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    Default Headlights - Gas Discharge or Not?

    Hi Guys,

    I now have a nsf low beam bulb failure but I'm not sure if my headlights are standard or gas discharge.

    I know I have AFL fitted, but looking at the how to's the back cover on the bulb is screwed into position and doesn't twist.

    Before I start removing the headlight is there an easy way to identify which type of lights I have fitted?

    Thanks

    Dan

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    You have gas discharge mate.

    Also known as High Intestity Discharge (HID), Xenons (due to the rare gases used inside the bulb), Zenons (for those who can't spell properly) and a few other names too...

    Don't go to the dealership as they'll charge you a fortune for one bulb, have a look on ebay for D1S bulbs. They'll have a large square block at the base of them.

    Personally I'd take the chance to swap both of them to 6000K bulbs as it's a much whiter light with a hint of blue...

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    This is what the bulb looks like:



    ...and this is where it goes, on the left hand side (or outer side) of the headlight. 5 minute job with the headlight removed...


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    Thanks for the incredibly quick reply and pictures Penfold, much appreciated!

    Is there any particular brand of bulb that comes highly recommended - don't fancy forking out £50 again too soon!

    Cheers

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    Any of the big names would be fine I'd imagine - Philips, Osram etc.

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    The Bulb may be ok

    There was a fault with the connection coming off on early facelift's
    & the fix is to use heat temp tie wraps to keep it on lol

    it happened to mine & that is how the dealer fixed it for me

    But it's a pain getting to the dip beam bulbs (D1S)

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    Glad to hear there may be a cheap solution! I think I'll swap the bulbs over to make doulby sure it's shot and if it's good attack the connector with some cable ties .

    If the bulb has gone I do however have to decide whether or not to buy a pair of super vision brand 6000k's or a pair of Osram 4300k's - any thoughts?

    Dan

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    I'd go for the 6000K ones personally - the colour is much nicer and is what you see fitted to BMW's and other brands, whereas Vauxhall go for the yellower 4300K and the light looks very similar in colour to the standard halogens although a lot more intense...

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    I thought the BMW std ones were 4300k not 6000k
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Sig View Post
    I thought the BMW std ones were 4300k not 6000k
    Very possibly - I'm making an educated guess on what they look like on the roads but there's definitely some brands that do fit the higher coloured bulbs as standard...

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