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Old 27 December 2009, 22:09   #1
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Headlight Bulb Upgrade

Has anyone upgraded standard H4 headlight bulbs with aftermarket ones to improove the lighting on their car/truck?

If so, what where your findings and what bulbs did you go for?

I'm starting to get fed up with the poor ilumination my Monerey's kicking out.
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Yes, I have fitted zenon upgrades. Absolutely fantastic. I went for the 55 watt version, which in retrospect was not necessary, I think the 35 would have been fine.

Don't go fo the really high colour temperature, use a mid range. Thetop end can be very blue and a bit chav!

You might need to fit relays since there is a quick surge whilst they fire up.

It was a quick and simple upgrade and absolutely worth gthe outlay.
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Yes, I have fitted zenon upgrades. Absolutely fantastic. I went for the 55 watt version, which in retrospect was not necessary, I think the 35 would have been fine.

Don't go fo the really high colour temperature, use a mid range. Thetop end can be very blue and a bit chav!

You might need to fit relays since there is a quick surge whilst they fire up.

It was a quick and simple upgrade and absolutely worth gthe outlay.
Are these the HID ones?

I was just thinking of upgrading the bulbs to off the shelf type ones, not the whole system.
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Yes, HID. Absolutely fantastic.

You could go for higher wattage H4, but then you would certainly have to upgrade the wiring and maybe add relays, since they would draw more current. The advantage of HID or Zenon is that they last pretty much the life of the car and draw less or the same current.

They do cost more, but, im my view, absolutely worth every penny!
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Whats the score when it comes to MOT time with these ?
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As far as I can see the HID ones are legal as they only draw 55 watts max, I just didn't want the cost or bother of putting them in and was looking at a quicker way of upgrading my lights ie: swapping bulbs
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I changed my standard 55w bulbs for "Ring" Zenon 55w ones (14 on E-bay).
Quite a lot more light and an easy fix!!
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HID is technically only legal with self levelling headlights, whiuch few cars have. I am careful to adjust mine if I have a lot in the boot.

The 'zenon' bulbs on ebay are just regular incandescent bulbs with a differnt gas insde. The 'proper' HID lights have a ballst driving the lamps.

You can get the proper jobs from a load of specialists on the web.
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As far as I can see the HID ones are legal as they only draw 55 watts max, I just didn't want the cost or bother of putting them in and was looking at a quicker way of upgrading my lights ie: swapping bulbs
Something like these

http://www.powerbulbs.com/philips-xt...at1=37&cat2=73
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Yeh, that's the type of bulb I'm looking for.

Have you experience of using these Bulbs Jim?
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