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FD low-beam Headlight Bulbs really dim
« March 22, 2020, 22:16:36 »
Hi all
I have a 2012 FD Trophy, the low beam headlight bulbs are so dim, I basically am driving around in the dark.

To be honest, both bulbs blew and I replaced them with "2x H7 XENON HALOGEN BULB 5000K Car Super Xenon White Light Bulbs" from eBay which cost about $3 each...so it is likely my cheapo bulbs that I got.

Is Philips Whitevision H7 55W still the best go to for i30? They are $60 shipped at :link: Amazon

Also, my FD trophy has foglights, should I replace these to something brighter too? or the highbeam? I mainly drive in the city except the very odd long roadtrip late at night in the country...

Edit: I'm seeing Narva Sapphire Plus 50 or Narva H7 +120 being suggested too, thoughts compared to the Philips H7 White Vision?

Or Osram Night Breakers H7 for $37 shipped from Amazon...
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Re: FD low-beam Headlight Bulbs really dim
« Reply #1 : March 23, 2020, 01:32:09 »
I can highly recommend the Narva Sapphires, they’re a true 5000k +50 bulb with their new filament design they have a very long life, can be used in the high beam as well.

I’ve also got a pair of White Vision bulbs here, they’re also good though not quite as bright as the Sapphires and not as white a light.

You’ll find super bright Night Breaker and +120 bulbs also have a super short life span.

Don’t use bright lights in your fogs, they’ll reflect back on you if actually used for the true purpose of a fog light, warm light bordering yellow work best in fog situations.
« Last Edit: March 23, 2020, 01:44:04 by CraigB » »

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Re: FD low-beam Headlight Bulbs really dim
« Reply #2 : March 23, 2020, 02:39:45 »
Awesome, thanks for the info!

I can get Osram Nightbreakers for $37 and Narva Sapphire Plus 50 for $67; sounds like you'd go the Narva's any day of the week??

On another topic, does anyone know how to adjust the headlight angle to correct?
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Re: FD low-beam Headlight Bulbs really dim
« Reply #3 : March 23, 2020, 02:53:24 »
Sapphires for $67 is a good deal, they're $90 a pair in the shops :goodjob2:

Beam adjustment is all mentioned in the owners manual though I find their recommended heights are set rather low and can be tweaked upwards just a little, at 10 meters distance from a wall I have them just a fraction below horizontal.

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Re: FD low-beam Headlight Bulbs really dim
« Reply #4 : March 25, 2020, 20:28:19 »
"at 10 meters distance from a wall I have them just a fraction below horizontal"

Do you mean you have the beam basically just slightly lower than if you were to draw a line from the headlight height on the vehicle to the wall, let's say hypothetically headlights are 1m from ground to the headlight, then on the wall you are shining on 10m away, you have it roughly the same? Sorry, trying to get my head around this!
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Re: FD low-beam Headlight Bulbs really dim
« Reply #5 : March 25, 2020, 21:26:50 »
Yes, at the wall 10 meters away the cut off line is about one or two inches lower than the beam height at the vehicle.

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Re: FD low-beam Headlight Bulbs really dim
« Reply #6 : March 26, 2020, 02:59:57 »
Perfect, thank you! I will see how I go!
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