Sky InsuranceBadger5
Results 1 to 5 of 5
Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By MrLapou

Thread: Higher wattage bulbs

  1. #1
    Chris-gsxr's Avatar
    Neutral

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    57

    Higher wattage bulbs

    I've heard the horror stories about higher wattage bulbs, potentially causing fire or melting the headlight. Are higher watt bulbs really a big no no?
    I've upgraded the head light bulbs but they are still not as bright as I was hoping for. Ive heard the more expensive Bulbs aren't all that Amazing either so What's everyone's opinion on higher wattage? dose anyone use them in their car, if so any problems?

    09 A3 sline

  2. # ADS
    ADS
    Join Date
    Always
    Posts
    Many
     
  3. #2
    Camerz's Avatar
    Neutral

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Nottingham
    Posts
    58
    Quote Originally Posted by Chris-gsxr View Post
    I've heard the horror stories about higher wattage bulbs, potentially causing fire or melting the headlight. Are higher watt bulbs really a big no no? I've upgraded the head light bulbs but they are still not as bright as I was hoping for. Ive heard the more expensive Bulbs aren't all that Amazing either so What's everyone's opinion on higher wattage? dose anyone use them in their car, if so any problems? 09 A3 sline
    i have a 09 sline and have 80 watt bulbs for dipped beam and i have had no problems.

  4. #3
    MrLapou's Avatar
    5th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Lincoln
    Posts
    1,209
    Xenon bulbs are very bright.. Try , must safer than higher wattage bulbs, plus do not invalidate insurance.

    Philips 12972-Xvs2 H7 X-Treme Vision 100%
    IceHanger likes this.

  5. #4
    Fossie

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Rhubarb Triangle
    Posts
    3,969
    Anything over 55 watts is illegal for road use in UK.

    Despite what is said about 'no problems', the wiring circuit is designed for 55 watt bulbs and a 45% increase in current load to 80 watts is unsafe. Also the increase in heat generated puts the plastic reflector in danger of melting.

    However, it is of course, your choice !

  6. #5
    chris.vincent3's Avatar
    3rd Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    UK, Portsmouth
    Posts
    601
    Big no no. Used them on my old car, melted the connectors, inside the head unit and cracked the headlight lenses.

 

 

Similar Threads

  1. 8L bootlights; higher wattage festoon lamp alternative?
    By jimmp in forum A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 16th January 2012, 13:28
  2. Fog light and main beam bulbs... Higher wattage??
    By S3 Paul in forum A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 15th November 2011, 21:05
  3. high wattage bulbs yes or no
    By vw754 in forum General Technical / How To
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 1st August 2009, 09:01
  4. Philips silver vision bulbs - picture
    By lewy in forum A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 22nd January 2003, 12:45
  5. Clear Indicator Bulbs
    By Moresauce in forum A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 3rd January 2003, 01:17

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Single Sign On provided by vBSSO

Garage Plus, Vendor Tools vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO