About 3 or so weeks ago one of my headlight globes blew. So I replaced it, no worries. About 2 weeks later it blew again. They were cheap globes that I used so I thought that was why. Then I bought a pair of xenon globes and after about 3 days one of those blew. Now I am really pissed off. What's going on? The lights don't seem to flicker on and off or anything like that, could it be it's not getting enough voltage? I haven't really had much chance to get an in depth look at it, but any ideas?
What sort of globes? H4? H1? What type of headlight? What power globes? Are there relays in the circuit?
My experience with Xenon globes is not good - I don't find them any better than quality brand name QH globes - Hella and Philips seem to be the best. The cheaper Narva (including Narva xenon) have not lasted long in my cars. High wattage globes will not last long in small headlights - OK in AUs. I've found even though the lenses are plastic the largeish front area manages to disperse the heat adequately - I run Philips 55/100 H4s in my AU.
The Goodz, this is off topic but you said you were having trouble tracking down H1 Xenon globes - well I saw them at Autobarn in the city. Some of the globes they had were incredibly expensive, though.
PS what does H1, H4, etc mean?
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They're H1 globes, in ellipsoid projector headlights. It's a pretty small enclosure. I ended up finding these xenons at Autobarn in Mentone, $30 for the pair. They are 100W and yes there are relays and all that. You could be right about the heat, it might be that, but I dunno. I hate normal halogens as the light is too yellow and is very hard to see.
Jack, H1, H4 etc is the type of globe. H1 globes are only one filament, so they are only of one wattage. Usually used when there is no high beam option for that particular reflector. H4 globes have to filaments, that's what the Falcons use, they have a low beam filament and a high beam filament.
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