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PostSubject: Replacing Headlight bulbs!   6th March 2010, 20:02

I've got the normal head lights at the moment and if i wanted to get Xenon headlights... Do i only have to change the bulbs or do i have to replace the whole headlight??
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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Headlight bulbs!   6th March 2010, 20:04

It's a bit more than bulbs Dan Shocked

It's an expensive job, why not try some of the bright bulbs Question

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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Headlight bulbs!   6th March 2010, 20:06

haha i thought it was a bit more complex than just changing over the bulbs!!!

what bulbs are we talking about??? any help Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Headlight bulbs!   6th March 2010, 20:09

I've a Which article about best buys, I'll get it tomorrow and post it for you Smile

I need a guinue pig to confirm how good they are so I can get some for my wife's MINI Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Headlight bulbs!   6th March 2010, 20:12

Im interested in this too as have found the halogen lights not to be great on the dark country lanes near my house at night! Was talking to a friend today about this as he had upgraded his bulbs.
Ive firgitten the name of the company will post back when I remember! lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Headlight bulbs!   6th March 2010, 20:15

I Have Osram Night Breakers in mine
http://www.powerbulbs.com/product_detail.asp?prod=111
These are also Good
http://www.powerbulbs.com/product_detail.asp?prod=43

Sorry I just noticed you need Gen one bulbs check the type I posted Gen 2 but they do make other types
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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Headlight bulbs!   6th March 2010, 20:19

Thanks Mike!
How do you rate them in terms of improvement?
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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Headlight bulbs!   6th March 2010, 20:25

Best Buy bulbs
Bosch Pure Light, £21.98 a pair
Dipped beam score: 141
Dipped beam rating: 5 stars
Main beam score: 55
Main beam rating: 4 stars
Available in Halfords, Bosch's Pure Light standard replacement H7s don't make any promises about extra light. However, that's exactly what they deliver on dipped beam; a remarkable score of 141 puts Bosch way ahead of the next brightest halogen bulb – the Philips X-treme Power, which scores 102.

The Bosch bulbs are less effective on main beam. A score of 55 means they can’t quite match the other upgrade bulbs here, but they’re still an improvement on the Original Equipment Vauxhall bulbs and their competitive pricing means we have no hesitation in recommending them as a Best Buy.

Osram Night Breaker +90%, £16.49 a pair
Dipped beam score: 97
Dipped beam rating: 4 stars
Main beam score: 63
Main beam rating 4 stars
A popular upgrade bulb, the Osram Night Breakers achieved a solid four stars in both dipped beam and main beam categories.

They were significantly brighter than the OE bulbs fitted to the Astra, but fell slightly short of the more expensive Philips X-treme Power overall, despite Osram's claim of 90% extra brightness versus the 80% claimed for the Philips.

However, a price difference of around £9 means the Osram bulbs represent better value for money, which was the deciding factor in making them a Best Buy.

The Night Breakers weren't as impressive as the Bosch Pure Light bulbs on dipped beam, but were the second-best halogen bulbs on main beam.

Other bulbs on test
Xenon headlights, £766.30 option on Vauxhall Astra
Dipped beam score: 164
Dipped beam rating: 5 stars
Main beam score: 131
Main beam rating: 5 stars
Though they’re expensive, the xenon bulbs literally outshone all the halogen bulbs in our car headlight bulb test, scoring a maximum five stars in both categories.

The xenon lights fitted as an option to our Vauxhall Astra scored 164 points for dipped beam and 131 points for main beam – way ahead of the best-performing halogen bulbs, which scored 141 points and 64 points respectively.

However, it was interesting to note that the xenon light did cut off quite sharply at greater distances. Beyond 75m there was no light reading at all on dipped beam, where most of the halogen bulbs managed one or two lux.

Equally, on main beam the xenon lights were only 25% as bright at 25m as they were at 10m. The upgraded halogen bulbs were still around 80% as bright at 25m – though they were all still dimmer than the xenons.

The greater the distance, the lesser the superiority of xenon headlights, but they're still the money-no-object winner here.

Unfortunately, the complexity of xenon lights means retro-fitting them to your car isn’t really an option, but if you can afford the extra cost – or buy a used car already equipped with them – they're a worthwhile upgrade and a valuable safety feature.

Philips X-treme Power +80%, £25.69 a pair
Dipped beam score: 102
Dipped beam rating: 4 stars
Main beam score: 62
Main beam rating 4 stars
The company that first developed the H7 bulb in 1993, Philips is one of the biggest players in the upgrade market. Its X-treme Power bulbs aren't cheap, but they do offer extra brightness compared with the OE Vauxhall bulbs, plus a good balance between dipped and main beam performance.

Discounting the xenon headlights, they finished second to the Bosch bulbs on dipped beam and equal third with the Halfords Super Brilliance on main beam, with scores of 102 and 62 respectively.

Original Equipment bulbs, supplied with Vauxhall Astra
Dipped beam score: 91
Dipped beam rating: 3 stars
Main beam score: 48
Main beam rating: 3 stars
Fitted as standard on the Astra, these bulbs outperformed the Halfords Super Brilliance – supposedly 50% brighter – in dipped beam mode. They were also significantly brighter than Halfords' standard H7, with a score of 91 placing them fifth out of the seven bulbs tested.

However, in main beam mode these bulbs were disappointing, scoring 48 and thus finishing last.

Halfords Super Brilliance +50%, £19.99 per pair (normally £19.99 each)
Dipped beam score: 90
Dipped beam rating 3 stars
Main beam score: 62
Main beam rating 4 stars
Halfords’ upgraded Super Brilliance bulbs promise 50% extra brightness, but 50% brighter than what exactly? Certainly not than the standard Halfords H7s – the Super Brilliance bulbs are actually dimmer in main beam mode.

On dipped beam, they do beat the standard Halfords bulbs, but the Super Brilliance are still the second-poorest performers in our test. Even the OE Vauxhall bulbs were brighter.

The final nail in the Halfords coffin is price. These bulbs were 'buy one get one free' at the time of writing, so would normally cost £19.99 each – more than twice as much as the superior Osram Night Breakers.

Halfords Standard H7, £16.79 a pair
Dipped beam score: 78
Dipped beam rating: 2 stars
Main beam score: 64
Main beam rating: 4 stars
These are the standard replacement H7s at the UK's biggest motoring store – Halfords – and were the biggest disappointment in our test.

We found that fitting these bulbs makes the Astra's headlights much less effective in dipped beam mode. Their score of 78 was the lowest in our test and merits just two stars.

Conversely, the Halfords bulbs were actually brighter than all the upgraded bulbs on main beam, finishing second only to the xenon headlights. That said, the light produced did fade more rapidly towards the furthest markers than with other halogen bulbs.

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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Headlight bulbs!   6th March 2010, 20:26

Not as good as Xenons but bettet than standard they throw more light up the road - the Osrams claim 90% not too sure about that but deffo better if you want a blueish light theese are good

http://www.powerbulbs.com/product_detail.asp?prod=58

Check out the bulb test on autoexpress web site I'll post a link
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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Headlight bulbs!   6th March 2010, 20:29

Dave beat me to it but here is the link to the test:

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/products/products/243109/bulbs_we_test_30.html
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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Headlight bulbs!   6th March 2010, 20:29

Thanks Mike and Dave!
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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Headlight bulbs!   6th March 2010, 20:34

No Probs Max - you can get HID conversition kits some people love them but they can cause CanBus errors and flicker
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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Headlight bulbs!   6th March 2010, 20:42

Yeah Ive read a bit about them they sound interesting but too expensive and tricky for me I think!
Just wanting to see a little more than standard, so uprated bulbs are perfect Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Headlight bulbs!   6th March 2010, 20:46

Mine came from the "Which" magazine so between all the reviews you have some good info......

please give us your review with which ever you go for Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Headlight bulbs!   6th March 2010, 20:49

I think in corporate speak we have provided the information he needs to make an informed decision lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Headlight bulbs!   6th March 2010, 20:51

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I think in corporate speak we have provided the information he needs to make an informed decision lol!

too true thumbs up

a review is now required on the selected bulbs Razz

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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Headlight bulbs!   6th March 2010, 20:51

Very good thread guys!!! clap Loving the black grill and rings max!!! Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Headlight bulbs!   6th March 2010, 20:58

haha ok but itwont be for a week or two!
Wheres Dan gone this wa his thread originally!!?!
Thanks James me too!!!! lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Headlight bulbs!   6th March 2010, 21:23

I'm sure he is reading it with great interest
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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Headlight bulbs!   6th March 2010, 21:30

haha sorry gents... been away sorting out a scrummy take away.. ive ordered those bulbs... so will give you a heads up next week what i think... but to be honest.. im a bit naughty and only drive with side lights and fog lights on at night but who knows... OOPS, dont tell the oink oinks cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Headlight bulbs!   6th March 2010, 21:34

dancook89 wrote:
haha sorry gents... been away sorting out a scrummy take away.. ive ordered those bulbs... so will give you a heads up next week what i think... but to be honest.. im a bit naughty and only drive with side lights and fog lights on at night but who knows... OOPS, dont tell the oink oinks cheers

MMMMMMMM Takeaway what kind and which Bulbs did you go for ??
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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Headlight bulbs!   6th March 2010, 21:43

went for the Bosch ones Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Headlight bulbs!   6th March 2010, 21:47

dancook89 wrote:
went for the Bosch ones Very Happy

Kebab lavvvvly!!!

had one of those last night

The Upgrade bulbs are the best option. HID Conversions can cause problems I think you have done the right thing
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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Headlight bulbs!   7th March 2010, 10:41

Not easy to "just" change to Xenon Units- a lot of work i.e. self leveling with suspension etc to conform to legal and safety standards looked at doing it on my GP.

I have heard good things about Philips Xtreme H7s - Im looking at changing mine seems that the Osrams are now very outdated compared to other ones out there now.

Trouble is finding 'White' light and not Mad YELLOW Mad
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PostSubject: Re: Replacing Headlight bulbs!   9th March 2010, 07:20

Just to throw a spanner in the works, there are new Philips Diamond Vision Bulbs. Supposed to look like Xenon Headlights BUT they are not E Marked which makes them Illegal for Road Use.

http://www.powerbulbs.com/product_detail.asp?prod=154

Probably get away with it who is going to remove your Bulbs to check for E Markings Suspect
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