Dipped lights not bright enough

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Re: Dipped lights not bright enough

Postby joeishmather » Tue Apr 12, 2011 11:19 am

Yeah, cut it smaller than it would seem it needs to be.... Mines to big! :banghead

But yeah I did, are you fitting them??
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Re: Dipped lights not bright enough

Postby dog-man » Tue Apr 12, 2011 11:32 am

No, not yet. I am just making sure I have all the facts before doing the job.

Depends on the weather, but Friday is possible, failing that any day next week.

Driving home from work the other night behind a colleague and she commented the next day, "Why were you driving with side lights".

I wasn't, I had dipped beam on and the bulbs I currently have aimprovementvement on the original bulbs that came with the car.


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Re: Dipped lights not bright enough

Postby joeishmather » Tue Apr 12, 2011 12:21 pm

Lol, tell me about it, my old bulbs were god awful! Really bad, dual carriageway was terrible as I daren't go fast as I didn't used to be able to fee far enough ahead!lol

You'll love these, make such a huge difference!
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Re: Dipped lights not bright enough

Postby wyuen1 » Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:00 pm

i got the kit aswel but i couldn't fit it as i couldn't take off my bumper :cry . the screw on the wheel arch won't come off it just spins round n round. tried using a angle grinder to cut it off but as there ain't much space around there its actually melting the linear :banghead . gonna try a dremel cutter and see if that can cut the screw off.

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Re: Dipped lights not bright enough

Postby joeishmather » Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:52 pm

That sounds very unfortunate.. Hopefull you'll get it off, once it's off I'm sure the ret of the fitting job will seem easy!! Fingers crossed no more problems for you tho!!
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Re: Dipped lights not bright enough

Postby wyuen1 » Sun Apr 17, 2011 12:34 pm

Finally got the screw off the wheel arch, the dremel cutter worked a treat. Got the bumper off and fitted the xenons along with led sidelights and silvertec indicator bulbs. Took around 1hr to fit but well worth it :cool:

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Re: Dipped lights not bright enough

Postby dog-man » Sun Apr 17, 2011 1:30 pm

Does the car need to be up on stands or is there enough room to work without doing this?



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Re: Dipped lights not bright enough

Postby wyuen1 » Sun Apr 17, 2011 1:43 pm

don't need the stands, once the bumper is off you just unscrew and remove the whole headlight unit and you will have more than enough room to fit the xenon ballast. heres a link i used to remove the bumper and the headlight.

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Re: Dipped lights not bright enough

Postby dog-man » Sun Apr 17, 2011 1:49 pm

Thanks.

Hope to do the job tomorrow.



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Re: Dipped lights not bright enough

Postby dog-man » Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:49 am

Doing the job now. Had a problem getting one of the lugs to let go at the top of the front panel but it came off eventually.

All stripped down now and am having a rest till I have cooled down with a squash with ice. Very warm here.

Then I will see what I can use to cut the holes in the covers. I was sure I had a cheap version of a dremel with loads of attachments but can't find it, so may use a drill bit.

I wish I had chosen a cooler day, me and the sun do not get on!

When I took out the existing bulbs, I found that the drivers side was not sat right, it was at an angle so that would have made matters worse.



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Re: Dipped lights not bright enough

Postby dog-man » Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:56 pm

I see that each bulb wiring has 2 x flat blades, where do these go?

Not read all instructions yet.

Wife keeeps interrupting me!



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Re: Dipped lights not bright enough

Postby joeishmather » Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:02 pm

The flat blades are effectively the blades of the original bulb, they take to feed from the plug that goes onto the original bulb..

Let me know I you have any other problems :-)
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Re: Dipped lights not bright enough

Postby dog-man » Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:40 pm

Where exactly did you position the ballasts?

I have put them on the bumper where it goes into the car and fits on the chassis, but they seem to be in the way slightly when I put the light housing into position.

Then I can start to reassemble after testing them.


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Re: Dipped lights not bright enough

Postby joeishmather » Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:44 pm

I put them on the back of the bumper reinforcement... Taped and secured with tie wraps, well out of the way there..
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Re: Dipped lights not bright enough

Postby dog-man » Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:49 pm

So if I look at the bumper bar from the front, you put them on the rear of the bar that is there?

I put them on top of the bits of that bumper that go in toward the car. They are in the way there and it would be difficult to make the connections due to cable length.


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