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  • Standard OEM Halogen

    12 10.53%
  • OEM HID

    9 7.89%
  • Uprated Halogen

    19 16.67%
  • Aftermarket HID Kit

    74 64.91%
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    One of my dipped beam bulbs blew on the way to work this morning, Philips Xtreme, fitted about 12 months ago. In my experience, over a few years of using them, any of the high rated halogen bulbs seem to last around 12 months so are essentially an annual replacement item.

    In my case, I'll go for the Osram's this time, cheaper from PowerBulbs ATM & the dubious legal situation puts me off the ultimate - fitting HID's. As many on here have done the HID conversion, I just wondered how many compared to those using uprated halogen bulbs or even just the standard OEM halogen fitted bulb.
    Last edited by Pete B; 3rd November 2009 at 11:08.

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    Its like asking who would you rather, Danni Minogue or Dot Cotton..??

    Get some HiDs fitted, there is no dubious legal situation at the moment, only new cars need levelers and washers, it says nothing about retro fitting them - MOT wise you'll be fine, they police won't bother you either so there's nothing to stop you.

    The light output is much better, some say the beam length is no different, but with the right HiDs it is, it really is like night and day, no halogen bulb will ever come close. Also in all the time I have had HiDs I have never had to replace a bulb either.

    It can cost upto about £40 these days for some "decent" halogens, and that not far off HiD territory

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    hid all the way mate mate mine were £70 including cancellors and are fantastic

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    do yourself a favour and get some HIDS - theres no looking back!!

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    Fitted my HID kit at the weekend, I'm more than impressed! The light produced is so much brighter at night, was kinda shocked, and of course they look ace! And at the cost
    of £70 and 30 mins fitting em, you can't really argue! Get onto hids-direct!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete B View Post
    In my case, I'll go for the Osram's this time, .
    My nightbreakers lasted approx 8 months before both dipped beams failed. I would forget about the Osram's if I were you and fit a HID kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danialj32 View Post
    Fitted my HID kit at the weekend, I'm more than impressed! The light produced is so much brighter at night, was kinda shocked, and of course they look ace! And at the cost
    of £70 and 30 mins fitting em, you can't really argue! Get onto hids-direct!
    Heres a link to HIDS-DIRECT By the way 80 quid not 70?? is this the same kit

    Cheers Ian

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    After market hids for me fitted mine on the dipped beam the other month and they are great and will be ordering main beam and fogs when I have the money

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    Hids are a big improvement and the price he said (HID Direct) is correct go via their ebay shop its cheaper than their own website

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    just get a good kit, not just the cheapest as you'll get nothing but probs

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