headlight upgrade

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 16:28
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I have a 91 ford telstar as the city car (rebadged mazda 626). The lights on it are shocking and I am wanting to upgrade. Can I put the new type of globes in (Xenon blue lights). Wattage is the same but obviously much brighter. My concern is whether they generate more heat and discolour the cheap plastic light covers over time.

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Reply By: howesy - Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 17:08

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 17:08
i think you mean the xenon/halogen mix as the 100% xenon gas ones require extremely high voltage and cost an arm or leg I cant remember which.
Anyway the xenon mix globes are brighter however they burn cooler thats the beaty of them.
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Reply By: Gossy - Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 17:10

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 17:10
yer the ones which cost about $40 - $80 for the pair depending on what one. Running cooler is good news then.
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Reply By: howesy - Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 17:13

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 17:13
The margin is probably not great but they certainly wont run any hotter and give you a brighter light but can take getting used to as the light is different.
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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 17:42

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 17:42
Is it the bulbs or reflectors?
Some times the reflectors get dull with age and brighter bulbs don't help.

Check your earth and connections at the back of the bulb too.
A new earth can make a big difference sometimes.
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Follow Up By: Gossy - Wednesday, Mar 08, 2006 at 09:12

Wednesday, Mar 08, 2006 at 09:12
it's the bulbs. Standard 55W highbeam bulb at the moment. That's even too low for low beam in my opinion.
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Reply By: drivesafe - Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 19:24

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 19:24
Hi Gossy, are you up to doing a bit of rewiring.

If so you would probably benefit more from an up grade to your existing headlight wiring that may give you an increase in light before you do any globe changes.

Don’t get me wrong, changing to Philips Crystal Vision globes was without a doubt one of the best improvements I have done but to get the full benefit of any new globes, you still need to be getting the highest voltage possible to the globes in the first place.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Gossy - Wednesday, Mar 08, 2006 at 09:13

Wednesday, Mar 08, 2006 at 09:13
I don't think it's worth the time or effort. It's a 1991 Ford probably only worth $2000 now. Moving from a 55W high beam to this new globe will help heaps. It was just the heating I was worried about but it sounds that this won't be a rpoblem.

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