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Old 09-29-2015, 05:25 AM   #1
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Low Temp H7 Bulb availability?

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I would like to know if there is a low temp alternative to the stock H7 bulbs for the stock 99 head lamps.

My head lamp lenses have slight burn marks but would like to get a few more years out of them.

Done some hunting and have found LED replacements but don't know if they are any cooler.

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Old 09-29-2015, 09:10 AM   #2
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The LEDs I've tried aren't bright enough for practical road use. Best bet is an HID projector upgrade.
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Lower Temperature means warmer or more yellow light. Tungsten (remember those) is 3200K , Daylight is 5500K

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Lower Temperature means warmer or more yellow light. Tungsten (remember those) is 3200K , Daylight is 5500K

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That's color temperature, not actual temperature
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One more addendum then

Any thing far from 5000Kelvin is going to mean less transmitted light....go HID if you want a cool color....even that is subject (like everything) to the laws of Physics
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thanks for the note Particewave - I will clear up my position -

I don't want cool color - I want a low temp bulb - One that will not continue to burn the lens in my head lamp -

I am going to do the head lamp retor fit that is listed in the Projects folder but not for a couple years and wanted to stop the lamps from burning the lenses.

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I have a set of headlights with the same situation. The start of yellowing in a spot, but not a big burn or cracking. With a lot of searches here and other forums, The most common solution is to go with a basic Xenon conversion. I'm not talking about the full conversion to projectors, but simply adding the ballast and bulb.
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This would also be part of the conversion to the Bi-Xenon projectors if you plan on doing that later.

The other info that I have found from my searches is to be sure that you are using the lowest wattage bulb that provides adequate lighting if you stick with Halogen. (not 100W)
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HID in non projectors is not a good idea
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HID in non projectors is not a good idea
Are you going to make us do more research, or can you 'splain that to me?
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Are you going to make us do more research, or can you 'splain that to me?
He is correct. HIDs in non-reflector housings are glare bombs. The light is not properly focused and results in worse light output compared to the halogens. Projectors are a must with HIDs as it keeps the beams focused and the light where you need it.
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Thanks for the info - So stick with 55w H7 till I can put in the projector kit.

As HID in a non projector sucks and LEDs don't produce enough light.

Is there any H7 brands that run cooler?
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He is correct. HIDs in non-reflector housings are glare bombs. The light is not properly focused and results in worse light output compared to the halogens. Projectors are a must with HIDs as it keeps the beams focused and the light where you need it.
They also wont pass inspection here without projectors. Check your local regulations.
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Thanks for the info - So stick with 55w H7 till I can put in the projector kit.

As HID in a non projector sucks and LEDs don't produce enough light.

Is there any H7 brands that run cooler?
Not that I'm aware of.
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