Osram H7 Night Breaker Unlimited Car Headlight Bulbs (Twin Pack) £12.33 delivered @ Amazon.co.uk
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Osram H7 Night Breaker Unlimited Car Headlight Bulbs (Twin Pack) £12.33 delivered @ Amazon.co.uk

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Found 11th Aug 2014
One of my car's headlight bulbs went today, so I had a look around on the web for a replacement. Halfords had a pair of GE standard bulbs for £18.99 that fit my car, but I thought I would get some that were a bit brighter (now that the dark nights are approaching...!). Checked on Amazon, and found this twin pack of Osram H7 Night Breaker Unlimited bulbs for £12.33.

Reviews seem generally positive (both on Amazon's website and elsewhere), and the price seems quite good, although a quick look on CamelCamelCamel revealed that the bulbs were at their cheapest price (£11.91) on 9th August. Still, for the sake of 42 pence, I'm not going to quibble.

Anyways, hope this is of some help to someone - enjoy!

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Had these fail within 14mths...

Osram the pioneers of planned obsolescence

Due to regulations, the wattage of the bulbs is fixed. The only way to get more usable light from the same power is to burn the filament harder, hence the shorter life.

Yep as above , they are good, but on average seem to last a year

Bought these on ebay for 12 quid last year. Put them on my yamaha ybr 125 motorbike. so much better than stock bulbs.

delahmed

Bought these on ebay for 12 quid last year. Put them on my yamaha ybr 125 … Bought these on ebay for 12 quid last year. Put them on my yamaha ybr 125 motorbike. so much better than stock bulbs.



Stupid question this - but on a motorbike such as that do you have backup for main beam?

Cos if not bit of a bummer if your front light blows whilst cornering in the dark.

Banned

Amazon have put their price up to £13.93 but they are still available from a seller at £12.12 with free delivery.

Ordered, have heat.
Edited by: "BadgerM3" 14th Aug 2014

Blinding for incoming traffic

Poor mans xenon

Shame they don't come fitted for that price, another £12 to let halfords fit them on my Megane!

dannymccann

Shame they don't come fitted for that price, another £12 to let halfords … Shame they don't come fitted for that price, another £12 to let halfords fit them on my Megane!



Do you have the Megane where you have to take the front wheels off to change the bulbs? If so £12 isn't a bad price, Renault dealers used to charge something like £250 to do it. Personally I wouldn't let anyone charge me £12 to change bulbs on a car

By a pair of H7 hids off eBay for less than £20 much better and brighter light

dcummin

Blinding for incoming trafficPoor mans xenon



hmm.. no.

you must have a rubbish car if these are causing issues for oncoming cars.
A good projector headlight module will perfectly control the light and there should be hardly any light leakage.

jimjimjeroo

By a pair of H7 hids off eBay for less than £20 much better and brighter … By a pair of H7 hids off eBay for less than £20 much better and brighter light




and Illegal under the road vehicles lighting regulations.

As already mentioned, these WILL fail just outside the 12 months warranty. Both my sets failed within 12-15 months of low use (I only do 7k miles a year).

Not recommended unless you must have the extra light (performance is good).

fishmaster

Do you have the Megane where you have to take the front wheels off to … Do you have the Megane where you have to take the front wheels off to change the bulbs? If so £12 isn't a bad price,



Engine out job on a Megane,

gabrielmandu

As already mentioned, these WILL fail just outside the 12 months … As already mentioned, these WILL fail just outside the 12 months warranty. Both my sets failed within 12-15 months of low use (I only do 7k miles a year).



Right so.. even if the car is parked in the garage...

They are 55W so they are road legal. Some people illegally fit 100W bulbs, but you need to fit a resistor as well or you will blow your light fuse.

The cheapest I found for good bulbs , is from The Range store . If you are not worried about the brightness , then pound shop 2 for a pound head light bulbs will suffice , or do as an emergency back up in you glove box until you buy some fancy ones .

Halfords have Clearance on boschH7, H4 etc head lights. From £18.99 ish down to £5.00. Not sure if changing the packaging or discontinuing but a bargain compare to even the normal bulbs at trade price! It has been mentioned on HUKD before. Maybe worth having a look?

Are these any better than the Ring Ultra Xenon upgrade bulbs, which claim to be 60% brighter?

The projector headlights on my Nissan are frankly crap - to the point that before fitting the Ring upgrade bulbs (which are better than standard, but still not as good as the non-projector units on my last Nissan) I always had to have the front driving lights on too just to see the edges of unlit rural roads properly.

Nutkin

and Illegal under the road vehicles lighting regulations.



Could you reference this?

As far as I understand, the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations written in 1989 makes no specific reference to HID's or Xenon's. It's been a grey area for a long time and regulations are largely driven by the European Commission. I'm not aware of anything specific in the recent MOT changes to fail you for having HID's fitted to your car, as long as the beam pattern is correct.

Would be interested to have this clarified by anyone.

Great bulbs, just had mine delivered

Bought these and the H1's for my C4

I had a pair of these and they're good but they died after 12 months. I sent the dead bulbs back to Osram freepost and they sent me a new set as a "goodwill gesture" explaining that after inspection they probably died because they were run above 13.2 V. They're definitely better than standard bulbs, but unless your lights are easy to replace, I'd probably go for the Philips or GE alternatives.

FBD

Could you reference this?As far as I understand, the Road Vehicles … Could you reference this?As far as I understand, the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations written in 1989 makes no specific reference to HID's or Xenon's. It's been a grey area for a long time and regulations are largely driven by the European Commission. I'm not aware of anything specific in the recent MOT changes to fail you for having HID's fitted to your car, as long as the beam pattern is correct. Would be interested to have this clarified by anyone.



Filament lamps

14. (1) Where a motor vehicle first used on or after 1st April 1986 or any trailer manufactured on or after 1st October 1985 is equipped with any lamp of a type that is required by any Schedule to these Regulations to be marked with an approval mark, no filament lamp other than a filament lamp referred to in the Designation of Approval Marks Regulations in–

(a)regulation 4 and Schedule 2, items 2 or 2A, 8, 20, 37 or 37A; or

(b)regulation 5 and Schedule 4, item 18,

shall be fitted to any such lamp.






So if your car is fitted with an Approved bulb type, you must replace it only with a bulb of equal approval. None of these Chinese HID kits have any approval rating marks. You could also read into it that any vehicle fitted with filament lamps, must always have filament lamps.

Agree about the hid kits - they fail type approval regs when fitted to non projector type lenses and are frankly awful ! The light pattern scatters everywhere and is dazzling for other road users and they put out less useable light than normal lamps where it's needed . If you want hid - buy a replacement headlight !

Excellent bulbs - I used them in a Volvo with the lights on all the time while driving, and they lasted just over a year.

JamesSmith

Stupid question this - but on a motorbike such as that do you have backup … Stupid question this - but on a motorbike such as that do you have backup for main beam?Cos if not bit of a bummer if your front light blows whilst cornering in the dark.


Just the one light mate. Lucky I live in London where every road has street lights. Also my mum says I am not allowed out at night time..... :-P
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