Front headlight change

Discussion in 'Body Work and Exterior Lights' started by d7reu, Jan 24, 2020.

  1. d7reu

    d7reu Paid Member

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    Car:
    clio 200
    Time has come to change the front bulb. Are there any guides?

    Should I change it for the standard original or should I get a LED replacement or HID kit?
     

  2. MarcB

    MarcB Paid Member

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    Location:
    Scotland
    Car:
    LY 197 F1 / Trophy / Escort RST
    Bumper off - 20mins

    Bulb change - 5mins

    I would stick with standard bulbs but go for something like Osram Night Breakers.
    I would not start messing about with LEDs and HIDs unless you have very very good quality that are going to last.

    I would change all bulbs while bumper is off and headlights are out and then thats one whole job in its self completed as the last thing you want to be doing every few weeks is bumper off for one bulb or a flicking LED.
     
  3. turkie172

    turkie172 Paid Member

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    Location:
    N. Ireland
    Car:
    197
    I would stick to good quality standard rated bulbs because the LED lights seem to give off a lot of heat as they have some crazy coolers and you will end up damaging the Perspex lens, HID kits are a mess of wires and in non projector headlights a crazy thing to do, also the LED & HID kits are not that reliable just judging by the local £300 cars with £3000 of wheels and mods on them driving around with one headlight working or on full beam because none of the dipped beams work.
     
  4. tobydavis34

    tobydavis34 Platinum Member

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    Car:
    Clio 197
  5. tobydavis34

    tobydavis34 Platinum Member

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    Car:
    Clio 197
    Progress thread here
     
  6. tobydavis34

    tobydavis34 Platinum Member

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    Car:
    Clio 197
  7. Frank Perry

    Frank Perry Paid Member

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    Location:
    Bristol, UK
    Car:
    Clio Sport 197
    I bought some projectors to replace the reflectors I had (headlights were £40 for the pair from ebay from a breakers) and I gave these a punt at £24.99 - I have to say, it has been almost a full 2 years and these have been fantastic. They have never given me a problem, always turned on, they warm up within seconds (<10 seconds). Knowing they are at £39.99 now, I would happily buy another set if I were to do the conversion on another car.

    The only thing I would change is instead of 6000k, I should've gone 5000k. I updated the sidelights to these and the fogs are a cheap set of LEDs. The 6000k HIDs are ever so slightly blue compared to the LEDs which are pure white but they still match close enough and look great.

    A few photos of the difference between stock/normal bulbs VS HIDs for you. Hope this helps!
     

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