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Osram Nightbreaker Plus H7's - Rant

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by BradHatton, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. BradHatton

    BradHatton Member

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    So i decided to upgrade my H7's, i wanted whiter & brighter light without getting HID's and blowing my wiper motor. I was in two minds as to whether to get Philips Diamond Vision, or the Osrams.. i was encouraged to get the Osrams by various members of the forum, and to sum it up in one word.. Unhappy..
    I have just fitted them & taking into account the fact that its 11am, they still look no whiter than my halogens.. And actually, they look to me like brighter halogens..
    Which is the complete opposite of what I wanted, seeing as I hate halogens.
    I guess the dark will be the decider, so I can see how they really look.. But so far, not too impressed.

    I will get some pictures up so you can voice your opinions later, thanks.
     
  2. krisavant

    krisavant 4th set of a wheels in a year

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    Everyone goes by names these days.
    Go for Osrams, go for Philips, go for Ring and so on.

    If you want a brighter bulb, choose a higher wattage.
    But when they're to white they don't seem to travel down the road as far.
     
  3. BradHatton

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    I just wanted whiter, aha. Wasn't even too fussed about how bright they are!
     
  4. krisavant

    krisavant 4th set of a wheels in a year

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    In that case you need to up th 'k'.
    Osrams are what ? 5500k?
    Go up to 6500k.
    Not legal, but only a little over.
     
  5. BradHatton

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    Actually mate I think they're around 3400k.. I didnt see the option to up the K, else i would've. My old HID's were 6000k and perfect IMO.
     
  6. Boon

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    You can't just uprate the wattage - you'll end up blowing fuses or worst melting wiring
     
  7. OVRA3

    OVRA3 Well-Known Member

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    Speak to t8ups his bulbs are awesome and cheaper than the branded ones!!

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  8. BradHatton

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    Too late now mate but thanks! :)
    Here are a couple of pictures. They're definitely not as yellow, but nowhere near as white as I'd hoped!

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  9. OVRA3

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    Not great at all, I'd speak to t8ups just the dipped and fulls will set you back less than 20 for the set.. What the hell it's only money 😉
     
  10. OVRA3

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    Just found a pic with the fogs and led side lights as well

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  11. BradHatton

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    Care to link me please mate I'm on my mobile? Thanks!
     
  12. OVRA3

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    That's a pm you won't regret! They are really good, not one yellow light left on mine inside or out. Best thing I've done.
     
  15. BradHatton

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    Okay mate thankyou. I'm waiting on getting my sidelights in, I can't get my fat hands in there without removing the bumper so ill do it when I get round to it. Hopefully they're more white than the H7's, but I have PM'd him regarding number plate LED's and new H7's.. May look into fogs but I'm unsure of how to fit them!
     
  16. OVRA3

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    Fogs were the easiest on mine, pull off the plastic surrounds and you'll need a torx screwdriver just undo the screws and unclip the wire and you see how easy it is to take the casing apart lights in job done. Mines a 2005 so not sure if yours is different.

    Number plates were a pig but there is a knack to it best to do it with the sidelights on and no key in the ignition that stops you getting a dis error while you fiddle getting the connectors in the right place.
     
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  18. mike foster

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    And it's illegal to run more than 55 watt bulbs. Loads of prats do, mainly Golf GTi's and bloody taxi drivers in my area !!

    Boon is dead right - all the car wiring is designed for the correctly rated equipment so any additional load and you risk a fire, especially if the fuse rating has been changed !
     
  19. fangio

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    Mike, I was always under that impression until I found this:- The Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989

    Section 8a. No requirement! Unless I've got it all wrong...
     
  20. mike foster

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    Very interesting ! Do you know why many higher wattage bulbs are marketed with a clear label saying 'not legal for road use in the uk'

    Is it the colour temperature restriction ?
     
  21. 964kevin

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    No kitemark?

    Kevin
     
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    I know, and the high powered ones are usually advertised 'for off-road use only'!

    I might dig deeper....
     
  23. mike foster

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    I'm sure many of us would be interested if you find out more info. mate :icon_thumright:
     
  24. krisavant

    krisavant 4th set of a wheels in a year

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    I agree. Not a fan of these superbright bulbs myself. I know someone who has 100w fogs & 80w headlights!! Just stupidly blinding and he got the 80w bulbs from the super sensible halfords.
     
  25. J_V_DUB

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    Tell him to go to a garage and have it adjusted. My local garage charges a tenner for changing the bulbs and checking the beam pattern using the equipment they use for MOT.
     
  26. Zak0123

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    If you want white/blue then these are your bulbs mate!

    Philips Diamond Vision H7 (Twin Pack) | PowerBulbs

    That said though, t8ups will sort you out :thumbsup:
     
  27. mike foster

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    Only if you are not concerned about this then :-

    Philips Diamond Vision H7 bulbs are a styling product for motorist wanting a bulb that will stand out from the crowd. They produce a distinctive blue look in the headlight due to their colour temperature of 5000K. If you are looking for greater light output, then this isn’t the choice for you as this product is specifically designed for styling and they are not road legal within the EU. You should choose Diamond Vision if you are looking for:

    • A distinctive blue light on the road to enhance the styling of the vehicle
    • Off road use (as not road legal)
    That is their description, not mine !
     
  28. Zak0123

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    Agreed! Definitely take this into account, they do look good though ;)
     
  29. BradHatton

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    Cheers lads. Got some from Trups on route and if they're no good ill have some of the Visions, haha.
     
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    You'll love em!
     
  31. BradHatton

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    Hope so bud :) where you from?
     
  32. OVRA3

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    From Norwich mate, what about yourself?
     
  33. BradHatton

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    Lichfield mate :)
     
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    Get some pics up of the bulbs once fitted mate
     
  35. BradHatton

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    Bulbs arrived.. Honestly, I'm unhappy. They're not even as bright as my Osrams & they're more yellow.
    T8ups on the other hand is great and couldn't recommend him more.

    But having experienced both his bulbs and Osrams, Osrams are the ones to get. Although having said that, I'm still tempted to try the Philips Diamond Vision Ultra's.. Hm
     
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    T8ups, Left
    Osram, Right

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    T8ups -
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    Osram -
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  37. max69vk

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    Some bulbs are off road use only as they actually give worse performance (less projection) and more glare, or the glare to projection ratio is way of kilter. Just because a bulb has a higher wattage doesn't mean it's better or necessarily brighter (in a way that's useful).
     
  38. TimG

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    My new 5k bulbs and sidelights.

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    Grand total of £7 and just as good as these premium brand jobs which I have tried in the past.
     
  39. BradHatton

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    Damn you! Links? Haha. Will the 5k's not risk your motor?!
     
  40. OVRA3

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    I'm confused mine are white as white is.. Put it this way as white as my ice white led number plate lights so I'm stumped as to why yours still have that yellow tinge? And mine are not higher wattage 50w on the dipped beam as standard?
     

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