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Discussion in 'A4/A4 cabriolet/S4 forum(B6 chassis)' started by s-line style, Jun 13, 2013.

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    quick question just bought some xenon bulbs off ebay (where a get most stuff lol) which are h7s will these fit my car a 54 plate a4? thanks
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    yes,h7's are correct.fitted them to mine.theres 2 per headlight,1 high beam and 1 dipped beam.
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    I always thought bulbs were dear lol suppose I got sidelights with mine aswell though how come when I put my car in the "compatible vehicles" bit mine never came up :s
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    I had the same,h7's are h7's yes...lol

    Enjoy fitting them:thumbsup:abit fiddly but do-able
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    might be different on the 190bhp model? and the saying "ya cant change a bulb" doesn't apply with car bulbs lol people say they're easy to fit ive always found bulb fitting a clart on
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    Yeh there easy but not much room to get your hands/fingers in......long nose pliers helped.good luck matey!

    p.s..whats a clart on?
    a northern term??
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    If your expecting these to be better then what you have fitted then your wasting your time! and money

    if you want better lights get a HID kit for them

    if its just for looks go ahead
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    When did the cheapest become the best...? I've tried lots of bulbs, the only ones with any real improvements are an HID kit. I've recently done my mains and it's one of the best mod's I've ever done.

    The easiest way to change the bulbs is to drop the lights out. Undo the two Torx screws on the top, and SLACKEN only the two bottom Torx bolts, the whole unit will then slide out and you can unplug it. Takes a couple of minutes only per side.
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    You certainly get what you pay for, especially when it comes to upgrading bulbs, spend the money and see the benefits. I have OEM Xenon's for low beam which are as you would expect very good, replaced the mains with some quality items which are hi-wattage versions and they are great, they weren't cheap but were worth it.

    Also, the lights out option for fitting is a top tip, I find this the easiest way to do my lights, I have huge hands and am even more limited than most and although I can replace all bulbs with lights in its much easier once they are released.
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    I've put Philips Blue Vision in and to be honest - I'm a bit disappointed.
    None on the description match.
    The light is yellow from the outside:(
    It's ok for brightness - plus it have cost me lots of playing around with headlights (just bought a car) so I decided to keep it.
    But honestly - if someone is thinking about them - go for HID Kit instead!
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    cheers people and yeah I just want the ice blue look it says there xenons I thought theyre meant to be brighter? not bothered if theyre not coz I have good eyesight in the dark anyway lol I just prefer the ice blue look over the yellowish standard lights
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    yeah mate sort of a Geordie phrase lol
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    go for a set of Hid's with 6000k bulbs or even 8000k although the 8000k will be more blue there will be less light

    you wont regret HID's
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    Got all of my bulbs at front end in Ice White from T8ups on here (emtuning on net) and they do give a nice white light Front - Copy.jpg
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    I replaced the whole front end bulbs on mine with ones from T8ups, top service, top product and amazing price, i now have no yellow at all just a crisp white light, they are definitely brighter than standard and the led sidelights they do are a really nice touch.
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    I notice someone linked some 100w bulbs. Standard is 55w I believe? Is there any danger of the 100w bulbs melting anything as they'll get hotter? Myself I'm not overly fussed what colour the light looks from the outside I just like lights that are functional and throw a nice bright light as far as possible, without blinding everyone driving towards me of course. I think 100w bulbs used to be illegal for road cars, is this still the case? They were more used for the likes of rally cars etc.
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    I must have tried every bulb out there, well off eBay anyway. 100w look good but useless for actual night driving. They just don't reach far enough down the road. Too much white light spread.
    Can't beat good old 55w for night driving!

    Every time I see that blue tint in a passing car I think 'eBay special'.
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    the ones ive getting are 55w hids if there **** al just bin them or sell them or donate
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    I have been ripped off before on ebay for an hid kit, has any one got a link to a good seller that they have bought from in the past and if i go for a 6000k kit for my head lights then what can i do for my main beam also what bulbs can i get for my fog lights. Cheers. Gareth
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    I recently changed my Osram Nightbreaker Plus bulbs (after one blew) for 65w Osram Rally bulbs. They are not road legal as they are over 55w but they fine from outside and certainly not dazzling like HID conversions. They produce a nice crisp white light (very similar to xenon lights when close to walls etc) and are noticably better than the Nightbreakers. Also from what I've read they shouldn't cause any issues with the wiring as they are only 10w greater than the 55w bulbs. They may not be legal but I found the lights quite poor on my B6 and these are much better without appearing different to other road users. Being halogen the beam pattern is also spot on for normal lenses.
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    Just started a bit of research into (the mine field) of up rated bulbs for my B6 avant, not very impressed with the dipped beam so far.Not so fussed about white or yellow light but the projection down the road seems a little poor. Osram rally's or a set from T8ups?CheersMark
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    I have no experience of the other bulbs but the Osram ones are pretty good, they project the light a good distance down the road. They are no where near as bright as HIDs but better than normal bulbs in my opinion. I also think they fall foul of the law for not being E marked as I could find nothing in the regulations relating to the wattage of the bulb having to be 55w.
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    In my opinion a4 lights are ****. Hids are the way to go. Wish I'd done it years ago.
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    Mine are Osram Nightbreaker Plus's, one went after about 6 months so I've got the same going back in, to review they're marginally better than stock but not mind blowing by any means, I just prefer to be one up, tend to die just as easy too. HID's would definitely be better if I could be bothered to change for them it would be 4300k to avoid the (in my opinion) tacky blue look.
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    I put the night breaker plus bulbs in mine a couple of weeks after buying it, and was at best disappointed. Lots of people were swearing by them, I wish I had just fitted hid's as the 4 night breakers cost me £40.

    Here is my guide to changing bulbs on the B6, this is on a 130pd diesel model, but should by helpful to other models.

    If you break something down blame me, I'm only trying to help


    For the main, and dipped beams I used Night Breaker Gold+
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    For the side lights I used some eGay xenon white 501s
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    For the indicators I used some chrom dipped bulbs to get rid of the orange
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    Here is a little comparison shot of the standard and night breaker bulbs next to each other
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    mmmmmmmm look at those sexy golden bits
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    Right down to the nitty gritty, and before you start if your planning on doing this in front of the car because your lazy and can't be bothered walking all the way to the kitchen table get a nice big piece of cardboard.

    There are 4 Torx bolts/screws holding each light unit in place.
    There are two on top that are clearly visible
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    One down the left hand side by the radiator hose
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    One down by the power steering reservoir
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    The two on the top need to come out completely, but the two at the bottom only need to be loosened off.
    There is a little plug that holds part of the loom to the unit that you have to pull out also that is on the inside
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    Once this has been done the unit will slide out a few inches to allow better access to the main loom plug.
    Once out a few inches you can then get a flat headed screwdriver into the release hole for the loom which needs to be pulled off the unit to fully pull it out
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    The drivers side involves a little bit more as you have to remove the cold air feed pipe, but this is only a case of removing two screws that you can see below. Once these have been removed you simply pull the two pieces of plastic pipe up, and the top piece just clips into the air box.
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    Also be mindful of the bonnet release cable when removing/refitting the drivers side as it passes along the top of the light unit
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    Then there are two on top again
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    One on the inside where you can also see the small loom plug needs to be pulled out
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    And one down the back near the air box
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    Now remember that piece of card I spoke of earlier well this is where you use it. Stick it on the floor so you can put the light unit down without damaging it.

    There are two metal clips that need to be popped open so you can remove the plastic covers. You can use your fingers so don't be tempted to use a screwdriver, or similar as you will most likely break them.
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    The indicator bulb holders simply twist then pull out. It's at this point that you need to put a clean pair of gloves on as the oil, dirt, and grease on the gloves you have on will just damage your nice new bulbs.
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    When you take the plastic covers off you will notice that the sidelight holder is hidden behind the leveling motor, but it simply twists out of the way
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    Once you have replaced the bulbs its time to fit the light units back into the car which is pretty easy you simply push them back in so that the clips sit into the bottom of the light and around the lower screws.
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    If the lights won't simply push in with minimal effort then they aren't lined up properly, so don't force them just pull them back out a bit and try again. Once in you just have to push the loom plug back on until it clicks, and clip the little loom back onto the side.
    Then sit back and enjoy no more orange in your headlights, and much better light output.
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    Nice work! If I may offer a small additional suggestion it would be to use a wall, garage door or similar to mark the beam pattern beforehand - and then you have a reference when refitting the units which allows you to get the beams set fairly accurately. Mike.
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    I would recommend using a garage and have the headlights aligned correctly so not to blind on coming drivers, far to may cars with their headlights pointing towards the sky, illuminating nothing but my head & rear view mirror. (rant over)
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