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02 Dec 2019 06:42 #216143 by Lambert
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I have decided to go to the Nightbreaker from my current GE high output h4 s. The reviews are very positive and currently because of cyber Monday the Nightbreaker is less than 16 quid a pair on Amazon which is good compared with eurocarparts at 24 quid.

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02 Dec 2019 09:51 #216148 by DrRobin
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Good spot.

I have ordered a pair for my Jimny. I was surprised how good the headlamps are on the Jimny, but I could always do with a little more.

My other car, a Boxster, the lights are no where near as good as the Jimny, so ordered a pair of H7 for that as well, takes me up to free delivery.

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02 Dec 2019 15:35 #216153 by Daniel30
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No brainer ;)
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03 Dec 2019 07:59 #216182 by Caelite
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Yeah night breaker lasers are mega. I've had one of their LED w5ws fail on me prematurely, however they do stick to their guarantees & sent me out another pack without any fuss.

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03 Dec 2019 18:13 #216216 by Lambert
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The reviews are not wrong. Compared with the GE things that were in it's like there's actual light being emitted. Wow.

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02 Jan 2020 13:33 #216924 by DrRobin
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I got my Nightbreakers fitted some time ago, but then found the lights were well out of alignment. I had a little alignment session over the festive period and now the 'already good' lights on my Jimny are absolutely superb.

On dip they have a good cut off beam at a reasonable distance without blinding the car in front, but on the open road at night light up the road ahead like a couple of search lights.

They are brilliant.

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03 Jan 2020 22:07 #216974 by kirkynut
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Osrams are brighter and when I fitted them to the Mrs old 325i they really improved the headlights, however they did seem to have a shorter life than standard halogen lights. I replaced them twice and gave up after that. I put in standard bulbs from Halfords and don't think any more blew.

I read a comparison of standard bulbs and Osrams in an online article but cannot recall where. It concluded the same.

I've also put really cheap bulbs in my 320i and they lasted 5 minutes.

So whilst Osrams and the like perform better, it's at the cost of a slightly shorter life.

Given Jimny headlights are not bad, I've not bothered with high performance bulbs and have stuck with good quality standard bulbs.

I have added some cheap Ring driving lights for some extra distance though. £20 was all they cost.

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06 Jan 2020 06:42 #217037 by Bosanek
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I do not recommend the Nightbreaker model because of significantly reduced life span (that is the price of the increased luminosity).

However, I have found the slightly weaker Osram Silverstar 2.0 to be the best compromise between increased luminosity (compared to ordinary bulbs) and reduced life span.

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06 Jan 2020 07:18 #217041 by Lambert
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As long as the Nightbreaker make it through one winter season that is enough for me. I'd sooner replace them every 6 months and be able to see properly than have a set of candles that last indefinitely but emit about half a lux onto the road.

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06 Jan 2020 07:37 #217042 by sniper
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I had a chap pop round to the house and polish my headlights (no euphemism) for £10 and they looked brand new. Fitted Night-Breakers and blimey..... I can see..... As Lambert says, I'd rather have the light and replace failed units twice a year if need be.....

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06 Jan 2020 13:41 #217053 by Busta
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I've had the same Nightbreakers for about 30,000 miles now, swapping the bulbs over from my old Jimny to my current one and they haven't blown yet. I fitted some in my girlfriends C1 and one recently blew after about 20,000 miles, which i'd still consider respectable. I do find some cars blow headlight bulbs much more than others though. My mother has a Volvo V50 that would blow standard H7 bulbs every few months so I fitted so 'heavy duty' bulbs in that which offer slightly less output but have lasted well.

Osram make no secret of the shortened lifespan, it's clearly written on the front of the box. From my experience the increase in light output is well worth the extra cost.

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06 Jan 2020 15:49 #217058 by DrRobin
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Bulbs fail early for the following reasons

- Air leak (not that common now);
- Over-voltage;
- Over-heating;
- Under-voltage;
- Vibration;
- Switching on and off too frequently or bad connection, leads to too much inrush and thermal/mechanical shock of the filament.

If a bulb blows quickly perhaps it is voltage regulation, a bad connection or vibration which is killing it?

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