Renault Wind Owners
Welcome to the Forum

For the best experience and to see exclusive content, we encourage you to register and login, either using our native login, or the TopicIt system.

If however you do not wish to register, then please close this window.

Changing bulbs

Go down

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

Sweeney
Set the stereo

Posts : 15
Join date : 2018-09-24
Location : Spalding

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Changing bulbs

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

I went to Halfords. Lol

_________________
http://renaultw.in/d/
avatar
Barbs
Admin

Posts : 2292
Join date : 2015-03-14
Age : 57
Location : Doncaster, South Yorkshire

View user profile http://renaultw.in/d/?page_id=4981

Back to top Go down

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!
avatar
pittstop
The Wind in your hair

Posts : 337
Join date : 2016-03-18
Age : 71
Location : Kent

View user profile

Back to top Go down

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
avatar
DarrenJ
Put the sunglasses on

Posts : 58
Join date : 2015-05-05
Location : Basingstoke, Hampshire

View user profile

Back to top Go down

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.
avatar
pittstop
The Wind in your hair

Posts : 337
Join date : 2016-03-18
Age : 71
Location : Kent

View user profile

Back to top Go down

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
avatar
donjack
The Wind in your hair

Posts : 241
Join date : 2016-11-11
Age : 54
Location : lancaster

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Changing bulbs

Post by Sweeney on Wed 17 Oct 2018 - 9:36

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

Sweeney
Set the stereo

Posts : 15
Join date : 2018-09-24
Location : Spalding

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Changing bulbs

Post by donjack on Wed 17 Oct 2018 - 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!!).
avatar
donjack
The Wind in your hair

Posts : 241
Join date : 2016-11-11
Age : 54
Location : lancaster

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Changing bulbs

Post by Sweeney on Thu 18 Oct 2018 - 10:41

I reckon you changed the hardest to get at first. .Well done to you I have got fairly small hands but I tried ,all I got was scrapes and bruises ,still haven't changed the dipped !

Sweeney
Set the stereo

Posts : 15
Join date : 2018-09-24
Location : Spalding

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Changing bulbs

Post by donjack on Thu 18 Oct 2018 - 11:06

@Sweeney next time you're passing Lancaster, pop in for a brew and a bulb change!!
avatar
donjack
The Wind in your hair

Posts : 241
Join date : 2016-11-11
Age : 54
Location : lancaster

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Changing bulbs

Post by Sweeney on Thu 18 Oct 2018 - 11:59

Thanks for that . Sounds ok

Sweeney
Set the stereo

Posts : 15
Join date : 2018-09-24
Location : Spalding

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Changing bulbs

Post by Sweeney on Thu 18 Oct 2018 - 12:05

Not really on a passing route for me 195miles .Oh well

Sweeney
Set the stereo

Posts : 15
Join date : 2018-09-24
Location : Spalding

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Changing bulbs

Post by pittstop on Wed 31 Oct 2018 - 12:20

At last I've been able to put the GE Megalight Ultra + 90% bulbs to the test.

On a section of unlit motorway I had a well defined light pattern & bright enough so I could actually feel safe with my visibility at a reasonable speed. My wife; sitting in the passenger seat; could also see the improvement.

One thing that did come out of this is to make sure the beams are properly set on an MoT beam tester. As they have a set pattern of light spread raising them can sometimes actually reduce dipped visibility of the road & kerb as well as annoying other road users.

The Halfords plus 130% bulbs remain in the main beam but are rarely used on Kent's crowded roads as there always seems to be oncoming traffic.

This is the web address for the GE bulbs.

https://www.halfords.com/motoring/bulbs-blades-batteries/car-bulbs/ge-448-h1-megalight-ultra--90-brighter-car-bulb-x-1
avatar
pittstop
The Wind in your hair

Posts : 337
Join date : 2016-03-18
Age : 71
Location : Kent

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Changing bulbs

Post by pittstop on Thu 1 Nov 2018 - 15:24

Looks like Halfords don't do the GE 448 H1 +90 any more on their web site but I see they are available on e bay:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GE-448-H1-Megalight-Ultra-90-Brighter-Car-Bulb-12V-55W-/222793214761
avatar
pittstop
The Wind in your hair

Posts : 337
Join date : 2016-03-18
Age : 71
Location : Kent

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Changing bulbs

Post by Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum