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Sidelight/flash bulb change

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by killa_z, Oct 22, 2007.

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    [Oct 22, 2007]
    i am looking to change the stock sidelight bulb to match the xenon main/full beam as the sidelight is a quite yellowish colour compared to the icy white from the xenon

    i took the bulb out and checked it was a 12V 55W H7 bulb

    i understand that the same bulb responsible for the sidelight is also used for the flash beam, therefore would i need a double filament bulb?

    if anyone has done this before and can make any recommendations it would be most appreciated

    ???
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    [Oct 22, 2007]
    I think you need to look again at your lights. An H7 bulb is a single filament halogen bulb, usually 12v 55w. The bulb that is used for the side/parking lights is normally a small 12v 5w bulb in the same light unit. There is no way a halogen bulb is used for side/parking lights.

    It is possible to get a 'whiter light' H7 from someone like www.powerbulbs.co.uk. When you order a pair they usually include a pair of 5w sidelight bulbs for free.
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    [Oct 23, 2007]
    The H6W bulb used for the sidelight is a halogen, but it is only 5 watts.
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    [Oct 23, 2007]
    sorry, my mistake, the sidelight is indeed a 5w whereas the other flash bulb is the 55w H7 i was talking about, both 12v and single filament

    anyone know how to access the indicator bulbs which im wanting to change to the chrome colour which still flash orange but to match the whole headlight along with my side repeaters, seems to be difficult to access it???
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    [Oct 23, 2007]
    To get at the indicator bulb you have to remove the front wheel, remove the front wheel housing liner. Once that is removed you can get to the back of the unit and turn the bulb holder anti-clockwise to remove it.

    Sounds quite straight-forward, but I've never actually done it!
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    [Oct 24, 2007]
    will give it a try in the next day or two and let you know how it goes...
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    [Oct 24, 2007]
    Anybody got any recommendations on which ones are the best to go for? Which ones give the most light and have the "xenon-style" appearance?
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    [Oct 25, 2007]

    i too have been looking, the philips or ABD ones arent looking too bad
    https://www.autobulbsdirect.co.uk/search.php?mode=search


    apparently PIAA are by far the best, but im not paying 40 odd pound for them
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    [Oct 25, 2007]
    When you say Sidelight, do you mean that little bulb next to the Xenon? (Not Bi-Xenon btw).
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    [Oct 25, 2007]
    sorry to confuse all, i am looking for the sidelight which is a W5W 501 (xenon style) and a flash beam bulb which is a 12V 55W H7

    i was confused at first because both of these bulbs are in the same 'circle' if you will

    the sidelight lights up the area its in whilst the flash well.....flashes

    one click to the right with the headlight controller = sidelight
    one flick backwards from the left hand stalk = flash

    hope this clears it up...
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    [Nov 1, 2007]

    done it earlier today and was very easy, wheels doesnt even need to be taken off! instead i jacked it up about an inch off the ground to make things easier but even this isnt necessary, it does go exactly as you said, so i can confirm this! get rid of the 'egg yolk' look and put some silver/chrome ones in, job = £5 and 5 minutes!

    flash light and sidelight was changed too to a more ice blue/ crisp white insted of the stock dim yellow it comes with, sidelight may be a little tricky but you just need small hands, grab hold of it and wriggle/twist/pull carefully and should eventually pop out, flash bulb was very easy, cover popped off and simple twist and pull out
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    [Nov 1, 2007]
    FYI - it's not a 'flashlight'. This is what a soldier calls his torch.

    It is the 'main beam'. Try pushing the left stalk away from you to keep it on - useful when you're not in a city and there are no other vehicles around!!
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    [Nov 2, 2007]
    never heard it called that before..... :)
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    [Jan 11, 2010]
    can i just ask what did you replace these bulbs with.
    i have just bought a set of xenons and as i havent fitted them yet i thought i should change the other bulbs.
    make it a much easier job!
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