Hafords Xenon/Blue headlight bulbs

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Mohamed Gheewala, Sep 20, 2003.

  1. Hi,

    Few weeks ago I bought a pair of Cool Blue Headlight bulbs for my 306
    thinking I could funk it up a bit.............yeah right :(

    These bulbs are absolutely C**P !! They are slightly brighter than my
    original bulbs but thats about it, no blue tinge as promised. Someone else
    has told me that there Xenon bulbs aren't that much better. Has anyone had
    the same experience.

    Does anybody know where you can get the proper super-bright bulbs which give
    your lights that shiny-blue appearence from a distance ?

    Mohamed Gheewala, Sep 20, 2003
  2. Mohamed Gheewala

    miknik Guest

    Inside a real xenon headlamp?

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    voxDEI Guest

    the bulb should have blue tint on the glass, and gives off white light
    rather then normal yellowish light (whether or not its brighter is
    debatable). Although it does look nicer then the yellow standard, it kinda
    give a rough copy of Bi Xenon HID lamp but not same.

    Bi Xenon gas discharge (oppose to filament lamp as above) come with the
    bulb, starter and ballast set up cost arround $AU3000 per set.

    voxDEI, Sep 21, 2003
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    DervMan Guest

    You generally can't tell from the drivers seat if they're a yellowish or
    bluish tint if there are other vehicles and light sources around.

    I replaced our car's dipped headlights with Philips "Blue Vision" bulbs,
    which I sourced from my dealership. The light is more white, and brighter,
    and in overall usability they're improved - I was a bit cynical of these
    "brighter bulbs" but they have worked quite well. :)
    Errrr . . . well Xenons are very usable. But different people are more or
    less sensitive to certain lights. My wife isn't bothered by bright red,
    i.e. she doesn't find rear fog lamps or brake lamps dazzling, but she does
    find Xenon lights coming towards us rather bright. I'm the opposite.
    You have to be careful with the wiring, the relays, the lenses and of course
    the Law, once you start fitting high powered bulbs. But, really, you'll be
    wanting Xenons, but they're _very_ expensive.
    DervMan, Sep 21, 2003
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    scott Guest

    Aah, matter of opinion and depends on which ones you get. I got some
    ring cool blue bulbs in my car but I have the 80/100watt version which
    DO give a blue tinge and are much brighter. They give off a nice
    white light and you have to adjust your lights otherwise you will get
    pulled. I tried xenon bulbs thinking they are bright and they are
    crud. If you want power then you have to up the power in the bulb im
    afraid, unless you completely change your lighting setup to an HID
    setup (£££). And as for slightly brighter, hmm, how about MUCH
    brighter. Check which version you have cos I didnt go for the legal
    versions. If you are clever then you can put the off-road ones on.

    scott, Sep 21, 2003
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    Chris Guest

    Yep, I have to agree with you. I bought Halfords Laser Blue (I think they
    were called) which I think are those Xenon ones. Anyway, no blue tinge -
    not to my eye anyway!

    Couldn't be bothered with the hassle of taking them back and arguing, so
    they've stayed in until one goes and then I'll get some 'proper' blue
    tinged light bulbs.
    Chris, Sep 21, 2003
  7. Mohamed Gheewala

    SimonDS Guest

    you could always fit 135/100 watt bulbs. brighter but ilegeal although i've
    just passed the MOT with them in.

    SimonDS, Sep 21, 2003
  8. Mohamed Gheewala

    G.T Guest

    Anyway, a bi Xenon retrofit (if available as an option when new, not sure it
    was the case on 306s) seems impossible to me. You'll need, to comply with EU
    (worldwide ?) requirements :
    - bulbs ;
    - headlights ;
    - position correctors (high - low) ;
    - pressure washers ;
    - as said above, ECU for bi Xe bulbs management (which often includes
    the correction management), able to detect defaults, start & let run the Xe
    bulb, like a Bosch Litronic ECU. Mind you, a Xe bulbs starts at 35kV, then
    runs at 80V...
    All the "Xenon like bulbs" you'll see at Halfords or wherever else are just
    crap... Keep the good, old H4 (or whatever OE type bulbs) on your car...
    G.T, Sep 26, 2003
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