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walter05
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better lighting?

Post by walter05 » Wed 24 Dec, 2014 15:19

Hi, christmas greeting to one and all. Question: has anyone fitted the chrome projector angel eye replacement headlight units?
Are they worth the price and are they a real improvement over the original Z3 light units. Also are they 100% legal and a better buy than xenons? your views/remarks appreciated.

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Southernboy
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Re: better lighting?

Post by Southernboy » Thu 25 Dec, 2014 09:36

They do provide better lighting than OEM...but that is based on the "old" OEM light bulbs... If you replace the OEM light bulbs with decent quality modern equivalents, the OEM headlights are pretty good too. Just look for something like the Phillips Diamond white type bulbs. They are a lot brighter than OEM and will save you a bomb in complete headlight replacements. If your OEM headlight main lenses are a bit "hazy" there are kits to polish them up so they're 100% clear and as good as new. :wink:
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walter05
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Re: better lighting?

Post by walter05 » Thu 25 Dec, 2014 11:00

Thanks for reply and suggestion.I agree on the money saving so will look into the philips bulbs on offer.regards and greetings.

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Re: better lighting?

Post by Z3andZ4 » Fri 26 Dec, 2014 17:22

I strongly recommend the 3m lens cleaning kit.

I have tried others first and they were poor, the 3m was excellent.

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Re: better lighting?

Post by BryZzz » Tue 13 Jan, 2015 00:58

If you want halogens, i strongly recommend you get osram nightbreakers. I personally installed H.I.D.'s

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Gordon13
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Re: better lighting?

Post by Gordon13 » Tue 20 Jan, 2015 19:27

I used Osram nightbreakers, they made a big difference.
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Re: better lighting?

Post by Mike Fishwick » Wed 21 Jan, 2015 09:51

Make sure that the batery voltage is good too - lots of people spend money on HID lights when the battery was the real problem.

Remember also that the HID only gives a brighter dip beam - the main beam is still a bulb. As most people in the UK seldom drive out of street light-lit areas, following other cars, HID conversions seem to be moreof a 'Look at me' type of modification than something which is really useful.

As the OP suggested, legality is pretty borderline, to say the least, and many of the cheaper HID units produce a lot of RF interference, which can affect anything from TV reception to on-car electronics.
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