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Replacement Car Bulbs - H7 & 501

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I'm looking to replace the H7 & 501 bulbs in my car. I don't want cheap blue ebay ones that will burn out after a few months, and I don't want cheap LED's that will start to flicker or cause warning l…
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1m, 3w agoPosted 1 month, 3 weeks ago
I'm looking to replace the H7 & 501 bulbs in my car. I don't want cheap blue ebay ones that will burn out after a few months, and I don't want cheap LED's that will start to flicker or cause warning lights to pop up on the dashboard either.

Am looking at the Phillips range of LED's. Does anyone have any experience with them?

Or any tips on which to get/avoid?

It's for a 2009 116d BMW if that makes any difference.
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#1
try euro car parts? local motor factors will also stalk different levels
#2
Yeah, bought a pair of these recently. Although the bulb is blue, the light is white (5000k).

http://www.eurocarparts.com/ecp/p/car-accessories/car-maintenance-accessories/bulbs/upgrade-headlampbulbs/?971775521&0&cc5_847

Just not sure if they'll last and now the sidelights (the 501's) look yellow in comparison, so considering changing them to LED's to match.
#3
If you are swaping out your side lights for the Philips ones (or any other) make sure you keep your old ones for MOT time as some places will fail you. Or if your get pulled over by the cops and they are picky about car mods.
#4
Orderd from here recently. Good prices and fast turn aroud.
https://www.powerbulbs.com/store/category/car-bulbs/fitting/h7-499/all
#5
halfords are buy 1 get 1 free on their's (and bosch) 90%/125% brighter bulbs.

Also bought some ebay blues and 2 went in a week and replacement 2 did the same-rubbish.
#6
Rich069
halfords are buy 1 get 1 free on their's (and bosch) 90%/125% brighter bulbs.

Also bought some ebay blues and 2 went in a week and replacement 2 did the same-rubbish.


​90%/130% it should be.
#7
Halfords bulbs are only buy one get one free as they are stupidly overpriced in the first place.

You can get a pair of Philips XtremeVision for about £15 on amazon, made a huge improvement to the mediocre low beam on my Jag x-Type
#8
thanks, was looking at Phillips as would expect them to last a while. But they do both LED & 'normal' bulbs. Not sure which is best.
#9
I use powerbulbs on internet. excellent customet help. recommended to friends and family. beware some high Kelvin rated are not road legal. I use h7 Philips nightbreakers and they came with free 501. both excellent white light

Edited By: 999kernow on Dec 29, 2016 15:05: more info
#10
GAVINLEWISHUKD
If you are swaping out your side lights for the Philips ones (or any other) make sure you keep your old ones for MOT time as some places will fail you. Or if your get pulled over by the cops and they are picky about car mods.
Leds are perfectly legal providing they're white and don't flicker etc, 100% should not fail an MOT.
#11
999kernow
I use powerbulbs on internet. excellent customet help. recommended to friends and family. beware some high Kelvin rated are not road legal. I use h7 Philips nightbreakers and they came with free 501. both excellent white light


​how long have they lasted you?
#12
shauneco
GAVINLEWISHUKD
If you are swaping out your side lights for the Philips ones (or any other) make sure you keep your old ones for MOT time as some places will fail you. Or if your get pulled over by the cops and they are picky about car mods.
Leds are perfectly legal providing they're white and don't flicker etc, 100% should not fail an MOT.

Well as they are driving lights they must have washes and be self leveling which they do not. So while it is unlikely the MOT tester or plod will be picky they might be. Philips also state they are for interior or off road use only. This is on both the front back and a diagram on the side.

For the 2 mins once a year you may as well change them back. Or at least leave them in the glovebox ready.
#13
I changed the bulbs on my 2010 XF (standard dipped headlights are absolutely atrocious) to Philips Xtreme Vision +130%. These are legal and give a marked acceptable improvement. They will not cause 'CAN bus' problems as they are still a filament bulb with same impedance and therefore won't screw up the monitoring by some of our now sophisticated car systems. Be careful if you fit HID or LED, HID definitely need a 'ballast resistor' to fool the electronics - I dare say LED could be the same. Fitted the Philips 2 months ago and still ok, but early days so don't know how long they will last. Got mine for £18.90 off Ebay....
#14
GAVINLEWISHUKD
shauneco
GAVINLEWISHUKD
If you are swaping out your side lights for the Philips ones (or any other) make sure you keep your old ones for MOT time as some places will fail you. Or if your get pulled over by the cops and they are picky about car mods.
Leds are perfectly legal providing they're white and don't flicker etc, 100% should not fail an MOT.
Well as they are driving lights they must have washes and be self leveling which they do not. So while it is unlikely the MOT tester or plod will be picky they might be. Philips also state they are for interior or off road use only. This is on both the front back and a diagram on the side.
For the 2 mins once a year you may as well change them back. Or at least leave them in the glovebox ready.
Sidelights are different from you main and dipped lights ;) and you're thinking about HID's, Leds don't require washers/wipers.

Led main and dipped are perfectly legal too so long as they're not funny colours ( Same for all bulbs ). and produce the correct beam, Led tend to scatter the light a bit funny so whether they'd pass an MOT or not I'm not sure so would agree with your point for main/dipped. However I'd want the optimal illumination and although Led look nice I don't think they're good enough atm, The led bulbs are hit and miss.

I've got Osram Night Breaker Unlimited fitted in mine for the led look and decent beam. I've got led sidelights and number plate bulbs with resistors so no canbus issues, All my interior lights are led, Gives it a nice clean look.

My car past mot, not issue :).

Remember sidelights are just visibility lights, They don't really help illuminate the road.
#15
shauneco
GAVINLEWISHUKD
shauneco
GAVINLEWISHUKD
If you are swaping out your side lights for the Philips ones (or any other) make sure you keep your old ones for MOT time as some places will fail you. Or if your get pulled over by the cops and they are picky about car mods.
Leds are perfectly legal providing they're white and don't flicker etc, 100% should not fail an MOT.
Well as they are driving lights they must have washes and be self leveling which they do not. So while it is unlikely the MOT tester or plod will be picky they might be. Philips also state they are for interior or off road use only. This is on both the front back and a diagram on the side.
For the 2 mins once a year you may as well change them back. Or at least leave them in the glovebox ready.
Sidelights are different from you main and dipped lights ;) and you're thinking about HID's, Leds don't require washers/wipers.
Led main and dipped are perfectly legal too so long as they're not funny colours ( Same for all bulbs ). and produce the correct beam, Led tend to scatter the light a bit funny so whether they'd pass an MOT or not I'm not sure so would agree with your point for main/dipped. However I'd want the optimal illumination and although Led look nice I don't think they're good enough atm, The led bulbs are hit and miss.
I've got Osram Night Breaker Unlimited fitted in mine for the led look and decent beam. I've got led sidelights and number plate bulbs with resistors so no canbus issues, All my interior lights are led, Gives it a nice clean look.
My car past mot, not issue :).
Remember sidelights are just visibility lights, They don't really help illuminate the road.

ECE Regulations 48 section 6.2.9 stipulates that all LED driving lights should have wash and self levelling which is why almost nobody sells them in this country. HIDs only if over 2000lms.
If sidelights are included are a grey area. If you have separate side lights (ie not a part of the main headlight unit) there could be the argument that they are not driving lights and just illumination to signal the approx size of the vehicle.
If it's all in one less so. I have LEDs in my car and passed no issues. But I have a normal pair just incase. Philips just put it on their boxes to cover themselves.

But 99% of the time nobody will know or care. But it's useful to know just incase you find one pain of a tester or cop.
#16
GAVINLEWISHUKD
shauneco
GAVINLEWISHUKD
shauneco
GAVINLEWISHUKD
If you are swaping out your side lights for the Philips ones (or any other) make sure you keep your old ones for MOT time as some places will fail you. Or if your get pulled over by the cops and they are picky about car mods.
Leds are perfectly legal providing they're white and don't flicker etc, 100% should not fail an MOT.
Well as they are driving lights they must have washes and be self leveling which they do not. So while it is unlikely the MOT tester or plod will be picky they might be. Philips also state they are for interior or off road use only. This is on both the front back and a diagram on the side.
For the 2 mins once a year you may as well change them back. Or at least leave them in the glovebox ready.
Sidelights are different from you main and dipped lights ;) and you're thinking about HID's, Leds don't require washers/wipers.
Led main and dipped are perfectly legal too so long as they're not funny colours ( Same for all bulbs ). and produce the correct beam, Led tend to scatter the light a bit funny so whether they'd pass an MOT or not I'm not sure so would agree with your point for main/dipped. However I'd want the optimal illumination and although Led look nice I don't think they're good enough atm, The led bulbs are hit and miss.
I've got Osram Night Breaker Unlimited fitted in mine for the led look and decent beam. I've got led sidelights and number plate bulbs with resistors so no canbus issues, All my interior lights are led, Gives it a nice clean look.
My car past mot, not issue :).
Remember sidelights are just visibility lights, They don't really help illuminate the road.
ECE Regulations 48 section 6.2.9 stipulates that all LED driving lights should have wash and self levelling which is why almost nobody sells them in this country. HIDs only if over 2000lms.
If sidelights are included are a grey area. If you have separate side lights (ie not a part of the main headlight unit) there could be the argument that they are not driving lights and just illumination to signal the approx size of the vehicle.
If it's all in one less so. I have LEDs in my car and passed no issues. But I have a normal pair just incase. Philips just put it on their boxes to cover themselves.
But 99% of the time nobody will know or care. But it's useful to know just incase you find one pain of a tester or cop.
Yeah I guess they could fail for that so I am wrong on that but they don't usually fail them as you suggest, Still it's unlikely they'll fail you for having led sidelights. Most daytime running lamps are led and don't adjust.

Another negative with led is heat.

Edited By: shauneco on Dec 29, 2016 17:58
#17
shauneco
GAVINLEWISHUKD
shauneco
GAVINLEWISHUKD
shauneco
GAVINLEWISHUKD
If you are swaping out your side lights for the Philips ones (or any other) make sure you keep your old ones for MOT time as some places will fail you. Or if your get pulled over by the cops and they are picky about car mods.
Leds are perfectly legal providing they're white and don't flicker etc, 100% should not fail an MOT.
Well as they are driving lights they must have washes and be self leveling which they do not. So while it is unlikely the MOT tester or plod will be picky they might be. Philips also state they are for interior or off road use only. This is on both the front back and a diagram on the side.
For the 2 mins once a year you may as well change them back. Or at least leave them in the glovebox ready.
Sidelights are different from you main and dipped lights ;) and you're thinking about HID's, Leds don't require washers/wipers.
Led main and dipped are perfectly legal too so long as they're not funny colours ( Same for all bulbs ). and produce the correct beam, Led tend to scatter the light a bit funny so whether they'd pass an MOT or not I'm not sure so would agree with your point for main/dipped. However I'd want the optimal illumination and although Led look nice I don't think they're good enough atm, The led bulbs are hit and miss.
I've got Osram Night Breaker Unlimited fitted in mine for the led look and decent beam. I've got led sidelights and number plate bulbs with resistors so no canbus issues, All my interior lights are led, Gives it a nice clean look.
My car past mot, not issue :).
Remember sidelights are just visibility lights, They don't really help illuminate the road.
ECE Regulations 48 section 6.2.9 stipulates that all LED driving lights should have wash and self levelling which is why almost nobody sells them in this country. HIDs only if over 2000lms.
If sidelights are included are a grey area. If you have separate side lights (ie not a part of the main headlight unit) there could be the argument that they are not driving lights and just illumination to signal the approx size of the vehicle.
If it's all in one less so. I have LEDs in my car and passed no issues. But I have a normal pair just incase. Philips just put it on their boxes to cover themselves.
But 99% of the time nobody will know or care. But it's useful to know just incase you find one pain of a tester or cop.
Yeah I guess they could fail for that so I am wrong on that but they don't usually fail them as you suggest, Still it's unlikely they'll fail you for having led sidelights. Most daytime running lamps are led and don't adjust.
Another negative with led is heat.

But DLRs are not driving lights and should by law dim when you put on your driving lights (factory ones should). But nobody cares. Most MOT stations are interested in dangerous parts or ones they can make money on. Lights generally are neither. :)
#18
GAVINLEWISHUKD
shauneco
GAVINLEWISHUKD
shauneco
GAVINLEWISHUKD
shauneco
GAVINLEWISHUKD
If you are swaping out your side lights for the Philips ones (or any other) make sure you keep your old ones for MOT time as some places will fail you. Or if your get pulled over by the cops and they are picky about car mods.
Leds are perfectly legal providing they're white and don't flicker etc, 100% should not fail an MOT.
Well as they are driving lights they must have washes and be self leveling which they do not. So while it is unlikely the MOT tester or plod will be picky they might be. Philips also state they are for interior or off road use only. This is on both the front back and a diagram on the side.
For the 2 mins once a year you may as well change them back. Or at least leave them in the glovebox ready.
Sidelights are different from you main and dipped lights ;) and you're thinking about HID's, Leds don't require washers/wipers.
Led main and dipped are perfectly legal too so long as they're not funny colours ( Same for all bulbs ). and produce the correct beam, Led tend to scatter the light a bit funny so whether they'd pass an MOT or not I'm not sure so would agree with your point for main/dipped. However I'd want the optimal illumination and although Led look nice I don't think they're good enough atm, The led bulbs are hit and miss.
I've got Osram Night Breaker Unlimited fitted in mine for the led look and decent beam. I've got led sidelights and number plate bulbs with resistors so no canbus issues, All my interior lights are led, Gives it a nice clean look.
My car past mot, not issue :).
Remember sidelights are just visibility lights, They don't really help illuminate the road.
ECE Regulations 48 section 6.2.9 stipulates that all LED driving lights should have wash and self levelling which is why almost nobody sells them in this country. HIDs only if over 2000lms.
If sidelights are included are a grey area. If you have separate side lights (ie not a part of the main headlight unit) there could be the argument that they are not driving lights and just illumination to signal the approx size of the vehicle.
If it's all in one less so. I have LEDs in my car and passed no issues. But I have a normal pair just incase. Philips just put it on their boxes to cover themselves.
But 99% of the time nobody will know or care. But it's useful to know just incase you find one pain of a tester or cop.
Yeah I guess they could fail for that so I am wrong on that but they don't usually fail them as you suggest, Still it's unlikely they'll fail you for having led sidelights. Most daytime running lamps are led and don't adjust.
Another negative with led is heat.
But DLRs are not driving lights and should by law dim when you put on your driving lights (factory ones should). But nobody cares. Most MOT stations are interested in dangerous parts or ones they can make money on. Lights generally are neither. :)
True, Have a good new year.
#19
Thanks, will stick with the H7's I've already bought & fitted for now. If they burn out quick, I'll look at the Philips ones. Looks like I'll just get some standard 501's too rather than LED's.
#20
Just bought the matching sidelights for just £2.69, hopefully these all last a while and don't burn out too quick. They're cheap enough to replace, but I just can't be arsed with the effort...............

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ultra-Power-Headlight-Bulbs-BU501P/dp/B006C0B16Y

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