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Replacing Halogen Bulbs with brighter options

Hi All,

I am interested in changing the stock headlight and fog light bulbs with brighter options. I was wondering if anyone had recommendations for the following lighting questions;

1. Brand and model recommendations for replacement halogen bulbs. I am looking for a higher quality bulb that would give a brighter/ whiter light. I have read-up on a few different makes and models but was hoping someone would have experience in this area.

2. Replacing halogen with a LED Conversion Kit. I don't mind spending more money for this, but I am curious if it would be worth it and if the results are much more interesting than halogen.

I would love some feedback from other members.

Thanks!!
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I replaced my fogs. Slightly better light but color matched to my LED headlights. In my signature. No error codes.

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I assume you have the standard, not the LED upgrade, headlights.

The two best Halogen replacement lamps that will give you significantly more output will be the Osram Nightbreaker and the Philips Xtreme Vision.

In my Cruze, which has full time DRLs, where I also had an upgraded wiring harness installed that provided 100% power to the bulbs, I got 2 years out of a set of the Philips Xtreme Vision. I think you'd get more in this car. Definitely a noticeable difference in light output.

For the 124 Spider, we have H11 for the low beams and for the fog lights as well according to Philps' lookup.

http://www.philipsautolighting.com/b...ar=2017&trim=7

They're only $31 for the pair shipped on Amazon right now. I'll pick some up and let you know how they are. http://amzn.to/2ETzx4J

You can also try the Osram Nightbreaker H11 as well, which are comparable. They're currently $27 on Amazon.com.
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I assume you have the standard, not the LED upgrade, headlights.

The two best Halogen replacement lamps that will give you significantly more output will be the Osram Nightbreaker and the Philips Xtreme Vision.

In my Cruze, which has full time DRLs, where I also had an upgraded wiring harness installed that provided 100% power to the bulbs, I got 2 years out of a set of the Philips Xtreme Vision. I think you'd get more in this car. Definitely a noticeable difference in light output.

For the 124 Spider, we have H11 for the low beams and for the fog lights as well according to Philps' lookup.

http://www.philipsautolighting.com/b...ar=2017&trim=7

They're only $31 for the pair shipped on Amazon right now. I'll pick some up and let you know how they are. http://amzn.to/2ETzx4J
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Great @XtremeRevolution thanks for your feedback. Looking forward to hearing more! Cheers
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I just changed out mine for Osram Nightbreakers for the fogs and Osram Cool Blue Intense for the main/dipped and DLRs. Very pleased with the look for them, especially the DLRs in the day, I live in a suburb of London so quite a lot of light around anyway.
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I just changed out mine for Osram Nightbreakers for the fogs and Osram Cool Blue Intense for the main/dipped and DLRs. Very pleased with the look for them, especially the DLRs in the day, I live in a suburb of London so quite a lot of light around anyway.
Mind sharing the process you used to get to them? Looks like I may have to pull the wheel well liner off to reach them.
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Mind sharing the process you used to get to them? Looks like I may have to pull the wheel well liner off to reach them.
It has been awhile, but just enough clips on the wheel wells to get your hand up in there. Not the entire liner. Went pretty fast.
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It has been awhile, but just enough clips on the wheel wells to get your hand up in there. Not the entire liner. Went pretty fast.
Alright, that's what I figured.
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Hi All,

I am interested in changing the stock headlight and fog light bulbs with brighter options. I was wondering if anyone had recommendations for the following lighting questions;

1. Brand and model recommendations for replacement halogen bulbs. I am looking for a higher quality bulb that would give a brighter/ whiter light. I have read-up on a few different makes and models but was hoping someone would have experience in this area.

2. Replacing halogen with a LED Conversion Kit. I don't mind spending more money for this, but I am curious if it would be worth it and if the results are much more interesting than halogen.

I would love some feedback from other members.

Thanks!!
I went with full LED's for the front:

Platinum H11 LED Bulb Twin Pack (1 set for Fog Lamps and 1 set for Headlights)
- http://www.piaa.com/store/p/992-Plat...Twin-Pack.aspx

2. Platinum 9005 LED Bulb Twin Pack (1 set for Brights/Daytime Running Lights)
- http://www.piaa.com/store/p/998-Plat...Twin-Pack.aspx

Notes:
- very bright (6,000 K)
- super white color
- upgraded look
- plug & play (no adjustment needed)
- no warning lights
- easy to install
- you will need double-sided automotive tape to stick the ballast in the bumper/wheel well
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