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Upgrade headlight bulbs?

karbonk Dec 13, 2009

  1. karbonk

    karbonk Living a little!

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    Im used to xenons and halogen really doesn't compete!

    A3 TDI 2004 - Is there a much better bulb that can replace the OEM headlight bulb for a much brighter clearer light? I know of the blue **** that halfrauds sell, dont wanna go down that route but thought some my have a tried and tested a few??
     
  2. h5djr

    h5djr Well-Known Member VCDS Map User Gold Supporter quattro Audi A3

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    Yes there are. In a recent test in Auto Express Philips Vision Plus came out best in the Plus 50 section and Philips X-treme Power came out best in the 50 Plus section both gaining a 5 star overall rating and beam ratings of 154 and 172 respectively.

    A number of members have also used the Osram Night Breaker bulbs and these were given a 4 star overall rating and a beam rating of 142.

    Personally I used the Philips Vision Plus bulbs in previous A3s before I had OEM Xenons and they were a big improvement over the standard bulbs.
     
  3. karbonk

    karbonk Living a little!

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    Cheers Dave. I may invest in a set as the previous owner replaced with a set of RING ice blue 55w H7. Not the best, but then how much better can you get from a halogen without retrofitting HID or Xenons.
     
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    karbonk Living a little!

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    h5djr Well-Known Member VCDS Map User Gold Supporter quattro Audi A3

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    Lee_R Active Member

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    I've got Osram nightbreakers, they look nicer and better vision, by how much? no idea to be honest, i'm happy!
     
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    karbonk Living a little!

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    karbonk Living a little!

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    I fitted the Philips X-treme Bulbs. TBH not that impressed with them. They didnt seem any brighter that the ones I took out that were RING ice blue bulbs put in by the prv. owner.

    Perhaps coming from a prev S3 & my other car with Bi-xenons im being spoilt!

    I noticed these are only 55w. Are there any recommended more powerful bulbs e.g 10/80w?

    :thumbsup:
     
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  10. Waffoo

    Waffoo New Member

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    I've got the Osram Night Breakers - much better but a total pig to fit to an 09 A3!

    They don't make changing them very easy..
     
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    tdi-man Well-Known Member

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  13. karbonk

    karbonk Living a little!

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  14. tdi-man

    tdi-man Well-Known Member

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    oh rite whats wrong with them ????
     
  15. jb0o

    jb0o North East Forum Moderator Site Sponsor Regional Rep VCDS Map User

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    I've got the Phillips X-treme and although there is an improvement, I wouldn't say its a massive one.
     
  16. gixxer600k4

    gixxer600k4 Member

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    the aftermarket HID's burn out the wiper motor. and are illegal
     
  17. tdi-man

    tdi-man Well-Known Member

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    my head lights dont have wiper motor
     
  18. h5djr

    h5djr Well-Known Member VCDS Map User Gold Supporter quattro Audi A3

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    No but your car does and it's the main windcsreen wiper motor that gets burned out.

    And Yes the Department for Transport do regard aftermarket HID units as illegal. Here is a link to their factsheet:

    http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roadsafety/drs/hidheadlamps
     

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