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    Default Better Dip Beam

    I know we all complain that the dip beam on the Vectra (esp prefacelift cars) is rubbish.
    What bulbs are out there to improve this? I want the Xenon effect or bright white.
    I saw these on Ebay and was wondering if anyone had used them? Do they throw up the bulb failure warning and are they legal??
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-Car-18-S...item3355f601ba

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    I would go with Osram nightbreakers, but its all personal preference. Have you had the headlights adjusted to the highest legal settings?

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    for less than 40quid extra get hid's

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    Pretty sure smd headlight bulbs aren't gonna be e-marked therefore not legal

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    hi stevie,forget about the osrams etc,get yourself a set of HID's,then adjust them using Duncans method on here

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    Know anyone who could fit them (HID) if i do get them?
    With regards to the SMD units - Would the fact that they are hidden behind the projector style lens not hide the fact they are SMD's and not bulbs???? so you wouldnt know if they were angled properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farley2708 View Post
    hi stevie,forget about the osrams etc,
    Yes. Totally agree. My Osrams only lasted 8 months. That's the trouble with brighter high performance bulbs. They're driven a lot harder and in turn generally don't last very long.

    HIDs is the way to go.

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    I've just bought a set of Ring Xenon max and they seem to be pretty good. They don't look blue to look at but put out a pure white light. Not sure how long they'll last though

    http://www.ringautomotive.co.uk/xenon-max.asp

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    Even 35 watt HIDs leave any of the alternative "super power" bulbs I tried looking like candles. 50 watt HIDs must be amazing. HID kits are so cheap now, I wouldn't bother with anything else. You won't regret it!

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    I'm using a set of Xenon upgrade bulbs from an ebay shop I've used quite a bit (Magichoop). Cost about £5, been on 18 months, and, after Duncan's mod perfectly adequate at night. I'm thinking of giving the Nightbreakers a go.
    Been a lot of debate on this, several members insist the only way forward is HiD, but you can't get past the bit about being illegal without self levelers and washers. Chances of being caught seem minimal, unless the posted changes to MoT's are correct, but I'm sticking with my Xenon upgrades. Anything looks better after Duncan's mod, the main problem is the stupidly low original height setting.

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