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Post by inkey$ » Sat Feb 20, 2021 5:53 pm

Can anyone recommend the best and brightest modern halogen bulb for the e85/86?
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Post by Jl-c » Sat Feb 20, 2021 6:38 pm

Sticking with legal bulbs try these:- https://www.autobulbsdirect.co.uk/h7-p ... pair.html
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Post by markplant » Sat Feb 20, 2021 6:55 pm

Just been looking at osram on the site linked above
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Post by inkey$ » Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:36 pm

Thanks both. I'll tale a look.
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Post by brillomaster » Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:43 pm

if i hadnt seen those philips racingvision ones, i would have said osram nightbreakers.

though those philips racingvision ones are pricey!

also, have you tried adjusting the aim of the headlights? on an old E90 i had with halogens, turning the adjuster up 3 turns made far more of a difference than brighter bulbs did.
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Post by HU51A_FU » Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:44 pm

Osram night breakers :)
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Post by inkey$ » Mon Feb 22, 2021 5:38 pm

I need to see what I have in the car at the moment, but my guess is they're the originals. Just want the best bang fore my buck and don't really want to go down the conversion route.
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Post by HU51A_FU » Mon Feb 22, 2021 5:53 pm

inkey$ wrote: Mon Feb 22, 2021 5:38 pm I need to see what I have in the car at the moment, but my guess is they're the originals. Just want the best bang fore my buck and don't really want to go down the conversion route.
FYI they do LED bulbs now without any looms, See link below.

https://www.hids-direct.co.uk/2-x-h7-he ... qYQAvD_BwE
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Post by inkey$ » Mon Feb 22, 2021 6:00 pm

HU51A_FU wrote: Mon Feb 22, 2021 5:53 pm
inkey$ wrote: Mon Feb 22, 2021 5:38 pm I need to see what I have in the car at the moment, but my guess is they're the originals. Just want the best bang fore my buck and don't really want to go down the conversion route.
FYI they do LED bulbs now without any looms, See link below.

https://www.hids-direct.co.uk/2-x-h7-he ... qYQAvD_BwE
Now they look interesting. Completely plug and play/MOT compliant?
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Post by HU51A_FU » Mon Feb 22, 2021 6:11 pm

inkey$ wrote: Mon Feb 22, 2021 6:00 pm
HU51A_FU wrote: Mon Feb 22, 2021 5:53 pm
inkey$ wrote: Mon Feb 22, 2021 5:38 pm I need to see what I have in the car at the moment, but my guess is they're the originals. Just want the best bang fore my buck and don't really want to go down the conversion route.
FYI they do LED bulbs now without any looms, See link below.

https://www.hids-direct.co.uk/2-x-h7-he ... qYQAvD_BwE
Now they look interesting. Completely plug and play/MOT compliant?
I have a similar set in my work vehicle and there completely plug and play as is with the H7 halogen bulbs.
Cant comment on MOT regs but i wouldn't of thought it would fail on them. You'd have to have a really arsey tester.
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Post by brillomaster » Mon Feb 22, 2021 6:18 pm

not sure you can any more, i believe as of this year MOT rules have been changed to the following:

'Existing halogen headlamp units should not be converted to be used with high intensity discharge (HID) or light emitting diode (LED) bulbs. If such a conversion has been done, you must fail the headlamp.'

Point 4.1.4
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/mot-inspect ... -equipment

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Post by inkey$ » Mon Feb 22, 2021 6:26 pm

brillomaster wrote: Mon Feb 22, 2021 6:18 pm not sure you can any more, i believe as of this year MOT rules have been changed to the following:

'Existing halogen headlamp units should not be converted to be used with high intensity discharge (HID) or light emitting diode (LED) bulbs. If such a conversion has been done, you must fail the headlamp.'

Point 4.1.4
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/mot-inspect ... -equipment
Shame. Although I guess for the minimal time it takes to switch out bulbs at MOT time, may be worth it.
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Post by Scooba_Steve » Mon Feb 22, 2021 6:43 pm

brillomaster wrote: Mon Feb 22, 2021 6:18 pm not sure you can any more, i believe as of this year MOT rules have been changed to the following:

'Existing halogen headlamp units should not be converted to be used with high intensity discharge (HID) or light emitting diode (LED) bulbs. If such a conversion has been done, you must fail the headlamp.'

Point 4.1.4
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/mot-inspect ... -equipment
In projector lamps there is really no way to definitely tell, assuming stupid colour temps are not used. So the benefit of doubt still applies.
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Post by inkey$ » Mon Feb 22, 2021 6:57 pm

Scooba_Steve wrote: Mon Feb 22, 2021 6:43 pm
brillomaster wrote: Mon Feb 22, 2021 6:18 pm not sure you can any more, i believe as of this year MOT rules have been changed to the following:

'Existing halogen headlamp units should not be converted to be used with high intensity discharge (HID) or light emitting diode (LED) bulbs. If such a conversion has been done, you must fail the headlamp.'

Point 4.1.4
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/mot-inspect ... -equipment
In projector lamps there is really no way to definitely tell, assuming stupid colour temps are not used. So the benefit of doubt still applies.
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Post by Scooba_Steve » Tue Feb 23, 2021 11:19 pm

Plus the OE Z4 headlights are H7 + D2S marked :)
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