Headlight upgrade

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  1. Jim

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    Lights failed yesterday. Had to travel from Oxford to Wales last night on main beam, never got flashed once, which is testament to how crap my lights are. Candles in jam jars should be better. What upgrade options, if any, do I have with my 99 Hymer ?
     
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    More candles JIM:Wink:
     
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    I am sure Geo will have the answer, maybe you can retrofit halogens.

    Peter
     
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    Is it possible to get those "blue" headlight bulbs?

    OR couple of spots maybe? only come on on Main/ OR HIGH,had some on the main beam on our Pilote went out on high beam, easily done.
     
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    i'm fairly certain you can upgrade bulbs. i assume your headlamp reflector surfaces are in good order. :thumb:
     
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    The fact that you were not flashed suggests that the headlights may not be correctly aligned Jim. My 2003 Hymer has the same front as yours and if I don't dip, I certainly get flashed. When was the alignment last checked? Mine is done every year by the servicing engineers before they take it for MOT. I noticed an improvement in illumination the first time I went to them. Having said that, the standard Hella lights are not the brightest I have driven behind, but so long as the projector lens and reflector of the dipped unit are in good condition, they are not bad.
     
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    Osram Night Eaters

    Assuming you do not have sealed beam units in the Hymer, I think you could do a lot worse than fit these bulbs! They will generate about 30% more light.

    They are also road legal some bulbs you can buy are not. As far as I am aware 160 watt bulbs are not road legal I believe that 60 watt main beam is the limit, not only that 160 watt would generate too much heat IMHO, at the moment Euro Car Parts have a special offer on the Osrams.

    I put some in my MGF and they made a terrific difference Osram have a web site you could have a look and see the difference they make on there.

    Pete
     
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    The original Dolomite Sprint had 85 Watt main beam.......not sure if that has changed.
     
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    i changed my bulbs to 100w rally bulbs a great improvement on the motorhome, i have just changed the car dipped beam to phillips extream vision 100% extra bulbs and dont have to use high beam and will be putting these on the motorhome next:Smile: they are fantastic but expensive
     
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    Four candles !!
     
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    I note that the suggested bulbs in earlier posts refer to H4 versions (not that it affects the output spec. of course). The Hymer twin headlight system uses H1 for both low and high beam units, despite the manual listing H7. This is a misprint caused, I suspect, in translation due to the continental habit of handwriting a figure 1 with a long upstroke.
     
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    Canbus Compatible?

    Does changing the wattage of bulbs affect the canbus system in the Ducato chassis? I noticed free 1W LED sidelight bulb bundled with some of the replacement headlight bulbs on the autobulbsdirect website.
    For example might the system interpret this drop in power consumption as a failed bulb?
     
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    I use Osram Nightbreakers in both MH and car. About £12 a pair on e-Bay - they definitely make night driving easier.
     
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    on some vehicles the canbus system dictates the output of the lamp and if it detects a lamp failure it will illuminate another lamp on the vehicle hence why you see some cars driving around with 1 fog light lit normally the side light will have failed on that side.
     
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    if the plastic lense is discoloured use " T cut " to clean of all the road grit and scratches, i have just done my daughters car lights 100% better light out put ,:BigGrin:

    The MOT place wanted to sell her 2 new head light units .:Eeek:

    I bought these for the Ducato ,

    RING H1 Xenon Ultima +120% Halogen Headlamp 12v 55w P14.5s Bulb Pair of 2 RW1248 ( 400337008357 )
    2x RING H7 Xenon Ultima +120% Halogen Headlamp 12v 55w Px26d Headlight RW1277 ( 281018175845 )
    8 LED SIDE LIGHT BULBS CAN BUS FREE 501 T10 W5W 6000K ( 330449108757 )
     
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