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    Hi all,

    Just had a search to no avail! Seem to be getting mixed answers!

    What are the bulb sizes on my car, dipped and high beams?

    I am looking to get some upgrade bulbs.. because even my mates cheapy eBay bulbs in his corsa outshine mine it seems!!! I find myself driving with the fogs on (which i know is stupid) just to see a bit more of the road

    Also which are the best bulbs to get that are reasonably priced... i dont want to go down the route of a HID kit, and i dont want a chavvy blue blinding scatterbeam either, just something thats gonna let me see nicely!!

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    Also, was looking at something like these just for the high beams.. since i only use them on backlanes and stuff, would the BMW standard lights cope with these without melting (dont just guess please), and also is there anything on the cars wiring that wouldnt like it?, like for example some vauxhalls would play up with 100 watters in.

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    I popped some Osram Nightbreakers into the dipped beams just after I bought the car, they absolutely transformed the headlamps. They do a similar job to the main beams too if you want to get the best from your standard setup at minimal cost and without drawing too much current.

    I've also used Philips +80% bulbs before in other cars which did a similar job. Amazing how something as simple as decent bulbs can make the car so much more relaxing at night!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxy328 View Post
    I popped some Osram Nightbreakers into the dipped beams just after I bought the car, they absolutely transformed the headlamps. They do a similar job to the main beams too if you want to get the best from your standard setup at minimal cost and without drawing too much current.

    I've also used Philips +80% bulbs before in other cars which did a similar job. Amazing how something as simple as decent bulbs can make the car so much more relaxing at night!
    Hmmm so its defintely worth doing it then, what size are the dipped and the mains mate can you remember?? Ive heard they are both H1 but not convinced !
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexm View Post
    Hmmm so its defintely worth doing it then, what size are the dipped and the mains mate can you remember?? Ive heard they are both H1 but not convinced !
    Definitely H1 in my car, despite what my manual says! Glad I actually looked at the car rather than believe BMW when they say they should be H7.
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    So both of those are H1's then? Dipped and high?!
    Im gonna have to get some, they dont glare too much on dipped do they i dont wanna get pulled or flashed all the time
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexm View Post
    So both of those are H1's then? Dipped and high?!
    Im gonna have to get some, they dont glare too much on dipped do they i dont wanna get pulled or flashed all the time
    Yep, both H1, at least in my headlamps - worth popping yours out and taking a look, as I'm not sure if there were any variations in the UK market E36.

    The bulbs I mentioned are standard wattage, so just look like crisper, more defined normal bulbs rather than chavvy blue ones or badly fitted cheap HIDs. No glare or scatter at all, providing your headlamps are adjusted correctly, just a bit more quality light in the right places.

    Put it this way, I live in the New Forest, which has ponies roaming wild - It's a good test of any headlamp! I felt genuinely nervous driving through unlit forest roads with standard bulbs, particularly with oncoming traffic, but the the Nightbreakers I feel infinitely more confident that my BMW won't end up with a pony-shaped indentation.
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    Thanks for that mate, ive made my choice i think!! Gonna be one set of nightbreakers in the dipped see how they are, then im split between another set of nightbreakers ... or those rally style 100 or 130 watters, but im not sure if it will melt the housing, or cause loom problems... just for the high beams since no one sees them.. just need to find a good sparkie on here that knows if they are okay or not!
     
     

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