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ralphsanders said:
I have never used the blue ones, I am not sure that they are road legal.
The Philips "BlueVision" bulbs are just white, the light does not look blue at all.
 
stats007 said:
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Just ordered 2 lots of SilverStars from them. One H1 pair for main beam and one H7 pair for dipped. £12.49 and £16.49 respectively delivered free. Good value I'd say. I'll let you have my thoughts once they're up and running.

Alex
 
Can you get them for sidelights or not worth it? Mine look a bit too yellow. Dipped are Xenons so quite a contrast.
 
stats007 said:
How are the Brembos?


They keep stopping me........:bannana:
 
Have used the 50% Brighter Osram Silver Star bulbs in my SEAT Toledo and now my W208 CLK and been mightily impressed by them. However they are beaten into the ground by the Xenon lights on my wifes A3 !! One on the most worthwhile options if you are buying a new Merc. Still the Silver Stars a close second to those purchasing pre-loved cars. £18 for H7's in Swathling Auto Spares in Southampton (darn cheap for a little independant and considerably cheaper than the Halfords own brand stuff)
 
I suppose it depends what headlights you have - main beam are H1 on mine - I have Xenons for dipped so don't know about those.
 
H4 bulbs are combined dip/beam, H7 and H1 bulbs are single function bulbs.

Sidelights are usually 5 watt wedge fitment aka "peanut" style bulb.
 
I paid nothing for my whiter sidelight bulbs when I bought some silvervision indicators from powerbulbs :)
 
Yup I got a free pair of sidelight bulbs with my Silver Stars, from Power Bulbs.
 
How much were they in total?

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Powerbulbs do H1 Silver Stars for £18.45 with free sidelights. Still cheaper on eBay :)
 
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Well, how topical! One of my headlight bulbs failed whilst we were in Newquay at the weekend. I tried to find a Halfords yesterday, but couldn't find one anywhere between Newquay and Bristol (and my low oil level warning came on, heading down Porlock Hill). And then I find this thread ...

Looking on the Powerbulbs site, it shows a H7 as the low and high beam bulb. I have the failed one in my hand and it is indeed a H7, so I could just order a H7.

If I wanted to replace the sidelights as well, does anyone know if that would be a H7 as well? EDIT: looks like that would be a W5W.

Shude, the indicator bulbs you bought, were they the PY21W type? Presumably, this is a standard fitting? Quite like the look of the SilverVision ones.

Has anyone tried the PowerBulbs PowerPlus bulbs? They are having a BOGOF offer at the minute, so could get both the main and low done for £25.

Funny, never given my bulbs a second thought before the weekend :D
 
Flyer said:
Shude, the indicator bulbs you bought, were they the PY21W type? Presumably, this is a standard fitting? Quite like the look of the SilverVision ones.
Yes, I bought two packs of the silvervisions and got bluevision sidelights for free. Powerbulbs always have some deal or other on.

The silvervisions don't look as silver as they used to but have the same effect.

I recently recovered all the bulbs from my old headlamp units so I have lots of spare H7s and a few spare H1s so bulbs aren't a problem for me right now ;)
 
I was disappointed when I fitted Osram Silverstar to my W210, it was no brighter than the existing fitment. (perhaps it depends if you have a really healthy battery to supply enough juice).

As it was no brighter, I left the old unblown bulb in as it looked like a right hassle trying to get the offside bulb out! (supposed to replace in pairs).

On my Polo Osram Silverstar is subjectively brighter than the old std fit bulbs (but it won't burn out your retinas) - perhaps it depends heavily on the car's circuits?
 
Slightly off topic, I often see old bangers, G,H,J etc reg, shamby unlooked after bodywork, with a slightly misaligned headlamp, but with an absolutely intense retina blinding light. I'm sure these can't be more expensive 50% brighter lights :crazy:
 
The standard headlights lights on my VW Sharan (you can't specify xenons with 4Motion - wonder why?) are excellent, so I didn't bother replacing those. But the Silver Stars were definitely an improvement on my R129.
 
uumode said:
I was disappointed when I fitted Osram Silverstar to my W210, it was no brighter than the existing fitment. (perhaps it depends if you have a really healthy battery to supply enough juice).

As it was no brighter, I left the old unblown bulb in as it looked like a right hassle trying to get the offside bulb out! (supposed to replace in pairs).

On my Polo Osram Silverstar is subjectively brighter than the old std fit bulbs (but it won't burn out your retinas) - perhaps it depends heavily on the car's circuits?

I've measured the Siverstars with a lightmeter and they are exactly (within 1/10 th of a stop) 50% brighter than the normal OE Osrams in a W202.Impressive.
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I was comparing them to normal Osram bulbs today and funnily enough everything on the hardware side looks identical apart from the actual filament.

adam
 
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