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    Default looking for a good h1 bulb.

    Anybody have some suggestions- the old posts seem to be dated.

    Right now, i am looking at

    55W Ultra High Efficacy Plus 50 (Narva Rangepower+50, Osram Silverstar, Tungsram Megalicht or Philips VisionPlus*): $13.50/ea

    or one of these.

    HL78117 Replacement Bulb, H1 12V, 55W, Xenon +30%, Premium, each $10.13

    HL78149 Replacement Bulb, H1 12V, 55W, Xenon +50%, Premium, each $11.76

    HL83100 Replacement Bulb, H1 12V, 55W, Xenon +100%, Hella High Performance, per Pair $29.52


    These will be going in my high beams...so...output vs color...output is more important.



    Yellow ion bulbs are going in my fogs. =)

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    You'd probably think the Hella's are the best.

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    I had Philips Vision Plus on H9005, did NOT make any difference from stock. Money waster!. They were about $22 each!.

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    Do you really think HID highbeams will be that great?

    I would imagine there would be a problem if you had to flash something quick and the bulbs were taking their sweet time warming up.
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    they arent HID...hella dont actually make their own bulbs..i would try the narva plus 50....let us know how it works,i cant really figure out how you get more light without increasing power....but halogens were far superior to tungsten......
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    Quote Originally Posted by JAlfredPrufrock
    Do you really think HID highbeams will be that great?

    I would imagine there would be a problem if you had to flash something quick and the bulbs were taking their sweet time warming up.
    yup, no hid's in high beam. just looking for a good h1 halogen bulb.

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    I've been pretty happy with the h1 vision+ in my e34. I'm also running them in my e39, h7's, both give more light and are not ricer looking IMO. Just a bright white light.
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    Most of the power into an incandescent lamp goes into the atmosphere as heat. You get more light output by raising the temperature of the filament, thus increasing efficiency. Naturally, this comes at the cost of reduced life. It's basically up to the buyer of the lamp to decide which way s/he wants to balance the equation by choosing a particular lamp on the continuum of long life <-> high output.

    By the way, "halogen" (look it up on wikipedia) lamps have tungsten filaments. The halogen part of it comes from the filler gas that causes the tungsten that's evaporated off the filament to recondense on the filament and support instead of on the quartz envelope thus delaying the metallization of the lamp and consequent reduced output.
    Last edited by SRR2; 09-26-2005 at 02:18 PM.

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