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PostSubject: Re: Get a brighter view ... upgrade your bulbs   Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:21 pm

All fitted today with no problems. You can certainly see the difference. Once I'd installed the first bulb I switched them on to make a comparison. The Philips X-tremeVision bulb produces a strong white light as opposed to the yellowish light from the old bulb. Time for a spot of night driving.
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PostSubject: Re: Get a brighter view ... upgrade your bulbs   Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:45 pm

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All fitted today with no problems. You can certainly see the difference. Once I'd installed the first bulb I switched them on to make a comparison. The Philips X-tremeVision bulb produces a strong white light as opposed to the yellowish light from the old bulb. Time for a spot of night driving.
Ah, you did the old side by side comparison. I skipped that step. Wish I'd done it so I could see the improvement. Instead I had to make do with a drive at night to see the whiter light going that bit further. Trouble was, I then couldn't remember what it had been like, only this was better, I thought, or so the packaging said Wink But it is better, and that's good enough.
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PostSubject: Re: Get a brighter view ... upgrade your bulbs   Mon Feb 04, 2013 2:23 pm

Fitted mine today, and did the side by side test like you Harryhornet, a big difference.

Found loads of rubbish behind the lamps, so did a good clearout as well plus a bit of waxoyl for good measure.

@Sunny wrote:
Those small self tappers are fiddly, especially with cold, numb fingers.

If others are doing the upgrade, I found it best putting the self tapper, adjacent to where the trim screw goes in, half way at first, as you get more lee-way.

(PS I might be stating the b......g obvious, but don't forget to re-connect the earth wires, one on the offside, two on the nearside.)
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PostSubject: Re: Get a brighter view ... upgrade your bulbs   Mon Feb 04, 2013 3:57 pm

@dizzylizard wrote:
PS I might be stating the b......g obvious, but don't forget to re-connect the earth wires, one on the offside, two on the nearside.
Good Tip Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Get a brighter view ... upgrade your bulbs   Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:48 pm

Ordered mine some time ago - posted on 23rd Jan - and still waiting - so cannot comment on brightness - unless it is in the post office lost forever room!
still waiting!
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PostSubject: Re: Get a brighter view ... upgrade your bulbs   Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:13 pm

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Ordered mine some time ago - posted on 23rd Jan - and still waiting - so cannot comment on brightness - unless it is in the post office lost forever room!
still waiting!

That's no good - I'd get onto them if I were you.

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PostSubject: Re: Get a brighter view ... upgrade your bulbs   Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:06 am

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Ordered mine some time ago - posted on 23rd Jan - and still waiting

Two weeks is too long - agree with Tim, you should get back in touch with them

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PostSubject: Re: Get a brighter view ... upgrade your bulbs   Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:04 pm

Very helpful company - friendly email of advice
My bulbs have been found lurking in the Royal Mail package-room - case of lost and found - they lost them and only "found" them when severely prompted!!
So - now waiting for rain and snow to stop and a sunny day to coincide with time off - soon I hope!
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PostSubject: Re: Get a brighter view ... upgrade your bulbs   Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:24 pm

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So - now waiting for rain and snow to stop and a sunny day to coincide with time off - soon I hope!
Too many variables. You're best bet is one or the other. Wink

(But great the bulbs were found)
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PostSubject: Re: Get a brighter view ... upgrade your bulbs   Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:45 pm

Oh well - an umbrella and a torch perhaps?
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PostSubject: Re: Get a brighter view ... upgrade your bulbs   Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:30 pm

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Oh well - an umbrella and a torch perhaps?

and a nice warm coat.

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PostSubject: Re: Get a brighter view ... upgrade your bulbs   Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:08 am

If anybody is heading over to the benelux or Germany this year it is always worth popping into Lidl to see what car parts are on offer - each year i have managed to pic up Blu vison ultras for around 5 euro each bulb. While we use the blu's as French N and D roads can be very dark at nigh and being seen is often more important than how far you can see, but the white xtremes are usually stocked by Lidl as well for same price. Seems to work on around a 3 month rotations there for a week or two then gone for three months then back again so a bit hit and miss but worth the look if you fill up the larder at the same time.
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PostSubject: Re: Get a brighter view ... upgrade your bulbs   Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:04 pm

now fitted (in the rain) and tested (in the dark!). It is rather interesting now being able to see where I am going in the dark for a change - takes some of the fun out of driving?
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PostSubject: Re: Get a brighter view ... upgrade your bulbs   Sun Feb 10, 2013 6:29 pm

It's great that they are fitted and working well.

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takes some of the fun out of driving?

There will always be side winds and the wandering Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Get a brighter view ... upgrade your bulbs   Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:37 pm

Had a slight problem over the weekend, the nearside main beam was intermittent.

Quickly sorted though, should have followed my own advice about the earth tags, because it was freezing, I hadn't cleaned them properly, and as with a lot of wiring problems, they weren't making proper contact.

As an aside, while checking them in the dark, I noticed a warm glow underneath the rear end. I hadn't realised the engine compartment light was manually operated, (no niceties like a switch on the door, from Brazil)

Looks like I have been driving around all winter like that. Embarassed Still on the upside, I could always 'Bling up' Dizzy by fitting a blue bulb and neon wheel spinners. Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: Get a brighter view ... upgrade your bulbs   Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:42 pm

[quote]Engine compartment light[quote]

What's that then? Have I got one? How do I switch it on?

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PostSubject: Re: Get a brighter view ... upgrade your bulbs   Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:47 pm

News to me too
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PostSubject: Re: Get a brighter view ... upgrade your bulbs   Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:56 pm

Do keep up chaps - it comes on when you have the sidelights/headlights on. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Get a brighter view ... upgrade your bulbs   Wed Feb 27, 2013 5:10 pm

That explains my ignorance. I don't go out after dark (it's grim up North)

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PostSubject: Re: Get a brighter view ... upgrade your bulbs   Wed Feb 27, 2013 5:26 pm

Tim said, of the engine compartment light....
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Do keep up chaps - it comes on when you have the sidelights/headlights on.

That is correct it will only work when the sidelights are lit.
However, on our's, there is a push switch on the lamp unit itself which can be used to turn it off totally.

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PostSubject: Re: Get a brighter view ... upgrade your bulbs   Wed Feb 27, 2013 5:48 pm

Its up above the wiring loom between the hinges on the back panel. The switch is the brass nib.

Apologies for out of focus pic, I took it by Braille from inside the engine compartment.

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PostSubject: Re: Get a brighter view ... upgrade your bulbs   Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:02 pm

Have we all got this?

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PostSubject: Re: Get a brighter view ... upgrade your bulbs   Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:12 pm

Absinthe wrote:
Have we all got this?
Dunno and not about to check as I'm sat in a comfy chair in front of a nice fire with drink in hand.
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PostSubject: Re: Get a brighter view ... upgrade your bulbs   Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:31 pm

Me too. Mrs B is just back from Gloucester and tells me it's nearly wine o'clock.

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PostSubject: Re: Get a brighter view ... upgrade your bulbs   Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:05 pm

Absinthe wrote:
Have we all got this?

Yes.

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