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Old 10-01-2012, 12:47 PM   #21
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Can't click on the links at work, but if you need an H7 bulb there is no better option than a set of Osram Rallye 65w bulbs.

It is an H9 bulb on an H7 body, 10w higher wattage over stock. Grabbed a set for around $15 on eBay - Amazing brightness.
Yup. I have those bulbs due to AC_2007's professional top tip. (you too can have your own "Professional Top Tip" if you actually come up with something cool and unique)

So far AC_2007 has two. Lip spoiler and Osram Rallye 65w bulbs.
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:51 PM   #22
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Can't click on the links at work, but if you need an H7 bulb there is no better option than a set of Osram Rallye 65w bulbs.

It is an H9 bulb on an H7 body, 10w higher wattage over stock. Grabbed a set for around $15 on eBay - Amazing brightness.
I'd agree this is the only low cost option to increase light output.

Other than that you will need $500 (give or take) and some time on ebay for a used OEM set. You don't need to spend money on refurbishing them unless the donor car was in an accident.
Generally speaking aftermarket replicas have noticeably worse output, to the point of you being better off with your halogens.

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Old 10-01-2012, 01:18 PM   #23
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Tinted "HID lookalike" halogen bulbs have less light output and are generally terrible.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:49 PM   #24
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OP, werent you doing a xenon conversion? I think I was replying to your other thread for the xenon swap.
Why would you put these bulbs on your car when you are going to do a xenon swap? high beams?

My zippo would light the road better than those. Dont buy them.

Get sylvania silverstars ultra from autozone. They are cheap and last a good length of time than the ebay craplights.
I'm not saying to stop looking at ebay(I got my interior LED conversion done under $20 from ebay), but somethings are just not worth it.
The Xenon conversion was for a friends car, both are his [Lucky bastard. He owns like 3-4 E46, two E39's, and a few more that I HAVENT even seen yet.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:56 PM   #25
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No no. My point is don't buy blue-tined r1cer bulbs. If your stock halogen bulbs burnt out, buy brand new stock halogen bulbs.

The only respectable alternative is spending thousands on a stock lighting system. Or you can even go custom replica (super high quality) projectors w/ a quality aftermarket HID kit. That will cost you only $600-800 and hours of custom fabricating, etc. Not that hard!
So, if you had a bulb burn out, and wanted to get a WHITE [not blue] headlight, you would SWAP THE ENTIRE BULB HOUSING? That's pointless, and moronic. And I despise aftermarket HIDs. Blind people and give you too many damn problems. I CAN get a set of xenons, and install them, but atm, I'm not employed. but I'm still caught on the fact of WHY you would swap the ENTIRE FKING HEADLIGHT for a SINGLE LAMP.
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That makes no sense at all. Spend "Thousands" on the same thing that I ALREADY HAVE, and Mine is in SHOWROOM CONDITION, to get the same fking thing? and then put in the same bulbs? sorry Mango, I normally love your posts, and love your taste, but this has me off.
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Contrary to what everyone has told me, I got them. 4.75 later, I have prettier lighting. They're rather bright too! Love em, Pics later.
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... :/ Your opinion is your opinion. I needed new lights, and these served for a good price, and give a sharper look, and brighter light.
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