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    Hi guys,took the missus to work this morning and i had a warning light come on and on the trip screen said check lower left beam.

    i checked and it wasnt working 2 questions as this is my first car and i am learning about it.

    1, is it easy to fit a new bulb?
    2,where would be the best place to get one and how much?

    thanks guys much appreciated.

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    If by low left you mean the passenger side then it is simple:

    lift the battery cover
    remove the washer bottle filler neck (pop the upper lug and twist out)
    twist off the rear light cover (circular plastic)
    either unclip or simple pull out the bulb
    swap with new and refit is reversal of removal (sound like haynes!!)

    best place, a decent motor factors or even a mechanics garage as they have decent bulbs. Halfords are rubbish.

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    cheers chewy much appreciated i have a car parts shop right at the end of the street and they have osram ones will check them out.

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    I have Osram in the mains, .. much better. Driver's side is a bit tighter (depends on your model/engine) I could change both sides on my pre-face 2.2i direct, but my two facelift diesels are a bumper off job unless you have Jeremy Beadle's hand to get into the tight spaces!!

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    yeah i have the vecy 04 plate cdti sri 150, the shop is doing 2 for £22 i think it said ones with blue are those the blue tinge ones you see kicking about then?

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    hmmm,.. if you go whiter then the light output is less. I'd go for standard colours if you want to see where you are going, or the blue-r ones if you want it to look good!..

    I had 6k HID dips in and fitted a white main beam,. utter useless. The HIDs are fine due to their nature and how they work, but the normal halogen in the main is useless in the white/blue form.
    I've now swapped my 6000k blue-sh HID for 4750k HID (standard Xenon colour) and fitted Osrams in the main.

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    no dont go for the blue ones had them and they only lasted a couple of weeks, if ure looking for someting more exotic go for xenons, after market kit for 55 quid and last much much longer than halogens, also the passenger side is a bit of a **** ul get scrached arms lol

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    got the 4.3k's i think its those one u mean never heard of 4.7k's mabe wrong tho
    Quote Originally Posted by chewy71 View Post
    hmmm,.. if you go whiter then the light output is less. I'd go for standard colours if you want to see where you are going, or the blue-r ones if you want it to look good!..

    I had 6k HID dips in and fitted a white main beam,. utter useless. The HIDs are fine due to their nature and how they work, but the normal halogen in the main is useless in the white/blue form.
    I've now swapped my 6000k blue-sh HID for 4750k HID (standard Xenon colour) and fitted Osrams in the main.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rozzer2006 View Post
    got the 4.3k's i think its those one u mean never heard of 4.7k's mabe wrong tho
    You're probably right bud,.. 4.3,.. the lowest number with most light output

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    Quote Originally Posted by rozzer2006 View Post
    no dont go for the blue ones had them and they only lasted a couple of weeks, if ure looking for someting more exotic go for xenons, after market kit for 55 quid and last much much longer than halogens, also the passenger side is a bit of a **** ul get scrached arms lol
    drivers side surely? - bumper off or air box removal.

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