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#1 Millsy1

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:25 PM

Hey guys. own a ford focus mk2 2005 1.6 zetec

After washing my car i noticed a little bit of water was getting into my headlights and then steamed up when lights were turned on.

i was wondering if anyone has brought after market headlights for there focus. i.e angel eye. daytime running light units.

as thinking of changing them to something else instead of the stock units.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 07:30 PM

I bought after market angel eyes for my fiesta n its by far the best mod ive made. www.utraauto.co.uk theyve got some nice lights you could maybe find the lights abit cheaper elsewhere

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:32 PM

that link doesnt seem to be working.

what are the angel eyes like at night for brightness?

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 09:24 PM

that link doesnt seem to be working.

what are the angel eyes like at night for brightness?


Depends on the bulbs you use mate, in my display picture thats just the side lights/rings that are on and you can see how bright they are. Ive got Phillips X-Treme Vision 100% bulbs in both dipped and main beam and they're great brightness wise ( http://www.amazon.co...l_7x57lyqlvm_ b ) although i cant find a set of bulbs to match the colour of the rings short of HIDs which i am considering. I got some Xenon effect w5w 501 side lights which you can see in my picture and ive recently fitted Phillips silvertec indicator bulbs which are silver coated so they dont stick out like a sore thumb but still flash orange unlike the amber bulbs http://www.amazon.co...f=pd_sim_auto_7

http://www.ultraauto.co.uk/

Like i said mines a fiesta but they do focus lights aswel either that or have you considered the Morette lights? theyre expensive but theyre realy nice you can colour code them to your car http://www.morette.c...ainproducts.htm

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 09:25 AM

ah right okies so i can change the bulbs that are in there to make them better/brighter...didnt know that.so at night they work really well?

i was going to get myself a full set of osram cool blue as they have had a fantastic write up on guys off this forum.

for a few extra quid i could upgrade to angel eyes instead of the standered ones. hmmmm lol.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 11:37 AM

Yeah mate theyre nice n fit the osram bulbs to the angel eyes. Let me know how you get on with the osram bulbs I was gona try them myself but ended up getting the phillips ones

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 11:53 AM

Hello Ive changed the lights on my Blue 2005 mk2 Focus 1.6 tdci and its a great mod if you want to individualise your car. It completely differnet from stock and has L.E.D day time running lights.

http://www.daytimeru...yle-headlights/

But one note is that you should check the bulb type before purchase as i found that thses use H1's for main beam and full beam. (annoying) Ill post up pictures later as i think we have the same model and colour car. If the picture you have is your car?

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 02:12 PM

they was the other kind of lights i was looking at. and yeah thats my car in profile photo.

im sure i have found them alot cheaper then they are.

was they easy to fit? and wire etc?

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 03:31 PM

Hello Gary.
They are very easy to fit. 5 min each light to install and a plug in and play job. They are excellent and i highly recommended them. I don’t know how much they are because my friend paid for them. “He He”

But there are two down side's which i do warn you about. Yours might be by a different manufacturer but if they are the same. The Main and the Full beam bulbs are both H1/H1 not H7/H1. Which I found strange and annoying.

The second is that the quality of light that the main beam projects is very poor. So I do recommend changing them straight away. Im getting Ring Ultima 120% H1. I will post a picture when i can on how they look.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 03:35 PM

P.s When i mean the "quality of light that the main beam projects is very poor" the lights come with bulbs already installed. They are less than impressive.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 03:49 PM

I had that problem with the poor beam but it went for its MOT and they adjusted the height since the after market lights dont have automatic levellers and that fixed the problem

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 11:13 PM

Hello Gary.
They are very easy to fit. 5 min each light to install and a plug in and play job. They are excellent and i highly recommended them. I don’t know how much they are because my friend paid for them. “He He”

But there are two down side's which i do warn you about. Yours might be by a different manufacturer but if they are the same. The Main and the Full beam bulbs are both H1/H1 not H7/H1. Which I found strange and annoying.

The second is that the quality of light that the main beam projects is very poor. So I do recommend changing them straight away. Im getting Ring Ultima 120% H1. I will post a picture when i can on how they look.

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You may be able to advise me then, as I'm currently contemplating these:

http://www.ebay.co.u...984.m1438.l2649

Have contacted the seller and they do only take H1 as you say, theres no H7 which I find weird. Also they come with all the bulbs but something I find weird is that theres no 501 w5w wedge bulb for the sidelights, as there is no sidelights. Instead the DRLs act as the side lights. I don't know how I feel like this, and the bulbs provided are bound to be poor quality.

I find your statement rather contradicting, saying that they are excellent and you highly recommend them, but the light quality is very poor.

Is the poor light quality simply because the bulbs provided are crap? And can easily be rectified by swapping them for quality bulbs? As if this is the case, I was wanting to swap them for my current osram cool blue intense H1s anyway.

Thing is, everyone I know to have fitted angel eyes, have said they look pretty but the light quality is actually terrible, and that at this time of year you'll want to take em out and put your old standard headlight units back in instead as the angel eyes are really that bad.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 11:31 PM

Ive got angel eyes fitted as said n u can see from my display pic that the rings/side lights are bright and with a pair of decent bulbs fitted the dipped beams are realy bright when set up correctly

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 11:32 PM

Thats just the sidelights/rings on in my display picture

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 08:02 AM

You may be able to advise me then, as I'm currently contemplating these:

http://www.ebay.co.u...984.m1438.l2649

Have contacted the seller and they do only take H1 as you say, theres no H7 which I find weird. Also they come with all the bulbs but something I find weird is that theres no 501 w5w wedge bulb for the sidelights, as there is no sidelights. Instead the DRLs act as the side lights. I don't know how I feel like this, and the bulbs provided are bound to be poor quality.

I find your statement rather contradicting, saying that they are excellent and you highly recommend them, but the light quality is very poor.

Is the poor light quality simply because the bulbs provided are crap? And can easily be rectified by swapping them for quality bulbs? As if this is the case, I was wanting to swap them for my current osram cool blue intense H1s anyway.

Thing is, everyone I know to have fitted angel eyes, have said they look pretty but the light quality is actually terrible, and that at this time of year you'll want to take em out and put your old standard headlight units back in instead as the angel eyes are really that bad.


Hello Charlie

Yes there are no side lights fitments because the L.E.D strip are essentially is the side light. (annoying as i bought lovely L.E.D sides) Mine came with adapter that you can rewire to make the L.E.D turn on when you start the car Like the "Audi's" (Ask the seller if it comes with it). I did not bother doing that as i have automatic lights and like the option to turn them off. So your side light function switch turns on your L.E.D strip.

In Terms of the Quality of light, I've not changed them yet as the new H1 bulbs are a little xmas present on the side for me. So i cannot say if its the projector itself or the bulb. It has passed the M.O.T 3x with flying colours tho.

The old lamps have a little further reach of light but the after market has beam has a very defined edge(due to projectors). The bulbs in the aftermarket are not terrible but its not what im used to. Full beams is good tho. Bottom line is everyone has different opinions on whats they like. My previous car were running Ring Ulitma 120% which were outstanding, so im used to a good beam of light.

Ive probably not helped at all in your answer but the reason why we all do this is because of looks more than over the function. There has got to be a compromise somewhere when modding. With the headlamps, the compromise is very small in relation to how they look as it takes 5mins to change back to stocks, They certainly turn heads and thats why i highly recommend them.

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