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    i need new bulbs for my vec and need to know if these bulbs are legal if so will they fit my 2004 preface lift ?
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Xenon-HIGH-Mai...item4148ddb4d3

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    The 55w is legal. But as to how blue they are when working I would not like to say.

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    as ed says depends on how blue they are

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    Same chap sells what he calls "superwhite" bulbs, maybe thats a better choice?
    They'd still look blue(ish) because it's more about perception than actual color, normal halogen looks yellow, but we "think" it's white, so pure white then appears blue by comparison.

    Another point..... I'd be far more comfortable paying £15 safe in the knowledge that they won't die within a week or so. £6 is in the "too good to be true" category as far as im concerned.

    I want the 80W rally/motorsport bulbs that I had in my 306, but those are defo not road legal and would probably blow fuses in the Vectra

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    They are legal, as they are just a standard 55watt bulb, but TBH I would avoid them myself. IME I've found that these type of bulbs which will give a whiter light due to the blue glass, also have a reduced brightess on the road.

    I've tried most of these higher power bulbs, such as Nightbreakers, Philips Extremes, Philips Vision Plus, and also the Philips blue glass versions called Philips Blue Vision.

    The Nightbreakers have just a small narrow blue band around the glass, which allegedly improves the whiter look.

    The Philips Extremes, and the Philips Vision Plus have no such bands or glass colouring, and IMO maybe the reason they actually give a brighter light on the road, IOW adding any form of coloured glass has to reduce the light output to some extent if only by a small amount. For example I thought the Philips Blue Visions were not good at all, they certainly gave out a white light with a blue tinge at the edges, but the actual overall brighteness on the road, which is what really matters was not actually that good. I suspect the one's advertised would be similar.

    I spent a couple of hours one evening swapping bulbs for comparison on my old Insignia because it was so easy to swap the bulbs out, and I would say for actual brightness on the road the Philips Extremes were probably the best with a decent white looking light, and Nightbreakers would be next.
    The Vision Plus were very good too and certainly matched the others on brightness but were not quite so white looking due to the fact they still use halogen, the others being xenon.

    The Philips bulbs generally give the longer life, whichever you choose make sure you dont touch the glass, and if you do make sure you clean the glass with isopropol or similar, as greasy marks on the glass will drastically reduce the life of the bulb.
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    they should be legal but they are for high beam not dipped headlights

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    looks like it

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattv6diesel View Post
    they should be legal but they are for high beam not dipped headlights
    does it really make any difference? an H7 bulb is an H7 bulb! plus, whats the rubbish about the QR bulbs in Halfords, theyre just filament bulbs like normal ones, just another ruse to screw more money out of the consumer, the quickest reacting bulbs would be LED ones, but we all know how they react on a veccy!

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