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Higher wattage bulbs

Chris-gsxr Feb 7, 2013

  1. Chris-gsxr

    Chris-gsxr Member

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    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. Camerz

    Camerz Member

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    i have a 09 sline and have 80 watt bulbs for dipped beam and i have had no problems.
     
  3. MrLapou

    MrLapou Well-Known Member

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  4. mike foster

    mike foster Fossie VCDS Map User

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    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 !
     
  5. chris.vincent3

    chris.vincent3 Own a BMW now, HOWEVER I still own VCDS! VCDS Map User

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    Big no no. Used them on my old car, melted the connectors, inside the head unit and cracked the headlight lenses.
     

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