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Problem solved!

Half's have changed the bulbs and all is good.

Apparently the ones they installed first were faulty, there is an instant improvement and I'm quite happy with how the lights now work.
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Problem solved!

Half's have changed the bulbs and all is good.

Apparently the ones they installed first were faulty, there is an instant improvement and I'm quite happy with how the lights now work.
Sounds fishy if you ask me. Bulbs either work or they donít. Sounds like they screwed something up and have covered it up by saying the bulbs were faulty. Bulbs donít go faulty like that.
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After my oil filter experience.. nothing would surprise me..
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Did they try to sell you a 55w oil filter?
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I wouldnt buy a bulb there...!!
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The dipped beam on my wife's 65 plate 500C that she bought this summer is pathetic. I had no such issues with the 2011 500 I owned, although I did fit Osram Nightbreakers to improve the high beam on that car.
Part of the facelift that was done on the 500 a few years ago appears to have been to change the dipped beam lamp units from a conventional reflector to a "projector" style unit. Whoever signed off this "improvement" should be sacked.
The only legal way I can see to possibly improve things is to fit the brightest road legal bulbs I can find. Probably try some Philips X-treme vision when Eurocarparts opens tomorrow. Halfords only seem to stock their own branded bulbs.
I'll give feedback when I've tried them.
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Part of the facelift that was done on the 500 a few years ago appears to have been to change the dipped beam lamp units from a conventional reflector to a "projector" style unit. Whoever signed off this "improvement" should be sacked.
I've yet to see a Halogen projector that works as well as a conventional reflector style, this suggests to me projector style units were always intended for HID, and cost cutting on cheaper cars in the range, using Halogens in the same/similar design simply fails to work? my Mazda's dip lights were dreadful main beam great, guess which type of design each are?
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That's interesting, something to watch out for when I change cars. Certainly the projector units with HIDs on my 500X give excellent illumination.
Will try some brighter bulbs in my wife's little 500 anyway, can't make it worse!
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I installed Phillips xtreme renina blasters in my 2008 500 which made a worthwhile difference. I then raised the beam slightly by adjusting the outside hex screw in each headlamp unit, 3 turns anti clockwise. So far so good and no complaints from oncoming traffic.
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I installed Phillips xtreme renina blasters in my 2008 500 which made a worthwhile difference.
I too use Philips Extreme +130% 55w Halogens in the wife's (59 plate) 500 and yes they're very good, life seems good too.
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Well, I was passing an old fashioned car accessory shop yesterday, and on impulse bought some Ring bulbs that claim a 150% increase in light, and higher colour temperature. Unbelievably, I never had to change a dipped bulb in 6 years of owning my previous 500, and was impressed how easy it was - some cars bring forth colourful language!
Have yet to try them in anger yet.
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Went out in the 500 last night with the Ring Xenon 150 bulbs fitted. A noticable improvement, the dipped beam projects much farther down the road. Remains to be seen whether they last well. A relatively cheap upgrade for £30 and 5 minutes. Eurocarparts sell Phillips or Osram equivalents for around £20, which probably give a similar hike in performance, but as I said above, I was passing a shop.
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