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Old 10-26-2003, 13:28   #1 (permalink)
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XH low-beam

While driving the Hume last night my right hand lowbeam light has blown. I do a-lot of night driving and have a pair of lightforce spotties for the open highway but have found that my lowbeams are not up to scratch. Now that one has blown I was wondering if it is worth replacing them with Hella plus 50s or something similar. Any other suggestions would be great. Is it difficult to replace them? (as reading the service manual it seems fairly complicated) and what sort of lights does the XH have?H1,H3,H4? I can't find it in the manual.
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Definitely go the plus 50s, they're great. Don't put in higher wattage globes because of the plastic lens. Can't remember what type the globe is but it should be listed or just pull one out to match, should also have type marked on it.
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I've been using the Hella Plus 50's in my company car & they're a good improvement on standard. Same boat.......plastic lenses, I'll not mention what this particular car is on this forum,though it is a company car.
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Well I got some Phillips plus 50 for both high (H3) and low beam (H1) and I can tell you they are worth it. The low beam extends about the same distance forwards as the old lights but is much clearer on the outsides and picks up roadsigns and markings better. I passed an AU and my low beam had a very similar light quality and dispersion. The high beam is a marked improvement with slightly extra range and alot clearer and wider on the sides. I could actually comfortably drive at speed without the spot lights on. I also picked up a seperate filter for my spotties that is a combination of a pencil and spread in the one clip on filter. I also found that this filter is great for highlighting the road edges while still maintaining great penetration. I did however have to readjust the aiming on the spotlights. All up my lights have improved a great deal in the space of 24 hours. I am all smiles, now to buy a pair of 240HIDs.
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HID lights are certainly nice, but $$$! Lightforce 240 HID lights are approx a grand. They're also pretty large, do you have yours mounted on a roll bar, xhute?
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Yeh I know they are expensive $1150 each I was told. I think I'll just have to wait a while but jeez they would be great wouldn't they. I only have the 170 strikers and I have them on a nudgebar. I think the HIDs are similar in size to the 240 Blitz. If I wanted to put them on I'd have to make up another bracket and maybe put them on top of the nudgebar or hang them below.
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Plus 50's or the new Phillips ones.
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Yep, both 240mm (approx) diameter, which is quite a large light. Next problem is that you then have over a grand bolted to the front of your ute - need to take some precautions against theft!
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