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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-22-03, 04:56 AM Thread Starter
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Headlight wattage

Ok, to say that EL headlights are useless is an understatement, I have replaced the globes with arctic blues, but it made SFA difference, but I have been told by 2 auto elecs that I can't go to a higher wattage globe because of the composite lenses and that the extra heat generated will melt the lense.
So I'm after some 'realworld' opinions, IE: YOU have fitted higher wattage globes in your EF/EL and havent had a problem, or it DID infact melt the lenses.
I occasionally drive all night so its not like a quick squirt down to the shops that I'm worried about, just wether I'll have a problem having the highbeam's on for 6-7 hours at a time.....
Otherwise I'll have to mount driving lights I have here instead...anyone wanna do it for me? :s6:

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I don't think the lights are bad they just dis-colour. Simply remove and clean. Ultra-whites should make a difference, they did on my car. Canging from 55/60 to 90/100 does increase the heat and cause premature melting.

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Re: Headlight wattage

It is a rule not to go above 100w in the polycarbonate lenses. Plus the added strain on your wiring and fusible links. I ran 130/90w in my XF but will not run above 100w in my EB. I have Artic Blue in the EB and cant see any difference, but wanted to try them so I could see the difference for myself. The best globes to go for are the Philips range of Vision Plus, Blue Vision or top of the range Crystal Vision. These are TOTALLY WHITE but cost $90+. I can guarentee you will not be unhappy with these globes. Available from Autobarn if your interested.plug plug plug.


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Re: Headlight wattage

Don't tell me you work for Autobarn? :s6:

I already have Narva Arctic Blues 60/55's and it made a slight improvement, but the still have no range, and living in the country I need range.
I may mount the spotlights, I already have a 'Unibar' which is basically a spotlight mounting bar and then make it so that it's removable quickly and easily so I don't have to have them on the car if I'm not planning a long night-time trip anywhere.
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Re: Headlight wattage

Just thought id say in my EA i have Euro ION BLUE 90/100's and it hazent melted stuff on the EA but yeah might be diffrent on the EL/EF's
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