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Post by SCTony » Wed 06 Feb, 2019 4:14 pm

My headlights are not very good :(

Last few cars have had great headlights, (Well.. compared to my first Elise which I think used candles) and this has the projector type lights so was expecting much better... Wondering if they have the wrong bulbs in???

Googling LED bulbs and so far there seems to be no good ones available. One manufacturer is still trying to make decent ones but won't produce any yet because they just don't meet the standard and although appear nice bright white they cant create the right beam pattern over the distance,... which I'm surprised at because I've got some superb LED Cree torches!

so HID maybe???? But then I read about legislation and self levelling etc.....

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Re: headlights

Post by Ricardo » Wed 06 Feb, 2019 5:12 pm

hmm

I have also seen that there aren't many LED options - and those that are either are too big (fans and the like which wont fit in the housing) or beam as you say is poor

Brighter halogen bulbs?

Jury out on the HIDs of course... mine have been in for 10 years and make a difference

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Re: headlights

Post by hauxleablaze » Wed 06 Feb, 2019 5:16 pm

You want to drive it in the dark Tony? Hang on - you were out last night {lolz}

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Re: headlights

Post by KD88 » Wed 06 Feb, 2019 8:14 pm

The best HID bulb is the Morimoto XB 35.
If the car has projector lenses the the MOT won't be a problem as it's a standard fitment.

Of course it may be that the projector is just a bad design but try a decent bulb first and if that's not good enough then look at a better lens.

What fitment is the OEM bulb.

https://emtuning.co.uk

Also look at this website, its in the US but there's a lot of useful information and they are experts.

https://www.theretrofitsource.com

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Re: headlights

Post by SCTony » Thu 07 Feb, 2019 7:35 am

hauxleablaze wrote:You want to drive it in the dark Tony? Hang on - you were out last night {lolz}
That's when I realised lol {drive}

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Re: headlights

Post by SCTony » Thu 07 Feb, 2019 7:36 am

KD88 wrote:The best HID bulb is the Morimoto XB 35.
If the car has projector lenses the the MOT won't be a problem as it's a standard fitment.

Of course it may be that the projector is just a bad design but try a decent bulb first and if that's not good enough then look at a better lens.

What fitment is the OEM bulb.

https://emtuning.co.uk

Also look at this website, its in the US but there's a lot of useful information and they are experts.

https://www.theretrofitsource.com
Good info there, cheers

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