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« on: September 03, 2007, 07:16:33 PM »

Guys,

Has anyone used or is using these so called Xenon headlight bulbs you can buy from shops, My last car had bi xenon factory fitted so i know it was the proper thing, but i was wondering what these bulbs are like that you can buy after market.

I mean the car i had had a separate battery for the high power consumption and alot of wiring and warning stickers on the engine bay.

Whats peoples experiance's, if they are good then i'll b getting some for my mk3 gal.

Your comments please.........
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« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2007, 07:28:07 PM »

I have Halfords Super Brilliance Xenon bulbs in my head and front fog lights. These replacements are just normal filament bulbs with xenon gas instead of halogen. While they are brighter and a more crisp white light, they (IMHO) dont reach the claimed 35-50% brighter than standard bulbs. They also don't have the look of the HiD Bi-Xenon lights that you refer to. They are better than standard, but nothing to wet your pants over Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2007, 05:38:27 PM »

Try the Philips X-Treme Power bulbs. I have been using them for years now in various vehicles and they are excellent. Don't just take my word for it. Look them up on the Auto Express site!
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« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2007, 11:10:20 PM »

I changed the front headlights and beam lights with Osram Silverstar xenon bulbs.

You do notice that the light is whiter and slightly brighter but they are not really comparable to the HID lights, which are super bright.

Service from consumabulbs was good - reasonable prices and delivery

http://www.consumabulbs.com/files/bdet.php?id=109
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« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2007, 08:56:20 PM »

Just changed mine tonight to the Halfords Super Brilliance (same as Paul) and have to agree 100% with his post. Deffo brighter than the OE but not as good as it say's on the tin  Undecided ! But to balance it, my local Halfords have got a 2 for 1 offer on £14.99 a pair. Bargain!  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2007, 11:12:10 PM »

Strange! when I bought mine about a year ago they had a 2 for 1 offer on them too!!

Another FGOC Top Tip Time: to make them look more like Bi-Xenon HiDs, fit a couple of blue LED 501 bulbs as your sidelights. When you have dipped beam on you get a hint of the blue from the LED shining through the White light and looks rather quite nice!!
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« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2007, 12:55:44 AM »

I've had Philips Blue Vision dipped and main beam bulbs with matching sidelamps in my MK2 Galaxy for about a year now.

I delibrately fitted them in the dark and fitted one, then compared the Blue Vision to the standard bulb. The result was a whiter, brighter beam. After all were fitted, I tested them on the road and was suitably impressed. Highly recommend them but, they were about £25 a pair last year.

People have commented on how bright they look even though they are still street legal.
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« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2007, 07:37:59 PM »

Replaced side lights with Halfords "Blue Laser" 501 bulbs - don't bother, save your £3.99 and get something decent they look the same as OE just a tiny bit brighter. Very dissapointed. Which ones did you use Paul?
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« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2007, 08:11:12 PM »

I bought some of THESE which are slightly whiter than the ones in the interior of mine (and yours Tony). If I'm feeling adventurous, then I slip in ones the same as in my interior lights LMAO
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« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2007, 08:51:27 PM »

Hope you don't mind me copying, ordered some of them, noticed them on the way down to Haynes when the weather got a bit grey and moist - looked really good.  Cool I think I'll being taken my "Blue Laser" ones back to Halfords, how they got the cheek to say "they give that hint of blue" is beyond me!
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« Reply #10 on: October 04, 2007, 09:34:09 PM »

I found that with their laser blue crap to lol

As a guide, here's the difference between the one's you've just ordered and the interior blue ones!

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The interior blue ones are obviously illegal for street use, but once you have the dipped beam on, they look ace!

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Hopefully the pics are of use, as in doing this I managed to drop the LED inside the headlight housing! This resulted in the following having to happen so i could recover the bloody bulb!!!

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FGOC Top Tip: the LED bulbs are wider than filament 501s. Take extra care when removing them from the headlight housing so they don't come out of the holder and drop inside!!! LMAO So Funny Rant LMAO
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« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2007, 09:38:31 PM »

They look better in "real life" especially when the weather is a bit grey, just the slightest hint of blue  Cool

The blue interior 501's look v. good on dipped beam. You may attract just a little bit too much attention from the boys in blue driving around on just side lights though!

By the way you may have fitted your headlight back in the wrong place, I don't think the bonnet will shut and that indicator will never pass the MOT.  LMAO Cry Laugh LMAO

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« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2007, 09:56:25 PM »

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By the way you may have fitted your headlight back in the wrong place, I don't think the bonnet will shut and that indicator will never pass the MOT.  LMAO Cry Laugh LMAO

Damn - I knew something wasn't quite right! LMAO LMAO

Actually, there was one bit that I found on the floor when packing the tools away that I couldn't work out where it went. has a VW part number 3A0 973 931 B and is a black plastic hollow oval about 1.5" x 0.5". Any ideas anyone?
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« Reply #13 on: October 04, 2007, 10:08:32 PM »

Part number doesn't come up Paul. Can you show a pic of it?
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« Reply #14 on: October 04, 2007, 10:23:46 PM »

For your perusal ...

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« Reply #15 on: October 04, 2007, 10:31:29 PM »

It looks like a spacer that fits inside an electrical connector. Did you disconnect one that was that shape? It's obviously fallen out.
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« Reply #16 on: October 04, 2007, 10:32:32 PM »

Ah! yes, the main connector plug to the back of the headlight unit - i'll give it a try there. Many thanks! Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: April 11, 2008, 10:32:08 PM »

i just fitted some bulbs of ebay and the side lights are the wrong ones they sent me H6 any idea what i need  Huh? they come with xenon gas and a blue tint and you get main beam, dip beam, side lght and fog light for £14.99  Grin
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