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Superior front bulbs?

Discussion in 'A4/S4 forum(B5 Chassis)' started by au_sjo, Jun 24, 2009.

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    Hi all..:scared2:

    Having recently aquired my first non-HID Audi I must say i'm a bit dissapointed with the front light output.

    Anyone have any suggestions or preference on front bulbs? I don't want anything that's going to a) cook the wiring or b) saturate the reflector and blind everyone.

    Thanks :)
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    been there done that. tried new philips 55w, tried Osram +85% high outputs, tried 100w (which I have been running for 6 months)
    to be honest doing one light at a time I could not tell which ones were the £35 high output and which were the **** ones I just threw away!

    spend some money on a HID kit. too much marketing in the bulb business, not enough difference in product

    my 2p
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    jcb- thanks.

    I think if I was going to HID, i'd go for the OEM stuff not a conversion kit. Not something i'm super fussed about doing at the moment.
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    The Osram silver stars are as good as you are going to get for a normal bulb. Have you got facelift lights? If so, HId's are you best bet for light output, just be aware without washers and self leveling you are in a grey area of legality
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    Its not really grey at all!

    No washers, no auto levelling and HID bulbs fitted to non HID type approved lamps are illegal.

    MOT testers have been informed about the upgrade kits by VOSA and are supposed to fail your car with one fitted, as with anything, some do, some dont. You'll probably get away with it if you have the washers and autolevelling fitted, using a conversion kit in the original lamps as its a bit harder to check that.

    The bigger worry in my eyes would be if you were to be involved in an accident with them fitted, and the other party was to claim "i was blinded" or something similar, you'd quite likely be over a barrel. An accident caused by you fitting "dangerous" components to your car could be classed as dangerous driving. Its a worst case scenario sure, but your still taking the risk.
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    Actually, a good friend of mine went on an MOT refresher course the other week (he's been a tester for a long time) and they discussed HID conversion kits and were told you can't fail it if it complies with the relevant beam pattern!

    But, as with most organisation of this type, I wouldn't expect them to know their arse from the elbow! Ha ha..


    Ultimately though, I hate HID conversions and would never use one. Tacky, improper and ultimately dangerous.
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    Have you got facelifts units? I'm got the philips blue in, they're pretty good, but I've never had HiDs so I can't compare.
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    That is doubly-interesting. From previous conversations between VOSA, DVLA and the DfT on other matters, I have come to the conclusion none of them work together!!

    However, the person I spoke to a while ago at the DfT said they have internal initiatives to remove modified cars from public roads, so be warned!
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    Not sure, i'm not too familiar with the different ones available. If it helps my car has the two piece lights/indicator package.
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    thats me fecked then!
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    It's a very long term thing. The context of my enquiry was the legality of a twin-engined car. I didn't have much luck from any of the organisations. VOSA said "we have to pass them, we have no reason not to" (for SVA), DVLA said "do the conversion and then we'll decide if we're happy with it or not" and DfT said "it's not the kind of thing we want on the road" (not that it really meant anything legally).

    Less to say I abandoned the project..
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    Got bored today so bought a set of these.. autoexpress reckon they're top.. so we will see!

    [​IMG]

    :)
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