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Brighter headlamps and external strip light advice

Discussion in 'Defender 90 / 110 / 130' started by Lady, Jan 25, 2015.

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  1. Lady

    Lady New Member

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    Hi all, my TD5 headlamps seem really dim, and yes this after I've wiped the mud off! Would brighter bulbs help or should I go for a new headlamp kit and which one?
    Also thinking of adding a external led roof strip, and some spots, can anyone recommend anything?
    Thanks
    Lu
     
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    Usual reply about headlights applies.
    Re-wire using relays and a decent loom then use Osram Night-Breaker bulbs, as long as your reflectors are in good condition then that is as bright as you can get while keeping it conventional.

    After that it is LED replacements, not cheap but fairly good (I use Nolden's).
     
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    Lady New Member

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    Thanks, I will try these before investing in a strip light or spots x
     
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    vilguy Do'er of stuff and the like

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    oh god dont start the anti HID people off!
     
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    To reinforce what Litch said...
    When I bought my 200Tdi, the previous owner had installed 100/80W headlight bulbs.
    (Yes, illegal on-road, but they got through 5 MoTs and nobody noticed!)

    Anyway, point is, when one failed I replaced it with a 60/55W Osram Nightbreaker -- so I had one of each -- and you could not tell the difference in brightness between them. (The Nightbreaker had the far greater throw, and was slightly more blue.)

    Can also recommend the Wipac Crystal conversion, which uses the reflector to focus the beam, rather than the lens.

    Relays/thicker wire is on the ToDo list...

    (Incidentally, if anyone is interested in a pair of 100/80 bulbs, where only the 100 works, drop me a PM!!)
     
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    chris mcc Still fixing it!

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    +1 for the wipac crystal with osram night breaker.
     
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    Halfords Extreme brilliance bulbs aint bad.
     
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    Osram Night Breakers have come first in Auto Express product awards 2013 (also 2010, 2011, 2012!).
    They have good, even projection over 75m throw, whereas standard bulbs can only reach 50m.
    That 25m is a lot of extra warning when you're driving! (That's what persuaded me.)

    In the 2014 Tests, Philips X-tremeVision narrowly beat the NightBreakers, but they were being discontinued in favour of a +130% version, at twice the price (but appeared to be the best yet).
     
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    I fitted the crystal head lights with conventional halogens vastly better than the old lights.
    I'd go for the crystal first and if you're not happy enough with the improvement then get more expensive bulbs.
     
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