Nissan supplied IPF Lights on my 2003 3.0 GU Patrol

Submitted: Friday, May 14, 2004 at 08:54
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My Patrol is just on 12 months old and I am very happy with it, new car (warranty) issues to date have been condensation in one indicator and cracked weld on bullbar due to corrugations on Cape York trip............ and one of the IPF driving lights has blown a globe, which has raised a few questions:
* Why makes these globes blow i.e. corrugations etc...
* Do the normal replaement ones cost much - I am thinking of just buying some rather than go through the inconvenience of the Nissan dealer warranty process.
* The Nissan supplied ones are pretty crappy compared to a mate's IPF's from ARB,
Can I put better globes in these casings? Cost of these? and where would I get them from?
* Are bigger globes more fragile or will they cause heat problems (I have clip on perspex covers)

i.e. Is it a good idea to upgrade?

Thanks in advance for your comments.
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Friday, May 14, 2004 at 09:19

Friday, May 14, 2004 at 09:19
Darren,
The biggest killer of driving lights is heat. I think IPF still run 130w globes. The problem there is that they build up so much heat. 100w globes would give as much light and last a lot longer.
With any light it is the reflector that gives the light its brightness. A 55w globe in a good light with a deep and good reflector will be better than a 100w globe in a poor design light.
The other thing to look at is a good relay using at least 4mm cable. Voltage drop will also make a good light look dull.
Driving over corrugations with the driving lights on will cause the globes to fail because of the heat and vibration.
You were lucky to get the globes replaced under warranty, as I thought that they would not be covered. Any good 4wd shop or auto shop will carry replacment globes and they don't cost that much. There are a loy of brands to choose from, but keep the watts down to 100.
Wayne
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Follow Up By: DARREN - Friday, May 14, 2004 at 09:51

Friday, May 14, 2004 at 09:51
Thanks Wayne, Actually the indicator and bullbar were replaced under warranty a few months ago and the IPF globe has just gone, have not asked Nissan about it.
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Friday, May 14, 2004 at 11:05

Friday, May 14, 2004 at 11:05
Welcome back Wayne,
wheresyabin???? Any where interesting??
Cheers mate
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Follow Up By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Friday, May 14, 2004 at 16:49

Friday, May 14, 2004 at 16:49
I think he was down the snow
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Reply By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Friday, May 14, 2004 at 16:51

Friday, May 14, 2004 at 16:51
Warranty wont cover globes so get your own 100w bright white
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