H7R replacement bulb

ajsellors

A2OC Donor
In Dec-2014 Tom (timmus) fitted for me
HIDS4U H7R 35W ProPlus Xenon HID Conversion Kit 5000K (H7RPRO5)

Recently one of the bulbs glowed pink rather than white; I suspected this meant it may be on its way out. Once it had warmed up, it reverted to white.

I now need to buy a pair of replacement H7R bulbs. Would anyone know what to recommend please?

Thank you, Andrew

PS has anyone here used this headlight restoration product?
Twenty20 Crystalite

ABD sell individual parts for the kits.

This one appears to be the replacement for your kit so you would only need to get one if the other is OK.

https://www.autobulbsdirect.co.uk/h7r-anti-glare-hids4u-replacement-bulb-for-xenon-hid-conversion-kits.html

regards

Andrew
 

andrewparkeruk

A2OC Donor
I did go for the HIDS4U replacement bulbs
https://www.hids4u.co.uk/H7R-Anti-Glare-HIDS4U-Replacement-Bulb-for-Xenon-HID-Conversion-Kits.html

I also tried this headlamp lens restoration kit
https://www.hids4u.co.uk/twenty20-crystalite-rapid-headlight-restoration.html
I am very impressed with the results.
I had noticed a discrepancy between the two lenses when illuminated: the nearside was original (14 years old) and had a yellow tinge compared with the offside (replaced in 2011). I have no idea what chemicals these two wipes contain: the first wipe removed lots of grime.
 
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Leathley

New Member
As a new member, joined today, with a standard but good running 1.4 petrol, 102k, FSH, 3 owners, I am trying to make sense of how to upgrade the headlights. Do I need a LED or Xenon kit to replace the existing equipment, or just upgrade the bulbs? Sorry to start a new discussion on this but a lot of the links go to discontinued products. Very basic, non-tech advice would be fantastic. Thanks.
 

Robin_Cox

Member
From standard H7 normal (not high beam) headlight bulbs (assuming you don't go down the route of HID or LED retrofit that is in itself a world of potential pain), the easiest retrofit that is an improvement is to stay with H7s, but to upgrade to one of the enhanced brightness bulbs from a quality manufacturer (Osram, Philips, GEC, Bosch, Ring). These have all declined hugely in price in the last 18 months (about 50% cheaper since I was first looking).

Osram H7 Nightbreaker "silver" and "unlimited" models offer ~ 100-120% improvement on standard osram (or equivalent 55W) bulbs in terms of light output for 13-22 quid on Ebay for a pair. There is also an Osram "Laser" H7 model which offers +150% light output improvement for a few quid more but I understand there is a reliably-significant reputation for reduced lifespan on these. I have a pair of Osram NB +100% silvers on one of our cars which were a vast improvement on the originals, mid-white light that matches the osram LED W5W running bulbs in terms of colour temperature very well (2 years old for both and no issues so far). I have a set of Bosch +120% H7s in my £1 project car that give or take alignment issues are as good on dark country roads as the above Osrams. Finally, for my dolphin grey, I tried (very) cheap £10 LED H7s - they looked great, but only illuminated about 20 feet of road ahead and were awful in drizzle/mist, so after a couple of months, I replaced them with the above Osram 55W +100% bulbs, and then tried Osram Rally 80W bulbs - very yellow in contrast to the more modern 'nightbreaker' 55Ws, but my impression is that they project a bit further, fill the lightspace better, and owing to not being ultra-white, they are superb in poor visibility conditions (ie, driving in heavy drizzle or slight fog at night). As I use this car for overnight journeys Scotland to Plymouth, had I used them further I might really have appreciated the night-vision quality on these - I had the impression that you simply wouldn't get eye-fatigued for long trips in the dark (and oncoming drivers would be less affected by them as well as they are simply not as harsh as some ultra-bright modern bulbs). But of course, these aren't legal on the road, so I would suggest sticking to quality brand 'enhanced' bulbs at around £13-£22 a pair - they will be hugely better than any standard bulbs on your car at the moment. Happy to discuss further - best of luck!
 
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spike

Well-Known Member
Don't know if they could be made to fit the A2 but I fitted a set of the H4 version to my wife's car and they are superb. Cut off is sharp, the beam pattern excellent and the passed the MOT without any comments.
Certainly not cheap but at least as good as the factory fit Xenon headlights in my Audi Q3 - a £1000 option

I tried a H7 HID conversion on my A2 and was disappointed with the beam pattern so reverted to Philips x-treme halogen bulbs

Cheers Spike
 

Leathley

New Member
From standard H7 normal (not high beam) headlight bulbs (assuming you don't go down the route of HID or LED retrofit that is in itself a world of potential pain), the easiest retrofit that is an improvement is to stay with H7s, but to upgrade to one of the enhanced brightness bulbs from a quality manufacturer (Osram, Philips, GEC, Bosch, Ring). These have all declined hugely in price in the last 18 months (about 50% cheaper since I was first looking).

Osram H7 Nightbreaker "silver" and "unlimited" models offer ~ 100-120% improvement on standard osram (or equivalent 55W) bulbs in terms of light output for 13-22 quid on Ebay for a pair. There is also an Osram "Laser" H7 model which offers +150% light output improvement for a few quid more but I understand there is a reliably-significant reputation for reduced lifespan on these. I have a pair of Osram NB +100% silvers on one of our cars which were a vast improvement on the originals, mid-white light that matches the osram LED W5W running bulbs in terms of colour temperature very well (2 years old for both and no issues so far). I have a set of Bosch +120% H7s in my £1 project car that give or take alignment issues are as good on dark country roads as the above Osrams. Finally, for my dolphin grey, I tried (very) cheap £10 LED H7s - they looked great, but only illuminated about 20 feet of road ahead and were awful in drizzle/mist, so after a couple of months, I replaced them with the above Osram 55W +100% bulbs, and then tried Osram Rally 80W bulbs - very yellow in contrast to the more modern 'nightbreaker' 55Ws, but my impression is that they project a bit further, fill the lightspace better, and owing to not being ultra-white, they are superb in poor visibility conditions (ie, driving in heavy drizzle or slight fog at night). As I use this car for overnight journeys Scotland to Plymouth, had I used them further I might really have appreciated the night-vision quality on these - I had the impression that you simply wouldn't get eye-fatigued for long trips in the dark (and oncoming drivers would be less affected by them as well as they are simply not as harsh as some ultra-bright modern bulbs). But of course, these aren't legal on the road, so I would suggest sticking to quality brand 'enhanced' bulbs at around £13-£22 a pair - they will be hugely better than any standard bulbs on your car at the moment. Happy to discuss further - best of luck!

Robin
Thanks v much. That’s really helpful and much appreciated.
Leathley.
 

Leathley

New Member
Don't know if they could be made to fit the A2 but I fitted a set of the H4 version to my wife's car and they are superb. Cut off is sharp, the beam pattern excellent and the passed the MOT without any comments.
Certainly not cheap but at least as good as the factory fit Xenon headlights in my Audi Q3 - a £1000 option

I tried a H7 HID conversion on my A2 and was disappointed with the beam pattern so reverted to Philips x-treme halogen bulbs

Cheers Spike

Spoke

Thanks very much. I will try and source some Philips bulbs as a comparison.

Leathley
 

andrewparkeruk

A2OC Donor
There has been a thread swerve in the last two days. My original thread is about replacement bulbs for a HID conversion. There are plenty of other threads about Nightbreaker-type conventional technology bulbs
:)
Andrew
 

Robin_Cox

Member
There has been a thread swerve in the last two days. My original thread is about replacement bulbs for a HID conversion. There are plenty of other threads about Nightbreaker-type conventional technology bulbs
:)
Andrew
Apologies, Andrew - I only read the most recent post and replied to that directly to begin with. Best, Robin
 

Cotswolds12

A2OC Donor
From standard H7 normal (not high beam) headlight bulbs (assuming you don't go down the route of HID or LED retrofit that is in itself a world of potential pain), the easiest retrofit that is an improvement is to stay with H7s, but to upgrade to one of the enhanced brightness bulbs from a quality manufacturer (Osram, Philips, GEC, Bosch, Ring). These have all declined hugely in price in the last 18 months (about 50% cheaper since I was first looking).

Osram H7 Nightbreaker "silver" and "unlimited" models offer ~ 100-120% improvement on standard osram (or equivalent 55W) bulbs in terms of light output for 13-22 quid on Ebay for a pair. There is also an Osram "Laser" H7 model which offers +150% light output improvement for a few quid more but I understand there is a reliably-significant reputation for reduced lifespan on these. I have a pair of Osram NB +100% silvers on one of our cars which were a vast improvement on the originals, mid-white light that matches the osram LED W5W running bulbs in terms of colour temperature very well (2 years old for both and no issues so far). I have a set of Bosch +120% H7s in my £1 project car that give or take alignment issues are as good on dark country roads as the above Osrams. Finally, for my dolphin grey, I tried (very) cheap £10 LED H7s - they looked great, but only illuminated about 20 feet of road ahead and were awful in drizzle/mist, so after a couple of months, I replaced them with the above Osram 55W +100% bulbs, and then tried Osram Rally 80W bulbs - very yellow in contrast to the more modern 'nightbreaker' 55Ws, but my impression is that they project a bit further, fill the lightspace better, and owing to not being ultra-white, they are superb in poor visibility conditions (ie, driving in heavy drizzle or slight fog at night). As I use this car for overnight journeys Scotland to Plymouth, had I used them further I might really have appreciated the night-vision quality on these - I had the impression that you simply wouldn't get eye-fatigued for long trips in the dark (and oncoming drivers would be less affected by them as well as they are simply not as harsh as some ultra-bright modern bulbs). But of course, these aren't legal on the road, so I would suggest sticking to quality brand 'enhanced' bulbs at around £13-£22 a pair - they will be hugely better than any standard bulbs on your car at the moment. Happy to discuss further - best of luck!
Hi Robin, I recently bought my A2, amazing little cars! My lights are rubbish in the dark country lanes, a basic question please, are high beam bulbs and dipped bulbs the same? Ie both H7? Also my NS headlamp never dries out I drilled a breather hole but it didn’t improve, can you get into it to clean it or do I get used unit off ebay?
Many thanks
Charles
 

Robin_Cox

Member
Hi Robin, I recently bought my A2, amazing little cars! My lights are rubbish in the dark country lanes, a basic question please, are high beam bulbs and dipped bulbs the same? Ie both H7? Also my NS headlamp never dries out I drilled a breather hole but it didn’t improve, can you get into it to clean it or do I get used unit off ebay?
Many thanks
Charles
Apologies again to @andrewparkeruk

See @wilco184 's thread - https://www.a2oc.net/community/index.php?threads/the-complete-bulb-replacement-list.29247/

as far as drying them out is concerned - I have one that was full of condensation in the spring. The access lid on the back was cracked so cooling after the lights are switched off results in damp air being inhaled that then condenses inside when it is colder outside. Took it off, dried it out indoors, fixed the crack in the rear lid, and then probably the easiest option might be a small silica bag every so often.
 
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