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    Talking Improved Facelift Vec lighting at night

    I have been debating on getting HIDS but for some reason I just could not quite commit.

    I decided to go a different slightly different route.

    I fitted Osram's Nightbreaker Plus H7 from these very helpful lads
    http://www.phoenixautobulbs.co.uk/pr/osram-nightbreaker-plus-499-h7/

    For purely aesthetics I fitted the Mtec 501 side lights from
    http://www.hids-direct.co.uk/mtec-mini-auto-bulbs/mtec-501-w5w-xenon-led-bulbs/mtec-xenon-super-white-501-w5w-bulbs-sidelights-p-369.html

    I would have also fitted the chrome indicator bulbs if they had arrived. Ah well.
    http://www.hids-direct.co.uk/xtec-auto-bulbs/xtec-chrome-bulbs/xtec-581-py21w-chrome-silver-amber-indicator-bulbs-p-405.html

    I then put to good use the instructions from this post. Many thanks Duncan. http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showthread.php?t=33655

    I took the Vec out tonight and what an improvement. I can now see the road ahead of me much better. No more powers of a Jedi required to drive down country lanes at night.

    I know HIDS will give you much more light but if like me you can't quite decide to go down that route I do recommend the above approach.

    Was also strangely pleasant to fit the front bumper and light clusters back on in the dark. I know I’m odd.

    Will post some Pics tomorrow once the car is washed and polished.

    P.S I could not get the Air box off if you’re wondering why I took the bumper off.

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    I did the dip beam on mine, but had a look at several bulbs wored up working at Classic car Show (NEC) and intended giving the Nightbreakers a go. Some brighter side lights would be good as well, was going to try the MTEC ones, but posts say they look HiD like but don't give much light. I don't care what they look like, just want to see.

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    The Mtec's are really only for looks (i was hoping for more) Mind you they are no better or worse over the oem bulbs for the light they produce IMO. I do like the slight blue tint they produce without looking overly boy racey.

    The Nightbreakers did make a difference though. I did feel more comfortable driving tonight with these on.

    All in all im really happy with the improvement.

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    A few pics of the mtec's. Plus one with all lights on.

    Sorry for the quality of these. The iPhone is not much cop as a camera unless its used in full daylight conditions.

    http://www.alfworld.co.uk/lights/mtec_sides1.jpg
    http://www.alfworld.co.uk/lights/mtec_sides2.jpg
    http://www.alfworld.co.uk/lights/mtec_sides3.jpg
    http://www.alfworld.co.uk/lights/mtec_sides4.jpg
    http://www.alfworld.co.uk/lights/all_on.jpg

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    Been running these new light bulb changes for a week now. I have to say for 30 quid its one of the best upgrades I have done. The fact that I can now see at night is wonderfull. If you don't want to fit HIDS I really do recommend the above method.

    Oh the Chrome Indicator bulbs arrived a day after I fitted the new bulbs so its bumper off again this weekend to get rid of the egg yolk look, finaly...
    Last edited by Envy; 26th November 2010 at 23:59.

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