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Changing bulbs

Post by Sweeney on Mon 24 Sep 2018 - 21:08

How on earth do you get at the dipped beam bulbs Any ideas ,not a lot of space even for small fingers

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Post by Barbs on Mon 24 Sep 2018 - 22:02

I went to Halfords. Lol

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Re: Changing bulbs

Post by pittstop on Tue 25 Sep 2018 - 16:33

I have succeeded in changing both dip & main bulbs but would be the first to admit they are an absolute pig to get at involving scraped hands & aching fingers & much perseverance. 

In 12/16 I put Halfords +130% bulbs in my dipped lights but was so unhappy with them that some months later I moved them to main & put standard bulbs back into dip. On the day I switched the +130s & standards it took me 2 hours to do the job it was so "fiddly". That's 30 minutes per bulb change!!

Very recently I decided to have another go at improving my dips & purchased a pair of GE Megalight Ultra +90% . Being very careful to only hold by metal parts one of them slipped from my fingers & disappeared into the headlight unit never to be seen again!! After some abortive recovery attempts & much cussing I decided buying another bulb was the preferable option to removing the whole lamp unit to recover the lost bulb & completed the job. During the job I thought I'd got one bulb properly in place only to point the car at the garage to find the dipped light pointing in a very strange direction & had to do it again!

No proper verdict yet on the GE Bulbs as I have not put them to the test yet on an unlit road but in the local multistorey car park they do seem to have a more clearly defined beam when pointing at the wall.

Currently Halfords seem to be doing very good prices on headlamp bulbs & the cost of fitting is now higher than the cost of the bulb probably a reflection of how difficult some modern car's bulbs are to fit.

Perhaps Halfords employees have younger more nimble fingers than I!
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Re: Changing bulbs

Post by DarrenJ on Wed 26 Sep 2018 - 7:32

I’ve always felt the lights were never as good as they could and have looked at bulb alternatives to improve things. Be interested to hear how get on with the GE bulbs....
But reading how tricky they can be to fit and having big hands I think when I change them it will be a trip to the garage
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Re: Changing bulbs

Post by pittstop on Wed 26 Sep 2018 - 10:41

This is the GE bulb in question which is available from Halfords for £7 plus £8 fitting.

https://www.halfords.com/motoring/bulbs-blades-batteries/car-bulbs/ge-448-h1-megalight-ultra--90-brighter-car-bulb-x-1

I'll let you know what I think of them after a proper after dark run.
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Re: Changing bulbs

Post by donjack on Sun 14 Oct 2018 - 10:33

i changed my bulbs this morning, it took me about 20 minutes, 15 minutes for the first one and 5 for the second!
i do have quite small hands, wifey calls them girly hands but they do have their uses!! lol! lol! lol!

i hope this picture helps someone out.



so if anyone wants their bulbs changing, bring them to me or the next meet we have!! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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Re: Changing bulbs

Post by Sweeney Today at 9:36

Was. That head or dipped or all of them donjack ?

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Re: Changing bulbs

Post by donjack Today at 18:07

Only the dipped, they looked like the hardest, I'll let you know how the main beam goes when I change them. (Soon!!).
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