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    How easy it is to change the headlight bulbs (Non LED)

    A quick question for someone, How easy / hard is it to replace the halogen bulbs in the headlights?

    On my current car it's an incredible faff as you need to remove the whole headlight unit, lots of screws and disconnections.

    Reason being as I don't have the LED light package on my A3 to be. I want to replace the standard bulbs with some Philips X-treme Vision.

    Thank you

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    Easy to do slacken off 3 torx screws2 different sizes ( slacken the top ones fully as they are located in a hole) remove the wiring plug and s.die out the whole headlight


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    Or go to halfords and let them do it!

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    Perfect was looking for this as just had a horrendous journey thru the highlands and the 8V bulbs are pretty poor in dipped and main so going to upgrade to these
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    Good timing eh can you let me know how you get on!

    cheers all

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    Was curious how the original poster got on swapping out bulbs...

    I've had a new set of Nightbreaker bulbs to install for a while now but dipped beam bulbs looked impossible to access do put it off....
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    I swapped mine today for Osram nightbreakers I tried undoing the torqs screws but the headlights still seemed to be held in so I just removed the rubber covers reached in and removed the bulbs they just twist about 10 degrees then they come out on the wire you then pull the plug off then prise the clip off the old bulb and refit it to the new bulb then refit the bulb took me about 15 minutes start to finish.

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    Just thought I'd add I have driven with the osram nightbreakers for a few days and I don't think they are much different from the standard osram bulbs I took out. Maybe it's just my failing eyesight lol.

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    I have never used the Osram NightBreakers but I have had the Philips Extreme Vision on previous cars which were very good and had rave reviews.

    Am on Xenons now so can't comment specifically for the 8V

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    Digging an old thread back up here,

    Looking at fitting the X-Treme vision bulbs for a whiter light.

    The owners manual shows main beam headlight / daytime runing light as 55/15 W (H15 LL) and dipped beam headlight as 55W (H7 LL)

    When I search online all websites show the main beam as a H7 for the A3, X Treme vision doesn't come in a H15? Would a H7 bulb work for the main beam?

    Thanks for any help, bit of a newbie when it comes to the different types of bulbs!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MA3RC View Post
    The owners manual shows main beam headlight / daytime runing light as 55/15 W (H15 LL) and dipped beam headlight as 55W (H7 LL)

    When I search online all websites show the main beam as a H7 for the A3, X Treme vision doesn't come in a H15? Would a H7 bulb work for the main beam?
    Check which you actually have fitted if possible. H15 and H7 are very different fittings so one ill definitely not work in place of the other.

    I never found faffing with halogen bulbs made much difference on my 8P; I think Audis come with pretty good bulbs to start with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flibble View Post
    Check which you actually have fitted if possible. H15 and H7 are very different fittings so one ill definitely not work in place of the other.

    I never found faffing with halogen bulbs made much difference on my 8P; I think Audis come with pretty good bulbs to start with.
    Is there an easy way to tell? Or will I have to remove the bulbs? I'm after more of a white look than anything, I'm not a fan of the yellow tinge to the standard lights
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