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    Stock bulb upgrades/nightbreakers

    Hi all. I like my lights currently but thinking of getting brighter and whiter bulbs instead.

    Without changing the lights or having to upgrade anything else. What's the best upgrade that can be done ?

    Front lights both dipped and full beam, sides and fogs maybe ?

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    I went for Plasma Xenon off eBay ;-) Check my project thread for some pics!

    Loveley bright White Dipped, Full and Fogs!

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    With Halogen bulbs, the whiter they become the less bright they become as well.

    I got cheap generic 5000k ones from ebay that looked great. Jet white with a blue tint, but couldn't see at night unless i had main beam on.

    Brightest and whitest i've tried are Philips Blue Vision. Brightest i've tried where Osram nightbreakers, but they aren't really white.

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    I want bright Tbh as I drive in dark on unlit roads 75% of the time, Just a bit whiter then what I got. Can fogs be changed to be useable in all weather like a lot of other cars seem to have?

    A bit whiter then I got would be nice. Sidelights are the most yellow of the bunch

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    Osram nightbreakers are generally a good compromise with good visibility.

    Fogs used by people other than when it's foggy just proves they are prats. Plod can haul you in for using them when it's not foggy.
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    Fogs are for fog nothing else.

    I got some "uprated" ones from halfords for the run around. I think was 15 for the pair (BOGOF) much better than my standard ones

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    Might change the Fogs. But after the others, they do LED maybe? So looks like for main lights it's nightbreakers or some whiter/brighter bulb?

    Nightbreakers may be the ticket as I want better bulbs and I Dont want to be one of them Dicks who blinds everyone...just wonder or hope they bit white and/or bluer then stock.
    Last edited by Aaron; 06-11-2013 at 03:37 AM.

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    I had some night breakers and thought they wasn't very good but in my old corsa I had some 100w xenon bulbs in ans they was the best bulbs I've ever used, bright white and also very bright at night I would definitely recommend

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    You see im a bit clueless to the whole thing, are Xenon a different bulb type to halogen that is better because it is bright but has less life or more expensive or just more modern for why they are aftermarket and not stock? and these are legal and fit in replacement of stock bulbs and are MOT pass/legal without any modifications.

    Also they are brighter and more white so safer for me in dark and look good.?

    Ild also have to work out what ones j need which I intend to do tonight. It's for end of month as bought enough little bits last few days which are still to be delivered and fitted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaggy View Post
    You see im a bit clueless to the whole thing, are Xenon a different bulb type to halogen that is better because it is bright but has less life or more expensive or just more modern for why they are aftermarket and not stock? and these are legal and fit in replacement of stock bulbs and are MOT pass/legal without any modifications.

    Also they are brighter and more white so safer for me in dark and look good.?

    Ild also have to work out what ones j need which I intend to do tonight. It's for end of month as bought enough little bits last few days which are still to be delivered and fitted.
    Xenon bulbs are HID bulbs.
    But you get a lot of bulbs on ebay that are actually Halogen bulbs advertised as Xenon because they look similar with the blue tint.

    PIAA bulbs are rated the best legal direct fit bulbs you can buy but at 70 or so a set, might be worth passing.

    If you want the brightest bulbs, and don't care about how white they are then Osram Nightbreaker Plus is the ones i'd go for
    If you want bulbs that are both brighter and whiter than standard and still 100% legal, then i'd go for the Philips Blue Vision series.

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    Thanks pal. It's going to be a toss up between the NB.s and Philips then.

    Can you get these bulbs for the lot?

    Full beam
    Dipped
    Sides
    Doubt Fogs..

    My dipped and full beam are separate bulbs. Think one is H7.

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    If i was you, i'd use the blue vision for dipped because they look really nice and modern and it's easier to read road signs / markings with them due to being a bit whiter.
    I'd put the Nightbreaker plus bulbs in the full beam because they're the brightest.
    You can either buy some white SMD leds for the sidelights, or else Philips sell Blue Vision sidelight bubls as well (sometimes you get them for free with the dipped bulbs)
    No point in changing the fog light bulbs. You can only use them when foggy and they barely make a difference in fog when upgraded

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    Great advise man. Yeah I rarely use full beam Tbh. But cats eyes on A19 are much to be desired so brighter will be better. The blue lights look brilliant white or slightly blue?

    Might get these ...soon now haha

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    Colour of the headlight bulb changes depending on the angle you look at it, but the white it puts out on the road is a lot more white

    Found this on google


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    Not sure about sides, LED SMD or... Matching blue? Got a comparison of those?

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    Most white LED sidelights will be either very slightly blue, or very blatant blue so they all differ. Even putting them in different cars can change the colour when it bounces off the headlight reflector.
    The Philips Blue Vision ones are more white than standard, but still a little yellow. That's what i've used on my Ibiza

    That's the Philips ones on my car there.


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    Look quite white in that picture. Yeah I'm.aware LED can be blue. Trying to decide ..might be a bit weird With LED SMD sides. Nightbreakers for full beam and Philips for dipped lol. All different bulbs.

    Wouldn't mind a slight blue tint on the sides as those least important..

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