to 6V DC and building my own 6V LED light.
I am also assuming that LED is my only option for a bulb, as I believe that I lose wattage in the step up or conversion of the power. Electricity is not my strongest subject, as you can see.
I'm open to suggestions if I'm going about this all wrong.