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Gary Minty Jupe
Hi guys and girls
As pay day is fast approaching :D i am thinking about changing all my bulbs just wondering what are your recommendations are for brightest and whitest etc ?
ShinyAndy
I've recently fitted [color=#454545][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][size=3]Osram H1 & H7 Night Breaker Plus bulbs along with some [/size][/font][/color][color=#454545][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][size=3] [/size][/font][/color][color=#454545][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][size=3]Philips Blue Vision sidelights. The difference is quite amazing, from thinking that my lights were never on and constantly having to check the switch I can actually see things at night :D I was even thinking of fitting HIDs but now I won't bother![/size][/font][/color]
Lenny
[quote name='ShinyAndy' timestamp='1346326452' post='204092']
I've recently fitted [color=#454545][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][size=3]Osram H1 & H7 Night Breaker Plus bulbs along with some [/size][/font][/color][color=#454545][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][size=3] [/size][/font][/color][color=#454545][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][size=3]Philips Blue Vision sidelights. The difference is quite amazing, from thinking that my lights were never on and constantly having to check the switch I can actually see things at night :D I was even thinking of fitting HIDs but now I won't bother![/size][/font][/color]
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+1
I have fitted Osram Nightbreaker Plus H7's and H1's aswell as some Cree H11 fog bulbs and matching 5smd 6000k parking bulbs.
The nightbreakers are the brightest road legal bulbs on the market.
But if your looking for the 6000k white look aswell as good light then you would be best to purchased the osram cool blue intense H7's for the low beam fitting.
artscot79
sidelights i use the power bulbs standard wedge bulb extreme diamond whites very bright very white and match the hid bulbs and if you want some try these top marks in testing against bulbs 10 times there price- hid effect 600k white light and tested by what car came out tops against all other bulbs [url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FORD-FOCUS-II-DIP-BEAM-HEADLIGHT-COBALT-2-PIN-HALOGEN-BULB-12V-55W-H7-/290759038082?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item43b296d482"]http://www.ebay.co.u...=item43b296d482 [/url]http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/accessories-tyres/36230/headlamp-bulbs-tested
Gary Minty Jupe
Just fitted the [size=3][color=#282828][font=sans-serif] [/font][/color][size=4][font=sans-serif][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Osram H1 & [url="http://www2.conrad-uk.com/goto/?product=857468&insert_kz=8V"]H7 Night Breaker[/url] Plus bulbs i must say there very good just got to sort out side lights now and then to start on the rear end ![/font][/font][/size][/size]
quadrophenic
Gary,
Would you say the Osrams are "pure white"? I am torn between philips x-treme vision +100% or the Nightbreakers. Osrams are MUCH cheaper! Can you repost when you sort out your side lights!? Also wanting some nice white possibly LED sidelights so I'm interested to know how you get on!
Gary Minty Jupe
i would not say they are the whitest bulb but they are nice and very bright and really light up the road
gumpy321
I've heard off a lot of other motoring forums that the Osram's blow within a year. I have the Philips X-Treme Visiion and they are very bright bulbs and they've lasted for two years now!
Stoney871
[url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/360466738801?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649"]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/360466738801?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649[/url]

[url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/300447991513?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649"]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/300447991513?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649[/url]

[url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/300448093050?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649"]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/300448093050?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649[/url]
Brigante
[quote name='Stoney871' timestamp='1347385732' post='206118']
[url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/360466738801?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649"]http://www.ebay.co.u...984.m1423.l2649[/url]

[url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/300447991513?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649"]http://www.ebay.co.u...984.m1423.l2649[/url]

[url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/300448093050?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649"]http://www.ebay.co.u...984.m1423.l2649[/url]
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Those hyper whites must be different to what I was looking at before, cause I was about to purchase the hyper whites and just as I was about to click 'buy it now' I noticed on the listing I was looking at it said they was not actually road legal and that they was for off road only
Brigante
Yup if you scroll down in this listing it says for off road use only and are not road legal

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-OSRAM-H7-COOL-BLUE-HYPER-up-to-5000K-KELVIN-BLUE-LIGHT-/190665855166?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item2c649210be
Stoney871
Smart arse.. LOL
Try these instead, I'm a naughty boy for linking to non street legal bulbs. [IMG]http://i1130.photobucket.com/albums/m522/stoney871/Gifs/sign0007.gif[/IMG] [IMG]http://i1130.photobucket.com/albums/m522/stoney871/Gifs/dash21.gif[/IMG]

[url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-OSRAM-H7-COOL-BLUE-INTENSE-HEADLIGHT-BULBS-XENON-LOOK-4200K-/310401807209?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item484563b369"]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-OSRAM-H7-COOL-BLUE-INTENSE-HEADLIGHT-BULBS-XENON-LOOK-4200K-/310401807209?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item484563b369[/url]
Brigante
Lol could be worse.. you could be a copper recommending none road legal bulbs to unsuspecting innocent people causing them to get pulled over by coppers for blinding many people.. Oh wait.. :P

I was just about to link the cool blue intense's too

Here's how mine look

[img]http://i1256.photobucket.com/albums/ii487/therealbrigante/2012-09-01053930.jpg[/img]
[IMG]http://i1256.photobucket.com/albums/ii487/therealbrigante/2012-09-01053623.jpg[/IMG]
Stoney871
[quote name='Brigante' timestamp='1347389588' post='206130']
Lol could be worse.. you could be a copper recommending none road legal bulbs to unsuspecting innocent people causing them to get pulled over by coppers for blinding many people.. Oh wait.. :P
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Oww, Stop twisting that knife already. :(
Brigante
[quote name='Stoney871' timestamp='1347398659' post='206156']
Oww, Stop twisting that knife already. :(
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:o Would I do a thing like that?? ;) :ph34r:
Stoney871
[quote name='Brigante' timestamp='1347411413' post='206172']
:o Would I do a thing like that?? ;) :ph34r:
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Ow ouch of course not.!!!!
quadrophenic
Thanks for the pics Brigante, they look really good mate. Look a good match to the cree bulbs too. Since I am a bit of a noob with bulbs I'm guessing the non "xenon" bulbs e.g. nightbreakers and x-treme visions wont be as white but may produce better/more light on the road?
Very naughty of that seller you linked to stoney, no mention on there about not being legal! That is probably why so many people are driving around blinding other drivers!
Stoney871
I should have known better tbh.
5000k are a no no.

God these knife wounds are itchy. ;)
artscot79
check these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FORD-FOCUS-II-DIP-BEAM-HEADLIGHT-COBALT-2-PIN-HALOGEN-BULB-12V-55W-H7-/290759038082?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item43b296d482

rated higher than nightbreakers etc matching sides http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BU501-P-Sidelight-match-ULTRA-Power-Bulbs-Headlights-/150577926341?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item230f24d0c5
Brigante
[quote name='quadrophenic' timestamp='1347434751' post='206180']
Thanks for the pics Brigante, they look really good mate. Look a good match to the cree bulbs too. Since I am a bit of a noob with bulbs I'm guessing the non "xenon" bulbs e.g. nightbreakers and x-treme visions wont be as white but may produce better/more light on the road?
Very naughty of that seller you linked to stoney, no mention on there about not being legal! That is probably why so many people are driving around blinding other drivers!
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Correct the nightbreakers etc will be brighter and produce more light on the road but not be as white. However the likes of the osram cool blue intense are apparantly as bright as the night breakers as well as whiter, these are what I have in my photos. I also have the cree's in my twin reverse lights that are in my signature and display photo, think the photo's speak for themselves lol.

I was confused when reading the sellers listing Clive originally linked (not twisting the knife mate, just saying) about them not stating they are not road legal and really I suppose they should be reported cause a lot of people must have bought them wanting the brightest whitest bulbs, I certainly was about to till I saw the other listings.

However they are perfectly legal for off road use such as farmer driving round a field or summin.
Brigante
At some point I'm gonna give cree side lights a go but they about 12quid the pair so a lot more than the ones Arthur linked, but I reckon the cree's will be brighter n whiter cause they are just bright white, not with a blue tint filtering out the yellow to make em white. Just depends what your willing to spend.
quadrophenic
Art, are you using those? are they a good match? for that price cant really go far wrong.
Thanks for all the feedback guys, really appreciated. I'll keep you informed. Might start my own minor mods thread.
salsheikh
right, after reading this thread, i am now confused as to which bulbs/sidelight bulbs to buy.
Brigante, which ones have you got?
Stoney, which ones do you have?
Lenny, which ones do you have?
Brigante
[quote name='salsheikh' timestamp='1347450552' post='206222']
right, after reading this thread, i am now confused as to which bulbs/sidelight bulbs to buy.
Brigante, which ones have you got?
Stoney, which ones do you have?
Lenny, which ones do you have?
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Currently got some very cheap white LEDs in my sidelights that I just whacked in cause I had them spare. They are very white but not sure how bright and apparently LEDs tend to fail in sidelights and flash due to the heat from the headlights but mine seem to be doing ok in the months that I've had em in.

As for dipped/high beams I've got the osram cool blue intense H1 and H7.

When I get round to it I will be taking a punt on the cree sidelights cause I don't reckon you'd get whiter but not sure on the brightness till I get some.
Stoney871
I have Halfords ultra brilliance dip, and some cheap eBay bulbs for main and side that for a tenner a pack produce excellent results on motorways and A roads at night in regards to whiteness and are excellent for picking out lines and road signs.
I am planning to swap over to the Osram ones I have linked to (modified list due to Brigante!) at some point to give them a go myself but not for a month or so yet.
artscot79
the bulbs i linked have beaten halfords and all the others for prformance hid effect and light tested in what car and they came out tops above all the others kinda makes you wonder why the others are so expensive and yes i have them in my car
Brigante
I've now drove from nottingham to birmingham and I've gotta say the difference in beam length n brightness of my cool blue h7's over the original bulbs is quite dramatic.

Also, when I last drove to nottingham it was also at night, and the Missus happened to be looking out the bedroom window waiting to watch me pull in cause I took longer than usual n she said she was getting worried (traffic).

Anyway soon as I walked through the door she said how the new bulbs was so much better and brighter and longer than the old ones, and how before she couldn't see the old beam of light on the road untill I was pulling up, where as now she said she could see the beam of light from my new bulbs coming up the road then wondered where the hell I was lol cause I was still half way down the road with no cars in front but could see my beam from that far away if you know what I mean.
artscot79
at the price of the ones i got youve nothing to lose trying them out and having them as a spare set ive tried lots some look bright but the light on the road is rubbish and i drive dark back roads with lots of twisties and trees that fall etc so light for me is important havent tried halfords cos theyre halfords and i hate them but the cobalt ones are impressive
quadrophenic
I agree art, is that also an led interior light I spy?
artscot79
standard interior believe it or not
quadrophenic
Wow, looks really bright and white in the pic
artscot79
never noticed to be honest
Rh1no
Must admit I want rid of my MTEC Cosmos Blue as they don't throw the light far enough!
Brigante
[quote name='Rh1no' timestamp='1347742954' post='206753']
Must admit I want rid of my MTEC Cosmos Blue as they don't throw the light far enough!
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Looks like I made a good choice not going for them. They really that bad?
Rh1no
[quote name='Brigante' timestamp='1347744663' post='206765']
Looks like I made a good choice not going for them. They really that bad?
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Quite a few brown trouser moments on the motorway the other night mate. What are yours like?
Brigante
[quote name='Rh1no' timestamp='1347748211' post='206775']
Quite a few brown trouser moments on the motorway the other night mate. What are yours like?
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Top be fair the difference I've noticed is quite dramatic after doing a drive from nottingham to birmingham the other night.

Also, when I last drove back to nottingham it was also at night, and the missus happened to be looking out bedroom window to watch me pull in.

Had no cars in front of me n when I walked in she said she saw my beam of light coming up the road then wondered where I was cause I was actually still like half way down the road lol but she could see me coming from that far away, then said how with my old bulbs she couldn't see my beam till I was right outside the house.

Also said how she saw the bloody idiot behind me nearly went straight into the back of me as I pulled into our lay-by off the main road, even though I'd started indicating early and gradually slowed down giving plenty of warning that I was turning in.
Rh1no
Will get some Osrams on my ebay watch list I think!

Thinking of maybe getting the Osram H7's and maybe some 100w bulbs for the full beam, as they won't be on to blind people (just country roads etc).

.....there is also a big part of me itching to get some HID's fitted :/
Brigante
I'm looking into the ST head lights but its gonna cost like 500quid for everything I'd need.

Which osrams you thinking? The night breakers or the cool blues?

Here's my cool blue H7's

[IMG]http://i1256.photobucket.com/albums/ii487/therealbrigante/2012-08-11%2022.33.56_zps007ef4b1.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://i1256.photobucket.com/albums/ii487/therealbrigante/2012-08-11%2022.34.17_zps45d50d63.jpg[/IMG]
Rh1no
Thinking cool blue if any. I did have 100w MTECs but read a few horror stories of them melting the plastic!!?! looked good though.

A big part of me wants HID's though and I reckon I won't be happy until I have them!
Brigante
Same here about the hids mate definitely a mod for the future but it's about 6th on the mods to do list lol so it's gotta wait
quadrophenic
Pay day is finally here so I have ordered the H7's and sidelights that Art linked to. I'll let you know how it goes!
Oxide
After reading this thread I'm not sure how to proceed. The general consensus seems to be brighter = better. However a matey of mine at work as just fitted some new bulbs (HID I think?) which are stupidly bright. He claims they're road legal but I'm not too sure.

Having said that, I don't want to be that guy on the motorway blinding everyone with even just dipped beams on (come across a few of them and got quite annoyed) Looking at the pictures I can't really tell just how bright the linked lights are.

Is there a nice compromise between nice bright lights allowing for good vision and blinding everyone I come across?
ShinyAndy
[color=#454545][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][size=3]Osram H1 & H7 Night Breaker Plus[/size][/font][/color]

[color=#454545][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][size=3]Completely (and I mean completely!) transformed the lights without being stupidly blue or stupidly blinding (no one had ever flashed me)[/size][/font][/color]
Stoney871
[url="http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/forum/post/index.htm?t=68133"]http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/forum/post/index.htm?t=68133[/url]
artscot79
i have to agree with that topic i drive unlit backroads at night to and from work and some of these kits are so blinding instinctively you try to shield youre eyes once the car passes you can barely see the window let alone the road i agree ban the bloody things if you cant see using normal lights slow down or get glasses.

just yesterday night i was blinded as i went over the crest of a hill nearly rear ended the chevrolet in front who had hit the brakes blinded by the same car
Stoney871
Exactly why they need levellers.
Bloody things are a bane.
artscot79
theres a few ive seen on new cars and they are dazzling as well mainly bmws god knows who approved them in my case its a pitch black road so when they hit you you really cant see im all for technology but these are a nuisance and i dont think it will be long before vosa step in
Rh1no
I just need something that look good but more importantly throw the light as far as standard bulbs.
ShinyAndy
[quote name='Rh1no' timestamp='1348608108' post='208427']throw the light as far as standard bulbs.
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Candles would do about the same job as standard bulbs
quadrophenic
Fair play to the ebay shops that Art linked to, bulbs ordered yesterday, arrived today! May get a chance to fit tonight! I will try get some pics and give the most honest review I can!


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